Welcome to Chestnut Lane & Elangeni PTA (CLESA)
Chestnut Lane and Elangeni Schools Association
People often speak about "joining" the PTA, but this is really a misnomer. Every parent of children at Chestnut Lane or Elangeni is automatically a member of the Chestnut Lane & Elangeni PTA (CLESA). However, being a member of CLESA does not mean that you have to become involved in any or all of the events put on throughout the year - only that you are welcome to do so if you wish. Helping can mean anything from organising the whole event (shadowing an experienced member who has organised that particular event or another event before), photocopying leaflets, to printing labels for cake plates and even sweeping the floor!
CLESA raises money to buy things not provided out of central funds. In the last academic year (2017/18) we raised £28,768 for the two schools. Some examples of how this money has been spent are new chromebooks, updating the adventure playground and interactive whiteboards at Chestnut Lane, and science workshops, outdoor learning and multi play equipment at Elangeni. Other items bought were musical instruments & digital cameras. Field trips and educational workshops were also purchased by funds raised.
CLESA raises money through a wide range of events for not only the children and families of the two schools but for the local residents as well. In the Autumn Term we start with Family Fireworks and one of our biggest fund raisers, the Christmas Fayre. At the end of each half and full term we hold Sausage Sizzle at Elangeni (lunchtime), and Tea in a Box (2.05/3.05pm take home) at Chestnut Lane. Other events held over the course of the year include Quiz Night, Family Fun Night, Summer Fair and some 'one-offs' like a Circus & Race Night.
We also raise money by selling Tesco, John Lewis/Waitrose and Sainsbury's gift cards. In 2017/18 this scheme raised just over £4,441. For more details visit the Gift Card scheme page or look for the postcard flyers available at both school offices.
None of this would be possible without the enthusiastic, supportive and dedicated team on the CLESA Committee. We meet once every 6 - 8 weeks, sometimes holding 'special' meetings for the larger events. Why not come along to a meeting and see what we do. Even if you only have just a little time to give, your help and ideas will be greatly appreciated.
You can contact the committee by emailing us directly: &Y2xl%20c2Fj%20b2No%20YWly%20QGdt%20YWls%20LmNv%20bQ==%20&, or look on the diary dates for the next meeting. Information about events, etc. can also be found on the CLESA noticeboard near the main entrance at Chestnut Lane and the noticeboard at Elangeni.
Sarah Carroll & Seema Davis
Co-Chairs of PTA CLESA
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Chestnut Lane and Elangeni Schools’ Association
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