Maulden School Association (MSA)
What is the Maulden School Association?
The MSA is a very social, busy and hardworking group that not only raises large sums of money for the school but also provides fun activities for parents and children. The MSA has historically been a major contributor to the school and village life in Maulden. The association has a committee that consists of parents and the headteacher.
In its time the MSA has raised thousands of pounds which have been spent on improving equipment and resources to enhance our children’s education and the facilities in the school in general. This money enables the school to have greater flexibility over its budget. All parents can get involved if they want to, even if they only have a small amount of time available, and all parents are automatically members of the MSA when their children join our school. The MSA is also the umbrella under which a number of sub-committees work, including football, netball, the Summer Fayre and the May Ball or Spring Social Event.
The MSA committee consists of a President, Chair, Co or Vice-Chair, Treasurer, Secretary and Quartermaster. We also have a number of general members to make up the full committee. The Committee meets on a regular basis usually two or three times per term, with the smaller working groups meeting as necessary to organise larger more complicated events.
Annual General Meeting (AGM)
Our Annual General Meeting is held in September each year and this is an opportunity for all parents to come along and hear in more detail about events run, funds raised and how the money has been spent. It is also the occasion when we elect our new committee. A list of the new and current MSA committee members is listed above for your information. If you are interested in joining or have any questions, please do not hesitate to talk to one of us.
How We Raise Money
The majority of our funds are raised through the events that we run. Some of our most popular events have been the Fireworks Display, Children’s Christmas Disco, Christmas Raffle, Easter Bingo, Golf Day and Village Show. We have also raised money through The Giving Machine, Bags 2 School and Personalised Children’s Christmas Cards.
We hold Gift Aid status. It is tax claimed back from the Inland Revenue from donations make to us out of your earned income. If you are a UK taxpayer, we are able to claim 28p in every pound that you donate to our MSA. For applicable events we will attach a simple declaration on the form to enable the MSA to claim the Gift Aid on the contribution. The issue of Gift Aid is taken on trust and you can support more than one charity in this way. We do not and are not required to, divulge any personal information to the Inland Revenue from your completed forms.
Please do sign the declaration form when requested if you are able. We are very conscious that with a relatively small school community we need to raise our funds from as many different sources as possible.
How We Spend the Money We Raise?
Once money is raised from events the funds are banked straight away. It is at our MSA Committee Meeting that the decisions on how to spend the money are agreed. Usually, the Headteacher will have a ‘shopping list’ of items that the school would like to purchase. At other times it will be for resources to improve a particular area of the curriculum or school environment. In the main, the MSA funds are for the ‘extras’ not provided by the school budget. MSA funds are not generally spent on improving the fabric of the school building as this is the responsibility of the school Governing Body.
We always endeavour to spend our funds in ways that will benefit all areas of the school and curriculum. The money we raise is usually spent fairly quickly. That way you can be sure that in supporting our school your children will feel the benefit, along with everybody else.
In recent years funds have been used to purchase the sports equipment in the school hall, laptops for the children to use and theatre and pantomime visits to the school. The library refurbishment, the shed on the school field and the playground canopies were also funded by the MSA.
How We Get Information to You?
Information about forthcoming events and dates is usually included within the school newsletter that goes in the schoolbags once a month, along with individual leaflets for specific events. Following an MSA event, we always try to ensure that you know how much was raised, and if we can, we tell you what the money will be spent on.
How Can You Get Involved with the MSA?
There are lots of ways you can help and support your child through the MSA. Offering to help before, during or after events or at other times during the year is not only great fun but is also very valuable – it really is a case of ‘many hands make light work’. It doesn’t matter if you can’t help on a regular basis or if you can only spare half an hour: We really couldn’t achieve what we do without the unseen ‘army of help’ that exists in school. Most importantly, you can support the MSA by coming along to one of our extremely enjoyable events. These are organised for YOU to support YOUR children’s education.
We hope you know a little more about our MSA. On behalf of all the children, we would like to thank you for your very valuable support which enriches their learning experiences and makes their time in school so enjoyable.
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