The Miserden School Friends Association (MSFA) is made up of parents, teachers, and governors who are interested in supporting the school by giving their time and energy to fundraising and working in partnership with the school. Our main fundraising events include an annual Easter Walking Trail, Summer Fete, Fireworks Display and Christmas Market.
Our goal is to make a real difference to the school experience by helping to provide school resources, activities, equipment, and exciting and memorable day trips out.
In a world where everyone's time is precious, we value any involvement from our parents, teachers, and governors, even if they only have a small amount of time available. You can make a real difference to our children’s school life. Please contact Holly Taylor, our MSFA Chair, for a coffee and a chat to find out more.
Meet our MSFA in their own words:
Holly Taylor - MSFA Chair
Hi everybody! My name is Holly. My eldest started preschool in 2015. I soon joined the MSFA and started going to meetings which invariably happened at the pub, (a great way to meet new parents and make friends!) and then started physically helping at events and thoroughly enjoyed it. Three years ago, I became the Chair of the MSFA, taking over from the lovely Claire Coles-Jones. We fundraise throughout the year to raise money for our school, aiding both in educational tools and fun activities such as the annual Christmas pantomime & other exciting school trips.
As MSFA Chair, I oversee all of the MSFA events, but its success comes from the wonderful team I have working alongside me. The annual fundraisers we do are The Easter Trail, Summer Fete, Fireworks Display & the very popular Christmas Market.
I am very proud to be part of such an important part of our school and warmly invite anybody who is interested in joining the committee to come along to our meetings.
Aimee Hefferman - MSFA Secretary
I am the MSFA Secretary and have been part of the committee for two years now.
When my son started at Miserden I never envisioned myself becoming so invested in the school. I imagined helping out at the odd cake sale or school trip. But as my son completed reception I could see how happy he was at the school, I got to know a lot of the children and learnt how the staff do everything in their power to make the children’s time there the best it can possibly be. However, I also learnt that being able to do this relies on help, so I joined the MSFA to do just that. Being able to get involved in organising and helping with the committee made me feel that I could help the school and not just ours but all the children by making their time at school, not just compulsory, but something that is fun, interesting, and memorable that will allow them to grow into well rounded, happy wonderful adults.
Lucia Landino - MSFA Treasurer and Marketing
Hi there, I’m Lucia and I joined the MSFA in 2019. My son is currently in Year One at Miserden. Being involved with the MSFA has given me a real sense of contribution and purpose as I can see the real difference it makes to the school, the children, and the wider community.
I am a Parent Governor and serve as liaison between the MSFA and Governing board, who work in partnership to fundraise for the school.
I work with Claire Coles-Jones to help market the school and MSFA events by creating posters and flyers and posting on our school Facebook and Instagram pages.
I recently became MSFA Treasurer, and have some big shoes to fill, after the lovely Laurinda Buckley stepped down from the role. My main responsibilities include managing MSFA payments and filing our annual financial accounts with the Charity Commission.
Anna Baldwin - Minutes
I record the minutes at the meetings. I Joined the MFSA September 2019 when my son started in reception. I decided to join as a way to get to know other parents from the school and see how I can help. It has been great fun so far!!
Rachel Hill - Committee Member
Hi, my name is Rachel Hill, I have three children at Miserden. I joined the MSFA in 2017 when my eldest started in reception. I have always wanted to be a part of the schools fundraising and help out wherever I can and being a part of the MSFA allows that. The MSFA has also been a great opportunity for me to meet other parents whom I now consider my close friends.
Claire Coles-Jones - Social Media and PR
Hi everyone! I am Claire Coles-Jones, and I am a mum of two. Both my children went to Miserden Primary School - as I did myself as a child. So, as you can imagine, I am pretty invested in the school. I have watched it go from strength to strength over the years which has been fantastic to be part of the journey.
I was Chair of the MSFA for a few years and I thoroughly enjoyed it - we had a fantastic team, and we had brilliant fun coming up with some great events to make money. I stepped down from the position of Chair and Holly Taylor has been doing a fabulous job running the show. I now spend more time marketing the school via social media and local community magazine and newspapers, which I love to do. Being part of the MSFA enables you to get to know all the families and staff at the school, which makes the primary school journey all the more enjoyable.
Hannah McCurdy - Committee Member
Hello, I'm Hannah and I'm new to the MSFA this year. I have a daughter in Reception and son in Preschool so I decided I would get involved as my family will be attending the school for a good long while!
As a teacher myself I'm passionate about equipping schools to deliver the best possible education, and a lot of what makes an education truly great is the extra things which enrich the curriculum - that's where the MSFA come in! I'm really keen to make sure that our children have as many opportunities and experiences as possible whilst they are at Miserden, so they start their education in the best possible way.