More than 1500 members of the local community joined us for our annual community bonfire and fireworks last night.
The event, organised by our Home-School Association (HSA), was helped somewhat by the dry and clear conditions which encouraged families from the local community and beyond to help us raise money for the children of Maidensbridge Primary School.
Mr Hale contacted our families today to thank them for their support. Here is what he wrote:
Dear Parents, Carers, Staff, Governors and friends of Maidensbridge,
It is the morning after the night before and once again I want to send out a huge and sincere thank-you to each and every one of you who played your part in making last night's bonfire and firework evening such a huge success. It was the busiest we have been for years and I think we were very fortunate to get such good weather to encourage crowds once again.
Maidensbridge is a small school with huge support and it is this support that helps to make us a good school, not just good with regards to OfSTED and results and the things that schools are judged on, but the real feeling of what good is. Good in the way of feeling part of a larger experience for our children and one that gives them memories to hang onto. Events like last night, organised and run so well due to everybody's efforts show the children what can be achieved with hard work, dedication and real teamwork between us all.
I would firstly like to thank everyone who came and spent their hard earned money last night. Money is never easy for people lately so the fact that pound after pound was handed over last night is greatly appreciated. It is the children who will directly benefit.
Secondly, the staff who were all there last night after teaching the children all day. I spoke to several people last night from other schools; parents and staff and they were all amazed at the commitment of staff to not just attend but to work so hard. Thank-you everyone.
To all of the parents and families who helped out with organisation, helping on the day, lifting and shifting, arranging donations of items and fetching supplies in the lead up to the event, thank-you too as well as many of our Governors. A special thank-you to so many new faces who helped this year. I hope that you enjoyed it.
Next I would like to thank the H.S.A. committee members. So much organisation goes on in family time well before the event and many of the committee are fairly new in post and did a great job.
And finally, a big thank-you to Michelle Woodall who carried the responsibility for this year's event as her first 'solo' bonfire and firework evening as Chair of the H.S.A. committee. I know that she will say that she was ably supported by the committee and everyone else, but the burden of responsibility can be quite stressful and overwhelming at times but it does need one person to co-ordinate it all. Well done Michelle, it was a huge success.
The takings on the night seem to be very promising and we hope that this will convert to a healthy profit which will help to give our children and even better school experience. Please pass on my thanks to anyone in your family and friends circle who will not get this email direct and have an enjoyable weekend, Thank-you again.