Welcome to
Canonbury School Foundation

The Canonbury School Foundation is the school’s registered charity established in 1994 to raise funds for projects that enrich the lives of all pupils at Canonbury Primary School.

The foundation raises money for long-term projects including enhanced music and art provision, the ongoing playground improvements and the ICT suite. It also funds the concerts in the Union Chapel and provides extra funds needed to ensure that every child is able to go on the school’s residential trips.

The Foundation is funded from grants such as the Youth Music, The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation and other charities as well as the important contributions from parents and carers at the school.

WAYS YOU CAN HELP

The Canonbury School Foundation relies on generous donations from parents, carers and the local community.

There are a number of different ways you can get involved and help out with the foundation from. From becoming a regular donor, making a one off donation to signing up to Give As You Live’s online fundraising platform to raise free funds as you shop online.

Please see below for more details. 

 

GIVE AS YOU LIVE

Give As You Live is a shopping and price comparison website. You can shop for products from thousands of leading online retailers (Amazon, Tesco, John Lewis, Ocado and more); and a percentage of every purchase you make online will be donated to the charity you choose. Here’s how to sign up:

1) Go to the Give As You Live website
2) Sign up for free
3) Select Canonbury School Foundation as your chosen charity
4) Set an alert to let you know if a website will donate
5) Visit the store via our website or app, then shop as normal
6) Get shopping!

BECOME A REGULAR DONOR

We would be delighted if you felt able to make a regular donation via direct debit or standing order. It can be for as little as £5 a month. Giving via this method incurs no fees for you or the Foundation and we receive 100% of your donation and are able to claim gift aid where permitted.

You can arrange to give regularly through your own online banking facility or please download this standing order form and either:

  1. email it to canonburyfoundation@gmail.com
  2. return it to the school office letting them know that it is for the attention of the Foundation; or
  3. post it back to: Sophia Paterakis, Canonbury School Foundation, Canonbury Road, London, N1 2UT

ONE OFF DONATION

If you would like to provide a one-off donation to Canonbury School Foundation we have a My Donate charity account where you can make your payment.

Visit our charity page on BT MyDonate

BECOME A TRUSTEE

The Foundation is run by a committee of parent volunteers in conjunction with the headteacher, the chair of governors and the chair of the PTA committee.

We currently have 6 parent volunteers but the Constitution allows for a maximum of 8 and so if you are interested in becoming involved do get in touch.

PROJECTS

The Foundation’s Constitution states that the aim of the charity is to enhance the education of all children at Canonbury. It is not a case of the Foundation having to fill gaps in the school budget but is about enriching the lives of all children, both in and around their school lives.

Our ongoing projects reflect the broad range of the children’s interests and needs and we aim to ensure that no child misses out on opportunities to grow and flourish during their time at Canonbury.

Music

We support the enhanced music provision that Canonbury offers all children. In previous years the Foundation raised £80,000 via grants from Youth Music, the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation and community fundraising events in order to set up the Brass Programme in which all Key Stage 2 children participate. In our continuing support for the project:

  • We provide funds to repair, replace and to maintain the brass instruments that are provided to each child.

  • We pay for the hire of the Union Chapel for the bi-annual school concerts.

  • We have invested in new percussion instruments across the school.

  • We have contributed to small group visits to the London Symphony Orchestra.

SCHOOL JOURNEYS

Every child should have the opportunity to experience the world beyond their classroom. The school journeys that Canonbury offers provide the children with time to develop self-confidence, self-discipline, to improve their communication and team-working skills.

Each year, in partnership with the school, the Foundation ensures that no child misses out on these vital experiences by providing all necessary extra funding.

In year 5 both classes spend a week living on a working farm in Wales. Treginnis Farm is run by the Michael Morpurgo Foundation ‘Farms for City Children’. The farm is set by the sea in a stunning location providing plenty of fresh air and hearty food. The children experience all aspects of farm life; early starts, feeding and caring for animals, the use of tools on the farm and even shoveling the mess! It is hands down the best experience any of them have ever had…just ask any current yr 6 pupil!

In year 6 the children are lucky enough to visit Condover Hall, an Elizabethan mansion house refurbished in 2011 as an activity centre and surrounded by acres of gardens to explore. Whilst there they will have the opportunity to experience abseiling, archery, kayaking, an aerial trek and zip wire among many more exciting activities.

"My favourite part… was when I got to feed the baby animals because it was my first time to see one. I will always remember that!"

Year 5 Pupil

PLAYGROUND REDEVELOPMENT

In Autumn 2017 we launched a fundraising project to raise money towards the redevelopment of the Canonbury Primary School playground. 

A significant proportion of the funds came from whole school and community fundraising. The Auction of Promises in October 2017 raised a phenomenal £40k, all of which went towards this project. This remarkable achievement was down to the generosity of all Canonbury parents and staff who came up with hundreds of creative ways to contribute their time and skills, from extra reading sessions or cornet lessons to weekly home baked bread deliveries, website design or a football party. A further £10k was donated by the PTA from the funds raised through their excellent Christmas and Summer fairs, bonfire night and other events throughout the year. This enabled us to include the outdoor classroom and performance area as part of Phase 1 of the playground.

We hope that you are as delighted as we are to see the concrete results of your efforts which generations of Canonbury kids will be able to enjoy. 

OTHER PROJECTS THE FOUNDATION HAS FUNDED ARE:

  • The ICT suite
  • Contributing costs of specialist teaching staff
  • Funding of two mosaics that were designed by pupils and and installed at the school in 2015

THE COMMITTEE

The Foundation is run by a committee of parent volunteers in conjunction with the headteacher, the chair of governors and the chair of the PTA committee.

We currently have 6 parent volunteers but the Constitution allows for a maximum of 8 and so if you are interested in becoming involved do get in touch.

  • Danielle Cooper (Co-Chair)
  • Fiona Bullman (Co-Chair)
  • Sophia Paterakis (Treasurer)
  • Biddy Crews
  • Penelope Dowling
  • Mark Barnard

You can find out more on the Charity Commission website here >

NEWS

Playground Opening

The new playground opened at Canonbury Primary School on Friday 28 September 2018 much to the excitement of all the children.

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Summer Concert 2018

Held on Monday 18 June 2018 at The Union Chapel in Islington, the Canonbury School Summer Concert saw children from all years performing to parents

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Auction of Promises

The Canonbury Auction of Promises was held on Thursday 12 October 2017 to help raise funds for the redevelopment of the Canonbury Primary School Playground.

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CONTACT