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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. 

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

WESPA update:

WESPA is guided in our grant making by the wishes of the students, as expressed through their representatives on the Student Council, and in discussion with the school.  Please CLICK on the links below to find out about our current fundraising goals and to donate. Your generous support helps broaden the students' horizons!

Support Us:

One-off and monthly donations to WESPA can be made using this Virgin Money Giving link:

https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/charity-web/charity/finalCharityHomepage.action?charityId=1011368

easyfundraising:

Thank you to all who are using easyfundraising to raise FREE donations for WESPA – to gain a free £5 for WESPA, sign up using this unique link and search for William Ellis School Parents Association: https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/invite/UJBDW4/1KH7PM

Or sign up at: https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/williamellispa/ and click ‘support us’

Follow us on Instagram: @william_ellis_school_pa

 

Coronavirus: Organisations providing emergency food. Public information pages from Camden Council:

http://camdennewjournal.com/article/coronavirus-organisations-providing-emergency-food

 

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

Summer Term 2020

  • WESPA e-newsletters

Autumn Term 2020

  • WESPA Sponsored 5K run
  • Meet the ParentsPlease pencil in your diaries for autumn 2020. Meet the Parents is a pioneering scheme to give primary school parents the inside story on their local secondary schools by hearing first-hand from families currently at local comprehensives. In the seven years that the scheme has been running in Camden, the talks have won over scores of parents to staying local rather than sending their children to schools outside the area. Each child brings a boost to the secondary schools’ budgets and strengthens the local community. It can be a good experience for your son to speak in front of a group and answer questions. Each student is given a cinema voucher as a thank you! https://meettheparents.info
  • WESPA Working Weekend at The Mill, 9-11 October 2020. Let the Warden of The Mill know if you would like to volunteer (adults and over 16 year-olds only): https://themillforestgreen.co.uk/volunteers
  • WESPA Arts & Crafts Fair
  • Winter Raffle & Winter Entertainment Evening - December 2020
  • Uniform Swap at Parents' Evenings throughout the year

Spring Term 2021

  • WESPA Meeting. Learning Resources Centre. Everyone welcome, please come along!
  • WESPA Working Weekend at The Mill. Let the Warden of The Mill know if you would like to volunteer (adults and over 16 year-olds only): https://themillforestgreen.co.uk/volunteers
  • Spring Shindig - A popular bands night with performances by students and staff, with food and refreshments in a 'jazz-style' setting. All welcome. Adults £3 on the door, children free.
  • Uniform Swap at Parents' Evenings throughout the year

Summer Term 2021

  • WESPA Meeting. Learning Resources Centre. Everyone welcome, please come along!
  • International Food Festival & Music Evening. Cooks, musicians and helpers needed! Please email mariononemail@gmail.com 
  • WESPA Working Weekend at The Mill
  • Quiz Night 
  • WESPA Arts & Crafts Fair
  • Uniform Swap at Parents' Evenings throughout the year

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. 

Thank you to everyone who donated on-line, attended events, sold raffle tickets and baked cakes, raising over £10,000 during the 2018-2019 academic year. In addition, we are very grateful to the Birkbeck and William Ellis trust for granting WESPA £9,500 in match-funding towards the Music Department, Art Department and new Food Tech Lab.

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).