Welcome to Sacred Heart’s Parents Association.
We are a registered charity and aim to raise much needed funds to support our school in providing equipment, resources and experiences in line with Sacred Heart’s values and curriculum, to the benefit of all our children.
With Sacred Heart receiving one of the lowest budgets of all schools in Barnet, it means that our fundraising is vital for our children to thrive in a fantastic learning environment. We rely on volunteers to support, plan and run each event. All parents and carers are welcome to join in, share ideas, skills and get involved in any way they can.
The Parents Association Committee is made up of a team of dedicated parents who, with the support from other fellow parents and working in close partnership with the school, organise fun events and activities throughout the year to not only raise funds but also to foster a great community spirit within our school. The Committee meets at least once a term to review past events and plan new ones. Meetings are informal and we are always pleased to see new faces. Dates about upcoming meetings are published in the School Newsletter (so please make sure you subscribe to this) and on our closed Facebook page called “Sacred Heart Families” which all parents and carers can join. We host regular coffee mornings so please come along and find out more about how you can become more involved in the life of the school and also meet fellow parents.
Even if you do not wish to become a committee member, we always need volunteers at events and welcome any help offered. Your time and effort will benefit your children, improve their educational environment and you will make amazing friends too. We need your help, ideas and enthusiasm plus children love seeing their parents getting involved with, and at, school events.
If you wish to participate, you can leave a note with the school office, speak to your child’s class Parent Representative or simply email us on email@example.com.
Our Fundraising Initiatives
We raise funds by organising fun activities and events which appeal to children of all ages and their families. Our key fundraisers are the Christmas Ho Ho Ho and the Summer Festival. Over the years we have also held Quiz Nights, an Elvis Night, children's discos, cake sales, cinema nights, second hand uniform sales, sponsored learning activities, raffles and more!
Each year we aim to raise over £20,000 and our activities have funded resources which enhance the school experience for all our children such as climbing frames, playground markings, classroom furniture, school trips, bike/scooter racks, end of year 6 memorabilia, Christmas gifts, playground benches and classroom supplies. The school would not be able to make these regular improvements without our help, so please look at forthcoming events and see if you can help our fundraising efforts over the coming year. The school’s next big expense is to upgrade the IT equipment and resources throughout the school.
Other than support and participate in the events we run, you can contribute to our fundraising in the following ways:
Sacred Heart benefits when you purchase online via “Easyfundraising” (just use the link below and shop as normal). There is no additional cost to you and for every order placed, a donation is made to the school. Please set up your account selecting “Sacred Heart School Whetstone - Parents Association” as your chosen charity.
Company Matched Funding
Some companies offer employees the chance to boost their fundraising by “matching” the money they raise. Matched funding (which may be called a different name by your employer such as “Pound for Pound”) is when your employer pledges a sum of money to a charity of your choice. In the past, banks, building societies, insurance companies, supermarkets, utilities providers, telephone companies and car manufacturers have offered to match fund, however, these schemes are not exclusive to the major corporate giants. If you work for an independent company, they may be interested in charitable giving through match funding too.
Please ask your HR department or your employer if they have a match funding policy and if so, please let us know, as it is very easy to set up and is an important source of income for our school.
The 200 Club is a lottery where parents can pay a minimum of £5 a month to be entered into a monthly draw. There are 3 cash prizes amounting to £200. Please see the link below for the 200 Club Application Form.
Local individuals and companies are very welcome to advertise their services to our school community in our Summer and Christmas programmes and/or place a banner on our school fence. It’s an incredibly cost–effective way of advertising your product and services to our families and neighbours, knowing you are supporting the local school at the same time. Please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org. for more information.
As well as the above sponsorship, we also have a number of companies who support our fundraising in the following way:
Hamptons International – Main Sponsor:
For every property sold or let for staff, parents and friends of a child at Sacred Heart, Hamptons International will donate to the school £500 per completed sale or £250 per completed let. So, if you are looking to rent, buy or sell, please contact Michael Quinn at QuinnM@hamptons-int.com or contact the local branch at 1370 High Road, Whetstone, tel: 020 8045 2888 and mention Sacred Heart.
Avoid your child's belongings getting lost while raising funds for the school. Order via any of the two links below, input the school ID and they will make a donation to the school for every order placed:
Order via the STIKINS and input the School ID 17343
Order via My Nametags and input School ID - 65737
The Littlebird Family Pass is a membership designed to make family fun affordable. It can give you exclusive year-round savings of up to 40% off cinema tickets, up to 50% off top UK theme parks, attractions, days out, kids eat free events at many well known restaurants plus lots of other discounts.
The Littlebird Family Passes usually cost £34.99 but you can buy them at the discounted rate of £19.99 simply by quoting the school’s unique code (see below). For every pass sold, Littlebird will donate £5 to the school so good news all round.
Here is everything you need:
URL to purchase - https://www.littlebird.co.uk/
Our school's Unique Code - SCHSACREDHEART
Please tell your family and friends too so that they can benefit from the discount and also help raise money for the school.
Jenny Igoe Travel Counsellor
For each booking made for Sacred Heart families, Jenny Igoe will kindly donate 1% of each booking value to the school. So, if you’re looking to book a break away, please make sure you give Jenny a call. Jenny's contact details are: Jenny.email@example.com, tel: 0203 627 2660.
Dog Buddy will kindly donate 5% of every eco-friendly dog rope toy sold to the school (10% if you then write a nice review on Amazon). Please contact Lisa Gavigan on firstname.lastname@example.org so that they know that the purchase came via Sacred Heart.
If you have a business and sell a product or a service that you believe Sacred Heart Families would enjoy, please let us know so that we can discuss how best to promote your services to our school community and how you can support our fundraising. Please email us on email@example.com.
Feedback and Questions
If you have any questions or would like to get involved, please get in touch by any of the following means:
- Email us on firstname.lastname@example.org
- Leave a note with the school office marked to the attention of Angela Soave or Angela Togher, co-Chairpersons of Sacred Heart’s Parents Association