You are invited to attend Friday Services and are welcomed at a whole host of events throughout the school year. The flourishing Parents’ Association (EPA) raises money for charity by organising a plethora of enjoyable activities. Many of our facilities, including the tennis courts and swimming pool (when accompanied by a qualified lifeguard), can be used by parents during school holidays.
We know that you, as parents, lead busy lives. At Edgeborough we have developed a breakfast club as well as an extensive programme of after school clubs where pupils can enjoy activities with their friends in a safe environment, while affording you that extra bit of flexibility to your day. In the later years there is also the opportunity to enjoy supper at school and for overnight stays in the boarding house from Monday to Thursday.
Edgeborough is a wonderful setting for your child to develop an early love of learning, and we hope that you will want to come and visit us to discover what makes our school so special!
The EPA is central to the social cohesion of the school; organising events for both parents and children to enjoy. Events are inclusive to all, self-funding and any profits divided between the school’s chosen charity and the running costs of the EPA. The EPA is a committee made up of parents from every year group in the school, who volunteer their time to help organise events throughout the year.
Summer Fair 2016
Due to rain showers, our eagerly anticipated Carnival themed Summer Fair had been postponed from the Summer term, and rearranged in September. Frustratingly, the rain made another appearance, but we soldiered on! Bouncy castles and bouncy slides were inflated in the Dunbar Hall, and everyone enjoyed a BBQ and bar, ice-creams, face-painting and an amazing cake sale. There were lots of fun activities organised by parents and Year 7 children including: Hook the Duck, Gold Rush, Tombola, Penalty Shoot-out and Splat! where the children thoroughly enjoyed trying to soak the Headmaster Mr. Davies! One memorable highlight of the Summer Fair was the first ever Edgeborough Dog Show! Expertly compered by Mr. Annis, and judged by an actual Crufts judge – there were seven categories including Best Treat Catcher and Waggiest Tail. It was wonderful to see so many pupils and teachers showing off their furry friends, and the winners proudly displaying their rosettes! The Summer Fair kick started the fund-raising for the year with an impressive £752.87.
Edgeborough 2017 Calendar
The school calendar took on a different look and feel in 2017 in support of our very special charity robbiesrally. The pages of the calendar were full of purple balloons in memory of Robbie, with just one poignant purple balloon featuring in Robbie’s birth month of October. All the children from Nursery 1, through to Year 8 were photographed, grouped together in their month of birth. Damien Bailey, Edgeborough parent and professional photographer, captured fantastic group photos of the children in different settings around the school. The result is a beautiful collection of memorable photos, collated into a calendar that went on sale to parents just in time for Christmas. The proceeds of the calendars raised a wonderful £726.08.
Bonfire & Fireworks Party
On Friday 11th November, we welcomed pupils, parents and grandparents to the eagerly anticipated Bonfire and Fireworks Party. Luckily the weather was on our side, and we had our best turn-out ever! We watched the Guy (made by Mrs. Sutton and the Hawkes club) burn on the huge bonfire, enjoyed the brilliant fireworks display (expertly coordinated by Mr. Holder and Mr. Annis) and we gathered around the stalls selling hot and cold drinks, hot dogs, sweets from Mr. Simms and flashing novelty toys and glow-sticks. This year, for the first time we set up the popcorn machine in the pavilion, so there was no end to the treats available! It was a wonderfully enjoyable evening for the broader school community which raised an amazing £1,483.64 for robbiesrally.
Edgeborough Charity Christmas Cards
Following on from the success of this initiative the previous year, the EPA worked with teaching staff to arrange for all children from Nursery 1 through to Year 8 to make a beautiful festive Christmas picture. Some wonderful designs were created! These designs were then used to produce Christmas cards, gift tags and mugs and tea-towels for parents and family to purchase. This project was very popular once again, and a great fund-raiser for robbiesrally raising a fantastic £1,734.37.
Christmas Flashing Gifts Sale
Towards the end of the Christmas term, the EPA elves (complete with Christmas jumpers) set up stalls at ‘Morning Buns’ to sell flashing Santa Hats, flashing head boppers and tinsel decorations to the Prep School children, raising £119.11 for robbiesrally.
The EPA, Parents and Staff had been very busy baking family favourites of casseroles, puddings, flans, curries, cakes, pies, biscuits and other delicacies for the Gourmet Raffle. On Friday 10th February, we gathered in the Dunbar Hall Lobby following Friday Service, to buy raffle tickets and place tickets next to the dishes that you would like to win. The raffle was drawn and many happy people went home with a delicious homemade dinner, snacks and treats – all ready for the weekend! The Gourmet Raffle raised an amazing £702 for robbiesrally.
Easter Cupcake Sale
On the morning of Tuesday 28th March, Edgeborough parents arrived with beautifully decorated and themed cupcakes for the Easter cupcake sale. Children were asked to bring in some money and choose their cakes (from a vast selection!) from the Easter themed Pre-Prep Hall and the Dunbar Hall Lobby in their morning break. Thank you to everyone who helped with decorations and donated and sold cupcakes. There are some very talented bakers out there! The event raised a brilliant £281.80 for robbiesrally.
A year of fun-raising was topped off with a musical spectacular on the Headmaster’s lawn at the beautiful Frensham Place. The weather was warm and balmy on Saturday 1st July, as guests arrived in Black Tie to a champagne reception, with their picnic hampers to sit and enjoy an evening of live music featuring Jazz, Classical, Opera and Popular music. The programme included former Edgeburians Helena Morgan, Abigail Rutherford and Millie Brake, Edgeborough parent and Opera singer Elaine Way, LAMDA teacher Zee Asha and local choirs: Vox, and the St.Thomas’ Choristers. A very special appearance was made by the buglers of the 1st Battalion The Rifles who travelled from Wales to perform at the concert. Union Jack merchandise were on sale and flags were handed out for the rousing finales that included Rule Britannia and Jerusalem, which involved the crowd singing along and lots of flag waving! A truly spectacular and very memorable evening to mark the retirement of Chris and Jane Davies from Edgeborough, and to remember Robbie Keville. The evening raised a spectacular £5,695.91.
The total raised by the EPA in support of robbiesrally this year is £11,495.78 – thank you all for your amazing support!