Hi! I'm Amanda, and I joined the PTA for the occasional meeting in 2016 and have since increased my involvement gradually.
'Hi, I'm Sharon! I joined the PTA in September of 2016 and am now Chairperson/treasurer/general PTA Girl Friday.
'Hi! I'm Victoria and have the somewhat grand title of 'communications officer' which means I help with the poster and flyer designs, website updates and social media posts when needed.
Like all the others I also help with events and stands whenever I can.
Meet Jacks !
"My name is Jacks & I have two children at Coopers Lane.
Fun fact - I went to Coopers Lane! I have been the PTA's Sports Officer since the start of this academic year, although I had been volunteering for the last 2 years or so.
Meet your PTA!
Your committee here at Coopers Lane PTA thought we might do some 'meet your PTA' posts to let everyone know who we are, what we do on the PTA and why we make the time to volunteer.
Starting today, we’ll be introducing Sharon, Amanda, Victoria, Claire and Jacks.
We’ll be recruiting for new members in March... if you think you could help make a difference to our wonderful school, please get in touch!
First up ....... Meet Claire !
“Hi, my name is Claire and I am the Events & Social Media Officer for Coopers Lane PTA. I joined the committee in March 2020 and my role is to help run, develop and coordinate events as well as promote and raise the profile of the PTA and our fundraising through our social media channels.
I volunteered for the PTA because I am very passionate about our school and I wanted to put my journalistic and organisational talents to good use. I love organising events and fun activities. I cannot wait to get back to running fun events for the kids & parents once we are able to. I also love our school and it’s amazing staff - my daughter is in reception & my son has just left. And they both love Coopers Lane!”
SOME FUN FACTS ABOUT CLAIRE!
“Singing is my one true love and passion, apart from my family, and I have been a member of Popchoir for over 7 years. I sang on the O2 stage with Barry Manilow in June 2016. It was awesome!”
“I love Thai food and my favourite dish to cook is chicken green curry. Accompanied by a nice glass of white!”
“I love handbags - especially Orla Kiely ones - and have over 30 different bags stashed away in the cupboards!”
30 handbags and a singing history with Barry Manilow? We’re going to need to know more about both of these facts, Claire!
Thank you so much to Claire for starting our week of ‘Meet the PTA’ posts.
Do you think you could see yourself on the PTA? If yes, message us today for more information (and Claire might tell you more about her handbags too!)
In light of current circumstances, regretfully Coopers Lane PTA will be taking a short break.
As you are aware, Pragnell Road will become a school street from the beginning of the new term - 5 January - and school need our help to manage the barriers.
School have approached the PTA to ask if we could arrange a rota of parents & carers who could manage the barriers and ensure that only residents enter or exit the street during drop off & pick up. They will provide the barriers and there will need to be two parents on every shift.
Timings when the barriers will need to be manned are as follows:
Mon - Thurs:
8.15 - 9.30am
2.30pm - 3.30pm
8.15am - 9.30am
1.30pm - 2.30pm
The school are already stretched with manning the gates & playground, so would be very grateful if parents & carers could help.
If you can help, please comment below and we will be in contact to discuss further.
School Streets is an amazing initiative to happen at Coopers Lane and we all need to help make it a reality. It will mean a safer drop off and pick up for parents, carers, staff and most importantly the kids!
Coopers Lane you are beyond amazing !
Not only did you make it to the North Pole and back, but you also made it all the way to the hot, sunny sands of Algeria!
Well done - every single one of you, no matter how many miles you put in, has contributed to the overall total miles - 6856.02 !!! Incredible !! You have all shown that when you are presented with a challenge, you face it head on !
Every single one of you have been brillant and thanks to our generous sponsors, all kids who took part will receive a goody bag. These will be delivered to school in the next few days, so you should receive them before the Christmas break.
And now to annouce the winners of #CoopersHeadsNorth ... drum roll please ....
KS1 - St Paul's BRC Year 2(1st place)
KS2 - Wimbledon HR Year 5 (1st place)
Overall class winners are St Paul's (KS1) and Wimbledon (KS2).
Congratulations to you all. Your prizes will be delivered to you via school in the next few days.
