GPA News

Hello! I’m Rozet Shah – a parent of boy/girl twins who are in Reception class – and I’ve agreed to be the GPA Chair for the 2017/18 academic year.

Whether you are completely new to the School, or have been associated with the School for some time, I thought it might be helpful to set out what the role of the GPA is meant to be.

The GPA is an association consisting of volunteer parents at the School. As these parents also have other roles/jobs, it is commendable that they give up their time and effort to help the GPA carry out its objectives.

The GPA committee is currently made up of:

  • Chair – Rozet Shah
  • Deputy Chair – Brad Hyett
  • Secretary – Sara Reading
  • Treasurer – Nikki Wood
  • “Class reps” (generally each class puts forward at least one parent to be the class representative).

The objectives of the GPA are to:

  • arrange social activities and events for the benefit of the School community (namely, the children, parents and staff);
  • raise funds for the benefit of the School and chosen charities;
  • provide a welcoming service for new parents; and
  • help foster positive relationships between staff, parents and others associated with the School.

As you can see, it’s all important stuff!

The main beneficiary of GPA fundraising is the School. During the 2016/17 academic year, the GPA funded the purchase of a new minibus (costing approximately £30,000) and approved the purchase of a new piano (at a cost of approximately £4,500). The GPA also agreed to fund one of the outdoor play-area enhancement projects at a cost of £11,000, which should be completed during September 2017.

From time to time, the GPA also decides to support an external charity. William’s Fund was the chosen charity for the 2016/17 Summer term, which receive £10,500 raised from a combination of the Ties and Tiaras Day, the Coin Challenge and the Summer Ball.

If you’d like more information on how to get involved with the GPA then please reach out to any member of the GPA committee.

The GPA email address is gpa@gayhurstschool.co.uk

GPA Posts Academic Year 2016/2017…
Friday 30th June

Dear Parents,

We hope you’re enjoying the last few days of term and are looking forward to the summer holidays

I wanted to follow-up with information about this term’s fundraising activities as well as the photos from our Sports Days.

First of all, I’m really pleased to announce that the total fundraising from the summer ball was an impressive £18,500! Of that, £900 was pledged directly to William’s Fund, and the remainder will be split equally between William’s Fund and Gayhurst. The amount going to Gayhurst will be used towards new outdoor play equipment, which the school is already in the process of procuring.  

The children also raised another £890 for William’s Fund through their donations for Ties and Tiaras day and the Coin Challenge, bringing our total support for the charity to just over £10,500. Thank you so much for all of your, and your children’s, generous donations.

Secondly, in case you missed the Clarion Call, sports day photos taken by Imago Juniors are now available to order, and all orders placed before 7th of July will be posted to your home free of charge. The log-in details are:

http://www.imagojuniors.com/teamandgrouplogin/

LOGIN NAME: GAYHURSTSPORTS17

PASSWORD: GHSSDJS17

Finally, we’ve got over 100 campers signed up for tomorrow night’s Gayhurst Big Camp Out. It should be a fantastic night of games, burgers and of course, roasted marshmallows!

Hope you have a fun weekend.

Best wishes,

Debbie and the GPA

Friday 16th June
Friday 26th May

Dear Parents,

I hope you’re enjoying the amazing sunshine this week and are looking forward to the half-term break.

Just two reminders before classes break up:

1.   The last few summer ball tickets are on sale now. We’ve got several smaller groups and couples who are planning to come, so don’t feel like you need a full table to register – we’ll help put together a fun seating plan for the evening. Please RSVP by 4th June. https://gayhurstgpa.wixsite.com/summerball

2.   Mr. Kearns and the GPA will be holding an all-school camp out on Saturday the 1st of July. Details and a booking form will come out after half-term. It’s sure to be a fantastic event, starting with a quick cricket tournament and other games / activities, followed by a BBQ, roasted marshmallows and a night under the stars on the Gayhurst grounds. Please save the date.

Have a lovely half-term.

Best wishes,

Debbie and the GPA

Friday 19th May

Dear Parents,

The summer ball is less than a month away, and we’ve only got 5 tables left! If you’re still  planning to book a table, or would like a few individual tickets, please register your interest now. gayhurstgpa.wixsite.com/summer ball

In preparation for the ball, and to help support our charity partner, William’s Fund, next Friday is Ties and Tiaras day for the children. If you child brings in a £1 donation to William’s Fund, they may wear a wacky tie or a tiara for the day. We’re also using this day to collect donations for fundraising prizes for the ball. Please bring donations of things that could be used as prizes, such as champagne, pampering gifts, or other special gift-items to the blue double doors at drop-off.

Thank you for your ongoing support, and have a great weekend!

Best wishes,
Debbie and the GPA

Friday 12th May

Dear Parents,

The summer ball, a night of Old Hollywood Glamour, is only 5 weeks away, and tickets are selling fast! It will be a fantastic night, full of music, great food, drinking and dancing, with all funds raised being split between the GPA and William’s Fund, a local charity working to fund research into rare childhood cancers. Here’s a bit more information:

– The canapés and three-course dinner will be provided by a lovely local caterer, Splendiferous http://www.splendiferous.co.uk/

– We will be joined by iPop, an amazing band who will definitely tempt you onto the dance floor. http://ipopband.co.uk/

– You can find out more about the great work of William’s Fund at http://www.williamsfund.co.uk/

If you haven’t yet bought your tickets, sign up now at https://gayhurstgpa.wixsite.com/summerball!

Have a lovely weekend.

Best wishes,

Debbie and the GPA

Friday 28th April

Dear Parents,

Welcome back to summer term. As always, it is a fun and busy one for the GPA and the school community. Below are the key dates for your diaries for GPA events:

·      Class photos will be taking place on the 10th and 11th of May, with the exact schedule to be distributed ahead of time

·      Fundraising for the GPA and William’s Fund will be taking place the week of 12th June, as a coin challenge for the students

·      The Summer Ball, a night of Old Hollywood Glamour, is on the 17th of June

·      Photographs of sports days will take place on the 22nd and 23rd of June

·      An all-school camp out will be held at the school on Saturday the 1st of July

·      Leavers’ Drinks for our year 6 and year 8 students are on the 6th of July

Your class reps will be reaching out to you in the next few days with information on each of the above, and more details about how you can be involved.

And, if you haven’t already, please book your Summer Ball tickets as soon as possible – they’re going fast! You can find the booking forms at:https://gayhurstgpa.wixsite.com/summerball

Have a lovely weekend.

Best wishes,

Debbie and the GPA

Friday 24th March

Dear Parents,

Thanks to everyone who took part in, and helped put on last week’s Quiz Night. It was a great evening for all involved, and raised well over £1000 for the GPA.

The countdown is on to our Summer Ball, an evening of Old Hollywood Glamour, which will be held on Saturday the 17th of June. Tickets will go on sale at the beginning of next week – look out for our website and the booking forms!

Finally, thank you to those of you who have stepped forward with interest in serving on the GPA committee next year. We still have a couple of positions in need of volunteers, particularly the Treasurer role. If you’d like to find out more about what the roles entail, please let me know. You can contact me at debbiehofmeyr@yahoo.co.uk.

