Where do I find info about the Brill PTA?

Are you looking for the Art on the Hill website?



This site is no longer maintained, and will expire in June 2017.

In the meantime, here’s where to go for info:

All the best from the Brill PTA

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Don’t Forget to Collect! – Active Kids Vouchers at Sainsburys

Don’t forget that Brill School are Collecting Active Kids vouchers at the moment.

The scheme is designed to aid schools with new sports and cooking equipment and help encourage children to “eat well, move well and live well”.


How to get involved

It’s easy to collect vouchers for Active Kids 2016. Simply shop in Sainsbury’s stores and online at sainsburys.co.uk and you will earn Active Kids vouchers on your shopping (until 3rd May).

In Sainsbury’s Locals, you will get one voucher for every £5 you spend. You’ll notice these vouchers are larger than the ones you receive in Sainsbury’s supermarkets and have a photograph on them.

In Sainsbury’s Supermarkets you’ll receive 1 voucher for every £10 you spend. So if you spend £40 you’ll get four vouchers, but what’s new is that they’ll all be printed on one piece of paper. These vouchers are white and smaller in size, with no photograph on them.

Once you’ve collected your vouchers, drop them into the school office where there is a collection box. (The school has until 12th July to order equipment.)

Thank you for your support.





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Easyfundraising now available on the High Street

Just imagine being able to raise a donation for the school each time you buy a coffee – well now you can!

Easyfundraising has announced that they are now partnering up with retailers to donate when you shop on the High St.  Brands such as Caffe Nero are already signed up and there more high street retailers coming on board soon. Sign up now and they will let you know who they are once they join. You can also check whether a particular retailer is on board by visiting their page on the easyfundraising website.


Meantime, don’t forget that whenever you are doing your online shopping, to go through http://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/  first and you will be helping raise funds for the school at the same time.  It takes no time at all and costs you nothing.  Thousands of retailers are affiliated with the scheme (inc. Amazon, eBay, John Lewis, Argos, M&S, and all the major supermarkets), so whether you are buying birthday presents, doing your grocery shop, or booking a holiday, you can help.  Friends and family can also collect for us too (details of how to register below).

You can even set up a donation reminder on your computer  http://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/raise-more/donation-reminder/ so that each time you go to your usual retailer it will ask if you want to collect money for the school – so there’s no excuse to forget!


If you’re not familiar with Esyfundraising, here’s how it works:


If you aren’t already reguestered, then go to https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/support-a-good-cause/ and type in our cause:  Brill C of E Academy PTA – Aylesbury.  Then just fill in your name, email address and create a password and you are good to go.

Thank you for your support.


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Big Brill Camp 2016: Ticket Information

For those who may not know, The Big Brill Camp is a weekend of family camping, live music and general messing about in our beautiful countryside that raises money for Brill School PTA. It returns in 2016 for its 4th year and will take place on the weekend of 20-22 May.

We’ve been delighted with the response we’ve had to bringing the event back and judging by the amount of enquiries we’ve had regarding tickets, you’re all keen to get booking! So we’re pleased to tell you that tickets are about to go on sale.

As the event is a PTA fund-raiser organised primarily by parents of Brill School, the first allocation of tickets will be offered to families with children currently in the school and pre-school.  However, as the event will be the same scale as in 2014 there should again be plenty of opportunity for lots of other local families to attend too.  And we look forward to welcoming you all.

We are also giving preference to those families who can offer a small amount of time to volunteer on the event weekend to help things run as smoothly and safely as possible. Many of you have volunteered before and will understand that we need more volunteers to make the event sustainable, so that those who give up their time planning the event also get a chance to enjoy the weekend too and we all want to do it again next year!

Ticket prices will be a follows:
– Adult £35
– Child of school age £10 each
– Infants and pre-school children FREE

Tickets be released on the following dates:
1: Sunday 28th February
– for families with who have at least 1 child at Brill School and are willing to volunteer
2: Sunday 6th March
– anyone who is willing to volunteer
3: Date TBC
– final release of any remaining tickets (subject to availability) – for non-volunteers.  Ticket prices TBC.

