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Winsley School Community Association (WiSCA)

WiSCA Overview

The school decided to change the name of the Winsley School Parent Teacher Association to Winsley School Community Association (WiSCA) in order to be clear that the association welcomes support and involvement from across the Winsley community, not just the school. We are fortunate at our school to have had an association which has been an integral part of the school community for many years. In its time the association has raised thousands of pounds, which has been spent on equipment and resources to enhance our children’s education experience and the school’s facilities.

We raise money by hosting some wonderful events such as:

  • Summer & Christmas Fayres
  • Discos
  • Village Quiz night
  • Cake Sales
  • Bonfire Night Event + much more

 

Support from PTA-UK

Our WiSCA is a member of PTA-UK, which is a national charity and membership organisation providing support and guidance for all home school associations in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Our association is one of over 13,600 members in current membership of the PTA-UK.  We pay an annual membership fee which gives us lots of member benefits including comprehensive insurance cover for all WiSCA run events, support and advice on running the WiSCA plus fundraising ideas and good practice hints and tips. PTA-UK also provides us with the opportunity to meet and communicate with other PTAs to discuss and share experiences. We receive termly publications, which are displayed on the WiSCA notice board and we receive guidance to ensure our events are legal and safe. In addition, we have a valuable resource at our fingertips – www.PTA.org.uk

For more information please see the below document.

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Money raised during 2016-17

During 2016/17 WiSCA raised an amazing £9400 in profits, all of which went to supporting a vast range of school projects, including:

  • Renewing the annual subscription to Mathletics to support maths learning across the school.
  • Buying licences for Clicker 7 literacy software which teachers are using to inspire children.
  • Funding a year-long Bath Abbey School Singing Project in which all children had expert singing tuition and the school choir had the opportunity to sing with a massed choir at Bath Abbey.
  • Refreshing the library stocks with teachers choosing new books for each class.
  • Buying lower case keyboards which have helped KS1 children when using computers.
  • Funding materials to repair the school path, used for the Womble and at play times.

     

How you can get involved

There are lots of ways you can help and support your child through the WiSCA. 

Offering to help before events or at other times during the year is so valuable.  It doesn’t matter if you can’t help on a regular basis, or even if you cannot come into school.  There are always jobs that can be done from home if you have half an hour to spare e.g. wrapping gifts, preparing raffle tickets etc.  We really couldn’t achieve what we do without the behind the scenes help that we receive.

If you would like to be more involved you can volunteer to be a Class Representative or Committee Member.  Or you can simply support the AGM and give us your ideas for fundraising events. This is also the time to ask questions or voice your opinion.

You can help by letting us know if you have any contacts or skills we could use, everything is potentially valuable to us.