I'm Gail Ganney, a parent here and Chair of the Haileybury Parents Association (HPA) which is here for one simple reason, to make your tenure here as parents as enjoyable as possible.
I've been a parent at Haileybury for 13 years and currently have a daughter in Fifths. My oldest son and daughter, Matt and Michelle, spent happy years here, have graduated from Leeds and Nottingham respectively and are now gainfully employed. Richie, my third child, is in his first year at Bristol having achieved what he needed to read History and Charlotte, I'm sure, can't wait to sit her GCSEs in the summer of 2014!
Haileybury has been marvellous for my family and me and there are many opportunities to be involved through watching your child in sport, theatre and music performances, House functions and whole school functions.
The idea of the HPA is to work seamlessly with the school and to organise various functions, from formal balls to casual quiz nights - all with a view to parents socialising and making the most of their time here. You will be delighted to know that we are not interested in fundraising at all. Current parents will find a very small contribution to the HPA on your school invoice, which funds the activities. Where charges are made they are simply to cover the costs of the most extravagant events. We are purely interested in creating opportunities and environments for you to get as much from the school as you wish to.
Every house has a HPA rep, who you will have met - if you're not sure who yours is just check the list on the site. Your rep will keep you fully informed of functions both within your own House and whole school functions.
Please check the HPA pages for forthcoming functions and don’t hesitate to contact any of us on the committee for any information that we, as fellow parents, can help you with. I look forward to meeting you at one of our events!
Gail Ganney, Chair of the HPA
On Saturday 20 September 2014, the HPA brought cheer and glamour to Haileybury with the Great Gatsby Ball! Glamour truly was the word of the evening as friends and parents of the school rose fabulously to the occasion, with flapper-style dresses, head bands, feather boas galore amongst the ladies and some amazing period costumes from the gentlemen! Specially mixed, themed cocktails and canapes greeted the guests on arrival and, together with the absolutely stunning decorations in the Grubber and Dining Hall (pictured), the scene was set for an evening of fun and excitement.
Haileybury’s own catering staff produced, as ever, a fantastic meal with carefully selected wines. This was preceded by speeches from the HPA's Chair, Gail Ganney, and from the Master who then delivered Grace - in Latin! As we all settled down to our appetisers we were suddenly surprised as the floor came alive with Flapper girls dancing to the fabulous music provided by our live Swing Band! It was great fun and really brought the whole Gatsby experience to life.
The Swing Band performed again after dinner when guests either danced or flocked to the casino tables in the hall. The atmosphere all evening was one of fun, laughter and companionship – exactly the key aim of the HPA within Haileybury. Well done to everyone involved, and thank you to all who came to support this event.
For several years there has been a Haileybury Parents Tennis Team for fun, social mixed tennis. Every year we play two tournaments, one against Queenswood school parents and the other against Heath Mount. These are mixed doubles matches with eight pairs battling it out for some shiny silverware at the end of the day. We play at Legends tennis centre at Haileybury, the superb indoor facility on the school grounds. There is always a small raffle to raise funds for our school charities. This year we triumphed at both matches and enjoyed a lovely tea and a few beers at the end during the trophy presentation.
During the year we organise regular meet ups at Legends for some fun tennis on a Wednesday evening, which often ends up in The College Arms! Do get in touch with Anne Clark: email@example.com if you are interested in joining in.
The annual HPA Quiz night, held in The Attlee Room on Sunday 8 March, was a great success. It was a relaxed, fun evening and great value at just £10 per head with all you could eat and drink (lasagna and wine!). The quiz was very entertaining with lots of quirky twists and turns and the ten varied rounds meant the battle for 'top team' was keenly competed for in good humour. The staff, yet again, retained the title – something us parents need to address next year!
Find out more about our forthcoming functions here.