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 Review of 2017 – 2018
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?
AAfter welcoming parents and serving refreshments at the Junior School “Meet the Teacher” evening in September, our own social calendar began with the Quiz Night on 13th October at Blackburn Rugby Club. Dan Barnett was the Quiz Master for the night, testing the guests on a variety of topics including current affairs, geography, history and literature with a few children’s questions thrown in as well. Thanks go to all who supported this event which raised £548.
On the 1st December we held our first Christmas Fayre at Beardwood Bank. With the fairy lights and tree in position, parents and children queued up to for Santa’s Grotto, purchased their Christmas gifts and took part in the variety of pocket money games on offer. The whole of Junior School was buzzing for what seemed to be a frenetic but quick two hours. This event raised £2985. Thank you to all those that came along to support.
Our annual Ball this year was held at Ewood Park on the 17th March, St Patricks Day. On the night that the “Beast from the East” snow storm returned to Blackburn, guests turned out for a three – course meal of cheese souffle, duck and assiette of desserts. They were then entertained by DJ Lloyd Thomas who organised Heads & Tails and had both the men and ladies on the dancefloor copying his dance routines. A total of £3500 was raised from a combination of raffle on the night, ticket sales and brochure advertising. A big thank you to all who helped make this event a success.
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. As always, it was a great success thanks to the organisation by staff, the committee and DJ Taz.
The final event of the year is the Billinge House disco on 6th July and I am sure that children at infants are looking forward to it.
The other significant fund raiser for the Westholme Association has been the Second Hand Uniform Sales which are held every term. We have raised over £1500 from the sales over the last twelve months and many parents have gone away happy in the knowledge that they have bought quality uniform for a fraction of the new uniform price. Our next sale is planned Saturday 8th September 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 regular subscriptions. In addition to this, there are some more significant items of expenditure that are worthy of mention.
The children at the Nursery are now enjoying playing on their new indoor slide and the infants are putting their new work bench to good use. At Easter we paid for the infants to have some chicken eggs which then hatched out and were kept for two weeks for the children to look after. We are once again purchasing the leavers gifts for Year 2 and the leavers hoodies for Year 6, as they were so popular last year. Wilmar Lodge now have new state of the art sewing machines, equipment for the science labs and have enjoyed listening to the Geography speaker talking about Pompeii and Vesuvius. Our expenditure on these “extra special” items for this year has totalled over £6000 and it is pleasing to see how they improve the children’s experience of life at Westholme.
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.