New Build Update

New Build Fundraising – Advertise on our Blue Hoarding
You may have noticed that we have lots of blue hoarding around the school. Please will you speak to your employers and ask if they would like to advertise on the hoarding. We offer advertising space at a fixed price until the end of the project. Although most hoarding is inside the school grounds, there are up to 1000 people seeing it every day – parents, visitors, contractors, delivery companies, teachers from other schools, etc. If you find anyone that is interested, please ask them to contact me at the fundraising e-mail address:
fundraising@brakenhale.co.uk
Please don’t forget to visit our fundraising page and either donate some money (however small), or buy some furniture.
https://mydonate.bt.com/events/iwanttobuysomefurniture/472468#
Karen Roche, Chair of the governing body
fundraising@brakenhale.co.uk

BRAKENHALE IS SELLING RAFFLE TICKETS TO RAISE MONEY FOR OUR NEW BUILDING
A new initiative for our fundraising efforts is joining the Easthampsted Rotary Club Draw.
The reason for us getting involved is simple. We will receive every penny that is raised back to spend on the equipment and fittings that is desperately needed for our new building. We hope to raise about £7,000.
We will be sending two books of raffle tickets for the Draw to all parents/carers of students in Years 7, 8 and 9 and we are hoping you will be willing to sell them for us.
Please note:
• You are under no obligation to sell all or any of the tickets. If you do not want to participate, simply return the tickets in the envelope provided as soon as possible.
• If you are willing to work with us on this, please sell as many tickets as you can and return the money and ticket stubs (with a name and contact phone number written on them) with your child as soon as possible, but by Monday 3rd December at the latest. Please also return any unsold tickets.
• If you are able to sell more tickets than you have been allocated, please e-mail fundraising@brakenhale.co.uk and we will make sure we get them to you straight away.
If you would prefer that your child does not bring raffle tickets home, please simply e-mail me via fundraising@brakenhale.co.uk. Just state your son/daughter’s name and tutor group.
Thank you very much for your support and I hope that you will be among the lucky winners.
With thanks,
Karen Roche, Chair of the governing body

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New Build Archived News

New Build Hoarding Competition 21.9.18

On Friday 21st September we welcomed the Deputy Mayor, Cllr Roger Meakes. He presented Miss Wilhelmy and her art students with their award for coming runners up in the National Hoardings Competition, along with a cheque for £500 that Wates, the construction company, have donated to the school. Another example of our students achieving great things.

New Build Fundraising 7.9.18

You will see that our total has increased during the summer holiday, thanks to those of you who have made donations. Some of you have made reference to the amount being small – please do not apologise. We know that it is a big ask to request money of you and any amount, however small, is very gratefully received.
To those of you who have not yet donated and would like to, please go to our fundraising page at: https://mydonate.bt.com/events/iwanttobuysomefurniture/472468#
We still have a long way to go, so to remind you and for the new parents, our fundraising is to buy furniture and equipment for our new building. The funding provided by the government is very tightly regulated and can be used for the building only, not including furniture or equipment. The theory is that we should take with us furniture and equipment from the existing building and we will do so if it is functional. However, much of the furniture is old because the school has not had funding to regularly maintain and/or replace. In addition, the projectors and interactive whiteboards that we currently have in every classroom will not work with the new systems in the new building because technology has advanced considerably since Brakenhale was built in the 1950s!
In our December meeting, the governors committed to raising the money needed and we are depending on your support to help us.
I am sure that you can think of ways to raise money and we will support you but just to get your creative juices running, some ideas that have been suggested include gaining sponsorship to run in local marathons, bike rides or other events; pledge auctions, clothing sales, car washing events, pamper evenings, bingo, cabaret evenings, sponsored slims, etc. Get your friends, relatives, neighbours and colleagues to take part with you.
We know that some of the larger national and global companies that you may work for will match any money that employees are able to raise for charities. Brakenhale is a charity, under the umbrella of the Greenshaw Learning Trust. We will offer incentives to companies that support you/the school in this way with publicity in the school and beyond. We will also invite those of you who are involved in raising £1,000+ to a special opening event and you, with your sons/daughters will be the first to see the new facilities.
We are about to invite companies to advertise on the hoarding around our site. Please contact me if you know of any organisations that may be interested.
Please contact me if you are prepared to run an event. We will support you in a range of ways and find others to work with you if you want to work in groups.
The Reading half-marathon will take place on Sunday 17th March – if any of you are planning to enter, please consider running for your school. The date of the Lexicon Bracknell half-marathon is yet to be published but please keep us in mind if you are intending to enter.
We have a dedicated e-mail address for our fundraising. Please e-mail me to discuss any ideas that you have on fundraising@brakenhale.co.uk
Karen Roche, Chair of the governing body