And now for the teachers - it was a close race, but MR MOLE just pipped MISS MAYNARD to the pst by 0.08 miles !
Our current fundraising total stands at £1715. You can still donate via our Go Fund Me Link or drop off your sponsorship forms at the gate this afternoon.
Well done everyone ! You were awesome!
There is just a couple of days left of our Active Travel Challenge - you've made it to The North Pole and back, and are still going! In all honesty you have completely outdistanced all our expectations - the effort and enthusiasm from the school team has been incredible - Thank You and Well Done!
We're not the only ones who think you've put in a heroic effort - today we are so excited to let you know that Pedal Threadz have joined the supporters cheering you on! They've sent us two amazing t-shirts to add to the prize bundle. Thank you!
Don't forget our challenge ends at 8pm Sunday 13th December - sponsorship money can be paid online by your sponsors here or please bring your forms and cash to school with you on Monday 14th - the PTA will be by the main gate with a bucket to collect it. Thank you for your amazing efforts in supporting the school!
Thank you again to all our amazing supporters:
Support the last week of our incredibly successful autumn #GetActive challenge #CoopersHeadsNorth - donate to our Go Fund Me page - https://gf.me/u/y6muty - and help us get to our fundraising target!
Buy a Coopers Lane branded #FaceMasks - kids (£4) & adults (£5) available ! Great stocking fillers ! Email: email@example.com
Purchase some #secondharduniform and save yourself some pennies -we have lots of really good quality items in stock. Message us on Facebook or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Finally - sign up to #donateyourcommute - a monthly direct debit of £3, £5 0r £10 that will really help #topup our funds !
We need your support now more than ever .. every penny counts .... thank you !
#alldifferent #allsmiling #allequal #CoopersLane
Coopers Lane you just keep amazing us! This week despite the weather you've managed a fabulous 1182.03 miles bringing the team total for the challenge so far to 5625.99 miles!
Do you know what that means!? You've made it to the North Pole, back to school - and then some! Well done!
We have been so impressed - and a special shout out this week to the Year 4's who kept going even in isolation! We loved seeing the recordings coming in for laps of the kitchen and trips round the garden. Well done!
but our challenge isn't over yet - there is one more week to go. Just how far can you take the school!? Can you beat your own personal best distance? Can we beat the school's best distance of 1421.12 miles in a single week - we can't wait to find out!
Weekly leader boards are below - its hotting up in the Teacher's league... Will Ms Maynard reclaim top spot from Mr Mole by the weekend I wonder?
As well as our main prizes, every pupil who has taken part and recorded miles towards our team goal will be receiving a goody bag!
As we're finishing the challenge next weekend, please do you remember to collect up your sponsorship money, people can pay directly to our team GoFund Me page. Or bring the cash with your paper sponsorship form to school on Monday 14th December. so far we've collected £1340 - can we reach our goal of £2664?
We're so excited to announce that igl coatings UK have joined the amazing businesses that want to support the Coopers Lane North Pole Team!
We've been amazed by the support from the cycling and wider community for this Active Travel challenge - everyone we've spoken to has been so impressed by the effort you've all been putting in.
This week we're so excited to announce that igl coatings UK have joined our list of sponsors and given us 3 of their Ecocoat Bike Kits for the prize fund. One of which will be for the member of Staff that travels the furthest. For our student winners we will be in touch to arrange collection of the kits by a parent/guardian.
Don't forget the challenge runs until 13th December so there is still time to get involved!
Thank you again to all our amazing supporters:
Can you use your Strava Map like a giant etch-a-sketch?
All entries must be received by end of day 6th December. Judges' decision is final!
We can't quite believe how far you've travelled - this week you added an impressive 1421.12 miles to our journey! That means we are well on our way home again!
This week we have travelled 1421.12 miles! That is an improvement on our school weekly Personal Best of 2.3 miles. In total we have now travelled 4443.96 miles. Leaving 884.04 miles to get home. Can we beat the school weekly PB again, and can you beat your own weekly PB?
