The Parents’ Association has recently succeeded in raising £3345 from their online silent auction.

With 35 lots ranging from a selection of home-baked chocolate brownies to £1500 worth of landscaped garden design, and from signed rugby boots to a woodworking course, the auction ran for two weeks with a mixture of donations from parents, individuals and companies.

Several local firms offered lots to the auction, including the Exeter Chiefs Foundation, the Michelin starred Masons Arms at Knowstone, on the edge of Exmoor, and the Devon County Show; with stand-out lots including a holiday to the Outer Hebrides, cream tea and polo, and a fishing and crabbing tour of the Lyme Bay area.

Other companies who donated towards the auction included Everys Solicitors, Axminster Power Tools, and Another Coffee, offering lots such as financial health checks, private tutoring and even six cakes over a period of six months - which has been donated directly to the school for the staff to enjoy each month.

Carolyn Ware, the current chair of the Parents’ Association, offered “a huge thank you to all the individuals and companies who donated towards our auction and all those who went online to bid”. “Each donation made and each bid placed helped make this event a success”, she added.

The PA has also seen success with a series of other campaigns recently, including the Wheels Appeal, which provided £20,000 for a new school mini-bus, and most notably the Space 4 Science Appeal which raised over £100,000 to create a new science laboratory.

The next event in the PA's calendar is the Garden & Food Festival, to be held in the school grounds on Saturday 12 May from 10am - 4pm. The Festival is a hugely popular local event and a great day out in East Devon. All welcome and entry is free.

Edmund K, Student Reporter

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