Best wishes,

Debbie, and the GPA

Friday 10th March

Dear Parents,

This week I’m sharing a reminder of a couple of upcoming GPA events and also news about the selection of a new GPA committee.

First off, events!

Quiz Night is just around the corner, on Friday 17th March, so please submit your registration forms to the office if you’d like to take part. It promises to be a fantastic evening, and tables are filling up fast, so don’t delay!

And a reminder to save-the-date for the Summer Ball, which will be on Saturday 17th of June. More details and booking forms will be coming very soon.

Secondly, GPA committee news

As I announced earlier this term, I will be stepping down as Chair of the GPA at the end of the school year in order to focus on my expanding family. Additionally, several other roles on the committee are opening up, including Treasurer and Deputy Chair.

I’m pleased to announce that we’ve had interest in the role of Chair, but we are still in need of volunteers to take on other roles. If you would be interested in any of the GPA leadership committee roles, please let me know as soon as possible. The class reps will be voting on all nominees at our next meeting, the first week of summer term. You can contact me at debbiehofmeyr@yahoo.co.uk with any questions.

Best wishes,

Debbie, and the GPA

Friday 24th February 2017

Dear Parents,

I’m excited to announce that the Gayhurst Summer Ball will be held on 17th June! Please save the date in your diaries and watch for invitations and booking forms to come shortly.

We also have two great events this term, which shouldn’t be overlooked. Tonight, students in years 3-8 will be in Gibbs Hall to watch The Incredibles and on 17th March we’ll be hosting our annual Quiz Night, this time for parents and staff.

Hope to see you and your children at the upcoming events.

Best wishes,

Debbie and the GPA

Friday 3rd February 2017

Dear Parents,

As we look forward to the half-term break, I wanted to remind you of two fun events that will be happening once we return to school:

Senior School Movie Night will be held in Gibbs Hall, from 7-9pm on the 24th of February. Kids can come in their PJs and enjoy a night of watching The Incredibles with their friends. The ticket order form will be distributed via Clarion Call and should be returned to the office no later than 22nd February.

Quiz Night for parents and staff will be held on the evening of the 17th of March in Gibbs Hall. Please save the date for a fun evening out with the Gayhurst community.

Best wishes,

Debbie and the GPA

Friday 13th January 2017

Dear Parents,

Welcome back for the start of Spring term, with a special welcome to the new families who have joined us. This term the GPA have a couple of great events lined up that I wanted to share with you.

Please mark your diaries and save the date for:

– Senior School Movie Night, Friday 24th February

– Parents and Staff Quiz Night, Friday 17th March

We’ll send out more information in due course, and will also be adding details about charitable activities throughout the term. As always, if you’re keen to get involved, please get in contact with me or one of your class reps.

Have a lovely, and warm weekend.

Best wishes,

Debbie and the GPA

Friday 9th December 2016

Dear Parents,

Thank you to everyone who brought in toys for the gift drive to benefit the Wexham Paediatric Department – your generosity was inspiring. The hospital staff were very surprised at the amount of gifts we donated, and extremely appreciative for our support.

Thanks also for your general support of the GPA throughout this term. Without your input and participation, we wouldn’t be able to have the fantastic events that we do, and I personally loved seeing all of the happy families at both our Autumn Fair and Fireworks Night.

Have a wonderful break over Christmas and I’ll look forward to seeing many of you next term.

Best wishes,

Debbie and the GPA

Friday 2nd December 2016

Dear Parents,

It’s hard to believe the term is almost over and that Christmas is just around the corner! To help foster the spirit of giving, this year the GPA are sponsoring a gift drive in aid of the Paediatric Wing at Wexham Park Hospital. The gift drive will run from 5th – 9th December, and all donations will be given to the hospital to distribute to children in their care.

To take part, please bring new, unwrapped toys to school anytime next week, and leave them in the donations box in the school office.

Thanks in advance for supporting this initiative!

Best wishes,

Debbie and the GPA

Friday 4th November 2016

Dear Parents,

Welcome back, after what I hope was a fun half-term break for you and your families.

Tonight is Fireworks Night, and we look forward to seeing many of you at the school for the festivities. The gates and food-service will open at 5:30, with blast-off at 7. If at all possible, please try to walk and/or arrive early, as that will ease congestion in the car-park and the dining hall.

Have a great weekend.

Best wishes,

Debbie and the GPA

Friday 14th October 2016

Dear Parents,

There are several updates from the GPA that I’d like to share before we head into half term. Please read on for information about:

  • Autumn Fair
  • Fireworks Night
  • Individual photos
  • Kids Card Factory at-home card project
  • Fundraising through easyfundraising.org.uk

Autumn Fair

I wanted to say a personal, heartfelt thank you to everyone who helped make the Autumn Fair such a success. Despite a bit of rain, I saw many of you at school on Saturday, enjoying the different activities with your kids and families. As well as it being a great community day, it also raised more than £2,800 for the GPA, which will help us with our ongoing support of the school. What a great result!

Fireworks Night

We are excited to be hosting Fireworks Night again this year at the school. It’s on Friday 4th November, with doors opening at 5:30pm and fireworks starting around 7pm. Tickets are on sale now – please see the previous Clarion Call for the booking form, or pick one up in the office.

Individual and Sibling Photos

Proofs of the individual and sibling photos have come home with your children this week. Each will have a log-in to Imago Junior’s website where you can view your children’s photos. All orders placed online by 2nd November will have free delivery of photos to the school on 25th November.

Kids Card Factory – At Home Card Project

Your children will also have brought home information on a great fundraising project sponsored by the Kids Card Factory. Children in Reception – Y8 can design their own Christmas (or other) cards at home over the half-term, return their artwork and order form to school by 4th November, and have packs of professionally printed cards ready for the festive season. Nursery children have already completed art-work in class, and simply need to return their order forms. The GPA will get £1 for each pack of cards that is ordered. Please see the information in your children’s book bags for more details.

Introducing Easyfundraising

Easyfundraising.org.uk is a website that allows you to generate donations for the GPA while you shop. It’s very easy – all you have to do is go to easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/gpa1/, sign up, and start shopping. There are over 3,000 retailers and sites registered, and they will give a donation to your chosen cause each time you shop, at no cost to you. I’ve been trying out the system for a few weeks, and with the help of the downloadable donation reminder, have found it to be a no-brainer. Please give it a try! https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/gpa1/

That’s all for now. Hope you have a lovely half-term.

Best wishes,

Debbie Hofmeyr (and the GPA)

Dear Parents,

There are several updates from the GPA that I’d like to share before we head into half term. Please read on for information about:

  • Autumn Fair
  • Fireworks Night
  • Individual photos
  • Kids Card Factory at-home card project
  • Fundraising through easyfundraising.org.uk

Autumn Fair

I wanted to say a personal, heartfelt thank you to everyone who helped make the Autumn Fair such a success. Despite a bit of rain, I saw many of you at school on Saturday, enjoying the different activities with your kids and families. As well as it being a great community day, it also raised more than £2,800 for the GPA, which will help us with our ongoing support of the school. What a great result!

Fireworks Night

We are excited to be hosting Fireworks Night again this year at the school. It’s on Friday 4th November, with doors opening at 5:30pm and fireworks starting around 7pm. Tickets are on sale now – please see the previous Clarion Call for the booking form, or pick one up in the office.

