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Home School Association

If you are interested in joining the West Green HSA Committee please contact Robyn Atashzaran

What is a Home School Association (HSA)?
The HSA is an organisation of parents and staff. Its role is to encourage closer links between home and school. HSAs are best known for their fundraising work, but they have a useful social function too. Fundraising events provide an opportunity for parents, staff and pupils to get together.

How is the HSA organised?
All parents/carers and teachers are automatically members of the HSA.
Most HSAs hold their annual general meeting in September, at the start of the school year. At this meeting a committee is elected to run the HSA – usually consisting of a chair, a vice-chair, a treasurer, a secretary and ordinary committee members. These ordinary members include at least one, and often two, parents from each class as 'class reps'. Their job is to pass on information from the HSA to other parents in their child’s class.
HSA committees usually meet once a term and set up smaller working groups to organise individual events.

How is money raised?
Most HSAs raise money through events. They often hold one main event each school term – for example, a Christmas fair in the winter, a quiz in the spring, and a summer fair. Other HSA events include school uniform sales, discos, firework displays, international evenings and many more. They’re always looking for new fundraising ideas.

How is money spent?
Funds raised by the HSA are intended to provide ‘extras’ not already provided by the school's main income – often 'fun things' that make learning more interesting and exciting.
The HSA committee and the head teacher decide how to spend HSA funds. Common items include computers, playground equipment, a school minibus and smaller purchases such as presents for Father Christmas to distribute, or lights for a Divali celebration.

How can I be involved in my HSA?
There are many different ways you can help with the HSA, whether you have lots of time to offer or not.
Some of the roles are time-consuming, although also rewarding. If you can’t commit to a big job, look out for things you can do less frequently (eg running a stall at the summer fair, baking for a cake sale). And you can always support HSA events by simply turning up.