Coleridge Families Annual General Meeting 2015
Where your fundraising is being spent
The Coleridge Families AGM took place on 13 October. The AGM is the meeting where all those present agree on how the funds raised over the last school year are to be spent. The fabulous hard work by you all raising money makes a real difference to the children and to the School so we hope you think it has been worth all the effort!
Thanks to you we raised £51,000 (including sponsorship) in the 2014/15 school year and, after taking into account the balance at the Bank and various items already accounted for, we had around £32,000 available to spend on projects.
WHAT DID WE FUND IN 2014/15?
The main fundraising effort for 2014/15 and the year before was for the MUGA (the multi-use games area on the West Playground) and for the refurbishment of the Shirley Boffey House. These efforts left the Coleridge Families’ coffers rather empty and the focus was on fundraising to enable us to start paying for things again in 2015/16. There was however some money available for smaller items during the course of the year including: beekeeping suits and equipment; a singing teacher for two terms; stage make up for Y6, hi-vis vests for school trips; iPads for Nursery; plants and compost for the Allotments; outside play and learning equipment for Early Years; and book bags for Reception.
NEW FUNDING for 2015/16 – £24,000
West Halls – £16,000. The Governors have been working on a proposal to create a single large hall with a dividing wall on the West side to enable whole School assemblies and better school productions. This project has been going for some time but it is hoped that the School will be able to go ahead and complete the works in the Summer holidays in 2016 so the hall will be available for the next school year. As well as this amount, which is the profits from the 2015 Summer Fair, the meeting also pledged the profits from the 2016 Summer Fair to this project.
MUGA set aside – £2,000 per annum. The refurbishment of the MUGA in Summer 2014was funded by parents, Coleridge Families, and Haringey Council. The MUGA is now an essential resource for School sports and has been a tremendous success. The meeting pledged £2,000 this year and for the next few years in order to provide a fund which is to be used when the MUGA turf requires replacing in 10 years time.
Library Project – £4,000. The aim of the Library project is to update the stock of current books in both Libraries and to make the libraries better places for the children to visit and enjoy books. This sum will be used primarily for new books, including more books which reflect the diversity of the School community, but will also be used to improve the spaces. A small team of parents is working with Nina Grimes and Paula Kitt on this project. They have masses of exciting plans and will let you know more soon.
Newspaper – £500. The Coleridge Newspaper has been an enormous success. This funding will help the newspaper team put it on an even more professional footing.
Costume Cupboard – c. £1,500. The Y6 Class of 2015 succeeded in raising more money than they needed to fund their leavers’ events leaving a healthy amount to spend on Y6 related projects. As the play is such a key part of Y6 some of the surplus funds will be spent on refurbishing the costume storage cupboard.
We are also scoping out a proposal to buy a number of gazebos for school use which we will also be able to used at CF events.
The remaining funds will be preserved to leave us with cash flow to finance this year’s events and any in year spending that is necessary.
Full minutes of the AGM and the summary accounts presented will be available on the Coleridge Families website (www.coleridgefamilies.co.uk). Details of the committee meetings will also be on the website as they are fixed. We meet at least twice a term in the evenings and anyone is welcome to attend. Feedback is welcome – you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or ask us a question on the Facebook group.
The CF Committee