Individual and Sibling Photos

Proofs of the individual and sibling photos have come home with your children this week. Each will have a log-in to Imago Junior’s website where you can view your children’s photos. All orders placed online by 2nd November will have free delivery of photos to the school on 25th November.

Kids Card Factory – At Home Card Project

Your children will also have brought home information on a great fundraising project sponsored by the Kids Card Factory. Children in Reception – Y8 can design their own Christmas (or other) cards at home over the half-term, return their artwork and order form to school by 4th November, and have packs of professionally printed cards ready for the festive season. Nursery children have already completed art-work in class, and simply need to return their order forms. The GPA will get £1 for each pack of cards that is ordered. Please see the information in your children’s book bags for more details.

Introducing Easyfundraising

Easyfundraising.org.uk is a website that allows you to generate donations for the GPA while you shop. It’s very easy – all you have to do is go to easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/gpa1/, sign up, and start shopping. There are over 3,000 retailers and sites registered, and they will give a donation to your chosen cause each time you shop, at no cost to you. I’ve been trying out the system for a few weeks, and with the help of the downloadable donation reminder, have found it to be a no-brainer. Please give it a try! https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/gpa1/

That’s all for now. Hope you have a lovely half-term.

Best wishes,

Debbie Hofmeyr (and the GPA)

Friday 7th October 2016

Hello parents,

We’re looking forward to seeing as many of you as possible at the Autumn Fair tomorrow. It’s from 11-2 at the school, and will have lots of fun activities for the whole family, including a select group of shopping stalls, go-karts, balloon modelling, crafts, kids activities and the football and netball tournaments. There will also be lots of food, as well as a lovely selection of cakes, sweets and harvest goodies. Do come along and join in the fun!

Best wishes,

Debbie Hofmeyr (and the GPA)

Friday 23rd September 2016

Hello parents,

The Autumn Fair is almost here! If you haven’t already, please mark your diaries for the 8th of October, from 11am – 2pm, when we’ll be having a day full of fun activities for the kids, a brilliant raffle, sports tournaments on the astro, gift shopping in Gibbs Hall and of course great food and drink.

In the week before the fair (October 3rd – 7th) we’ll be selling raffle tickets at drop-off and pick-up, and also asking for donations of homemade jams, cakes and other harvest goodies. Details of collection times will be sent out next week. Also, watch your inboxes for details of how to sign-up for the Fair’s football and netball tournaments.

Have a lovely weekend.

Best wishes,

Debbie Hofmeyr (and the GPA)

Friday 16th September 2016

Hello parents,

I hope you’re settling back into the rhythm of school life and have had a good week.

Just two reminders this week:

First, next Friday, the 23rd, Imago Juniors will be shooting individual and sibling school photographs. Please send your children to school wearing their winter uniforms on this day.

Second, don’t forget to mark your diaries for the 8th of October when we’ll be holding the annual Autumn Fair. It will be a fantastic day with activities for the kids, some shopping for the parents and an opportunity for your families to spend some time at the school outside of the regular, weekly routine.

Have a lovely weekend.

Best wishes,

Debbie Hofmeyr (and the GPA)

Friday 9th September 2016

Hello parents,

I’d like to offer a very warm welcome to all of the new families at Gayhurst, as well as all of our returning families.

For those of you unfamiliar with the GPA, we are the school’s parents association, which focuses on building a strong family community within Gayhurst. Key highlights of our activities this term include:

  • Friday the 23rd of September – Individual and sibling photos
  • Saturday the 8th of October – Gayhurst Autumn Fair
  • Friday the 4th of November – Fireworks Night at Gayhurst
  • Monday the 12th of December – Junior School Christmas Treat

Your class reps will be reaching out to you shortly with more details on these events and how you can get involved.

I also wanted to share news on how we’ve used some of the funds raised from our past activities.

As many of you know, after 23 years as Headmaster, Mr. Sims retired at the end of the summer. To thank him for his ongoing support, the GPA was pleased to make a £1000 donation to the Rainbow Trust. Mr. Sims has been a long-term supporter of the Rainbow Trust, a fantastic organisation, which provides emotional and practical support to families who have a child with a life-threatening or terminal illness.

We were also able to able to give £30,000 to the school for the purchase of a new mini-bus. This new bus will directly help our children by enabling more flexibility when transport is needed for events and classes held off of the school grounds. Thank you once again to all of the parents and supporters who helped raise these funds!

Have wonderful weekend, and we will look forward to meeting new families and seeing familiar faces at our events this term.

Best wishes,

Debbie Hofmeyr (and the GPA)

Friday 1st July 2016

Hello Parents,

The results from the Copper Challenge are in, and I’m pleased to announce that the students raised £404.51, which will be donated to The Rainbow Trust.  The Rainbow Trust is a charity, chosen by Mr. Sims, which provides emotional and practical support to families who have a child with a life threatening or terminal illness. The class who raised the most money, and now has the chance to choose the lunch menu for a day, is 8k with a whopping £48.20. RW was close behind with £45.00, and 1R came in third place by raising £31.48. Well done to everyone who took part!

Group photos and photos from the Senior School Sports Day are now available for ordering online. You should have received information on how to order via Clarion Call earlier this week.

Finally, as we wrap up the school year I’d just like to say thank you to all of the class reps and parents who have donated their time and energy to the many GPA events throughout the year. You’ve really made a positive impact on the Gayhurst Community!

Debbie Hofmeyr (and the GPA)

Friday 24th June 2016

Hello Parents,

Thank you to all of you who took part in last weekend’s Fun Day, despite the iffy weather. The day was a great success, with a lot of fun and smiles all around. Special thanks to the many volunteers who helped make it happen!

Class photos will be available for order from next week, with information on how to do so coming in a Clarion Call on Monday.

Have a lovely weekend.

Debbie Hofmeyr (and the GPA)

Friday 17th June 2016

Hello Parents,

We’re looking forward to seeing as many families as possible at tomorrow’s Summer Fun Day. Whatever the weather, it will be taking place from 11am – 3pm at the school. Let’s hope for some sun!

For those who have signed up for the Cricket Tournament, Mr. Kearns has asked that you please have your teams on the Astro at 11:45 ready for a 12:00 start.

The event wouldn’t be taking place without the huge amounts of effort put in by the GPA class reps and all of you. Thank you for your help!

Debbie Hofmeyr (and the GPA)

Friday 10th June 2016

Hello Parents,

Summer Fun Day is almost here!

The fun takes place at Gayhurst on Saturday the 18th of June from 11am – 3pm.

We need your donations to help make it happen. There are two ways to help:

Wacky Tie and Sock Day is Wednesday the 15th of June. Your child may wear a silly tie, socks or tights in exchange for your donations of bottles or new toys for the Tombola. Drop all donations at the blue double-doors at drop-off on Wednesday.

Cake and Biscuit Collection is on Friday the 17th of June. We’re asking all parents who can to donate cakes, cupcakes or biscuits to sell at Fun Day. Please donate easy-to-serve bars, cupcakes, slices or biscuits at the blue double-doors at drop-off on Friday. (No nuts please!)

You can also register now for two great events: a Circus Skills Workshop and the Family Cricket Tournament.

