All Westholme parents and staff automatically become members of the Westholme Association which exists to foster good relations between parents, past pupils and the school and to arrange a wide variety of social and fund-raising activities.
The Committee meets at least once a term. This is organised by the parents. A number of staff from all three Westholme departments serve on the Committee. More information regarding the Westholme Association events can be found by clicking the links on the right hand side. For further information on how to join the Committee, please contact the Chairperson, Mrs Helen Berry on firstname.lastname@example.org or via any school office.
The Westholme Association Sports' Club
The Westholme Association runs a Sports' Club for parents, pupils and parents. Membership affords members the use of the tennis courts and badminton courts throughout the year. If you would like further information regarding Tennis and Badminton, please click here.
The Westholme Association Review of 2016 - 2017
The Westholme Association Committee host a variety of events throughout the academic year, some social and some fundraising. The funds that are raised are then used to provide the children with that “little something extra”.
So How Did We Raise Funds?
After welcoming parents and serving refreshments at the Junior School “Meet the Teacher” evening in September, our own social calendar began with the Comedy Night on 24th September. The three comedians from the Comedy Club of Great Britain were hilarious and certainly raised the roof of the Croston Theatre in a very different way. The evening was a great success raising more than £1900 from the bar and ticket sales. Thanks go to all who supported this event.
In November, we returned to Ewood Park for our Winter Ball. Guests were treated to a drinks reception followed by a three course dinner and entertainment. Tickets sold out before the night and we raised a mammoth £11446 from a combination of ticket sales, brochure advertising, silent auction and raffles on the night. I’d like to take this opportunity to say a big thank you to all those who supported this event on the night and also to those who provided raffle prizes and advertised in our ball brochure. The Ball is our biggest fund raiser and its success is entirely dependent upon the support of parents – thank you!
Our annual Spring Fair was held on 18th March. It is usually our busiest event of the year and this year was no exception. The Theatre and dining hall were filled with stalls, chocolate tombola, lucky dips and Mothers’ Day gifts. Adults and children alike were attached to bungee ropes and competed to see who could get the most balls in the pit on the “Hungry Hippos”, with Katie Walmsley, Freddie Pickford and Hannah Berry coming out victorious. At the end of the morning, the raffle was drawn for the fabulous Association Hampers and also to see who would win the much coveted giant “Easter Bunny”. Thank you to all those involved with either running the event or providing cakes, gifts and chocolate to sell. The Spring Fair is a whole school event and it encourages many different departments to pull together – thank you for your cooperation. We raised over £5000 in just 3 hours.
Just before the May half term we held a disco for the children and Beardwood Bank. The children always look forward to this and enjoy planning their disco outfits and spending their pocket money at the tuck shop. It was a great success raising over £300 thanks to the organisation of staff, committee and DJ Taz. The final event of the year is the Billinge House disco on 7th July and I am sure that children at infants are looking forward to it.
The other key fund raiser for the Westholme Association has been the second hand uniform sales which are usually held every term. The income from this source has been lean over the last few years due to the introduction of the new style uniform, however, I am pleased to report that I think we are beginning to turn the corner and income from the last few sales has picked up. Our next sale is planned for the second week of the Autumn term and I would like to encourage you to send in any uniform that you no longer need, so that others can benefit from it.
How will the Funds be Spent?
Out of the money we raise during the year, approximately £6000 relates to regular payments such as trophies for the Sports Awards, Prize Giving book tokens, school trips and other subscriptions such as mathletics. In addition to this, there are some more significant items of expenditure that are worthy of mention.
At the start of the year we purchased a Blast chiller for the Home Economics Dept. In recent weeks we have purchased a mobile cricket cage and outdoor basketball nets for the PE Department and paid the subscription for the Shakespeare Schools’ Festival. We have now agreed to purchase indoor cricket nets for the Sports Hall and these are being installed over the summer break and will enable cricket coaching to take place over the winter months. Finally, we have agreed to fund the installation of a non-slip surface for the William McGowan Fort at Beardwood Bank to enable the children to play on it over the wetter winter months. All these additional, one off items total £12000 and it is pleasing to see that the children will benefit directly from the money that we have raised.
To ensure that the Association continues to thrive, we are looking for new members to join the Association Committee and if you would like to become more involved, then please contact either myself or one of the other Committee members at any of our functions. Being part of the Westholme Association Committee is an excellent and very rewarding way to meet other parents and make new friends and I hope that you will consider joining us.
Thank you for your support over the academic year.