New Build Fundraising 20.07.18

At last! We have been approved by BT MyDonate to build our page and start raising money and claim tax back. That means that every £1 donated yields us at least £1.20. From September, you will be able to make donations on the new charity page for our school.
As we have no sealed bids for the drills (today is the last day to bid), they will be sold on EBay during the holidays.
We have received a commitment to donate £1000 from a friend of the school and a few parents have told us that they would like to make a donation and are just waiting for the MyDonate page to be usable. That is great news and we very much appreciate their generosity.
We have not yet had any parents offering to run a charity car wash during next term so please think about this and e-mail me if you would like to know more.
If you have any bright ideas for raising money over the summer, please contact me as I will be picking up e-mails during the holidays. I hope you have a creative holiday!
Karen Roche, Chair of the governing body
fundraising@brakenhale.co.uk

New Build Fundraising 20.7.18

At last! We have been approved by BT MyDonate to build our page and start raising money and claim tax back. That means that every £1 donated yields us at least £1.20. From September, you will be able to make donations on the new charity page for our school.
As we have no sealed bids for the drills (today is the last day to bid), they will be sold on EBay during the holidays.
We have received a commitment to donate £1000 from a friend of the school and a few parents have told us that they would like to make a donation and are just waiting for the MyDonate page to be usable. That is great news and we very much appreciate their generosity.
We have not yet had any parents offering to run a charity car wash during next term so please think about this and e-mail me if you would like to know more.
If you have any bright ideas for raising money over the summer, please contact me as I will be picking up e-mails during the holidays. I hope you have a creative holiday!
Karen Roche, Chair of the governing body
fundraising@brakenhale.co.uk

New Build Fundraising 29.6.18

We were generously donated eight brand new ‘18V FATMAX BRUSHLESS COMBI DRILLs (2.0AH BATTERIES, FAST CHARGER BATTERY LIFE INDICATOR, CARRYING CASE) by Stanley’ by a company through one of our parents.
For details about the drills please click on the link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/
You will see that the usual retail price of each drill is between approximately £130 to £150.
We are prepared to give them to the eight highest bidders over £100 by Friday 20th July. Please e-mail your bids to me at fundraising@brakenhale.co.uk
Your money will go directly towards buying equipment, furniture and fittings for the new building and the eight buyers will be invited to a fundraisers’ reception before the building is officially opened.
Thank you, in advance for your support.
Karen Roche, Chair of the governing body
fundraising@brakenhale.co.uk

New Build Fundraising 22.6.18

There is lots going on in the background of our fundraising but we are being delayed by the snail’s pace at which our BTDonate application is being set up. Coming up though, for you to be aware of and think about supporting in the near future are:
• Celebrity Golf event
• Buy a piece of furniture for the new build
• Sponsored bike ride by one of our governors
• Buy a drill
More about these as soon as in next week’s Parent News but please don’t hesitate to contact me if you would like to know more.
I have been talking to other schools where parents have raised large sums of money. A popular event that seems to have been successful is ‘Car Washing’. If one, or some of you are prepared to organise this, the governors will be very happy to support you.
Karen Roche, Chair of the governing body
fundraising@brakenhale.co.uk

New Build Hoarding Competition 15.6.18

On Monday 11th June we were joined by the Mayor for the unveiling of Brakenhale and our contractors Wates’ entry for this competition, created by Year 9 students.
The Bracknell Town Council facebook page posted:
Bracknell Town Mayor Cllr Sandra Ingham attended Brakenhale School today to view the art work carried out by Year 9 students under the supervision of art teacher Miss Wilhelmy.
Brakenhale School is currently in the process of a rebuild and took this opportunity to enter the Annual Hoarding Art Competition run by the Considerate Constructors Scheme: https://www.ccscheme.org.uk.
Cllr Sandra Ingham said, “I visited Brakenhale School as a guest of Headteacher Mrs Jane Coley. I attended the unveiling of the school’s entry into the Annual Hoarding. 120 Brakenhale pupils created the artwork going the extra mile giving up their lunchtimes and staying after school to ensure the mural was ready in time. Good luck Brakenhale and very well done!”

New Build Update 8.6.18

Over half term the site saw some significant demolition with the music block, link bridges and tennis courts all going.

New Build Fundraising 4.5.18

At last it seems like the weather may be improving and I’m sure you will want to be outside and be active.
I have noticed that there are quite a few cycling events throughout the rest of this year that I ask you to look at https://www.ukcyclingevents.co.uk/events/#region=SouthEast
and consider whether you would take part, with the aim of raising money for the new build project.
Let me know of other activities you may be thinking of and any support you need from us.
Karen Roche, Chair of the governing body
fundraising@brakenhale.co.uk

New Build Fundraising 27.4.18

Thanks to you all for supporting the Waitrose green disk scheme which has added £215 and to our two runners in Year 8 who raised £300.
I am also very grateful to those of you who are planning to support us and have e-mailed me at the address below to discuss. Let’s hope that your enthusiasm is infectious and that more parents join our fundraising community. We still have a long way to go!
Karen Roche, Chair of the governing body
fundraising@brakenhale.co.uk

New Build Fundraising 19.4.18

I am proud to tell you that our two of our boys in Year 8, who did an unofficial sponsored 10k run on the 8th April for our cause, have already raised over £250, with more sponsorship money to be collected.
We are in the process of setting up a Just Giving page and we will let you know when this is active.

