Hello and welcome to the Eliot Bank School Association (EBSA). We are a voluntary fund-raising organisation run by parents and friends of the school with the support of staff and children. As a parent or carer of a child at the school, you automatically become a member of the association.

We very much hope you will join us in our fundraising efforts to improve the school environment for all our children. EBSA organises all sorts of events, including discos, film nights, fairs and raffles and has funded items such as a climbing frame, computer, cooking equipment and much more. Our volunteers also provide refreshments at big school events, run a regular second hand uniform stall, sell after-school ice lollies in the summer term and staff the school's weekly cake sale.

Everything we do is down to the talents and enthusiasm of the parents and carers who get involved. Some people help out now and again, while others are able to make more of a regular commitment – either way, your support is invaluable.

There are so many ways you can make a difference. Don't worry if you can't make it to meetings, we often need help baking cakes, asking for raffle donations or helping to set up a school event. Perhaps you have a skill which you could put to fund raising use? Even more importantly, we really welcome new ideas and pride ourselves in being a friendly and welcoming group.

This year we hope to organise a whole range of activities which will not only raise money, but be a lot of fun too. Please be part of our fundraising team and come along to one of our regular meetings, or catch me in the playground for a chat.

Katie Knowles
EBSA Chair

EBSA Christmas Fair 2017

A huge thank you to EBSA for organising a fantastic Christmas Fair this year - our best yet! Last Friday, the school was full to bursting with family and friends and former students. A huge team of parent volunteers helped at the countless stalls throughout the hall, balcony and gym. We’re so grateful for all your support.

The total raised from the fair was £2976.63 and an additional £1,033.85 was raised through Christmas cards orders. This makes the Christmas fundraising total a whopping £4,010.48!

Since January 2017, money raised by EBSA has been spent on two table tennis tables, activity benches, water tables and mud kitchens for early years, a Junk Orchestra performance, football goals, new non-fiction books, home readers and dictionaries for across the school. Plans for further spending include outdoor musical instruments for the playgrounds, Curriculum Week 2018 and phase budgets. We are already in discussions with EBSA about what to fundraise for in 2018.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank Caroline Waters, Jo Trim and Camilla Sheldon, who step down from their role as co-Chairs. They have worked tirelessly with the EBSA team to raise incredible sums of money for the school over the last few years. Events such as Thrift Theatre’s return on World Book Day will long live in the memories of our children and projects like the pirate boat in the KS1 playground will no doubt create hours of enjoyment for many a young sea matey. Thank you, all, on behalf of the children, parents, school staff and governors.

From January, Katie Knowles takes over as Chair of EBSA and Damaris Hammerli will continue as treasurer. We look forward to working with Katie and the EBSA team in the New Year. Those interested in being involved in EBSA are welcome to attend an AGM held in the gym at 9am on 12 January 2018.

Summer Fair 2017

Many thanks to the wonderful and creative parents of EBSA, who volunteered their time to organise our fantastic Summer Fair on 24th June 2017. Fortunately, the weather held out for the Fair this year, the day was excellent raising a magnificent £5,124.00 and we had some very happy raffle prize winners! Every penny that you spend contributes to fantastic equipment and experiences for the children. Please come to a meeting on 6th July at 9am to help us decide how we will spend EBSA money.