A big welcome (back) from the PSA! We are delighted to tell you about some of the events we have coming up at the start of this new school year, with some key dates for your diaries:
Year 7 Parents' and Carers' Social Tuesday 26th September from 7.15pm
At the White Horse Pub, Richmond; a chance to meet other new parents/carers over a drink and feel welcomed as part of the Christ's community. Please let us know if you are planning to attend by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Parents' Information Evening (PIE) Thursday 28th September 6-8pm -
The PSA are again providing refreshments for in between talks so would love plenty of volunteers (so that you can still drop into any sessions you are interested in) to help serve hot and cold drinks. We would also appreciate any donations of biscuits or cakes (bought or home-made, but no nuts), either brought along on the night or sent in with your child to drop at main reception during the day. Do get in touch if you can offer help and/or food via our e-mail as above.
Christ's Book Club Tuesday 10th October from 7.30pm
At the White Horse Pub, Richmond. We are temporarily taking over the running of the existing book club, this time pre-reading "Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow" by Gabrielle Zevin. All welcome, please RSVP to email@example.com
Christ's PSA Annual General Meeting online Tuesday 17th October
Firework Festival 2023 Friday 3rd November, 6-9pm
More information and booking link to follow but tickets will go on sale from Sunday 1st October. This huge fundraising event has sold out in advance in recent years so be ready to book early to avoid disappointment! The volunteer sign-up rota will go out nearer the time but feel free to get in touch before hand if you would like a role on the core organisational team - many hands make fun work!
Thank you for supporting the end of year picnic - read our school year review here Final-July-23-Newsletter-Review.pdf
Tickets are now available for the PSA Summer Picnic 2023
Friday 30th June, 5.30-9pm.
Please see further information and link on our dedicated page /3006/summer-picnic-2023
Christ's PSA Funding Gate
The deadline for suggesting how PSA funds should be used has now closed- thank you for your ideas. We will share news of how money will be allocated before the end of the summer term.
We have been inviting suggestions from staff, students and parents/carers as to how funds recently raised by the PSA should be used. The categories are based on potential cost:
up to £500, £500-£2,500 and £2,500-£10,000.
Larger projects can be also be proposed but would be need to be longer term plans due to the requirement of additional funding sources.
The final deadline for submitting ideas via our online forms has been extended to Friday 26th May.
Please click on the following link if you are a Christ's student
and on the link below to submit suggestions as a Christ's parent/carer/family:
A huge thank you to everyone who came along and supported our PSA Quiz Night last week - together, we raised another £1,600 for the school!
Christ's popular PSA Quiz Night is back on Friday 24th March so start getting your teams of up to 8 together.
See dedicated page for further information /3225/quiz-night-2023
Tickets available from 7am, Monday 6th February https://www.pta-events.co.uk/christsschoolpsarichmond/index.cfm?event=event&eventId=59116#.Y9LAcXbP1EY
The PSA would like to thank you for your support this term, from providing refreshments for parents' evening and the Carol Concert, buying Christmas trees and raffle tickets to volunteering and raising just over £10,000 at the Firework Festival!
We wish you all a peaceful and joyful Christmas.
Tickets for the Fireworks Festival on Fri 4th November have SOLD OUT!
Hot food tokens are now available for ticket holders and volunteers to pre-order
Check our dedicated page for updated information /2754/fireworks-festival-2022
Christ's PSA AGM 8pm, Tuesday 18th October 2022
via Zoom - link and reports to be sent out to all Christ's families
The PSA look forward to welcoming new Year 7 parents and carers to a social get-together to meet fellow year 7 families.
Tuesday 21st September 22, from 7.30pm at the White Horse, Richmond.
Please RSVP if attending by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org
The PSA has unfortunately had to cancel the end of term Summer Picnic on Friday 15th July due to a clash with the new sports day date.
Christ's PSA Quiz Night, Friday 25th March, dedicated information page /2960/quiz-night-2022
Tickets @£15 (including supper) will be available from 7am Friday 25th February - there is a limited number due to space so book early before they sell out! Online sales close at the latest midnight Fri 18th March.
