Being a parent, teacher or staff at the school means you’re automatically part of the PTA: it’s run by you for your school! We aim to run fun activities for the children and fundraise for the school. The number of activities we can run depends on the number of volunteers we have, so please get involved, you will be very welcome!
Fun and fundraising - our fete raises record amounts
A huge thank you to everyone who came to support the fete on Friday 8th July. It was a brilliant day and we loved seeing all our children having fun and enjoying all the games and activities on offer...not to mention the sweets, savoury treats and cakes...so many cakes!
This was our first fete since 2019 and we were a little nervous about taking on such a huge endeavour, but with the help of staff and parents (and some great performances from our children) we managed to run an amazing 28 stall across the junior site. From the coconut shy to the bouncy castle, "splat the teacher" to hook a duck, there was something for everyone at this year’s fete.
Thanks to generous sponsorship from local estate agent Central and local nursery Little Diamonds we were able to maximise our fundraising and raise an amazing £6,500.
All money raised will go towards the first phase of work in revamping the junior site playground - we can't wait to see the improvements!
PTA COMMITTEE - March 2022
Claire McHardy (interim) Jimi (Yr4), Zara (R)
|Secretary:||Cate Conmy Una (Yr4)|
Nick Jeffery Alex (Yr3)
|Fundraising Officer:||Kirsty O'Brien Jamie (Yr6)|
Publicity & Comms Officer:
|Summer Fete 2023 coordinators:||vacant|
Please email email@example.com if you would like to get involved with the PTA.
We aim to hold a meeting every term. Please keep an eye on the school newsletter for updates.
Even if you can’t come to meetings or attend events, we are an open, friendly group of parents and we would love to encourage you to get involved in any way you can. If you can’t make the meetings but want to get involved and stay up to date, email firstname.lastname@example.org and we can share a link to our WhatsApp group.
Your PTA is only as strong as the number of volunteers it has. In other words: your PTA needs you!
We raise funds through a number of means, from asking for a £1 donation on dress down days to book sales, bake sales and social events for parents.
A few times a year we put a call out for second hand uniform and ask parents to make a donation for any bargains they grab from rails outside the school.
We also earn a small commission each year when parents buy clothes labels from stikins.co.uk and use the school code 22458. Even if you don't use this brand we would encourage labelling of all clothes and water bottles, gym kits etc. The lost property pile at the end of each term is also a job some heroic PTA volunteers have taken on over the years and labels are very helpful in this effort.
In 2022, we agreed with the headteacher that the bulk of funds raised by the PTA will be invested in a five year overhaul of the junior site playground. In addition to this big project our fundraising efforts will continue to fund playground equipment and fun activities for the children - for example a specialist storyteller for world book day.
We're fundraising to turn an unloved alley into a sensory garden for children with SEN on the infant site. We are incredibly grateful to local developers Catalyst and Sixty Bricks for their financial contribution to the project which will help us with landscaping and planting.
We have recently taken part in a vote across local Tesco stores for a community grant which we hope will fund a rainbow room. And we have partnered with Blackhorse Mills, a rental only residence close to our school who have really got behind the project - running a bake sale in April and undertaking a charity bike ride. If parents would like to support the riders (who are collectively completing the distance of the Tour De France) you can donate via just giving - all money raised will go directly to our sensory garden.
In the past we have contributed to some larger scale projects undertaken by the school:
Over the academic years 2018-19 and 2019-20 the PTA went into overdrive fundraising for a dedicated Artspace at our school. We are delighted to share that the space opened in academic year 2020-21 and the £20,000 raised by the PTA over the past two years ensured the space was designed to a high standard.
The PTA are proud to support the school's mission for all our children to become life-long readers. In 2018 we successfully bid for a number of grants to build a small reading space and library in the junior site playground. We are hugely grateful to the Big Lottery fund for our £9,000 grant, The Foyle Foundation for a £6,000 grant and the Jewson 'Building Better Communities' Fund for £4,000 worth of building materials. Together with a generous £7,000 donation from the PTA, we have created an exciting, safe space where children can enjoy reading during break and lunchtimes. See more here, and here.
BAKE FOR UKRAINE
HALLOWEEN TRAIL 2021
The PTA partnered with Central Estate agents to put on a Halloween trail in October 2021. Children enjoyed exploring the local area with the help of a map to find boards decorated in a spooky fashion over the Halloween weekend.
There were over 40 boards to spot including witches, spotty monsters, ghosts, mummies and a cute but terrifying hedgehog! We'd like to say a massive thank you to all the families who signed up, helping us to raise an amazing £980 for the PTA.
Past Events (examples)