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GOSA

GOSA (Gospel Oak School Association)
Who are we?

GOSA is Gospel Oak School’s parent/teacher association. Every parent, carer, and staff member is automatically a member. It’s one way in which we can all play an active part in school life at Gospel Oak.
GOSA registered charity number: 1015477
Email: gosanews@gmail.com

Find us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/groups/208860119128230/
(or search for: Gospel Oak School Association Facebook Group)

Donate to GOSA: https://mydonate.bt.com/charities/gospeloakschoolassociation


What do we do?

GOSA organises events like the annual Winter Fair and social activities like the GO Factor talent show and Quiz Night that help to bring the whole school community together. We also organise fundraising activities, for example cake and ice-cream sales, car boot sales and our annual Fun Run.
The money we raise pays for extra improvement in the school life for the children, such as special play and sports equipment, educational visits from music and theatre groups and plants for the school gardening club. In particular, GOSA contributes to the cost of school outings to make them more affordable for parents. We aim to support the school’s development plan priorities, for instance, a key priority for GOSA is to help save the school’s brass bands which have had their funding slashed through Government cuts. Our target is to raise £50,000 over 10 years.

We need you to get involved!

All GOSA activities are open to people affiliated to Gospel Oak School and we hope you enjoy the activities and events that we organise throughout the year. All our members are welcome to attend the meetings that are held two or three times per term. You can get involved by volunteering and participating at events, or offer to bake a cake or snack for the cake sales. But we also could possibly make use of your contacts and knowledge. We welcome any ideas on how funds can be raised or spent. If you have a good idea or cause you want to support, we will assist in any way we can.
GOSA communicates both through the school newsletter, via email (gosanews@gmail.com) and we have a thriving Facebook page which contains a wealth of local knowledge. (join us here)

Taking part in GOSA activities is a great way to get to know other parents and teachers and make a valuable contribution to the school life of your own children and others’.

Family and Friends: Donations and Easyfundraising

If you find you don’t have time to make a commitment to GOSA right now, but would like to make a donation to support our work, you can do so online at this link. You can also help GOSA raise money whenever you shop online by visiting easyfundraising.org.uk to register and shop with over 2000 well known retailers like Amazon, Argos, M&S, eBay and many more. Whenever you buy something, the retailer makes a donation to GOSA, at no extra cost to you. Friends, grandparents and other family members are very welcome to use either of these options too – every contribution helps, whatever the size!


GOSA events and activities


See below for some of the ways in which we support our school:

GO Factor

Annual talent show for children with everything from singing, stand up comedy dance and much more.

Jumble sale

Our Jumble Sale brought in just over £1000 last year and was so popular that there was a queue of shoppers well into the street before the doors opened! The busy stalls offered a great selection of adult and children’s clothes, bric-a-brac, children’s toys and books.

Parent Skills List

GOSA’s Parent Skills List helps teachers identify parents who can contribute on certain class topics or activities. We’ve found a huge range of skills including gardening, speaking French, Art, sewing, building, DIY, singing and yoga! So whether it’s an experience or skill that’s related to your work, or just a hobby or interest it may be something that the school would appreciate you sharing with the children – please don’t underestimate what you have to offer! To add your name to the Parent Skills List please email mariononemail@gmail.com.

Winter Fair

The Winter Fair is one of the highlights in the GOSA calendar. It’s a festive social gathering, and with the raffle, it’s also a fantastic fund-raiser which brought in almost £3000 this time. The school choir sang Christmas carols and there were lots of fun stalls like balloon modelling, biscuit decorating, art and crafts, face painting, felt braiding, Origami, Tombola and Santa’s Grotto. It was great to see so many parents, carers, teaching staff, and school children enjoying the occasion.

Quiz Night

The annual Quiz Night gives teachers and parents a chance to share a night out together without the kids, and as always the event was very lively. The new ‘crisp-taster’ round went down very well! The event raised £325 for the school.

Fun Run

The annual Fun Run is always full of energy and enthusiasm and raised an incredible £5800 in sponsorship money last year. The children's motivation and stamina is always really impressive and it is great to see them all so proud of themselves.


School Photos
Using volunteers rather than hiring an external company allows GOSA to make the photos more affordable for parents. Last year 78% of families bought them and they generated a fantastic £2,400 profit.


