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After losing some key PSA members in June we were faced with suspending all charity activities until a functioning team could be found. Thankfully, enough of you came forward offering to participate in the PSA that we now have a great core of very dedicated committee members.   

Whilst some of the expertise in running the Christmas Fair was lost, we had enough volunteer support to form a subcommittee for this year's fair.  Weekly meetings and a huge amount of work behind the scenes brought the fair together once again. We'd like to thank every one of the volunteers and their children who signed-up and helped on the day. We didn't quite have enough help for every activity, but most things went ahead as planned either for the whole day or for part of the day. In the end we did raise over £3000 for the PSA to spend on the school, and the day was a terrific start to the Christmas period. Having a BBC celebrity doing pottery throw-downs was a a great boost to the event, and a first for the school fair.   

In other activities we had a successful Wine Tasting evening, a first for the PSA, and enough enthusiasm for it that more of these evenings are pencilled in for the New Year. A Business Networking event in partnership with SHS was another successful event which has gained a lot of local support, with attendees asking for this to become a regular event as well. Marling Staff helped raise PSA funds by baking mince pies for the Christmas concert. These were very popular on the night, and there were long queues at the end to buy the small bags of leftover pies we had. The second hand clothing system setup by PSA parents continues to be a success, and is a valued resource for many at the school. With support from Josh Holme, Marling's Apprentice has held Movie Night's which have been enjoyed by many students, these will be continued next year.

A pop concert is being planned for the New Year, in partnership with SHS, so keep an eye out for notices in your email inbox, and also on the PSA Facebook page.  

In our open PSA meeting in the first term we had four different requests for funding from the school amounting to nearly £2000. The PSA has also made a long term commitment to make monthly school minibus payments of nearly £300. It is great to translate our funds into material improvements at the school. There is clearly a need for our PSA as a resource for the school to turn to, and it is through our activities raising funds that we meet this need.  We have this year lost some of our regular contributions that were being made via Gift Aid, and income via online shopping payments using Easyfundraising are quite irregular.  If a form for, or further information about, Gift Aid payments is needed please contact the psa at marlingpta@gmail.com.  If you need help setting up Easyfundraising, again just ask us and we can help.  (signup here: https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/marlingschool/ and download the plugin for your web browser here: https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/donation-reminder/).  Our treasurer is standing down at the end of this term, so we'd like to thank Mel Cureton for two and a half years' service in the PSA.  

Oliver Wigley, PSA Chair

 
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