Save the date! PSA Quiz Night 2022
Friday 25th March '22 - Further information coming soon
PSA open meeting Tuesday 23rd November
White Horse pub, Richmond, https://www.whitehorserichmond.co.uk/
Table booked under 'Hannah Childs' from 8pm, all welcome
For numbers please e-mail email@example.com if planning to attend
(* this is rescheduled from the original 16th Nov date)
Fireworks Night 2021
A HUGE THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING CHRIST'S PSA THROUGH VOLUNTEERING OR BUYING TICKETS AND MAKING OUR 2021 FIREWORKS SUCH A GREAT NIGHT!
All tickets for Fireworks Night 2021 are now SOLD OUT!
Food tokens for existing ticket holders can now be purchased online:
For further information click /2754/fireworks-night-2021
Firework Display starts at 8pm
Autumn Term 2021 dates:
Year 7 Parents/Carers Social 7.30pm Thursday 23rd September at the White Horse, Richmond (please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org if you can attend)
PSA AGM Tuesday 12th October (details TBC)
Christ's Fireworks Night Friday 5th November 6-9pm
PSA open meeting Tuesday 23rd November (White Horse Pub, Richmond from 7.30pm)
Order your school shoes at The Shoe Station Kew to support the PSA!
The Shoe Station is an independent, specialist children's and teens' shoe shop in Kew established over 20 years ago. Their on-line shopping service is designed to supply the best quality footwear with expert advice on shoe fitting via a dedicated helpline.
Order your school shoes online at https://www.theshoestation.co.uk/product-category/school-shoes/ between 1st July and 15th September 2021 simply adding the coupon code BTS21Christs when checking out and The Shoe Station will donate 5% of the value of all on-line school shoe sales to our PSA.
They can be contacted via email email@example.com or telephone 0208 940 9905 and ask for Fiona or Georgia for any advice.
NEW for June!
Set your own "2021" Physical Challenge
See dedicated page and forthcoming e-mail from school for more information
Next PSA online meeting Thursday 13th May, 7.30pm.
See PSA e-mail for registration/link details. Main items on agenda are a sponsored physical challenge and initial plans for Fireworks evening.
Congratulations to winning quiz team "Wine of Duty"!
Thank you to all who joined and also donated; you raised an additional £600 towards the bench appeal.
Join our first online Quiz Night!
Get your team of up to 6 households together for the PSA Virtual Quiz Night,
Friday 26th March 8pm - e-mail the PSA with your wittiest team name ASAP to secure your place!
Further information in e-mail from school.
Bench Appeal February Update!
The Year 7 Bingo Night raised £950 - thank you!
Friday 29th January 2021
For instruction on how to register and take part, see details in e-mail from school
Launching the Christ’s Bench Appeal 2021
We are launching an appeal to provide 12 new £300 benches to increase the number of places for children to sit outdoors at school. In addition to some fundraising events this term, you can donate directly through our child's Scopay account:
Donations: Products PSA Outdoor seating
It would be amazing if we could pull together to provide these by the time our children are all back at school once more. Christmas initiatives have already raised the money for the first 2 benches to kickstart the campaign!
Thank you so much for your support with our Christmas 2020 fundraising initiatives which raised over £600 collectively;
purchasing the Christmas trees brought in £170
ordering hand-made fondants made £165
buying Big PTA raffle tickets raised £321
Calendar of events 2021
1st half Spring term:
Wednesday 13th Jan - PSA online meeting (inc. Bingo night planning)
Friday 29th January - Year 7 Family Zoom Bingo Night
2nd half of Spring term
Tuesday 2nd March - PSA Skype meeting
Friday 26th March - Whole school online Quiz Night
1st half Summer term:
Thursday 13th May - PSA Skype meeting
Date tbc - Sponsored distance/physical challenge event
2nd half Summer Term:
Date tbc - PSA meeting
Date tbc - Quiz night at school (Friday night) with raffle and/or auction
Christmas Fundraising 2020
It has been a difficult year for fundraising as we have not been able to run any of our usual events, so we are excited to be able to bring you some opportunities to have some fun and raise money for our school!