School Discos and Fancy Dress Days
The school discos are held at the end of every term and are a firm favourite with the kids. There are also a number of themed Fancy Dress Days throughout the year.

Phase Food Markets
These are held about once a term on Fridays with each phase group taking a turn. Parents and carers from the phase group donate cakes and snacks which are either homemade or shop-bought. These delicious goodies are then sold in the playground at home-time with all proceeds going to the school.

 
Ice Cream Fridays
In the summer months, volunteers set up an ice-cream stall in the playground which is a popular stop-off at the end of the week. We’re always looking for helpers!


Car Boot Sales

The Sunday car boot sales which are held in the warmer months are always fun and there are great bargains to be had! If you have a bit of a clear out at home you can set up your own stall so you can make money as well as contributing to GOSA fundraising. The most recent car boot sale raised £400 for the school.

Fundraising for external charities

In addition to raising funds for the school, GOSA also supports charities or appeals on an ad hoc basis that are important to our school community. Most recently, we raised £824 for the Disasters Emergency Committee’s East Africa Crisis Appeal to help families in Somalia and other parts of East Africa suffering the worst drought for sixty years.

What does the money get spent on?
 

The money GOSA raises is spent on specific school projects and initiatives, and on pieces of play or sports equipment. We also contribute to the cost of school outings whereby each class receives funding for school trips or educational workshops.


Brass Bands and Music

Saving the school’s brass bands continues to be a top priority for GOSA. To find out more click here. Other music related funding includes paying for a coach to take the children to the Camden Music Festival at the Royal Albert Hall. GOSA also provides ongoing funding for the music department to give every Year 2 child their own recorder.

Nursery trip to London Zoo

The Nursery children were able to enjoy a day out at London Zoo thanks to a generous donation from GOSA. The children, accompanied by staff and parents, were able to experience all the Zoo has to offer. Entry prices mean that many families do not get a chance to visit the Zoo. The children loved this experience and had a great and educational day out.

Stage Blocks

Stage blocks were purchased to facilitate last years Year 6 end of year performance of Mulan. The use of the stage blocks greatly improved the performance and allowed the children and teachers to be more creative with their use of staging. Now that these stage blocks have been purchased they can be used in all future performances.

Incubator and chicks

As part of their study of life cycles EYFS children can see the eggs hatch and see the chicks grow before they are eventually re-homed. Previously an incubator has been hired, however, in buying the incubator savings will be made as the years go on.

Circus skills

GOSA funded some KS1 circus skills sessions covering juggling, plate spinning, diablo, scarf juggling and peacock feather balancing!


Shakespeare Workshop

Last year, Year 5 enjoyed a visit from the Sky Blue Theatre company in relation to their work studying The Tempest. The children were involved in an immersive performance which really helped bring the play to life for them.


Treat for Playgound buddies

Each year a group of Year 5 and 6 children are part of our playground buddy scheme. They help support younger KS2 children and make sure that everyone is included in lunchtime activities. Last term the buddies were treated to a film and pizza's over a lunch time to thank them for all of their hard work and dedication throughout the year.


Refurbishment of book corners and learning zones

GOSA allocated funding to help the school transform the book corners for each class from Nursery to Year 6. Teachers have been able to invest in soft furnishings and new furniture to create reading environments that are really appealing to the children. The White House and Mentors’ Room also benefited from a make-over.


The Gospel Oak Gates Project


During 2008/09 GOSA embarked on an effort to replace the chain link playground gates with something that would enhance the look and reputation of the school. GOSA raised nearly £5,000 towards the cost of installing elegant cast iron gates that are decorated with metalwork oak leaves inscribed by the all the school children with their own names when they reach Year 6. We’ve also secured £5,000 from the Bill Butlin Charity Trust specifically to sustain our Leaves/Gates metalwork Project into future years.

Sports team kit, medals and trophies  

Gospel Oak School has a great record in sports. GOSA has funded t-shirts for sports teams and trophies and medals for sports competitions which gives the children a real pride in their achievements.


Other activities funded by GOSA

Other recent projects and activities funded by GOSA include: rainproof ponchos for the nursery; a trip to Marine Ices to reward those children who act as school buddies; games for the lunchtime board games club; a weekend in the country for 10 children with the CCHF All about Kids charity and a workshop at the Tower of London for Year 4 children. We’ve also continued to fund ‘Enrichment Days’ which allow children to learn in a variety of different environments.