The Circus Workshop will be running in 30-minute slots throughout the day, starting at 11:15. Cost is £5 per child.  Reserve your slot ahead of time by emailing Kristian at kristian.ives@gmail.com.

The Family Cricket Tournament for children in Y2-Y8 will take place from 12-2 and needs six teams of eight – four parents and four kids.  Cost is £5 per player, with all proceeds going to Scope. Please organise your teams and contact Mr. Kearns directly at skeanrs@gayhurstschool.co.uk to register.  There will also be a Kwik Cricket tournament for children in Reception and Y1 from 11-12, cost is £2 per player. Please contact Mr. Kearns for more info.

Looking forward to seeing many of you at the Fun Day!

Debbie Hofmeyr (and the GPA)

Friday 27th May 2016

Hello Parents,

As we head into half-term, I wanted to remind everyone of a couple of fun activities taking place in June.

We’ll be holding the Copper Challenge in the first two weeks after half-term. The Copper Challenge is a fun way for the kids to raise money for charity with spare change that is lying around your house. Details to follow when we’re back at school.

Summer Fun Day is Saturday the 18th of June from 11am – 3pm. If you’d like to advertise in the brochure please contact Francesca at spirical@aol.com today. Also, if you and your children would like to play in the family cricket tournament that will run during the Fun Day, please contact Mr. Kearns at skearns@gayhurstschool.co.uk. It is open to children in Years 2-8 and each team of 8 needs 4 children and 4 parents.

Enjoy your break!

Debbie Hofmeyr (and the GPA)

Friday 20th May 2016

Dear Parents,

We hope you’ve all had a good week and have been enjoying the fresh – mainly dry! – air during Walk to School Week.

The class reps and I have been busy with planning for Summer Fun Day, which is Saturday the 18th of June, from 11am – 3pm. This year the Fun Day will have a circus theme, and even a professional circus-training stall where your kids can learn some of the tricks of the trade. We think it will be a great day and hope you’ve got it marked in your diaries.

There are many ways to get involved with the Summer Fun Day and your reps will be reaching out to find day-of volunteers. Also, we will be collecting bottles and unwanted, new toys for Tombola in the week before the Fun Day, and cakes for the cake stall on Friday the 17th of June. Additionally, we are finalising our Fun Day brochure, and if anyone would like to advertise in it, please contact Francesca Lewis at spirical@aol.com. It’s a great way to get publicity for local businesses while also contributing to the GPA.

Last but not least, don’t forget Mr. Kearns will be running a family cricket tournament at the Summer Fun Day. It is open to children in Years 2-8, and each team of 8 needs 4 children and 4 parents. Please sign up by contacting Mr. Kearns directly at skearns@gayhurstschool.co.uk.

Have a lovely weekend.

Best wishes,

Debbie Hofmeyr (and the GPA)

Friday 13th May 2016

Dear Parents,

This week Imago Juniors took class photos for all years, and details on how to purchase the pictures will be sent out via ClarionCall as soon as the images are ready.

Your class reps should be reaching out to you with updates from our last meeting, and I wanted to call out one particular request: we’re looking for volunteers to be GPA class reps for next year. It’s a fun, rewarding way to get more involved with the school, and I highly recommend it! If you’re able to volunteer for next year, please let your current class reps know, or drop me a line.

Have a lovely weekend.

Best wishes,

Debbie Hofmeyr (and the GPA)

Friday 6th May 2016

Dear Parents,

Don’t forget that class photos are next week on the 10th and 13th of May. Parent helpers will be on hand to help with smoothing hair and straightening ties, but please do make sure your children come to school as neat and tidy as possible.  The children will have their photos as follows:

o   10th May – Nursery, Year 1, Year 2, Year 4, Year 7 and Year 8

o   13th May – Reception, Year 3, Year 5 and Year 6

Also, Mr. Kearns is still accepting teams for the Summer Fun Day family cricket tournament, taking place on the 18th of June. It is open to children in Years 2-8, and each team of 8 needs 4 children and 4 parents. Please sign up by contacting Mr. Kearns directly by email.

Have a lovely weekend.

Best wishes,

Debbie Hofmeyr (and the GPA)

Friday 29 April 2016

Dear Parents

A few updates as we head into the bank holiday weekend:

    • We’ve tallied all the coins from the Smartie Challenge and are happy to announce that the children raised £986.60 for The Lord’s Taverners. Well done everyone!
    • Class photos are coming up on the 10th and 13th of May. Please make sure your children come to school as neat and tidy as possible on those days, but don’t worry too much, as we’ll have parent helpers on hand to straighten ties and smooth hair dos. The classes are allocated to the days as follows:

o   10th May – Nursery, Year 1, Year 2, Year 4, Year 7 and Year 8

o   13th May – Reception, Year 3, Year 5 and Year 6

    • Mr. Kearns will be running a family cricket tournament at the Summer Fun Day on the 18th of June. It is open to children in Years 2-8, and each team of 8 needs 4 children and 4 parents. Please sign up by contacting Mr. Kearns directly at skearns@gayhurstschool.co.uk.

Enjoy the long weekend!

Best wishes,

Debbie Hofmeyr (and the GPA)

Friday 22 April 2016

Hello parents,

Welcome back for Summer term. We hope you had a lovely break and are looking forward to the last months of the school year.

We have a busy term ahead, with lots of fun activities for both children and families. Some key dates for your diaries:

  • Summer Fun Day, Saturday 18th June
  • Junior School Sports Day, Thursday 23rd June
  • Senior School Sports Day, Friday 24th June

Class reps will be getting together Wednesday 27th April, after which they will pass on more details on the events and ways to get involved. As always, if you’ve got ideas to share or would like to be more involved, please just talk to me or one of your class reps.

Best wishes
Debbie Hofmeyr (and the GPA)
Chair GPA

Thursday 24 March 2016

Hello parents,

We’re pleased to announce that last week’s quiz night raised just under £2000 for the GPA. Thank you to all of those who took part, and especially to the team of volunteers who organized the event. Janing Shenoy, Sara Davies and Kristian Ives – thank you for leading the team and putting on another great quiz.

We hope everyone has a wonderful holiday and we’ll look forward to seeing you in the Summer term.

Best wishes
Debbie Hofmeyr (and the GPA)
Chair GPA

Friday 18 March 2016

Hello parents,

The Smartie Challenge is coming to an end, and filled – or partially filled – Smartie tubes are due back to form teachers by Tuesday 22nd of March. All of the proceeds support Mr. Sims’ chosen charity, The Lord’s Taverners, which helps disabled and disadvantaged young people through sport. Thanks in advance for your support, and we hope that you and your families are having fun filling the tubes.
Best wishes
Debbie Hofmeyr (and the GPA)
Chair GPA

Friday 11 March 2016

Hello parents,

This week we kicked off the Smartie Challenge – a fun way for the kids to raise money for charity. Each child was sent home with a tube of Smarties earlier this week. After emptying the tube, they can use it as a bank to collect 20p coins in exchange for favours and kind deeds around their homes. We’re asking that the tubes are returned to form teachers by Tuesday the 22nd of March – however many 20ps are inside. All of the money raised will support The Lord’s Taverners, in honour of Mr. Sims’ retirement. He is a long-term supporter of the organisation, which is the UK’s leading youth cricket and disability sports charity.

