1. Archive Newsletter 26.04.17
FRIDAY 28th APRIL 2017
With only two days to go before the ‘Building Bridges Challenge’, I must admit to feeling rather apprehensive. For my last challenge I spent months preparing for the event, but on this occasion my preparations have been limited to a few short walks. How difficult can it be?!
The walk will commence at Putney Bridge at 9:00am on Friday morning and will finish at the top of The Shard at 3:33pm, if all goes according to plan.
The total raised so far is just over £3000 (£6000) with match funding. I am incredibly grateful to those that have donated so far.
The money will be added to our current overall total of £400,000. This is an astonishing amount of money and I am incredibly proud of our fundraising team. In reality, this team is a small handful of individuals, who have contributed a huge amount of time and energy for the benefit of your children.
The title ‘Building Bridges’ was suggested by MIND to reflect the partnership between the school and the charity, but it also reflects the link established between local and national businesses and ourselves. These organisations have donated well over half the total amount raised towards the New Build fund and, with the pressure on school’s budgets, it will be even more important to foster these relationships.
Challenges to the school budget – School budgets are tight and irrespective of which political party is in power, the reality is that this will remain the case for the foreseeable future.
Schools are faced with hard decisions and Sevenoaks Primary School will not be immune from this process. We have benefited over the years from strong financial management and this will be key over the next few years.
However, what I am not prepared to do is to compromise with what we offer as a school, and I took the same line with the new building. We could have accepted the plan that was offered by the Educational Funding Agency but that would have resulted in a reduction in the curriculum and extra-curricular activities we could offer our children.
I would prefer to look creatively at how we can raise additional income, which allows us to continue the improvement of the school and the education we provide to your children.
This is why it is so important that we make the most of our current fundraising campaign and the benefit achieved through the match funding, which will cease at the end of this academic year.
We have two terms to go and the ‘Building Bridges Challenge’ is the start of our final push. If you haven’t contributed already, I would be incredibly grateful if you could do so.
If I do not get the opportunity to do so in person, I would like to thank all you that have or intended to contribute.
JustGiving link: Building Bridges Challenge
Lost property clear-out
Grace, with her Victoria Sponge