Parent Staff Association
Textile, Ink/toner Cartridge and Foreign Coins Recycling Collection - Friday 26th March
We're holding another Covid-safe drop off morning on Friday 26th March to help you responsibly get rid of unwanted textile items (clothes, shoes, bags, curtains, towels etc.), printer / toner cartridges and now, any unwanted foreign coins / notes whilst raising money for our school. Please read on to find out what and how you can donate.
A few reminders before the day:
- Please only bring items on this day as we're unable to store anything on the school site before then.
- Please make sure you are observing social distancing at all times, wear a face covering and be mindful the children will still be lining up in the school car park.
1) Quality unwanted clothing / textiles collection
The PSA continues to work with C&G Collections to raise money through gathering of 'unwanted' but still, 'good quality' clothing, including all kids and adults clothing, shoes, handbags, belts, towels and curtains.
C&G Collections is a re-use company who work in partnership with other organisations to grade and supply good quality clothing to places like Africa and Pakistan. To facilitate re-use and return funds in exchange for your donation, items must not be damaged, stained, or washed out. They cannot accept bulky items such as pillows, duvets, cushions and sleeping bags but they do accept good quality curtains and towels.
How and where to donate:
Please bring your donations, bagged and tied ready for placement straight into one of our own PSA volunteer vehicles on the morning of Friday 26th March only. Vehicles will be positioned in the following places:
- Theynes Croft Car Park
- Copford Lane
- Brook Close
- Glebe Road (by Yanley Lane)
- School car park - we will only have one vehicle in the school car park, but due to the new one way system, so please use the other drop off locations if you can on your way to school.
All vans will be in place by 8.30am and will be driven straight to the C&G Collections depot in Bristol around 9.15am.
2) Used Ink and Laser Toner Cartridge Collection
The PSA also continues to work with 'Empties Please', a specialist team focused on collecting and recycling ink and toner cartridges in exchange for funds and 'Green Points' which can be allocated to School funds. More than 40 million cartridges are dumped every year in the UK and take 1000 years to decompose. 'Empties Please' buy used cartridges to recycle them and donate the money to a chosen cause, in our case Northleaze PSA.
How and what to donate:
The following brands of ink and toner cartridges can be accepted:
- Ink Cartridges: CANON, HP, LEXMARK, SAMSUNG
- Toner Cartridges: BROTHER, CANON, DELL, EPSON, HP, KYOCERA, LEXMARK, OKI, SAMSUNG, XEROX, KONICA MIN, RICOH, SHARP
- Please put them in the dedicated Empties Please collection box, supervised by PSA volunteers, at the collection point in the school car park or at one of the other van locations listed above.
- Please do not put them inside any textile donation bags.
A full list of acceptable cartridge makes and models and details of the Green Points scheme aligned with the funds raised can be found below.
3) Foreign Coins
This year the PSA are initiating a new relationship with Cash4Coins, a national organisation dedicated to recycling unwanted foreign coins and notes of all origins into fundraising cash. Literally anything that is or was once money can be collected, including any old British or Irish coins and notes, even old decimal coins or farthings, 1d pennies, three pence, six pence, shillings and crowns are welcome!
(Foreign coins and small banknotes cannot be exchanged at any British bank or Bureau de Change.)
How to donate:
- Please bring any coin/note donations ready to place in the dedicated Cash4coins bucket, supervised by PSA volunteers, at the collection point in the school car park or at one of the other van locations mentioned above.
- Please do not put them inside any textile or ink / toner donation bags.
Many thanks for your support. Happy collecting!
Empties Please - accepted ink/toner cartridges
The Great Northleaze Easter Climb - Thursday 1st April
The PSA have kindly organised for Vertical Xtreme to bring their mobile climbing wall to visit Northleaze next Thursday 1st April. All children are invited to scale the wall and, as a class, try and reach a collective 511m - the height of Mount Terevaka on Easter Island! We must have a completed permission form for each child, whether or not they wish to take part. Please see link below.
The PSA have organised this event from existing funds as some end of term fun for all children, but it would be great to try and cover the cost through sponsorship, if you are able, with any additional funds going straight to the PSA. Link to sponsor form below.
About the climb
Each class will visit the wall in their bubbles during the day and children will be climbing under full professional supervision of Vertical Xtreme, in time normally set aside for their daily mile run. Children will also be asked to sanitise their hands before and after using the equipment. You can read more about Vertical Xtreme's credentials below.
There is no minimum or maximum age and no previous climbing experience is necessary, so everyone who wants to can take part. Children can come to school that day in normal school PE kit and trainers to make it easier for climbing. The climb will still go ahead in light rain so we ask that children bring a light rain jacket and make sure they have a warm jumper with them.
Permission to climb form
We must have your permission for your child to complete their climb, so we’d ask for all parents to complete this short permission form, indicating whether or not your child can take part. Please complete this by Tuesday 30th March 10pm and please complete a separate form for each child at school, as teachers and instructors need a list for every class.
If your child does not wish to take part, that's fine - they will be able to cheer on and encourage other climbers in their class. If you give your permission but your child decides on the day they don’t wish to climb, that’s also fine. Vertical Xtreme won’t force anyone to climb but will encourage anyone feeling a bit wobbly.
If we don't have a completed form for your child before Thursday 1st April, 8.30am, unfortunately your child will not be able to climb.
Whilst the PSA have organised this event from existing funds as some end of term fun for all children, it would be great to try and cover the cost through sponsorship, if you are able, with any additional funds going straight to the PSA.
This year the PSA have set up a sponsorship page online using this link so it’s really quick and easy. Feel free to pass on to relatives and friends as well! You can complete it anonymously or add a child’s name/message if you wish.
We really appreciate your support and hope that your child will have fun taking part in the event. There will be a small Easter treat given to all children at the end of the day to bring home as a well done (whether or not they took part). There is a question about allergies/dietary requirements on the form.
If you would like any further information please talk to your class rep.
A bit about Vertical Xtreme
A long established family run mobile climbing wall business, with over 30 years’ experience in rock climbing and abseiling tuition.
Their credentials include:
· Members of the BMC (British Mountaineering Council)
· MLTE (Mountain Leadership Training England) SPA qualified & CWA trained
· First aid qualified and DBS checked
· Teaching youth groups in outdoor pursuits for over 25 years
· All staff are Climbers themselves and give 1-2-1 professional tuition
· Qualified Scout Association Assessors and Instructors
· Qualified Guide Association Instructors
Northleaze Parent Staff Association (PSA) is a registered charity which aims to support the school by organising activities to generate funds that will enhance the school learning experience of our children. Parents, carers and guardians of pupils at the school, plus the teaching and non-teaching staff employed by the school are all members of Northleaze PSA when they join the school. We welcome volunteers who'd like to help - all support really makes a difference to Northleaze.
Stamptastic.co.uk - the fastest way to label belongings & earn PSA CASHBACK
Stamptastic make great acrylic name blocks and ink pads to label your kids' belongings including clothes, lunch boxes and kit bags - they're really quick, easy to use and permanent. No more sewing/iron on labels!
Ordering is simple AND we can get up to 30% cash back for the PSA! Simply:
- go to www.stamptastic.co.uk via this link and the code is automatically applied so you shop as usual.
- If you're ordering on your phone or a different computer, please enter code BS419NG in the 'PTA code' box at the checkout stage.
When the sale is recorded, it towards up to 30% cash back that the PSA will receive as a lump sum every quarter, depending how many orders have used our code.
You can also order replacement ink pads, named stationery and lots of other named items. Standard Royal Mail delivery is also free.