New Build Fundraising 16.3.18

We need your help to raise £50,000 – needed by September 2019!!!!!
I am proud to tell you that two of our boys in Year 8, are going to do a sponsored 10k run on 8th April for our cause. This is not an official event but will be overseen by Mum.
Come on parents, if the kids can do it, so can you!!!!
We are in the process of setting up a Just Giving page but for the time being, the boys will be using paper sponsorship forms and I will be checking them and keeping you informed of how much money they raise. Please sponsor them if you can.
We have two more weeks of March for Waitrose shoppers to support us. The other two charities that shoppers can choose to put their green disks in are well known national charities and so we may be the ‘under dogs’ but please give your support and spread the word if you can.
Other events coming up:
• Mr Thomas (Assistant Headteacher) is going to run the Stockholm marathon
• Mr Basara-Hamilton (and his wife, but I am not sure if she knows yet) are going to do a sponsored 71 mile bike ride
I hope that seeing the activity on the site will motivate you to talk to your friends and colleagues about how you could help your school.
With thanks
Karen Roche, Chair of the governing body
fundraising@brakenhale.co.uk

New Build Update 16.3.18

Finally, all the necessary paperwork has now been completed and we have received the green light on the rebuilding programme for Brakenhale School today we have fenced off parking at the front of the school ready for the contractors to move on site from Monday.
As advised previously, there will be changes to site access which will involve blocking off the Rectory Lane entrance for cars and pedestrians. All access will be via the Conningsby Road entrance. I would ask that wherever possible you avoid bringing cars on site, as I’m sure you can imagine, logistically this is going to be a challenge!
I have spoken to all students during special assemblies on Monday to explain the changes which will overall be minimal. There will be different social areas at break and lunch time and a new queuing arrangement for the dinner hall. We are only losing 3 classrooms during the works and we can easily accommodate this but there will be some changes to the one way system in the corridors. The only other change will be a slight shortening, for a trial period, of break and lunchtime by 5 minutes in order to add in travel time between lessons. My primary concern is that the building works do not disrupt learning time hence my decision to do this. Students will need to get used to the new one way systems and queuing systems and I do not want lessons shortened because of this.
The 18 million pound building project is the result of 3 years very hard work of campaigning to ensure the young people at Brakenhale School, now, and in the future get the very best learning environment that they so very much deserve. I give you my full assurance that this will not detract from the learning in the classroom and the opportunity for all students to achieve their potential.
Please do not hesitate to contact me with any queries or concerns.
Ms J Coley, Headteacher

New Build Fundraising 9.3.18

We need your help to raise £50,000 – needed by September 2019!!!!!
Hot off the press….. we were accepted by Waitrose to be one of their ‘Community Causes’ for the month of March. Please make sure you place your green disks, given at the checkout, in the box – you will see the Brakenhale logo at the top. Tell your friends, colleagues, relatives and neighbours to do so too.
Many thanks to Waitrose for being the first company to support us.
Karen Roche, Chair of the governing body
fundraising@brakenhale.co.uk

New Build Project 23.2.18

We need your help to raise £50,000 needed by September 2019!!!!!
Everyone at Brakenhale School is getting very excited about the new building and we hope that you are too. Planning permission was granted last week and work will start very soon.
The funding provided by the government is very tightly regulated and can be used for the building only, not including furniture or equipment. The theory is that we should take with us furniture and equipment from the existing building and we will do so if it is functional. However, much of the furniture is old because the school has not had funding to regularly maintain and/or replace. In addition, the projectors and interactive whiteboards that we currently have in every classroom will not work with the new systems in the new building because technology has advanced considerably since Brakenhale was built in the 1950s, and even in the last decade!
In our December meeting, the governors committed to raising the money needed and we are depending on your support to help us.
I am sure that you can think of ways to raise money and we will support you but just to get your creative juices running, some ideas that have been suggested include gaining sponsorship to run in local marathons, bike rides or other events; pledge auctions, clothing sales, pamper evenings, bingo, cabaret evenings, sponsored slims, etc. Get your friends, relatives, neighbours and colleagues to take part with you.
We know that some of the larger national and global companies that you may work for will match any money that employees are able to raise for charities. Brakenhale is a charity, under the umbrella of the Greenshaw Learning Trust. We will offer incentives to companies that support you/the school in this way with publicity in the school and beyond. We will also invite those of you who are involved in raising £1,000+ to a special opening event and you, with your sons/daughters will be the first to see the new facilities.
There will also be opportunities to sponsor events – starting by sponsoring Mr Thomas (Assistant Headteacher) who is going to run the Stockholm Marathon in May! In addition, you will be able to elect for some retail companies including Amazon, Waitrose and the Co-op to donate to Brakenhale when you shop.
Watch out for regular updates in Parent News. We have a dedicated e-mail address for our fundraising. Please e-mail me on fundraising@brakenhale.co.uk to discuss any ideas that you have.
Karen Roche, Chair of the local governing body