WALHAMPTON PARENTS' ASSOCIATION
The Walhampton Parents’ Association (WPA) is a vital and active part of the Walhampton school community, made up of parents and school staff, creating fun events for all, and fundraising.
The WPA and its volunteers work hard throughout the year to achieve its aims of:
1. Raising funds for the two house charities
2. Raising money for the ‘Walhampton Wish List’
3. Creating fun events and activities for everyone at Walhampton, young or old, including Quiz Night, The Summer Party and Fireworks night.
It is made up of a volunteer group of parents, drawing on their wide range of professional experiences, to meet these objectives.
- HOUSE CHARITIES
- THE WALHAMPTON WISH LIST
- SOCIAL ACTIVITIES
The two house charities this year are:
• School in Khe Nang
The Walhampton school community raised money to finance the building of the school in northern Cambodia in 2017 through United World Schools. Walhampton is now committed to raising funds to ensure it keeps running every year. The school is in Khe Nang, a remote area near the border with Laos, where there was previously no education provision. Walhampton staff and parents visited the school six months after it opened its doors and were delighted to see how the school is providing a hub for the community.
• The Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance
The Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance which brings an advanced critical care team to seriously ill and injured patients across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. Using both the helicopter and emergency response vehicle, the independent charity effectively brings the hospital to the patient when time is critical, giving each patient the best chance of survival and recovery. This charity was chosen in January by school pupils.
The Wish List is a list of resources for the school requested by parents or teachers and is paid for from the WPA’s fundraising efforts.
Fundraising for the school is a greatly valued part of the role of the WPA. The fund should benefit as many in the school as possible and money raised is specifically for projects that cannot be covered by school fees, but enhance the children's experience at school.
Most recently, the WPA has funded the Wellbeing Hub, the new outdoor area, designed to help support Walhampton's physical and mental health provision with a dedicated relaxed space for children. The fabulous area is already being enjoyed by all, be it break times, for lessons, or by the boarders relaxing after school.
The WPA organises several popular events throughout the school calendar with the aim of having fun and raising some funds. These range from the school Easter Egg hunts to Fireworks Night and a large Summer Party for parents at the end of the school year.
Whilst the WPA committee is responsible for overall fundraising, they rely on the help and support from the whole school community and always welcome volunteers. And it is thanks to the generosity of Walhampton families that make the WPA events so successful.