The School Society

The Chew Valley School Society is a group of parents, teachers and friends of the school who raise money to support Chew Valley School and its students. The committee meet regularly to organise fundraising events as well as providing support and refreshments at events such as the new intake parents' evening and Christmas Carol Concert. The Society is well supported by parents but so that it can continue to provide financial support to the school and students, which is essential for the continued success of the school in the current financial climate, more parents and Chew Valley residents and businesses need to get involved with the committee and attend their events. In particular, the School Society has a vacancy for Secretary and will be losing three more active committee members in July 2016.  This could be an opportunity for a local businessperson to get involved in the community and utilising their skills for the benefit of the committee. We are short of male committee members and anyone with strong IT and marketing skills would be particularly welcome.  If you are interested in assisting the School Society (formally or informally), please contact Helena Craig on helenabcraig@hotmail.co.uk or 07798 818772.

CHAIR:                  Helena Craig                     

VICE CHAIR:          Justina Prosser                   

SECRETARY:          Wendy Sim                

TREASURER:          Kirsty Jones

Meetings - All welcome,  in the Pelican Pub, Chew Magna 7.30 pm - 9.00 pm

03 October 2016 CVSS Committee meeting

03 November 2016 CVSS Committee meeting

05 December 2016 CVSS Committee meeting

10 January 2017 CVSS Committee meeting

13 March 2017 CVSS Committee meeting

Events

Sat 10 Sept 16 Chew Stoke Harvest Home (CVSS will be involved in fundraising)

Sat 8 Oct - Sun 9 Oct 16 Chew Valley Arts Trail (CVSS will be involved in fundraising)

Tuesday 15 November Christmas Fayre

Wednesday 7 December Bingo Night

Friday 3 February Band Night

Tuesday 4 April 2017 Quiz Night

Sunday 11 June 2017 Chew Valley 10k

 

Financial Support for the School

 

Are you able to help support our pupils, during these very difficult financial times for the school? Over the last five years, school budgets have been at a stand-still while employer’s National Insurance and Pension contributions have gone up very significantly.  Post-16 funding has been cut by 20% over the last five years.  The school is approaching a financial deficit and is having to make very severe savings.  More cuts are going to be needed over the academic year 2015-2016 to prevent the school sliding into the red.

 

The Chew Valley School Society has come up with three different ways in which you can help.

 

Easy Fundraising

This is a way of donating without spending any extra money. You shop as you would normally on line, but go via you easy Fundraising account. Our aim is to get 200 people registered and raise £2000 a year in this way. Imagine if all our parents, grandparents, uncles and aunts signed up!  Just register at  http://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/create-an-account/ and use the reminders to remember to use Easy Fundraising whilst you shop and tell other parents.

 EasyFundraising flier

Just Giving

We know that parents are incredibly busy and often can’t get to fund-raising events at school. Would you feel better about that if you were able to make a donation anyway?!  Text 70070 and give the message CVSS£10.  For parents wanting to donate this way the maximum donation is £10 per text. If you wish to donate more, please send multiple texts.

 

Standing Order

Some parents are able to be very generous and use standing orders to support various charities including the school. Might you be able to make a regular monthly donation to the school?  A small monthly donation (with the Gift Aid it will attract if you are a tax payer) will really add up.  A form is attached if you feel able to support us in this way.

 

Gift Aid

Whichever way you choose to help the school, it is very important to register for Gift Aid. Whether you are able to give anything today or not, please fill in the attached Gift Aid Form and return it to the school so we can keep you registered for any future donation you are able to make.

Charity Gift Aid Form Declaration

Standing Order Mandate Form

Thank you for the fantastic support you give to the Chew Valley School.  If everyone were able to do a little bit to help the school through this difficult period, it is hoped that the school will be able to weather the storm and continue to provide an outstanding education for our children.

Do you work for a large employer?  If you do, speak to your HR department and see if they offer match funding for schools.  Wouldn't it be great if all or some of the money we raise for band and quiz nights was matched by our parents' employers?  For further info http://www.pta.co.uk/funding/faqs-match-funding.aspx Thank you.