So far you've raised £1250 of our £2664 target - well done! Keep on sharing the GoFund me link and remember to let us know if you need a paper sponsorship form. You're smashing the miles - let's see if we can smash the fundraising for the school too!
now we know you're here for this week's results - Team Coach Jacks Lampon was up till after 3am last night crunching the numbers - so be sure to give her a big wave if you see her on the school run - thank you Jacks! She has made all the necessary adjustments - for siblings, when you forgot to turn Strava off, manual entries etc.
Congratulations to St Paul's & Wimbledon who are the current Key Stage class leads.
and to Mr Mole who retains top spot in the Staff leaderboard!
we're delighted that thanks to amazing support from our sponsors we are now able to offe 1st, 2nd & 3rd place prizes to each year group, and every child taking part will receive a goody bag, and no matter where you are on the leader board you have all contributed to our amazing journey.
We've still got two weeks of the challenge left - so plenty of time to get involved!
As we exit lockdown some of your out of school sports clubs may open back up. Please remember that this competition is for active travel only and other sports (although awesome) do not contribute towards our North Pole journey.
Wow! Coopers Lane you are amazing! This week you have done a completely mind blowing 1418.82 miles..... that means we've made it to the North Pole - Congratulations!
The challenge isn't over yet though, it doesn't finish until 13th December - can you get us home by then?
Our fundraising total now stands at £1115 - fabulous, thank you!
Please do keep sharing the GoFund Me page - it's the easiest way for your friends and family to pay in their sponsorship, but give us a shout if you need a paper form for cash donations. These should be returned to the school on Monday 14th December.
I know what you're really here for though is the week's leader boards- a couple of announcements first. We are really excited to announce that thanks to some amazing donations we've got even more prizes!
EVERY participant will get a North Pole goody bag for working so hard and being so awesome!
We now have two Class Prizes - one for KS1 and one for KS2. The key stage class that covers the most distance will receive the Giant Water Bottles, and the £50 Waterstones voucher for their class library. 2nd place Key Stage prize TBC.
Massive thank you to Club Coach Jacks Lampon who was up until the wee small hours checking each entry and crunching the stats for us - she added the journeys recorded as runs in error, made the sibling adjustments, took the parent solo trips out (remember to turn Strava off at Drop Off!) and removed accidental public transport. It's a mammoth effort and hugely appreciated by us all.
Drum Roll please....
Congratulations to St Pauls & Wimbledon who are our current KS1 & KS2 class leads, remember this can all change, we're travelling until 13th December so get your classmates signed up!
St Pauls BRC & Wimbledon HR are the current individual leads, and Mr Mole has just regained the Teacher's Top spot by just 1.18miles! Who will be in the lead at the end of this week?
We think Coopers Lane Pupils are amazing - and we're not the only ones! Waterstones think you're doing an incredible job with this challenge too and have joined our list of generous sponsors with a £50 voucher for the class that covers the greatest distance!
Fancy some new books for your class library? Get your friends to join the team and #GetActive! You have until the 13th of December to clock up your miles!
and don't forget this is a sponsored event so please do keep sharing the GoFund me page as well (if you need a paper sponsorship form for cash donations just let us know!)
Coopers Lane you are SMASHING it - well done!
Wow doesn't even cover it - our amazing team of pupils and staff have covered an incredible 1151.69 miles in the last week! Bringing our grand total travelled to 1604.02 miles - that places us in the Greenland Sea well on our way to the North Pole!
It's a phenomenal effort from everyone involved, and every step and wheel turn does make a difference. No matter where on the leader board you are, you're amazing - thank you! And it's great to see our fundraising totaliser going up as well - you've now raised £815 through online donations - please do keep sharing our GoFund me page, and if you're collecting cash sponsorship remember to print out our form that the school emailed - if you need a copy just let us know and the PTA will get one to you.
Now speaking of leaderboards I know you all want to know where you're placed at the end of week two - and boy is it close at the top. Congratulations to St Pauls who have held on to their lead - but Wimbledon and Moorgate aren't far behind!
there is still plenty of time for things to change - remember the challenge runs until 13th December so get more of your classmates on board and Get Active!
Our individual leader board is below - Ms Maynard is leading the teachers' pack closely chased by Mr Mole, I wonder who will be leading by the end of week 3!?
