Minutes of meeting 10 October 2017

Coleridge Families

Meeting Minutes 10 October 2017

Attendees from the Committee and School:   

Elizabeth Mackie (Chair), Nikki McNamara (Class Rep Coordinator), Leon Choueke (Head), Andy Day, Helene Fauquet, Lesley Muir, Eva Gonzalez, Katie Colton, Sarah Wiley, Alan Midgley. Jessie Turner, Francesca Iannaccone, Peter Bacon-Darwin

Not present:   Peter Salerno, Kit Bhatti, Lucy Davies, Susie Cottee, Claire Brown, Claire Slater, Mel Solomou, Ana-Maria Volaric, Nora Ghanem, Jo Holmes, Claire Wright, Sam James, Sam Scott, Keren Amiran, Aurelie Monsaingeon, Andrea Voros, Nina Job, Suz Cocksedge, Morinade Akinbobola


NMN said the following events are scheduled, Halloween Disco, Xmas Cards, Silent Disco.  A movie night is being considered.  What month needs to be decided and whether there will be 2 film showings and to source a film that suits all ages.  Should there be a BBQ outside, weather dependent?

NMN reported that last year’s Carol singing in the Town Hall Square was not worth the effort given the very small amounts raised for Shelter from passers by.  If it is to be done again it should remain at the school with hot chocolate on sale and to include to the two school choirs.  Y3 reps would discuss the proposal with choir leaders.

A ‘staff appreciation day’ is to be scheduled, parents would bring in cakes and fruit platters for teachers, once a term.

Alan said LC or NG should approach the Indonesian Embassy to come in and create an event in the school, shadow puppets and food.  He had been at an event there recently and they were keen to reach out to schools to tell them about Indonesia and Indonesian culture.

SW suggested the idea of a Sporting challenge charity bike ride.  Destination needs to be decided between UK or Europe.  Possibly finishing at Finsbury Park getting the kids involved with the last stretch of the race.  A small group of keen cyclist parents had been approached and SW would report back on what they thought would work best.

EM to talk to Kate Wells regarding the Bees project and what they need.


LC is talking to Haringey Council in relation to historical poorly done works within the Coleridge grounds and is going to ask them to fund the works to remediate them.  On the wider grounds project his proposal is to involve both the parents and kids.  He proposed a three part consultation for the plan with staff, parents/carers and children, spanning out in phases. By getting the kids involved he hopes to reinforce the school’s philosophy of respect and responsibility.  Parents are to be asked in case they have landscape gardening experience etc.  The staff had already started the triage of the grounds: the millennium garden and some of the tarmac areas are the worst. The plan would be developed in phases with each one separately costed.

There will be a parent’s surgery beginning next half term.  There has been a different approach in the way some of the parents who use the grounds a lot after school are approached ie: leaflets and notice boards instead of emails which LC reported having a positive impact.  Face to face chats as well.

On the Halls Project side LC said a deal with LAGAD was nearly secured for renting out the Halls.  A Summer scheme was discussed but there is a clash with the Coleridge Summer sports camp.  It is important to get the space looking more presentable to maximise lettings.  Marketing the hall could use platforms such as Twitter & Facebook and some new photographs need to be included.  SC said her brother maybe able to help with a brochure.  Alan suggested that turn away business from HTH could be investigated.  LC said when the Halls start to be rented out on a regular basis he is thinking of recruiting a 3rd site manager for weekends and evenings.


 LM and NM reported that the sponsorship agreement with Martyn Gerrard for 17/18 was almost finalised as agreed in the last meeting. A further wrap up meeting was scheduled which NM and SW would attend. A View opticians had also approached school about a potential partnership.

The latest accounts were distributed and it was confirmed that the donations to the LEF (and related Gift Aid) would be transferred across to the school for the light board purchases approved at the last meeting.

EM said there was £16k currently available to spend.  LC said priority spending was to finish off the Halls project.  The floor needs repair circa £13k and bespoke storage (by Paul and Darren) at circa £3k.  LC said that funds had been spent on Adrian coming back for the school play.  Year groups would be allocated approx. £30 for costumes.

The meeting agreed that these funds would be available for this purpose and the next phase of fundraising would then be able to be focused on the grounds.

The AGM would be the next meeting and will be on Monday 13 November at 7.15pm.


October 2017


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