We have the following festive activities:
NEW! www.vickisharpphotography.com Fantastic local photographer and Christ's parent, Vicki Sharp is generously offering to make a donation to Christ's PSA for every gift voucher for photo shoots and photography training bought this Christmas.
Big PTA Raffle: opportunity to win up to £5000 with 50% of ticket sales donated. ALL TICKETS NOW SOLD OUT, SORRY!
Local Handmade Festive Gifts: great ideas for Christmas gifts with proceeds donated. EXTENDED Deadline! Final orders Wed 16th December.
Stamptastic: local company with great range of Christmas gifts, including card stamps to make writing Christmas Cards so much more fun!
Easyfundraising: register with Easyfundraising so that every time you shop on line the retailer donates some of their profit to Christ’s PSA – up to 15% without costing you a single extra penny.
Smile.Amazon.Co.UK when shopping on Amazon, sign in through smile.amazon.co.uk and get up to 0.5% of purchase price donated to Christ's. To get started, click on https://smile.amazon.co.uk/ch/1158685-0
To find out more - visit our Christ's Christmas Fundraising page.
Year 7 Parents/Carers Meet-up Opportunity
Unfortunately, due to the introduction of Tier 2 restrictions, the PSA have made the decision to postpone this event which would have been Tuesday 20th Oct. When the White Horse have their outdoors heaters in place, we will look to rearrange after half term to provide an opportunity for you to meet (still with the rule of 6 outdoors) in their lovely garden. If restrictions are eased by then, we would be able to resume meeting in groups of 6 indoors.
Welcome e-mail September 2020
Dear Christ’s Families,
We hope the new academic year has started well for you and your children, whether they are returning to Christ’s after the unprecedented last few months of learning from home or have joined us from other schools.
Usually, at this time of year, the PSA (Parents and Staff Association) would be busy organising social opportunities for the families of new year 7 children to meet up. While that will sadly not be possible in person due to the current situation, we still hope very much to provide an opportunity to meet virtually in this first half of the term. At the moment, we have in mind an online quiz night and perhaps also a virtual Q and A session with existing Christ’s parents.
As always, the Christ’s PSA invites and appreciates suggestions, input and assistance from within its community as every parent, carer and staff member is automatically a valued part of the PSA. The small committee facilitate social opportunities but also very importantly, fund-raising events. The money from this is used to enhance all our children’s educational experience and environment. November would normally be the time for our annual and ever-popular Fireworks night which, again, unfortunately, cannot happen this year. However, we still have a number of things you can be involved in, in particular coming up on Wednesday 30th September at 8pm we have the Annual General Meeting of the PSA.
All Christ's School Parents and Carers are warmly welcomed to join our first PSA meeting of the year, which will also be the Annual General Meeting. It is a great opportunity to meet other people, to find out what we do, help decide on what events we should host this year, and how we should spend any money raised. This year it will need to be held virtually because of the Covid restrictions. This means that there will be a limit of 50 people who can join via Skype, which is our preferred platform as it is free! We have never had more than 50 people attend a PSA meeting so we hope this will be able to accommodate everyone who wants to join - in the unlikely event that the number has been exceeded, please contact the school and we will switch to a paid service to ensure you can join. The link to register to attend is: https://bookwhen.com/christspsa
- Welcome and introductions
a. Financial Accounts overview 2019-2020
b. Trustee's Report overview 2019-2020
c. Election of committee members/trustees
- Year 7 Virtual Social
- Virtual fundraising ideas for 2020/21
- Date and topic of the next Meeting
The link to the Second hand uniform/equipment facebook page with items for sale or to give away is https://www.facebook.com/Christs-School-2nd-hand-uniform-1984452131788097
We would like to take this opportunity to wish you and your families all well for this school year and to ask anyone who might be interested in a role on the committee as Chair, Co-Chair or Trustee to e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
With best wishes,
Hannah Childs (Secretary) and Rowan Woodward (Treasurer)
2019 CHRIST'S SCHOOL FIREWORKS EXTRAVAGANZA - Friday 8th Nov from 6.00pm
Please buy your tickets here as soon as possible to benefit from the Early Bird Discount
Please print out your ticket to bring on the night to gain entry - remember, Early Bird tickets bought in advance are cheaper!