If you’d like to get more involved with helping the GPA, please come to a GPA coffee morning this Monday at 9am. We’re looking for people to help out on the committee and offer creative ideas for our fun events, such as the Summer Fun Day. Please contact me if you’d like more details. Debbiehofmeyr@yahoo.co.uk.

Best wishes
Debbie Hofmeyr (and the GPA)
Chair GPA

Friday 4 March 2016

Hello parents,

My name is Debbie Hofmeyr, and I’m the new Chair of the GPA. As many of you know, Kirsty Parker has stepped down due to her return to work, and I’m fortunate to be able to join the existing team. I’ve got big shoes to fill and am excited to get to work – alongside our many parent volunteers – to keep up the tradition of fantastic events that Kirsty has overseen for the past couple of years.

I’m looking to build out the core team of GPA volunteers, as in addition to the class reps, we rely heavily on a central committee to help things run smoothly and make our events great! We need volunteers who would be willing to act as Deputy Chair, Treasurer, Secretary or committee member. We’re a fun group and would love to have some fresh faces join us. If anyone is interested in getting more involved, please get in touch.

Looking forward to seeing as many of you as possible at our future activities.

Best wishes
Debbie Hofmeyr (and the GPA)
Chair GPA

Friday 27 November 2015

Hello Parents

School photos have arrived today and will be sent out to you early next week so please look out for those.

Everyone should now have received Christmas cards and mugs etc from the Kids Card Factory.  Please don’t forget that included with each pack are some empty gift cards in the same designs as your cards.  if you would like to load these via the Debenhams website and send them as Christmas presents, the GPA will receive 5% of the amount you put on there.  So if you put £50 on the card, the recipient of the card receives £50 to spend in Debenhams and the GPA receives £2.50. Easy!

Finally, for those of you who have ordered Pantomime tickets, don’t forget to return your form and cheque to Alison Hood as soon as possible as we will be placing the order for panto tickets next week.
Best wishes,

Kirsty Parker (and the GPA)
Chair GPA
Friday 20 November 2015

Hello Parents

Christmas cards from the Kids Card factory have now arrived in school and will be set home over the next few days.

Also, just a quick reminder that we have tickets for Cinderella at the Elgiva Theatre in Chesham on Saturday 2nd January at 1pm.

Tickets are £11 or £12, depending on numbers and include a free ice cream.

Please contact Alison Hood at alison.hood@hotmail.co.uk if you would like to order tickets.
Best wishes,

Kirsty Parker (and the GPA)
Chair GPA
Friday 13 November 2015

Hello Parents

Thanks to everyone who attended the fireworks last week – all 640 of you!  Despite the rain we had a great turnout and a fantastic display, and thanks must also go to those who manned the entrance desk and the stalls.

Pantomime:

The GPA has booked tickets for Cinderella at the Elgiva Theatre in Chesham on Saturday 2nd January at 1pm.

Tickets will be £11 or £12 per person, depending on numbers, and will include a free ice cream.

Please contact Alison Hood at alison.hood@hotmail.co.uk by Friday 20th November if you would like to order tickets.

Best wishes,

Kirsty Parker (and the GPA)
Chair GPA
Friday 6 November 2015

Hello Parents

Fireworks tonight

Looking forward to seeing everyone tonight.  Fingers crossed for no rain!

Please remember that there won’t be parking at school and do please allow enough time to collect your food before the fireworks start!

Gates open at 5.30.

School photographs

Don’t forget –  today is the last day to order school photos if you want free delivery to school!

Best wishes,

Kirsty Parker (and the GPA)
Chair GPA
Friday 16 October 2015

Hello Parents

Autumn Fair last Saturday

The GPA would like to say a huge thank you to everyone  who came along to the Autumn Fair last Saturday.  We had a dry day and a great turnout, which helped make it a great event for the school community.

I have already thanked many of those involved but thanks again to those who helped with the preparations and on the day itself – those who baked, made and decorated, as well as everyone who carried round hay bales and hung bunting!

We managed to raise £2,800 from the fair (almost £1,000 more than last year!!), and a share of that will go to the GPA charity for the year (which will be announced soon).  The remainder will be used to buy extra equipment for the school and we have received several good suggestions of items to buy so we will let you have more information on that as soon as possible.

Fireworks

Tickets are now sold out!

For everyone who has purchased tickets you will receive them in your child’s bag after half term.

School photos

Contact sheets will be coming home with the children this evening.  You should receive one sheet per family with details of how to log into your family gallery to purchase photos.

The sheet you receive shows some example photos (which may not include all siblings) but please log on to view all the photos of your family members.  They really are fantastic and are well worth a look!

Have a great half term!

Kirsty Parker (and the GPA)
Chair GPA
Friday 9 October 2015

Hello Parents

Autumn Fair:

Thanks to everyone who has already been involved in the preparations for the Autumn Fair and for the fantastic harvest donations this morning.  It looks like it’s going to be a dry day so please come along and enjoy the fun – and don’t forget to bring your kit for the football and netball tournaments on the Astro turf!

Fireworks tickets:

Please click on the image [[[[[above]]]]]  to book your tickets for the fireworks.  Please note you need to complete two forms: an order form for tickets and then make payment via Paypal (payment can be made with a debit/credit card – you don’t need a Paypal account!).

Just a quick reminder – Christmas cards:

If anyone in Junior school still hasn’t returned their Christmas card designs to school please bring them in by Monday at the latest are collected from us (Nursery have separate arrangements!)

Kirsty Parker (and the GPA)
Chair GPA
Friday 2 October 2015

Hello Parents

Autumn Fair, Saturday 10th October

You should receive a copy of the Autumn Fair brochure in your child’s bag this afternoon or early next week giving you an update on all the activities available at next week’s fair. The team organising it and all the class reps have worked really hard to make it really child-friendly this year (and hopefully rain proof!), with everything from pottery painting and biscuit decorating to football and shopping.

Please take a look at the brochure and we look forward to seeing you there!

Harvest stall:

One of our stalls this year will be a harvest stall and we’d love it if parents could donate any home made items such as jams, eggs, chutneys, home made chocolates or home grown fruit and veg.

We will be collecting items for the stall at the blue doors at drop off on the morning of Friday 9th October

Autumn Fair – Football and netball tournaments:

This year there will be a Mini football tournament for children (boys and girls!) in years 2-8, starting at 11am.  Then we will have a netball tournament (also for boys and girls) from 12-1pm.

Register your team in advance or just turn up and play on the day.  £5 per child.  If you don’t have a team, come along anyway and join in.

Christmas cards

As part of the Christmas Card project we do with the Kids Card Factory, Junior school children will have brought home their artwork this week, with instructions on how to place orders for Christmas cards, gift tags and other items.  For the first time this year, with any orders placed you will receive Debenhams gift cards with the same design on them and which can be loaded with money and sent as presents.  All purchases give a contribution to the GPA.

Senior school children have not produced artwork in school but will receive full instructions on how to produce artwork for cards at home.

Junior school artwork should be returned to school by 7th October, Senior school by 3rd November and any questions should be directed to class reps or myself.

