Renaissance puts school in full focus with calendar fundraiser

The John Mason School in Abingdon is hoping to raise thousands of pounds in the run up to Christmas by selling a special souvenir calendar depicting photographs of student life.

Over five hundred ‘2015’ calendars will go on sale at the school and there has already been high demand from parents wanting to purchase this unique Christmas present.

The initiative is a joint venture between the school on Wootton Road and its neighbour – a retirement company called Renaissance Retirement - who have built a luxury retirement development called Fleur de Lis.

Renaissance Retirement has financed the calendar - including design and print - and staff hope it will help raise several thousand pounds for the school which now has Academy status.

Nick Watkins, Development Director at Renaissance Retirement, said: “Students asked to take photographs of the school, their friends, activities and any special events that take place.  The best images were selected by the school and then we designed this special 2015 calendar. We hope it sells well.

“Renaissance Retirement has always felt it important to contribute to the local community – whether its schools, clubs and groups. We hope it raises valuable funds for the school.”

Head teacher at the John Mason School, Di Mashiter said: “This is set to be a very successful fundraising campaign with Renaissance. I know our students and teachers enjoyed working on the project and now they can look at the results of their work in this stylish calendar.”

Jonathan Hopkins, Vice Chairman of the Governing Board at the school, added: “As an academy we continue to progress and thrive - this initiative with a local business is an important step going forward.”

The calendar will go on sale from the school priced at £3.99. For more information contact 01235 524664.

Renaissance has already forged partnerships with the Friends of Abingdon, Abingdon Vale Cricket Club and Thames Valley croquet Club who play regularly at the club.
Pic caption:
Deputy Head teacher Valerie Munro with Renaissance Retirement director Nick Watkins at the John Mason School, with Oliver Barker, Lewis Hancock standing, and Lily May Brumwell and Lauren Ball – front standing