Welcome to Christ’s biggest fundraiser of the year and what a night it’s going to be!
Bring your family and friends along for what promises to be a night of great entertainment, live music from our very own Christ’s bands, DJ Trev, fabulous food, festival face glitter and of course our legendary fireworks!
Buy your Tickets NOW to get the Early Bird rate before they sell out!
Great food on the night, from 6pm - make it Mum and Dad's Night off !
- Beautiful Burgers & Sizzling Sausages
- Fantastic Frankfurters
- Surprising Samosas & Popping Pakoras
- Crazy Cakes & Cotton Candy Floss
- Crispy Crèpes
All washed down with a choice of Beer, Wine, Mulled Wine, Soft Drinks and even Tea or Coffee!
The grill is on, the cakes are baking and the bar is ready.
We look forward to seeing you on the night!
Best wishes from Christ's School PTA.
If you would like to get involved in organising the fireworks, there will be a planning meeting on 8th October - contact email@example.com .
Welcome to the 2019-2020 Academic Year!
Please note the following dates for your dairies......
PSA Coffee Morning
Friday 4th October at The White Horse, Richmond 9am-12noon
The PSA warmly invite you to meet up with other parents and carers over a coffee - new families to Christ's especially welcome!
7:30pm Tuesday 20th September at THE WHITE HORSE, RICHMOND
Come and join us for a fabulous night with drinks and cheese and wine. Tickets £10 each available via school SCOPAY. At bottom of list!
YEAR 7 SOCIAL - DRINKS AT THE WHITE HORSE, RICHMOND
7:30pm till late on Friday 13th September
Come and join us for drinks at The Plough, 42 Christ Church, East Sheen , SW14 7AF.
We are so looking forwarding to meeting new parents to Christ’s School and those who are already part of Christ's and have younger children starting in year 7.
A great evening for parents to chat and feel part of their child’s journey to Secondary School and make friends too.
Come and find out more. http://www.whitehorserichmond.co.uk/find-us
Quiz Night Planning Evening
7:30pm Tuesday 10th September at THE WHITE HORSE, RICHMOND
Come and join us at The White Horse, 14-16 Worple Way, Richmond, TW10 6DF.
All parents and staff are welcome to join in creating a great community in our school.
Come and find out more. http://www.whitehorserichmond.co.uk/find-us
Change of name!
We are now "Christ's School PSA" - Parent Staff Association, to reflect that we are a partnership between parents/carers and all staff working at Christ's School.
We are looking forward to sharing lots of memorable events with you all throughout the coming year!
Christ's School Marquee at the Richmond May Fair
Richmond Green Saturday 12th May 2017 10am to 4pm
Please come and support your school at the annual Richmond Mayfair.
We will be running a burger stall, cakes and hot and cold drinks, plus the chance to win fabulous prizes in a tombola and buy lovely gifts. It is a lovely family day out, suitable for all ages, with lots of funfair rides, games, food and things to buy! Hope to see you there....
Back by popular demand - the Christ's School Quiz!
Friday 9th March at 8pm in the school hall.
Back by popular demand, the Christ's School Quiz Night for parents/ carers, teachers and staff is being held on Friday 9th March from 8pm in the school drama hall (doors open at 7.30pm). This promises to be a really fun and enjoyable evening, regardless of whether you are a quiz buff or not and its a great way to meet up with other parents. Teams will consist of 8 to 10 people and you are very welcome to form your own team, come in a smaller group or on your own - you will soon be part of a team. Tickets cost £10 and include a glass of wine, beer or a soft drink on arrival, as well as cheese and other snacks. There will be a bar selling drinks. Please pay via SCOPAY and bring a print out or details of the receipt on your phone to the quiz.
