Our Pre-School News
Happy New Year 2018 from Mrs Horler & the team!
We welcome back the children after the holidays and hope you all had a wonderful Christmas. A huge thank you for all the kind words, Christmas cards and gifts we received, and for the money collected to help us celebrate with a staff night out. The staff had a wonderful meal and a bit of a boogie at Wycombe Heights Golf Club to celebrate the end of term. Many thanks-it was a good night!
The many Christmas events of 2017 were superb and kept us all busy. The Christmas bazaar was fantastic and great fun-many, many thanks to our chair Rebecca Lewis, the fundraising teamers and all the parent helpers for organising the event so well. The money raised has been put towards altering the outdoor side space at preschool to make it a safe area to play in adverse weather. We are also replacing the soft surface on the main playground which, after many years, has started to perish.
Our annual invitation to Burford School to watch the reception children’s nativity is always a highlight and a few of our children braved the icy conditions to walk up to the school. We all enjoyed the experience of sitting in the big hall to watch the production.
Following weeks of song practice, the children performed to their families at our morning Christmas concert and the afternoon nativity and both events were well attended and enjoyed. Thank you to all the parents, carers, and grandparents who came to watch and support the children. It makes it extra special for the children to have an audience.
The final event of the year was the Christmas party, and most of the children were able to come and enjoyed “Mr Tiz” the entertainer, who did amazing magic tricks, played party games and ended with a balloon surprise for every child! We also had a visit from Father Christmas who gave gifts to the children before dashing back to the North Pole.
Finally, a BIG THANK YOU, to all the members of the Committee-Rebecca Lewis, Julia Ware, Cheryl Nichols, Emma Game, Rachel Rayner, Jeunine Crabtree, Mags Harris, Chess Smart, Robert and Lina Homer, Hayley Turay and Catherine Tichler.
The pre-school could not continue without a team of parents to guide the decisions, organise fund raising projects and support the staff throughout the year. The Committee are always looking for new members and if you would like to make a difference in the running of your child’s pre-school, big or small, please speak to Tina Horler, Paola Maher or Rebecca Lewis for more details.
We wish you and your families a Happy, Healthy and Fun 2018!
What a Year We Have Had!
We wanted to thank each and everyone one of you for all the support you have shown us with our fundraising efforts. We have been able to complete the soft surface flooring in the back garden, mend the leaking shed roof and continue to supply a healthy snack for the children each day.
Thank you very much from all the Committee, the Staff and most importantly, the Children. It really does make a difference to the experience they have with us here at Pre-school and the facilities we can offer them. And we hope you can see evidence of that in and around the Pre-school. THANK YOU SO MUCH ONCE AGAIN!
The Best Bit...
…has really got to be the new climbing frame in the garden of the Village Hall. It was purchased in May 2014 using our hard earned fundraising money and a cash boost of £980.00 from Wycombe District Councillors for the area, Dominic Barnes and John Richards. We were able to get it installed in time for our Open Day in May and we were joined on the day by both Councillors and the Bucks Free Press for it’s ‘Official Launch’. We must thank the Village Hall Trust for giving us the go ahead to install it and we think the children may have had their money’s worth already. It’s a great success and all the children can benefit from it every day.
Last terms Sainsbury’s school voucher items are in. We now have new balls, new play food, a garden teepee, a zig zag tunnel, large foam dice, hedgehog stones, bean bag scarves and a foam rugby ball. Lots of things to get our children up and moving. A big Thank You to the parents who brought in their vouchers!
Please Bring a Bag to School
We had another successful year of clothes and textile recycling and raised over £200 from our two collections (November & April). We will plan another two dates for the next academic year so please don’t throw anything away. In the meantime, it’s important to visit their website to check what they do and don’t accept.
You can raise money for the Pre-school by doing your normal online shopping via easyfundraising.org.uk. Every time you shop, you earn a donation for the Pre-school and it won’t cost you an extra penny. And if you install the Find & Remind toolbar when signing up you don’t even have to remember – you’ll be reminded each time you visit the retailers involved, of which there are over 2,000 including Amazon, John Lewis, eBay, Next and Tesco.
They will donate a small percentage of what you spend to us to say thank you for shopping with them. It’s a really simple process, all you have to do is:
- Register at www.easyfundraising.org.uk.
- When you’re asked to choose your cause, select Marlow Bottom Pre-school – Buckinghamshire.
- Get shopping – it couldn’t be easier!
We do already have a small handful of supporters who are shopping online and raising money for the Pre-school but this is something that could be done so easily by everyone! Please register, it costs you nothing!
Where Does it All Go..?
You will no doubt be wondering where and what we spend all our fundraising money on? And it’s a very good question! Obviously the Climbing Frame was a massive purchase for the Pre-school and it did cost £3,800. We’ve also made some other big improvements to the outdoor space in recent times such as the large digging beds, small planting border and chalk boards. Please also be reminded that we do fund the children’s daily snacks – fresh fruit and vegetables which can cost up to £1,000 per year. And who can forget those lovely days out the children have enjoyed to the Wild Life Trust at Wooley Firs. The staff have also purchase some other nice new toys and pieces of equipment. A full report of what has been spent this academic year will be given at the AGM in October.
And what are our future plans..? We would welcome your thoughts and suggestions on improvements to the Pre-school and you can either speak to Mrs Horler or please do come along to one of our very informal Committee Meetings and have your say. Everyone is always very welcome.