Hockerill Parents and Friends
HOCKERILL PARENTS AND FRIENDS (HPF)
HPF is all about helping and supporting the College. Below is an outline of part of our activities, but for up to date information and news we have a facebook page to circulate information about current events. Please click here to access it.
HPF is a forum of people who come together for two reasons: helping and supporting the College and getting together socially. These two go together seamlessly at most of the events we organise, such as Bollywood Nights, Salsa Night or the annual Christmas Market. Other events are purely social like the regular coffee mornings on some Saturday mornings and the occasional meal, organised by parents for parents and friends.
We give a little of our time to ensure the College and the students have the means to buy those things which statutory funding and other funds do not quite run to - and we have some fun at the same time! We encourage parents/carers to join us and help raise as much money as possible each year, as well as helping to extend the Hockerill College community. All parents, teaching and non-teaching staff are members of HPF as a matter of course and are invited to all our meetings and the AGM. At the AGM the members elect the Committee, which consists of the four elected officers who are in office for a two year term. The current officers are:
Chair – Ina Gallo
Vice Chair – Lee Bowden
Treasurer – Diaka Ba
Secretary – Marie Roberts
Committee Members - Sam Wallace, Debs Rushman
HPF is a registered charity, number 1147215
Chair - Ina Gallo
Ina has been a parent at Hockerill since 2011 and became more actively involved since both her children joined the College in 2013 when she became a "Year 7 Parent Rep" with the main objective of providing a point of contact for "new" parents and organising some social events purely for meeting fellow parents. As a parent of boarding students, she is keen for all year groups of parents to be involved and will be looking for ways to achieve more boarding parent participation where possible and, of course, based on interest.
Vice Chair - Lee Bowden
Lee joined HPF in 2011 upon hearing the initial plans for the development of the college and specifically the proposed building of the new sports hall. With three sons all in attendance at the college, all of whom represent the college across different sports,he is very keen to try and assist in the vital task of fund raising. After witnessing many sporting successes for our students across all sports and years and having witnessed first hand the importance of supporting the growing success of Hockerill in its sporting endeavours Lee believes a sports hall would be both a tribute to and enabler of these and greater successes. Elected to support Emma in her new role as Vice Chair, Lee led the first cycle ride fund raiser, was involved in the first ever "Auction of Promises" and is a keen supporter of all College events.
Secretary - Marie Roberts
Treasurer - Diaka Ba
We have the following dates in the diary, more information to follow, but if you would like any further information now please get in touch, and we look forward to seeing you there:
- Welcome Meal for New Parents, 30th Sept
- Annual General Meeting, 14th Nov
- Comedy Night, 27th Jan
- Disco Time for Parents!, 28th Apr
We now have official Hockerill merchandise for sale in the College. There is currently a teddy £6.00, a Hockerill Mug £4.00 and stress ball £2.50. Our pride and joy is a top quality windproof sports umbrella for £20.
All these items would make great exchange gifts or could be bought as a momento of the college.
The merchandise is available from the uniform shop, at College events and also at Reception.
The HPF 250 Club is a monthly prize draw that raises funds for the college while giving you a chance to win money each month. Entry is £5 a month. There is a £100 prize every month and an additional Christmas prize of £250 in December. Please use the entry form to set up a monthly Standing Order, or enclose a cheque made out to HPF 250 Club if you prefer to pay for a whole year at once. All profits go to the college. Draws take place on the 10th of each month.
To keep you up to date with the latest HPF news, please visit our facebook page
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I find out what the HPF committee are doing? You can always find the latest on our Facebook page, through ParentMail messages or come along to our meetings – fun, informal affairs and you get to meet other parents and staff too!
Who is HPF? We are a group of parents/carers and staff who come together for two reasons; helping and supporting the College and getting together socially. We give a little of our time to ensure that the College has the funds to buy those things which other funds don’t quite run to - and we have some fun at the same time!
Why doesn’t Statutory Funding or the College provide these additional funds? Statutory Funding is tied fairly closely to the curriculum and other funds are often similarly targeted. HPF aims to fill the gaps and does not replace any statutory funding.
Is the role of the HPF purely based around fundraising? No, although fundraising is a result of a number of our activities, we also have other events that are purely social. We engage with the College to decide how funds raised are used most effectively and hope that our events contribute to the social cohesion and cultural development of the College community.
How else does HPF support the College? HPF helpers support events such as Sports Day, running the tea tent; serving refreshments and promotion of HPF at music events; as parent ambassadors at Open Days offering a parents' view of the College.
How do you decide what to spend the money on? The Principal feeds in information about important projects needing support. In addition we have introduced a “Staff Bids Scheme” to allocate up to 10% of funds raised. This scheme will be overseen by the core committee – Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Treasurer.
How can I help? Contact our Secretary, via firstname.lastname@example.org. We would be delighted if you registered your interest, either as a Committee member or a helper at events.
If I join the committee how much time do I have to give up? 4 or 5 meetings and a couple of events during the year would be a worthwhile contribution.
How often are committee meetings? There are normally 2 per term, but this depends on what events are running.
What will I have to do if I join the committee? Do as much or little as you wish to.
Do I have to join the committee or can I just help? Either is fine
- HPF Agenda 20170508 Download
- HPF Minutes 20170308 Download
- HPF Minutes 20170109 Download
- HPF AGM Minutes 20161117 Download
- HPF Minutes 20161117 Download
- HPF Minutes October Download
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- HPF Minutes April Download
- HPF Minutes February Download
- Minutes 19th Jan 2016 Download
- HPF AGM Minutes 2015 Download