Kirsty Parker (and the GPA)
Chair GPA
Friday 25 September 2015

Hello Parents

Just a reminder that we are looking for donations for our harvest stall at  the Autumn Fair on 10th October.  Home made items such jams, chutneys or home grown fruit and veg can be left with your class reps or handed in at the blue doors on Friday 9th October for sale on the stall.
We are also looking for children’s raffle items so if you have any toys or books in good condition please hand them in via the same routes as above.
Don’t forget to put the fireworks evening in your diary for Friday 6th November. Tickets will be available soon!
Kirsty Parker (and the GPA)
Chair GPA
Monday 14 September 2015

Hello Parents

Welcome back and a particularly warm welcome to all new parents!  I hope everyone had a great summer and is getting back into the swing of things now.

We had a great, and very busy, summer term, raising over £3,700 from the fun day, more than £2,000 from our copper challenge and the Smartie challenge combined and £335 from the Pimms tent at the two sports days!

Sizeable donations are being made to the Lunchbowl network (the designated GPA charity for the year) and to the Nepal Earthquake appeal.

We also made several contributions to the school: The GPA bought new books for the Junior School library, new benches for the playground and we also bought the gazebo in the Reception garden.

Onto this term!

Autumn Fair, Saturday 10th October, from 11am-2pm

Come along and do some early Christmas shopping with stalls selling everything from jewellery and gifts to children’s clothes and homewards.

As well as the old favourites such as the football tournament and Gayhurst Apple Juice we will have a games room for the children, and a craft room with pottery painting and biscuit decorating among other things.  So you can keep the children entertained while you shop!

Gayhurst Fireworks, Friday 6th October

We will be running the hugely successful fireworks event at school again this year.  Last year’s event sold out so be prepared to buy your tickets early!

Father Christmas is coming to Gayhurst, Monday 14th December

The GPA will also be providing a pantomime and a visit from Father Christmas for all the junior school children.

The first GPA meeting for class reps is taking place on Wednesday this week so your class reps will be able to provide you with more details of all of these events, but if you are new to the school and need more information or if you have any questions, please contact either myself or your class rep at any time.
Have a great summer and look forward to seeing you in September.

Kirsty Parker (and the GPA)
Chair GPA

Friday 10 July 2015

Hello Parents

Summer Fun Day:

Thanks to everyone who came along to the summer fun day, and enjoyed a fantastic day in glorious weather, and also to those who helped on the day and advance by donating cakes, bottles, toys and raffle prizes.

A fantastic day was had by all and we’ll let you know how much the fun day raised once we have all the proceeds counted up.

Smartie Challenge:

So far we have raised over £750 for the Nepal Earthquake appeal, with Smartie Tubes still coming in.  So thank you to all the children for doing their jobs around the house in return for 20p each time!

The money will be given to the Disasters Emergency Committee Nepal Earthquake appeal to buy tarpaulins, water kits and other vital equipment.  We will give the children an update on where the money has gone next term.

Next Term…

Thanks to everyone who has got involved and supported the GPA this year, from the autumn fair to the leavers drinks and at many events in between.  We look forward to seeing you next term.  Here are a few dates for your diary already:

Individual and sibling school photographs – 25th September

Autumn Fair – Saturday 10th October, 11-2pm

Fireworks evening – 6th November

Junior School Christmas Treat – 14th December

Have a great summer and look forward to seeing you in September.

Kirsty Parker (and the GPA)
Chair GPA

Friday 26 June 2015

Hello Parents

GPA Summer Fun Day

The school’s summer fun day is taking place tomorrow, Saturday 27th June from 12-4pm.

There will be bouncy castles, face painting, hook a duck, cricket, bungee running, pony rides, a raffle, a coconut shy and much more so do come along and enjoy it!

Thanks to everyone for their cake and bottle donations, and hope to see you there.

Kirsty Parker (and the GPA)
Chair GPA

Friday 19 June 2015

Hello Parents

Preparation for the Summer Fun Day on 27th June is now in full swing and there will be pony rides, bungee running, hook a duck and lots more.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Wacky Tie and Sock day and brought in their donations of bottles and toys for the Tombola, we will have a fantastic array of prizes!

Calling all bakers…

Now it’s time for cakes:  Please bake and donate cakes, large or small, for the Cake Stall at the Fun Day.  Donations should be left at the blue doors next FRIDAY – 26TH JUNE

Cricket Tournament at the Fun Day 

Mr Kearns will run a cricket tournament from 1-3pm, with captains meeting on the astro at 12.45.  We need 6 teams consisting of 4 children and 4 mums and dads.  They must be year 3 and up.  Any parents who are willing to set up a team must please send Mr Kearns (or me) their team name so that they can be entered. It would be great if we could get a team from each year.

The cost is £5 per head and will go to charity.

For Year 2 and below, there will be a Kwik cricket tournament on the astro from 12-12.45.  The cost of this per child is £2 per head.

Class Photographs

There are only a few more days in which to order your class photographs online – WEDNESDAY 24TH JUNE is the deadline for placing orders.

Smartie Challenge

And don’t forget to help the children keep collecting 20ps in return for any small jobs around the house.  TUESDAY 30TH JUNE is the final day for returning your Smartie tubes to school.

Kirsty Parker (and the GPA)
Chair GPA

Friday 12 June 2015

Hello Parents

Lots going on at the moment…

Smartie challenge

All of the children should have brought home a tube of smarties this week.  Once home, the idea is for your child to empty the tube of smarties and start carrying out good deeds in exchange for 20p per good deed.  On Tuesday 30th June, please bring your tube back to school (it doesn’t matter how full the tube is) and the proceeds will be donated to the Nepal Earthquake Appeal.

Class photos

You will shortly be receiving contact sheets for the class photos which were taken a couple of weeks ago.

Please be aware these do not show your class but they provide details of how to log in to view the images and order photos online.

Wacky Tie and Sock Day

Next Friday, 19th June, the children will be able to wear wacky sock/tights and tie in return for donating bottles (of any sort – from bubble bath to bubbly!) for the tombola at the summer fun day.  Bottle donations should be brought to the blue doors on Friday morning at drop off.

The Fun Day will be taking place from 12-4pm on Saturday 27th June.

If you have any questions about any of the above, please contact myself or your class rep.

Best wishes,

Kirsty Parker (and the GPA)
Chair GPA

Friday 05 June 2015

Hello Parents

A few dates for your diary:

Smartie Challenge: Tuesday 9th June

We will be kicking off the Smartie challenge for charity with an assembly for the children on Tuesday 9th June.  We will be asking them to carry out jobs at home in return for 20ps to fill up their smartie tubes and the proceeds will be donated to charity.  Details (and smartie tubes!) will be sent home with the children next week.

Wacky Tie and Sock Day: Friday 19th June

In return for bringing in lots of bottles for the summer fun day tombola – anything from beer to bubble bath – the children are allowed to wear a wacky tie and socks.

Cake donations: Friday 26th June

Calling all bakers, please bake and donate for the cake stall at the fun day – all cakes welcome, large or small!

And don’t forget the Summer Fun Day on Saturday 27th June – we still need advertising for the brochure, so if you are aware of anybody who might be interested, please let myself or your class rep know.

Best wishes,

Kirsty Parker (and the GPA)
Chair GPA

Friday 22 May 2015

Hello Parents

Looking forward to next half term, the Summer Fun Day will be taking place on Saturday 27th June from 12-4pm, with lots of things for everyone to do – from Hook a Duck to Bungee running!