We will also be holding a raffle and auction to help raise funds for the school, all of which will directly benefit the students. Please ask your local restaurant, beauty salon, gym etc to donate prizes/ vouchers for a free meal, glass of wine, manicure, aerobics session etc. Also, if you have your own business and would like to donate, we would be delighted to promote your products and services. Christ's is a local school attended by over 1,000 pupils. Details of all donations will be sent to the majority of parents and carers. Please get in touch with firstname.lastname@example.org with any contributions.
We are really looking forward to seeing as many of you as possible at the quiz. Thank you for your ongoing support.
Raise money for Christ's whilst Christmas shopping at NO COST to yourself!
Register with Easyfundraising so that every time you shop on line the retailer donates some of their profit to Christ’s PTA – up to 15% without costing you a single extra penny. Over 3000 retailers including Ocado, Amazon, eBay, Argos, Tesco and Marks and Spencer are registered .
Click on www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/christsrichmond/ to register.
Then click on Donation Reminder at the top of the page or use the link below. A small reminder appears on the retailers website every time you shop which is a very convenient and easy way to receive the donation.
Great Christmas Present idea AND raise money for Christ's school!
A group of local mums from a Richmond primary school have a business selling 'Name Stamp' kits which can be used to name school uniform,shoes,pencil cases,equipment etc. It is a huge time saving device and works really well (tested by several PTA members!).
In addition to it being a brilliant product, they will also donate 30% of each purchase to Christ’s PTA!!
Click on stamptastic.co.uk and use Promotion Code – TW106HW.
Christ's Annual Fireworks Display
Friday 3rd November 2017
Christ's annual fireworks were held again this year in Christ's playing fields from 6:30-8:30pm on Friday 3rd November. It was a lovely community event involving all the local primary schools and has plenty of food, drink, music and entertainment as well as the most spectacular fireworks!
The evening is our biggest fundraiser of the year and a great way to support your school. We raised over £4000 in profit!!
Many thanks to Vicki Sharp Photography' for the fabulous photos!
Christ's School Marquee at the Richmond May Fair
Richmond Green Saturday 13th May 2017 10am to 4pm
Please come and support your school at the annual Richmond Mayfair.
We will be running a burger stall with salads, and hot and cold drinks, plus the chance to win fabulous prizes in a tombola and silent auction. There will be sports activities for the kids and our marvellous sports ambassadors will be there to represent our school. It is a lovely family day out, suitable for all ages, with lots of funfair rides, games, food and things to buy! Hope to see you there....
PHASE 2 - now complete!
Phase 2 of the project was completed over the October half term, and the inner quad is now complete with new raised decking area instead of muddy grass. Apparently it is already in high demand! We just need to pretty it up a bit now with hanging flower baskets or similar.........any ideas from parents or students welcome!
You can also just make out behind that the railing and building behind have also been repainted a neutral green, which makes the whole area look much smarter.
So what is the next project going to be? Please come along to the next PTA meeting with any suggestions....
Christ's Annual Fireworks Display
Friday 4th November 2016
Christ's annual fireworks will be held again this year in Christ's playing fields from 6:30-8:30pm on Friday 4th November. It is a lovely community event involving all the local primary schools and has plenty of food, drink, music and entertainment as well as the most spectacular fireworks!
The evening is our biggest fundraiser of the year and a great way to support your school. Tickets are now on sale online.
THANK YOU for your donations!!
PTA Landscaping project to go ahead!
We now have reached the final stage of our Inner Quad Landscaping Project where the remaining muddy patch
will be transformed into a decked seating area, similar to that shown below...
HUGE thanks for all your donations towards the landscaping project – the great news is that we now have enough to go ahead with the work which should take place at the beginning of September. Look out for photos on the PTA page of Christ’s website once the work has been completed.
The other fabulous news is that the fireworks will now be going ahead next year thanks to some wonderful new volunteers! Please help them as much as you can – more news to follow in September. The first PTA meeting of the new term will be Tuesday September 13th at 8pm at the White Horse pub in Richmond.
If you have any questions, suggestions for design or fundraising ideas, or would like to get more involved, please email email@example.com.