Good luck this week Coopers Lane, we can't wait to see how you do!
Every year, Coopers Lane PTA raises thousands of pounds and donates this money to the school for various projects & resources that they need. But since Covid 19, we've had to cancel all our fundraising events.
We're still doing everything we can to raise funds in innovative and fun ways. But can you help us just a little bit more?
If you're working from home during the pandemic, donating the equivalent of a single commute each month will help us fund exciting Christmas events and so much more, over the next few months.
Our school, like a lot of schools, is facing a funding shortage due to the crisis and we really want to help them by raising as much money as we can.
It’s easy to sign up. Just check out our dedicated website www.donateyourcommute.co.uk and follow the instructions. You can donate £3, £5 or £10 – every donation will help Coopers Lane to continue to thrive in these difficult times !
We know life is uncertain for everyone at the moment, but if you can help, please do !
We can't quite believe how quickly these are selling - get your order in quick!
Adult Masks - £5
Childrens - £4
payment via PayPal or cash on collection, please email email@example.com to place your order.
It's 2664 miles from school to the North Pole - join the team of pupils and staff to ride, walk scoot or run the distance and raise money for the school!
Your school run, weekend fun and trips to the shop can all count.
And thanks to some amazing sponsors - including Frog Bikes - we have prizes for the class and individuals who cover the most miles and help Coopers Lane smash our target!
We'll be collecting sponsorship as well - so ask your friends and family to support you - more on that to follow soon, right now we need to get you signed up and practising, ready to set off on our journey after half term - we start counting those miles on Monday 2nd November.
We'll be using a free sports App called Strava to log most of the miles - please follow the instructions below to get set up, but don't worry if you don't have a smart phone or can't use the App just get in touch and we will help to log your miles another way.
Each week we'll let you know how many miles the team has covered, and how much money we've raised to support the school - can you help get us there before 13th December!? Prizes will be handed out in the last week of school before the Christmas Holidays.
TAKE COOPERS LANE TO THE NORTH POLE!
GET THE APP:-
The name format is important to be able to track competition leaders.
FIRST NAME: Class Name : Child Initials (enter in this format please).
LAST NAME: Coopers (as we cant leave blank and we dont want your real names entered).
2 children: put both in the First Name box i.e. (Child 1) Class : Initials, (Child 2) Class: Initials
3+ children: if you cannot fit this all in the First Name box then use the Last Name box for 3+ children instead of typing Coopers.
Teachers and staff can contribute too! Frist Name: Teacher: Initials
So your name should read i.e. Tower Hill: ABC or Teacher: PH
JOIN THE CLUB:-
NOTE: Without the correct NAME format you will not be accepted into the club until it is corrected.
TRACK ALL OF YOUR CYCLING/SCOOTING/SKATING/WALKING ACTIVITY:-
NOTE: Unfortunately due to Strava limitations it cannot track mileage for multi-sport clubs so we need to record everything as cycling, but Ride/Scoot/Skate/Walk is absolutely fine, just make sure you select the Ride option or your mileage will not be recorded towards the club.
Join the CLPS Get Active Whatsapp Group to help with any questions, queries or assistance.
Email your request to join to firstname.lastname@example.org
If parents or carers already actively use Strava then you will need a separate login which requires a separate e-mail address.
Strava is being used to gather the data, but statistics will be monitored outside of the app in order to assist with multi child family data.
So that everything is recorded fairly and all children are given an equal chance at the leader board, we will be assuming that everyone within a family will be doing all activities at the same time together. if your children intend to do activities separately to each other then the children would need separate logins (and possibly separate smart phone access) which we understand is not really practical.
Strava is a public app and with the Privacy settings set to Followers then only followers can view your journey map. However if you would like additional security either make sure you do not start activity on your doorstep, or alternatively you can set a Privacy Zone where data will not be tracked within say 200m of your home. However please note that any activity within this privacy zone will not be tracked and contributed to the leader board. Also you can make sure you decline follow request from anyone (except Club Coach Jacks Lampon). Please contact us if you need assistance to set up a privacy Zone.
Unfortunately we don’t have any future events planned at the moment.