What is the PTA & what are the Association’s objectives?
The PTA (Parent Teacher Association) is a voluntary organisation whose objectives are to enhance the education of the pupils of the school by:-
- Giving all parents the opportunity to contribute in some way to their child’s school
- Engaging in activities which support the school and advance the education of the children attending the school
- Providing and assisting in the provision of facilities for the school
- Fostering more extended relationships between the staff, parents & others associated with the school
Who can be a member?
Membership of the Association is free & will automatically include all parents, guardians or carers of children on the school roll & all staff of the school. It may also include friends of the school who wish to become members.
Our AGM is held at the start of the Autumn Term and we then hold one meeting per half term which is held in the staff room at the school. Other ad hoc meetings are held to discuss fundraising events such as the Christmas Fair etc. These usually take place in a local pub.
Who runs the PTA?
The PTA Committee consists of the Chairperson, Secretary, Treasurer & a class representative for each year group. They are elected for an annual term at the AGM.
What events do the PTA organise?
The PTA organise a number of events each term. The list below is not exhaustive and if you have any ideas you would like to suggest, then we would love to hear from you.
- Jumble Sale - this is held twice a year and is open to the general public. We accept clean clothes, bedding, shoes, bric a brac, toys and books. We sell refreshments on the day.
- Bag2School - anything we don't sell at the jumble sale is added to the Bag2School collection. Children are sent home with a bag for unwanted clothes, bedding, shoes, etc. If you don't want to donate these items to the jumble sale, then please return the bag to the school on the specified date. The Bag2School company collects and weighs the donation bags, and we are given an amount of money per kilo. Bags should be left at the back entrance to the school through the car park at the top of Clinton Hill.
- Discos – these are held after school twice a year (usually October & May). Tickets are available from your class reps or the school office. Infants disco is from 5.00 – 5.45 & Juniors 6.00 – 7.00pm. A classroom is available for parents to wait in with their children if they have a child in parts of the school. The children are provided with a drink & biscuits.
- Christmas Fair – held on a Saturday at the school in either late November or early December. Lots of stalls, Santa’s grotto, crafts & refreshments.
- Sponsored Event – parents are asked to sponsor their child for a certain activity. In the past we have had a sponsored walk, healthy eating, skip, olympic torch relay. The money is then used for an end of year treat for the whole school in July.
- Easter Egg Hunt – arranged at the school. All of the children take part in a fun activity which results in them receiving an Easter chocolate treat at the end of the day. Specific food allergies are taken into careful consideration when providing the treats for this event. Please speak to your class representative if you have any specific concerns in this regard.
- Easter Egg Raffle – children are given the opportunity to buy raffle tickets to win an Easter Egg.
- Summer Fair – held during the Summer term in the school playground. Over the years there have been various stalls & a variety of themes. However we have always been very lucky with the weather!
What do we spend our money on?
The aim of the PTA is to fund items/events that benefit every child in the school. We contribute £10 to each child’s school trip, so reducing the amount paid by the parent considerably. Over the years we have purchased a new sandpit for the infant children, improved the outside facilities, including purchasing a new scooter park, welly racks and renewing the all-weather play equipment in the playground. Internally, we have renewed the computers in the ICT suite, the library furniture, the classroom projectors, cameras & bought many additional teaching aids requested by the teachers.
How can you help?
We work on the principle that “many hands make light work”. If you can offer any help at all throughout the year, whether your strengths are in organising, crafting, building, lifting or helping with a stall at one of our fairs for ½ hour, it would be very much appreciated. Also some employers have a charity budget through which employees can obtain donations to their child’s school, usually on the basis of “match-funding” the takings of a stall that person helps on at a fair. This is a fantastic & easy way to raise money.
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