Tickets will be sold through our website only (www.bigbrillcamp.com) and all payments will be via direct debit, which will involve a simple online registration.

Given the event has been a sell out each year we strongly encourage you to apply for tickets as soon as you are able and be prepared to give an hour or so to help.

That’s all for now, but we hope that’s a clear explanation of what will be happening and that everyone will be willing to do their bit to help make the event as successful as ever.

The best way to keep in touch with the latest news, check out the bands that are playing etc, is to sign up to the Big Brill Camp 2016 Facebook event page and our email list (via the web site).

With many thanks,

The Big Brill Camp Team

E: info@bigbrillcamp.com

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Brill Burns Night and Ceilidh, Saturday January 24th

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Join us for a night of haggis (or vegetarian!) and ceilidh dancing to celebrate Burns Night. Ticket details are at the end of this page.

Here’s what to expect:

  1. A bagpipe introduction to the traditional toast to the haggis
  2. Canapés, main course followed by a cheese board. The main course is haggis, neaps and tatties. Yum yum. There is a vegetarian option available too.
  3. A licensed bar. You are encouraged to bring your own whisky.
  4. A ceilidh. The good news is there will be a caller, so if you don’t know your Gay Gordons from your Strip The Willows, you’ll be just fine.

If you have any questions, contact us on brillpta@gmail.com.

  • Where is it?
    • Brill Memorial Hall
  • When?
    • Saturday 24th Jan, 7.30pm for 8pm start. We finish at 11.30pm.
  • How much is it? 
    • £20
  • How do I get tickets?
    • Lots of ways – see below

Pay direct to the PTA bank account.

Make sure to email brillpta@gmail.com to let us know you’ve done this and use the reference “Burns”:

  • Account name: Brill Parent Teachers Association
  • Sort Code: 30-98-56
  • Account Number: 00276010

Phone us! 

Michael Swan has kindly agreed to take your phone calls. He can be reached at: 01844 239150

Drop a cheque to the school

Put a cheque in an envelope addressed to the “Brill PTA Burns Supper” with your name and drop it into the school office.


Use the form below to use paypal:

Haggis eaters (non-vegetarian)

Number of tickets required:
Your Name:


VEGETARIAN: Number of tickets required:
Your Name:

We hope to see you there! If you have any questions – contact us on brillpta@gmail.com.

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PTA Quiz Night: Friday 21 November

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Why join the PTA (part 2)?

For this post, I wanted to share what newer members of the PTA had to say about joining the committee. We’re always looking for new ideas and new people to help. If you want to join, or can offer some time, let us know by filling this form out.

Jemma Clouston-Pile, who joined this academic year, mentions what it’s like to to go to your first meeting:

I joined the PTA during the second term of my daughters starting Brill. I had always planned to join knowing the good that the PTA generally does for a school and therefore for our children.
I found it a daunting prospect joining a team of established friends but everyone was very friendly and inclusive. Joining the PTA gave me a great insight into the school, how it is run and the amazing things achieved as a result of the money raised by PTA events.

Charlotte also joined this year and has been helping create posters and banners for the PTA. She says:

I joined the PTA because I think the role that it plays is so important. Raising money for the school that will improve resources and enhance the childrens’ experience is priceless. All parents should get involved!

Finally, I joined this year, too, and ended up being chair! Here’s what I think:

With no experience, it was with trepidation that I took on the position of chair. Would it take up all my time? No, it didn’t. Would the work be humdrum? No – it’s interesting and rewarding. Being involved in the community and knowing that what you are doing is contributing to our children’s’ school experience makes it all worthwhile. Is it fun? Yes – we work as a team, we get stuff done, and meeting in the Pointer once a month is a chance for a nice chat and a pint.

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Why join the PTA? For new skills, fun and to be a role model

I asked some past and present members of the PTA why they joined and what they’ve enjoyed. I thought I would share them with you. If you too would like to help the PTA in any way, let us know by filling in this form.

In this post, I’ll share what the established members had to say. Next time, we’ll see what newer members feel.

Louise Wagstaffe who was a member from 2008-2013 and the chair for 2 years, says:

I loved my four years on the PTA, and I continue to support PTA events. It’s a great way to meet both parents and other people who are active in the village, to become more engaged with your child’s education, and to make a real difference to the school to benefit all the children.