All the class reps will be looking for volunteers to help man stalls etc, so if you’re able to help, please do let them know and if you know anyone who would be interested in advertising in the brochure, please contact me directly.

I have one other request for a volunteer.  We have already had two people who have offered to help run the school shop next year, but if there is anybody else who is able to help out it would be much appreciated.  It’s not too big a job – particularly if there are three people to share the load!

Finally, we will be running the Smartie Challenge early next half term so look out for further information after the holidays.

In the meantime, have a lovely half term break.

Best wishes,

Kirsty Parker (and the GPA)
Chair GPA

Friday 15 May 2015

Hello Parents

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Coin challenge.  We raised a grand total of £573.32, which will be donated to the Lunch Bowl network – the GPA’s nominated charity for the year.

The results were as follows:

3rd place: 5N with £50.25

2nd place: 3R with £55.28

1st place: 5M with £88

So congratulations to 5M for their fantastic total; they will be allowed to choose the lunch menu for the day as a reward for all their efforts.

An amazing amount raised by everyone so thanks again for all your support,

Best wishes,

Kirsty Parker (and the GPA)
Chair GPA

Friday 08 May 2015

Hello Parents

Just one notice this week: Class photos will be taken on Monday and Tuesday next week. We have split the Photographs over two days to accommodate children who will be out of school on Monday.

Below is a list of which classes will be photographed on each day:

Monday 11th May:

RW, RDW, 2G, 2M, Nursery, 3N, 3S, Year 8, 4L, 4K, 4W

Tuesday 12th May:

1C, 1R, Year 7, 5B, 5M, 5N, Year 6, 3R

Best wishes,

Kirsty Parker (and the GPA)
Chair GPA

Friday 24 April 2015

Hello Parents

Welcome back, and hope everyone had a great Easter holiday.

A huge thank you to everyone for all your help and support yet again last term.

We had a fantastic quiz night in March, with 96 parents on 13 tables, and there was only half a point difference between the winners (from Year 6) and the runners up! Thanks to all those who helped on the night, but particularly Debbie Starrs for her fantastic questions. We made £1,796, which will be split between the GPA funds for school and our nominated charity.

We have also now completed the Coin Challenge, and all the pennies are being counted, with the winning class getting to choose the lunch menu one day. We’ll keep you posted on the results!

Also, a date for your diary: The Summer Fun day will be taking place on Saturday 27th June.

Best wishes,

Kirsty Parker (and the GPA)
Chair GPA

Friday 13 March 2015

Hello Parents

A reminder that the GPA Quiz Night is taking place next week, on Friday 20th March in the Gibbs Hall.

We still have some tables available, so if you haven’t already booked, then please return your form to the school office as soon as possible. And if you can’t get a full table together, please do return your form anyway and we will try to match you up with others who have spaces on their tables.

And we have started the Copper challenge on Wednesday and this will run until Wednesday 25th March.

Take a peek under your sofa cushions and turn out your coat pockets to find all your loose change – 1p, 2p, 5p and 10p. Each classroom now has a box/tin in which to place all the coins, and the class that collects the most will be able to choose the lunch menu for a day. The proceeds will be donated to the Lunchbowl Network, a charity which provides a dinner programme for over 450 orphaned and vulnerable children in Kibera, Nairobi.

Thanks for your ongoing support,

Best wishes,

Kirsty Parker (and the GPA)
Chair GPA

Friday 06 March 2015

Hello Parents

A reminder that the GPA Quiz Night is taking place on Friday 20th March in the Gibbs Hall.

If you haven’t booked your table already, then please return your form to the school office as soon as possible as tables are filling up fast. And if you can’t get a full table together, please do return your form anyway and we will try to match you up with others who have spaces on their tables.

Also, we want your small change!!

We are running the Copper challenge again this year from Wednesday 11th March – Wednesday 25th March.

Take a peek under your sofa cushions and turn out your coat pockets to find all your loose change. From 11th March, each classroom will have a box/tin in which to place all the coins, and the class that collects the most will be able to choose the lunch menu for a day. The proceeds will be donated to the Lunchbowl Network, a charity which provides a dinner programme for over 450 orphaned and vulnerable children in Kibera, Nairobi.

If you have any queries, please get in touch.

Best wishes,

Kirsty Parker (and the GPA)
Chair GPA

Friday 27 February 2015

Hello Parents

GPA Quiz Night

Everyone should now have received a copy of the flyer for the Quiz Night, which will take place on Friday 20th March in the Gibbs Hall. It should be a fun evening with a delicious chilli supper and a few glasses of wine to accompany the quiz.

Forms and cheques should be returned to the GPA tray in the school office and if anyone cannot get a full table of eight together, please do return the form anyway and we will try to match you up with others who have spaces on their tables.

if you have any queries, please let me know and a copy of the flyer is also attached below.

Best wishes,

Kirsty Parker (and the GPA)
Chair GPA

Friday 13 February 2015

Hello parents

After an amazingly quick first half of the term, we are already looking forward to the second half, when we have a couple of dates for your diary: We are planning a Quiz Night for Friday 21st March.

And please start collecting your coppers and small change to help your child’s class in the Coin challenge which will take place after the holidays. More details to follow when we return.

In the meantime, have a great break.

Kirsty Parker (and the GPA)
Chair GPA

Friday 26 January 2015

Hello Parents

Welcome back and a belated Happy new year!

There are a couple of things still to report on from last term:

Parents and children had a great time attending ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ at the Elgiva Theatre in Chesham in early January. With a sizeable Gayhurst contingent in the audience, there was lots of cheering and booing, and ‘he’s behind you’!

The junior school Christmas treat day was fantastic as always, with a pantomime and a visit from Father Christmas. One of our parents took some lovely photos which can be viewed and downloaded by clicking here. (click on the arrow on the bottom right of each photo to download. The password is ‘gayhurstchristmas’.

There’s also lots to look forward to this term with a parents’ Quiz night planned for 20th March and our Smartie challenge coming up before half term.

Best wishes,

Kirsty Parker (and the GPA)
Chair GPA

Friday 5 December 2014

Hello Parents

As we are racing towards Christmas, I wanted to say a huge thank you for all the help and support given to the GPA in what has been a very busy term.
As well as holding some fantastic events – a very damp Autumn Fair and a sold out Fireworks night! –  we have raised a substantial amount of money this term and are looking into whether we can support the school by providing new sound and lighting equipment for the Gibbs Hall. This term’s events have raised the following:

Autumn Fair: £2177.49

Fireworks event: £2189.04

Kids Card Factory: £246.50

Pantomime tickets: £41

Thank you so much, again, for getting involved.

And finally, on that last event, if you still want to come along, we have around 20 extra tickets available for the pantomime, Jack and the Beanstalk at the Elgiva Theatre in Chesham on Saturday 3rd January.  Please contact me as soon as possible if you wish to purchase any.

Best wishes,

Kirsty Parker (and the GPA)
Chair GPA

Friday 14 November 2014

Hello parents.

Thanks to everyone who volunteered at or came along to the fireworks last week. The rain held off, the fireworks were fantastic and a great time was has by all.

