Student calendar puts school in focus for fundraising efforts

Abingdon students will want to be in the frame for this one!  A calendar depicting photographs of student life at the John Mason School will go on sale for Christmas thanks to a local community fundraising idea.

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

b2ap3_thumbnail_School-Pic-2.JPGRenaissance Retirement has agreed to finance the calendar which it is hoped will help raise several thousand pounds for the school, which now has Academy status.

Students will be loaned digital cameras and encouraged to take photographs of the school, their friends, activities and any special events that take place. The best images will be selected by the school and designed into the calendar. Renaissance Retirement will print 500 calendars which will go on sale at the school to the students’ parents and families.

Head teacher at the John Mason School, Di Mashiter, said working with businesses in the area is an important part of life for the school. Di said: “This is a really nice fundraising campaign with our neighbours and we look forward to working with Renaissance on this project. I know our students will thoroughly enjoy the whole process and I’m looking forward to seeing the results of their work.”

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.”

Nick Watkins, Development Director at Renaissance Retirement, said: “Renaissance Retirement has always felt it important to contribute to the local community – school, clubs and groups. As good neighbours it’s an obvious first step to do a fundraiser for the school and we hope the calendar will raise much needed funds for a school project.”

Renaissance has already forged partnerships with Abingdon Vale Cricket Club and Thames Valley croquet Club who play regularly at the club.