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Eastcombe School Association (ESA)

Eastcombe Primary Schools pulls together to raise money in a fantastic way! I am writing this thinking about how wonderful our Christmas Bazaar was yesterday and reflecting on the recent quiz night. These events combined raised a huge amount of money for the school and brought the community together to have fun, share laughter and make memories.
The funds raised by these events and others such as the Gnome Hunt, Fab Friday’s, non-uniform days, race nights and disco’s, are vital to our school. The ESA (Eastcombe School Association) meet termly to discuss and plan upcoming events and agree how monies raised should be spent. Everyone who is a parent at the school is automatically a member of the ESA and encouraged to attend the meetings, which are informal and held at the local pub, thanks to ‘The Lamb’ or ‘The Ram’.
This term alone the ESA have helped to subsidise swimming lessons, subsidise all school trips, paid for each child to attend the Pantomime and have an ice-cream, paid for the Young Voices coach, paid for new play furniture and equipment in squirrel class, paid for our school allotment, bought the licence for our Nativity production, given £1000 towards new reading books, bought into a maths online resource for teachers and bought an annual licence for Charanga, an online music scheme for all children to use, paid for 10 new ipad cases and a spelling scheme for each class. The ESA also pay for our text system to parents which is essential for keeping in touch. Added to this impressive list the ESA paid for new carpets in the summer holidays. What an incredible contribution to our school this all is!!
Future wish lists include creative resources, funding a creative experience for all children e.g. a musician or artist to work with the children, geography resources and a maths themed week.
It isn’t just the additional funds that I am grateful for, it is the way these events pull the community together. We work together as a team to ensure events are well organised, well attended and fun for everyone. The spirit of the school and village community is strong and we provide opportunities to celebrate together and enjoy friendship. We offer things to do for families and nights out for adults. We offer a lot!
Our next event is NOT for fundraising, just coming together as a community and celebrating the season. Tomorrow night is our Christmas tree light switch on and the revealing of this years stained glass windows. Everyone attending will be given a Christmas ribbon to tie to our tree and make a wish. Traditional carols will be sung and refreshments served. This is our way of saying ‘Merry Christmas everyone’ and thank you for being such a great community.
See you tomorrow night, 6pm at the school. Everyone is welcome to attend, please wrap up warm and bring a torch. We look forward to seeing you there.