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Parents Association – WESPA

The William Ellis School Parents Association (WESPA) welcomes all parents, carers, teachers, staff and friends of the school. WESPA plays an active part in school life at William Ellis and it’s a great way to get involved with the school, get to know each other and join in with some fun social and fundraising events.

WESPA update

WESPA has a policy of being broadly guided in our grant making by the wishes of the students as expressed through their representatives on the Student Council.  We have a list of short, medium and long term 'wishes' from the boys and our current big projects are raising funds for:

  • Musical instruments
  • Library Resources
  • New cardiovascular and gym equipment

Please CLICK ON THE LINKS BELOW for further information about our fundraising goals and how you can donate.

WESPA fund raising spring term 2019:

The new Performing Arts Block at William Ellis School is now open! We're seeking funding for much needed equipment and instruments and support for extra-curricular groups like the samba band. Any contribution would be hugely appreciated and will make a real difference to the lives of our children. Research has shown the huge benefits that music brings to children’s happiness and learning. 

http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fund/williamellismusicforall

We’re seeking funding to enhance William Ellis School’s Library, so that all students from our local community have access to inspiring (non-curriculum) fiction and innovative nonfiction. With your help, we're raising much needed funds that enhance and broaden our students' horizons. 

http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fund/williamellislovebookslibrarycampaign

https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/donation-web/charity?charityId=1011368&logout=Y

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WESPA has an Instagram account!

Follow us: @william_ellis_school_pa

 

WESPA  - what do we do?

Our purpose is to organise activities that can benefit the school by raising funds to pay for things like school outings, sports equipment, educational visits from music and theatre groups, and better play and learning equipment — things that add value for the pupils and would be beyond the normal budget of the school.

Throughout the year we organise a variety of enjoyable events for the whole school community, including the Quiz Night, Spring Shindig, Fun Run and Winter Raffle. We raise thousands of pounds each year and help with school events including drama, music and sport as well as with the maintenance of the school’s residential centre at The Mill.

We also provide refreshments at school events such as concerts, plays and parent evenings.

Forthcoming Events:

  • Spring Shindig - Friday 22 March 2019. Featuring William Ellis Vocal Group and Big Band. Special guests King Groovy and the Horn Stars! All welcome. Proceeds to the new Performing Arts studios!
  • WESPA Meeting - Tuesday 30 April 2019, at 6pm. Learning Resources Centre. All WES parents and carers welcome
  • Sponsored Fun Run - September 2019. All proceeds to the Sports Department!
  • William Ellis School Table Top Sale  - December 2019
  • Uniform Swap at the Table Top Sale
  • WESPA Pop-Up Shop - December 2019
  • Winter Raffle and Winter Entertainment Evening - December 2019

WESPA fundraising

Over the years, WESPA funds have been used to develop the Biology and Science Laboratories, the Art Rooms, the Computer Rooms, and the Library Extension. WESPA has supported the purchase of sound and lighting equipment in the School Hall, sports equipment for the Multigym and the Sixth Form Centre and has contributed to The Mill Residential Centre.  We work with the Student Council to support the boys with projects that they believe are important such as basketball hoops and balls and playground improvement. 

How to get involved

While your children are at William Ellis we hope that you will find a little time to support WESPA. It’s a great way to meet fellow parents and carers as well as a chance to get to know the school and staff a little better. Helpers are always needed at events and new ideas are always welcome. You can keep in touch by adding your name to the WESPA email list. 

Just send an email to Marion Lester-Card, WESPA Chair (mariononemail@gmail.com).