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Parents' Association

The Hazelwood Parents’ Association (HPA) is a longstanding and energetic part of the school community. With a number of varied events throughout the year and a team of volunteer parents pulling it together, it helps raise several thousand pounds annually to support the school by providing additional facilities for the benefit of all the children from the Nursery and Early Years Foundation Stage through to Year 8.

We have a team of parents supported by school staff who organise events but we are always looking for more people to help. If you would like to come on board or attend a meeting, please contact the Chair, Sasha Latter, sasha@mitchellstephenson.com.  Even if you feel that you cannot commit to being on the committee, please do get in touch with any offer of help or ideas for events or sponsorship.  We would love to hear from you!
HPA Calendar of Forthcoming Events

Quiz Night  Thursday 29th September 2016
Boden Party Monday 3rd October 2016
HPA AGM Tuesday 11th October 2016 
Fireworks Night Thursday 3rd November 2016
Christmas Fair Saturday 3rd December 2016
Summer Ball Saturday 10th June 2017

Further details of all forthcoming events will be circulated in the Nutshell and through Form Reps in due course.  

HPA Committee
The Committee holds its meetings usually twice a term in the evening.  Ad hoc meetings relating to specific events also take place and much communication and activity takes place outside meetings.  Any volunteer can therefore become involved according to the time which they wish to give.  This is a great way to meet other parents and become more involved in doing something worthwhile for the children whilst having fun.  
Sasha Latter Chairman
Rhona Castell Treasurer
Barry Gilham Secretary
Marese Gildersleeve Committee Member
Lizzie Stephenson Committee Member
Rachel Nixon Committee Member
Lucy Stuart Lee Committee Member
Tracey Syrett Committee Member
Natalie Thomas Committee Member
HPA Fundraising
The money raised by the HPA has been given towards a number of projects and, most recently, these have included: 
  • Playground and outdoor learning equipment at the Nursery and Early Years, Chestnut and Hazelwood
  • Gazebo for sports and other school events
  • New curtains and blinds for the Paterson Hall at the Nursery and Early Years site
  • Hazelwood Library donation to purchase new books
  • A classroom in the trees - a treehouse for the Hazelwood site
In previous years, further examples have included a new dance studio, theatre equipment, cricket nets, minibuses and help towards refurbishing the swimming pool.

HPA Charitable Donations

In 2015, to mark Hazelwood’s 125th anniversary, the school launched The Community Fund and this will be a major beneficiary of the school’s charitable fundraising activities for the foreseeable future. In time, local community organisations will be invited to apply to the fund for small grants to support their own programme of events, and in particular those with an educational bias. The Community Fund will be a way of saying 'Thank you' to the communities of Oxted, Limpsfield and surrounding areas for their support over the school's 125 year history and of looking forward to new and exciting chapters in all our histories.

From time to time donations have been made to other local charities. For example, Harvest Festival food donations were given to the Caterham Food Bank: http://caterham.foodbank.org.uk

Other Fundraising activities

On-going ways you can get involved  

Christmas Cards
The HPA also benefits from the sale of Christmas cards designed by your child – further details to follow in October. 
The Giving Machine
The utterly genius way of generating FREE money for Hazelwood! Sign up, use when shopping online and the HPA receives a free commission from over 400 retailers including Amazon, Waitrose, Sainsbury’s, Boden, John Lewis and The White Company.  There’s now even an app to make using the site more accessible or just open a new tab before you checkout online.  Currently, we have over 125 parents and staff on board and with your help we could beat last year’s total raised of nearly £600. Thank you for your support! www.thegivingmachine.co.uk 
Free commission is also paid to the HPA when shopping at the retailers below so please do enter the relevant code to generate this before checking out:
Easy2name (nametapes) – www.easy2name.com  - Code: HAZELWOOD SCHOOL RH8
Yellow Moon (arts and crafts) – www.yellowmoon.org.uk – Code: SHA120
Northbrook (cards & wrapping paper) – www.northbrookfundraising.co.uk – Code: HAZELWOODSCHOOL (RH8 0QU)
Micro-scooters (scooters and accessories) – www.micro-scooters.co.uk – Code: 125386
Stamptastic (personalised naming stamps) – www.stamptastic.co.uk – Code: HAZELWOOD 
The School Shop
The HPA also runs the School Shop which sells a range of second hand uniform and other new and second hand accessories for school.  All net profit made is for the benefit of the HPA.  Please see the school website page for further details. 
The Hazelwood Recipe Book
The remaining few of these unique books beautifully illustrated and creatively put together by Hazelwood pupils past and present are available in the school shop for £10.  
Event Sponsorship
If you or your company (or anyone you know) are interested in sponsoring any of our events, this is a great opportunity to advertise your business in material that parents receive.  We can feature you in programmes, emails, posters and letters to the parent body.  We are ever expanding and now have over 550 children at Hazelwood.  Please contact us if you are interested!

Other HPA Information
AGM and Annual Accounts
The accounts are audited every year and these are presented at the AGM.  Further details of the HPA fundraising figures can be obtained from the Treasurer, Rhona Castell, on rcastell@hotmail.co.uk.

This is your HPA so please do come forward to be involved – we would love to hear from you!

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