Chairpersons: Claire Williamson and Rebecca Lloyd
Secretary: Zoe Walker
Treasurer: Wendy Scott
All parents of pupils in the School are members of the Parents' Society. Parents of pupils who have left the School often ask to continue to be involved and to receive mailings from the Society and this is encouraged. To contact the Parents' Society please email firstname.lastname@example.org
The long-standing Parents Society exists to promote social interaction between parents and staff. Its aim is to assist parents in feeling part of the School community and to encourage social involvement. The Parents Society does not have a specific parent/teacher liaison role as all matters relating to a pupils education and development are best covered directly from parents to the Housemaster or Housemistress.
The Parents' Society is organised by a committee of parents with a Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer. The AGM, where election to the committee takes place, is held each Michaelmas Term and all parents are invited to attend.
Annual events include: a Summer Ladies Luncheon and a traditional Burns' Night celebration, giving parents the opportunity to meet other parents, a Christmas Creativity Day in December and a quiz in the Lent Term. There are also flower arranging workshops organised by the Parents Society and support is given by Parents Society members to College Open Days.
Ellesmere is well known for the splendour of its floral displays and parents are most welcome to join with College staff and friends in arranging flowers for all manner of occasions.
Thursday 26th November - Christmas Cookery Demonstration
Friday 4th December - ECPS Christmas Lunch
Saturday 23rd January - Burns Night
Wednesday 29th June - Ladies Luncheon
A review of 2014-15
At the 2014 AGM Caroline Lay was elected Chairperson, Julie Hall & Hannah Manton were elected as Secretaries and Vanessa Bateman was re-elected as Treasurer. Caroline has a son in Year 13 as does Julie, Hannah's children are in Lower School, whilst Vanessa's children are in Years 12 & 10.
Caroline accepted the role of Chairman with the aim of encouraging more parents, staff and families to become involved with the social side of the Society. Caroline and the committee have had a very good year with new members joining them at the meetings and a wonderful variety of well supported events have taken place through the school year. Whilst ECPS never sets out to make profits from the functions we arrange, we have been able to donate money to several charities and also fund various projects within College to enhance student life. Recent College projects we have supported include the Hockey Pavillion, Electronic Targets for the outdoor shooting range and a pop-up gazebo to help protect students from the elements when out on field trips or sporting fixtures away from school.
The first event on the ECPS social calendar was a Quiz Night held in Big School in October. It was, again, a great success with over 70 quizzers competing. Thanks go to our fabulous bar staff, Emma Buglass and Julie Hall for keeping the contestants well hydrated! College catering provided curries and traditional side dishes for half time which were delicious. The proceeds of the raffle were donated to the Lyneal Trust, a local charity that offers canal boat and cottage holidays for people with disabilities, illness or injury and their family, friends and carers who may accompany them.
In October, Sarah Wild kindly organised a visit to Tanners, wine merchants, in Shrewsbury. We spent a very enjoyable morning tasting 6 wines, followed by a tour of the cellars. Luckily no one was too tipsy to find the way out of the cellars and we went on to our lunch venue which gave us all an opportunity to socialise informally.
Towards the end of the Michaelmas Term ECPS were asked to record a song for the 'Ellesmere at Christmas 2014' CD. After several rehearsals led by the Director of Music, Tony Coupe, we were recorded live in the Chapel at College singing 'We Wish You a Merry Christmas'. The committee were pleasantly surprised to hear ourselves sounding relatively tuneful on the finished CD! It was a fun experience and something different for us all.
Early in December, we held a Christmas Creativity Day in the Old Gym. The day started off with a demonstration by a local chocolatier after which we all attempted our own versions - some guests were more successful than others at getting the chocolate over themselves rather than onto the items we were decorating!! After a tasty buffet lunch, Caroline Lay led a workshop which helped us all to produce wonderful Sweet Trees and stunning Christmas floral decorations for our own homes. Everyone left feeling festive after a day of seasonal fun and friendship.
It has become a tradition for ECPS to organise and run a party for Key Stage 2 children in the run up to Christmas. Many thanks go to Amanda Keay for heading up the event held in December 2014 which saw Lower School turned into a Winter Wonderland for the evening. The children, wearing fancy dress costumes, enjoyed pizza and hotdogs, a disco & party games. They each went home with a gift.
On the last day of term a group of parents, past and present, met for lunch at The Moat Shed in Whixall. This was a wonderful opportunity to catch up with friends and enjoy good food and good company in a relaxed setting.
On a cold and dark January evening over 140 guests gathered in Big School to celebrate Burns Night in a traditional style. The cold and dark were quickly forgotten as guests were welcomed at a drinks reception to the sounds of the Piper. A gastronomic taste-fest of a seven course dinner was followed by Ceilidh dancing to a live band. Liquid refreshments were available from the conventional bar or from Mr. Jim Quinlan's whisky tasting bar. The raffle for a hamper of Scottish goodies raised £715 which was donated to Tear Fund - the bands' chosen charity. Thanks to much work by members of the committee, in advance and on the night, a very enjoyable night was had by all.
Throughout the school year ECPS provides support to the school for Open Days. We also volunteer, in pairs via a rota system, to do the flower arrangements around the college on a weekly basis. For special events such as Open Days or Speech Day a larger team of volunteers gathers to create the floral decorations required. Thanks to Amanda Keay for producing all the rotas and keeping us organised!
On the last day of the Lent term, we enjoyed another informal lunch together. This time we ate at The Sun Inn, Welshampton. We were delighted that some members of staff were also able to join us at this informal get-together.
On the 1st July ECPS once again organised the, now very popular, Ladies' Luncheon which has become an essential fixture in the School Calendar. On what was to be the hottest day of the year, over 200 ladies enjoyed lunch on the College Terraces. Many local craft people and traders had stalls and guests had the opportunity to shop during the afternoon. Abi Fisher Exclusive Fashion showcased their latest collections whilst we dined. The raffle raised £1,260 and this money was divided equally between Genesis Research Trust and Enhance Ellesmere. Genesis Research Trust is a charity dedicated to ending miscarriages, infertility and still birth. Fern Britton is the patron of the charity and she had kindly donated some signed books for the raffle. The very creative team of Hannah Manton, Sarah Wild and Caroline Lay had themed the event as 'Fifty Shades of Summer' and thanks to all ECPS members and volunteers the marquee looked stunning.
ECPS warmly invites everyone to attend our events. If you would like to become more involved with the Society please feel free to attend a meeting. For further information email email@example.com