The PTA team is very welcoming; people can get involved at whatever level they are comfortable –helping a one off event, or being involved in the full committee.

Carrie Kirby, who has been a member since 2011 and did an amazing job of organising Art on the Hill this year, says:

I joined The PTA to: improve the education of all children at Brill School; share my current skills; gain new skills. I believe we also contribute to the wider Brill community, & share much expertise from local villagers. I now know more children & parents at school. Monthly meetings inspire me to get my contribution done! I get satisfaction knowing I have helped fund un-affordable items e.g. ‘MyMaths’. My children are proud their parent helps the school & I hope I act as a role model for them.

Michael Swan also joined in 2011 and made the Big Brill Camp happen:

I would encourage all parents of children at Brill School to consider getting involved with the PTA. My own experience is that they are a friendly bunch of people who manage to combine raising a serious amount of money to support our school with having a good time in the process. I joined because I had an idea for an event (The Big Brill Camp) that I thought the PTA could get behind. The response was fantastic and I’ve met some great people and even picked up new skills along the way.

And finally Nina Chadbone, treasurer and member since 2008, talk about the fun:

What a great bunch of people I have met over the years on the committee, I have had so much fun. Being involved in organising so many varied events which in turn has raised money to enhance both the childrens’ education and the facilities that they have has been so enjoyable.

Do you have any ideas? Or want to get involved? In which case, let us know by filling out this form.

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Do you want to get pampered at the Big Brill Camp?

We know the kids will have a great time at The Big Brill Camp but we’re delighted to be able to tell you that this year the mums and dads will have their own special retreat for relaxation and pampering.

Catherine Hunt of The Relaxation Room will be bringing a team of practitioners to this year’s Camp and will be offering a wide range of treatments including massages, reflexology, facials and pedicures.

Interested? Book early to avoid disappointment! Click here for more details.

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Artists at Art on the Hill 2014. Part 5

Gill Hickman Gill Hickman draws on textures in the environment and in life. She  uses quality materials; gold leaf & fine hand-made papers to create uplifting works that convey her love of life. www.gillhickman.com

Thomas Knight         Tom took up painting when he retired and this is his fifth year of exhibiting at Art on the Hill. His style has changed slightly over the years and he is happiest painting buildings and boats in all mediums and is enjoying painting in acrylics at the moment.

“Waterhole at Northbrook”, Muriel Law

Muriel Law Local artist, member of Bicester Art Group.

Peter Baschan         I was introduced to painting by my great-grandfather at a very young age. I draw my inspiration from the ever changing beauty of Landscapes. Nature produces the most amazing structures and colours. I am passionate about using saturated colours on my paintings to express the beauty all around us and to capture the viewer’s imagination.

Vic Winslade            Vic started watercolour ten years ago, influenced and guided by an art class in Worminghall. Vic paints for relaxation and has exhibited in The Winning Prizes and Commissions. His work has also contributed to Cancer Research.

Lara Woodley           Drawing and painting is my passion and I undertake a spectrum of commissions. My work is individual and I am driven. I encapsulate static movement and vibrancy of colour.

Andrew Martin          Andrew began exhibiting in Oxford Art Weeks moving on to exhibit at the Royal West of England Academy, Modern Art Oxford, Getty Image Gallery and The Royal College of Art as well as being shown on the BBC.

Sarah Darby Painting oil on canvas, mainly still life, looking at traditional forms of composition with a fresh interpretation, my chief motivation is to get it like it really is; what captures me is honesty. I trained as a fine artist, and work as a book cover designer. I have exhibited in London, Oxford and the South East. I am inspired by remote, wild places and, later this year, will be creating a new body of work influenced by the atmosphere of Southern Patagonia and the Andes where I will be undertaking a solo three month drawing and cycling expedition from April. Follow my progress at: http://strawbsbikeride.tumblr.com

Doug Smith   Doug is a local amateur artist and works in either acrylics or oils. He focusses on interpreting selected landscape and nature themes from vertical and horizontal perspectives.

