The Parents and Friends Association (Known as PFA) is run by a small group of volunteers whose aim is to raise additional funds for the school. The majority of the members are parents but anybody, who has a keen interest in enhancing the opportunities available to the children, is very welcome to join.
There are numerous fundraising and social events throughout the year which are organised by the PFA. These events provide an opportunity to support the school and enhance the link between the families at the school and the local community.
In recent years the PFA has organised the summer BBQ, movie nights. ice cream stall and summer fair. As a result of funds raised last year the PFA donated much needed games and activities to engage the children on wet play days and presented the school with a cheque for £2,500 which was used to fund outdoor learning activities.
This year we are hoping to raise enough funds to support the purchase of camera equipment and tablets for the children to use, as well as paying for the Christmas Pantomime. In order to do this we need your support. The summer fair has been moved to May (so now named Spring Fair). This is a fun event the whole family can enjoy. In order to make this successful we need volunteers, this support can be offered in lots of various ways from designing a poster, helping to set up, bake a cake, have an idea for a new game, send in a bottle for the bottle stall……so many ways.
We are especially keen this year to get support in securing raffle prizes. Last year the PFA worked tirelessly to gain some fantastic prizes such as a UK family holiday break, family tickets for local attractions and a Lexus car for the weekend. Do you work at, own or know of any local businesses that would be willing to offer a prize or service? Previous donations for example have included a free haircut, meal voucher, bouquet of flowers, beauty treatment and other services. If you know of any such prizes or businesses willing to offer support please let us know by emailing email@example.com and we will contact them to make the arrangements.
Please also consider donating any unused or unwanted gifts you may have that would be suitable for a raffle prize (please ensure they are new and sealed).
The PFA is currently run by a small group of parents and friends of the school. The PFA is totally flexible giving up just 30 minutes of your time to help the PFA is invaluable. If everyone could spare 30 minutes a term to help, just think what we could achieve! You don’t have to attend PFA meetings – you can use our contact details to send in ideas for discussion. We are always looking for new and exciting fundraising ideas, such as the new adult race night being held on the 29th March 2019.
Joining the PFA is a good opportunity to feel more connected to other parents and the school, every PFA event is an opportunity to meet other parents in the same situation as you. There’s no better way to know what events are being planned, have your say or make new fundraising suggestions, than by offering your help and support.
There are lots of myths around the PFA so to answer some of these please find herewith a quick guide. The main myth being, The PFA is just for Moms! It’s important to our PFA, our school and our children to have dads represented on our committee and to help reach out to other dads, are you a dad with a skill that would come in useful? It’s Fun! See the smiles on your children’s faces and know that you have played a part in making school a little more fun and helped raise vital funds!
If you would like to get involved and we are really hoping you will, you can either say hello on the playground, email firstname.lastname@example.org or attend a meeting. Alternatively, Mrs Attwood has been an invaluable member of the PFA for many years and will be happy to help you. We also have a new noticeboard by the main gates detailing all future activities and notices, so please take a look.
The next meeting is 25th February 2019 at St John Fisher School at 7pm. Hopefully see you then.