A couple of things for your attention…

Bag 2 School

Please remember to bring in any unwanted good quality clothes for the bag 2 school collection on Monday morning.

Pantomime

There are still a small number of tickets left for Jack and the Beanstalk at the Elviva Theatre in Chesham on 3rd January. If you would still like tickets, please return your form to the school office as soon as possible.

Best wishes.

Kirsty Parker (and the GPA)
Chair GPA

Friday 7 November 2014

Hello parents.

Fireworks tonight – Friday 7th November

This event is now sold out so unfortunately no additional tickets will be available on the gate.

For those of you with tickets, please bring along your ticket form which has been returned to you as this is your entry ticket and record of your food order.

Due to the large number of people attending, please could you walk if at all possible or arrange to park your car (considerately!) away from the school site.  There are a number of local roads without restrictions.

Look forward to seeing you there.

Pantomime tickets – Jack and the Beanstalk at the Elgiva Theatre, Saturday 3rd January

Please return any requests for tickets by Monday at the latest please.  Tickets are £11 per person.

Best wishes.

Kirsty Parker (and the GPA)
Chair GPA

Friday 17 October 2014

Hello parents.

There are quite a few deadlines flying about at the moment, so here’s a quick summary:

GPA Fireworks  – Doors open at 5.30pm, for 7pm Blast off, Friday 7th November:

Any last minute forms can be returned in the GPA tray in the school office by Monday 3rd November.  The ticket price includes food, as well as a glowstick for the children.

School photos:

Please return orders to the office by Tuesday 4th November.

Pantomime – 1pm, Saturday 3rd January:

This year’s pantomime is Jack and the Beanstalk at the Elgiva Theatre in Chesham.  Ticket request forms should be returned to the GPA in the school office in an envelope marked ‘Pantomime’ by Friday 7th November.  If you wish to sit with anyone in particular, please indicate this on the form.

Bag 2 school – Monday 17th November:

The children should have received a recycling bag today for the textile recycling scheme which is a great fundraiser for the GPA.  So please have a rummage in your cupboards over half term for any clean, unwanted textiles and bring them into school on the morning of Monday 17th November.

Best wishes and have a great half term holiday,

Kirsty Parker (and the GPA)
Chair GPA

Friday 10 October 2014

Hello parents.

Thank you so much to everyone who supported and attended the Autumn Fair last Saturday.  Despite the weather, we had a good turnout and lots of early Christmas shopping was done!

A couple of reminders for this week:

Christmas cards: 

Card designs, plus order forms and cheques need to be returned to school this coming week (w/c 13th October).

GPA Fireworks Night, 7th November: Tickets are now on sale.  Please place your orders for tickets before half term if you can.

Pantomime: Jack and the Beanstalk

We again have tickets for the pantomime at the Elgiva theatre in Chesham on 3rd January. Order forms will be coming out next week.

Thank you

Kirsty Parker (and the GPA)
Chair GPA

Friday 03 October 2014

Hello parents.

We are looking forward to our Autumn Fair tomorrow, which is taking place from 11am-2pm.

There are over 20 external stalls in the Gibbs Hall to allow you to get in a bit of early Christmas shopping; selling everything you could possibly need, from bags, smellies and gifts for teenagers, to paintings, candles and wine; not to mention the popular toy stall!

There are also some child friendly stalls, including a Spooky Halloween stall and an Autumn Craft Stall, as well as yummy hot food and cakes in the dining hall.

We have had some fantastic raffle prizes donated including a chauffeur driven Volvo to Westfield with £100 to spend when you get there; a photo shoot and photo panel, hair cuts in local salons, a family ticket for Odds Farm, gift vouchers for local businesses and much more, so come along and buy your tickets.

Finally, don’t forget to bring your football boots to sign up for the children’s football tournament: Year 4-8 and Year 3 and below, from 11am-12noon.  Children can sign up on the day (£2 per child).  The dads and staff football tournament will take place from 12 noon – 1pm, and dads can sign up on the day too (£5 to play).  Any dads who are keen on captaining one of the teams please mail Mr Kearns at skearns@gayhurstschool.co.uk

Hope to see you there tomorrow and even if it’s wet most of the stalls will be inside, so please do come along and support the school!

Thank you

Kirsty Parker (and the GPA)
Chair GPA

Friday 26 September 2014

Hello parents.

Just a quick reminder that we would still appreciate some support in a few areas for the Autumn Fair, which will be taking place on Saturday 4th October, from 11am-2pm:

  1. If anybody knows of any businesses that would like to advertise in the fair brochure, please get in touch. The cost is £25 for half a page or £50 for a whole page.
  2. As part of the fair, we will be holding a football tournament for children from 11-12, the cost is £2 per child on the day. Then there will be a dads and staff tournament from 12-2pm, £5 per dad; to be given to team captains before the game. Please contact your class rep if you would like to participate.
  3. We will be having a jam stall at the fair, and would like everybody to donate their spare pots of homemade jams, chutneys and marmalades for the stall. For those who don’t have a stock of home made preserves, a shop bought one, perhaps with a bit of extra decoration, will be just fine.
  4. Raffle prizes: Any donations of prizes for the raffle would be fantastic; for either adults or children. So please ask any friends or contacts who might be able to offer something, dig out those unwanted gifts lurking in your cupboards, and bring in any good quality toys or dvds for children.

Jams and raffle prizes can be left inside the blue doors on Tuesday 30th September and Wednesday 1st October, or alternatively they can be handed directly to your class rep.

Thank you

Kirsty Parker
Chair GPA

Friday 19 September 2014

Welcome back to school.  I hope you all had a fantastic summer break and that you are settling back into the routine by now. I would like in particular to welcome all new parents and their children who have joined the school this term.

I would also like to take this opportunity to introduce myself as your new Chair of the GPA. Along with Catherine Murphy, who has kindly agreed to stay on as our Treasurer, and all of those who have volunteered their time as your Class Representatives, we will be organising a series of events and activities throughout the year, which we hope will contribute hugely to school life.

The GPA can only continue its work with the help of volunteers and I will be delighted to hear from anyone who would like to get involved in any forthcoming events. Please approach your Class Representative if you would like to help in any way.

At this point I would like to say a very big thank you to Gail Slowikowski, who has been the Chair of the GPA for the last two years. Gail has done a brilliant job and made a huge contribution to the school, not least by working with a fantastic ball committee to organise a hugely successful school ball last May, which raised over £40,000.

There are lots of exciting events taking place over the course of the forthcoming school year too and I will be sending out more information as each event approaches. However, here are a few key dates for your diary:

  • 26th September 2014 – Individual School Photographs
  • 4th October 2014 – Autumn Fair
  • 7th November 2014 – Fireworks Night

Autumn Fair:

The first big event of the year!

Thank you to those of you who have already got involved by donating apples from your gardens to go into the Gayhurst Apple Juice, to be sold at the fair.

A couple of other requests too: If anybody would like to advertise in the Autumn Fair brochure, please let me have your adverts no later than Friday 26th September. And we also have a couple of stall-holder spaces still available should any parent or contact of the school wish to take a table in the Gibbs hall. Please contact me directly by email.

Thank you for your ongoing support for the GPA and best wishes,

Kirsty Parker
Chair GPA

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