“Silent Hunter”, Alison Perkins

Alison Perkins          Alison Perkins is an accomplished Wildlife Artist. Though self-taught, her work has come highly placed in many competitions and exhibited extensively, including the Mall Galleries in London as a finalist in the David Shepherd WAY 2011 (http://www.alisonperkinsart.com/index.php)

Mike Ranger Mike returns for the 4th year to Art on the Hill with his unique and funky art, mixing contemporary and modern styles with a retro feel to his work.

Toby Crook

Toby Crook    I am 42 years old and work in sales; but I would much rather be painting for a living! I hope you like my work. (http://www.tobycrook-art.com/)

“Naval Batlle”, Geoff Hutchins

Geoffrey Hutchins   I am an artist and art tutor. I have been an artist for the past thirty years, and also for the past thirteen years I have been teaching art, mostly for the Bedfordshire Adult Education Service. Recently however I have been running private classes in a local church hall. I teach watercolour and acrylic painting techniques. I have a strong interest in marine paintings and this is reflected in the work I am showing at this exhibition. If you would like to see more of my pictures then look on my website at www.geoffreyhutchins.co.uk. The work there is listed under titles Aviation, Marine, Science Fiction and general art. I am available for commissions and can be contacted on 01525759398 or 07974 586415. My email address is hutch758@gmail.com (http://www.geoffreyhutchins.co.uk/)

Jayne Martin Jayne is enjoying a return to various arts and crafts with successful exhibitions and interest in her paintings on many subjects.

Matt Coburn

Matt Coburn  Matt is an Oxford artist who can be found on theartcircus.com. He regularly exhibits at Art in Woodstock and has had exhibitions at Cornerstone, Oxford University Press and Freuds in Oxford.

“Thames”, Susan Wheeler

Susan Wheeler        I make original hand printed linocuts and exhibit during Artweeks Oxfordshire and at exhibitions, art fairs and galleries. I am a member of The Oxford Printmakers and The Oxford Art Society; www.susanwheelerprints.co.uk

Martha Cadle

Martha Cadle            Martha works primarily with printmaking and drawing. Her work concerns birds and our relationship with them and the vastness of the space they occupy. She works at in the School of Arts at Oxford Brookes and is a freelance artist and tutor (http://marthacadle.wordpress.com/)

Clovelly in Holiday Mood, Juliette Palmer

Juliette Palmer, RBA           Shows watercolours of favourite places. Once a children’s books Illustrator, always a painter. Exhibitor Royal Societies and Academies. Finalist major national art competitions, many commercial galleries, local events, art books.

Joe Stockton Joe’s cartoons have appeared in various professional publications and he has exhibited his watercolours in the Midlands and in London. A recent commission was to paint watercolours of a villa in North Tuscany.

Irene Foster   Irene’s journey over the past 20 years has taken her from sketching to watercolour, pastels and acrylics, to her now favoured medium of oils. Inspired by sunsets and Turner, when a subject presents itself she is compelled to paint.

Lynn Callaghan       I get great pleasure from beach combing, mostly on the beautiful shores of northern Scotland. Time spent in my studio is time well spent. Finally, exhibiting and selling is another great result.

Jane Ponting            Jane Ponting was born in Brill in 1960 and attended Brill School and later Lord Williams’s, Thame. Jane is a self-taught artist who specialises in horses and nudes. She has twice exhibited with The Society of Equestrian Artists in London.

Susan Rooke           Susan lives and works in Stoke Mandeville. She graduated with a Fine Art degree in 2000 from the University of Hertfordshire. She subsequently studied for a Higher Professional Diploma in Print making at West Herts College. She is a member of the Visual Images Group, Artworks and BBH Print Society. She is currently enjoying experimenting with a variety of printmaking techniques: in particular collograph, dry point etching and linocut, and exploring the merging of these techniques. The subject matter of her work, which is generally abstract or semi-representational, are mostly inspired by timeless landscapes, the elements and personal memories.

Inspired by a boot, Carolyn Boreham

Carolyn Boreham    Carolyn studied at Camberwell College of Art & Design. Images from the historic shoe collection at London College of Fashion dating from 1785-1880, where Carolyn works as an art librarian.


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