To see how the results of the first stage of the transformation, click here /666/landscaping-project
14th may richmond may fair success!
It was another great day at Richmond May Fair this year, with much better weather than forecast for once. Thanks to Paul Cox for getting the Gas Urn to finally work by resorting to lighting it with a match whilst we all cowered at the other end of the marquee, and for his fabulous plants as usual. Many thanks to the great teamwork of the Scheibli's and Tracey Kidd in manning the BBQ, again, and to everyone else who helped on the day and donated cakes and prizes.
We managed to raise over £800 in profit, had a great time, and raised the profile of the school all in one day!
The money raised will go towards the FINAL stage of the inner quad landscaping, where the remaining muddy patch will be transformed into a decked seating area. We will be asking for donations to raise the final sum needed to go ahead with the work - please see article above._______________________________________________________________________________________________
Your PTA Needs You
The PTA are looking for volunteers to help manage and run the very successful and important Fireworks night in November 2016. The current PTA members have been running this event for the last 4 years and would now like to hand over to other volunteers.
The fireworks evening has been running for 11 years now, and has become an integral part of Richmond community's festivities, helping to connect us with, and promote us to, local families. It would be a real shame if the event could not run in November. It would a loss, both to the community and to our reputation, and also because it is our biggest fundraiser of the year, raising around £5,000 in profit.
We are looking for someone who is willing to take on the responsibility of organising and co-ordinating the event, plus a team of people to help out. The event is fully documented and full support and advice will be available from past members. More information on the role can be found here. The fireworks need to be booked in June, so we will need volunteers by 31st May.
We are also looking for people to organise the 2017 Quiz evening, and the 2017 May Fair. Ideally we would like to have teams of people who help to organise particular events, so that the burden does not fall on the same people all the time.
Helping out with PTA events is a great way to connect with other parents, make new friends and be involved in the life of the school. A vibrant parent/carer community helps to generate a sense of pride and belonging, and the money raised helps to create a better environment and more opportunities for our students, for example from the landscaping project, to table tennis tables, drama equipment, library books, other sporting equipment etc. Christ's has an ambition to reach an Outstanding Ofsted rating, and parental engagement evidenced by a vibrant PTA is your chance to contribute to this.
If you would like the fireworks to go ahead next year, and would like to find out more about how you can help with this or other events, please contact the current PTA Treasurer, Rowan Woodward at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PLEASE HELP US KEEP CHRIST'S PTA GOING!! MANY THANKS IN ADVANCE FOR YOUR SUPPORT.
MASSIVE THANKS TO JOHNNY VEGAS FOR RECORD BREAKING QUIZ EVENING!
Massive, massive thanks to Johnny Vegas for hosting the school’s funniest Quiz evening ever on Friday!!
Over 120 parents, staff, teachers and governors were entertained by Johnny for hours (literally!) whilst competing against each other in a closely fought contest. The teachers were narrowly beaten to the top spot by a year 8 parent team, whilst Johnny kept the jokes rolling. Many thanks to Johnny for a truly hilarious and unforgettable evening.
We also managed to smash our previous years takings with a record profit of around £3,200 - over twice last year’s! This means that we can now finish the border area around our new landscaped inner quad, with seating just in time for that Easter heat wave – so many thanks to everyone for their support!
Also huge thanks for all the photos courtesy of Vicki Sharp Photography www.vickisharpphotography.com, for the fantastic food provided by our very own Christ's caterers and for Fitz-Gibbon for sponsoring us.
8 November 2015 Christ's Annual Fireworks Display
Christ's has run a Fireworks evening for the last 11 years. This years fireworks on 8th November was the most successful to date, attended by around 500 Christ's parents, students and staff and around 1500 parents and children from our local primary schools and the scouts. It is a lovely community event and the fireworks were excellent again this year! Many thanks to everyone who helped out.
The evening is our biggest fundraiser of the year and raised over £5000 in profit which now enables us to go ahead with the landscaping project - see details below.
The current organiser will be stepping down this year, so if you would like to help run this important event, please contact Jane Fitch email@example.com.