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Welcome to our PTA

 

What is our PTA?

The PTA (Friends of Halsford Park) is a group of parents and staff who dedicate some free time to help, plan, organise fundraisers and events within the school throughout the year. As a parent in the school you are automatically a member of the PTA and you can get involved as much or as little as you like.   It is a great way to get to know other parents and have a say in how we fundraise and support our school. We are a different set of parent to those that attend the School Forum which is designed to liaison between the school and parents on school run matters.

 

Why does the school need our PTA?

The fundraising events raise money for the school to pay for much needed ‘extras’ which are not provided by the school’s shrinking budget. Sadly the budget provided by the government is forever being cut.  These ‘extras’ benefit all of our children and support their education, funds are raised for the good of all students from Early Years to Year 6.

 

Charitable Status

Friends of Halsford Park is a registered charity which enables us to receive charitable donations from local and national companies. We can also apply for gift aid, give as you live and match funding schemes. Our charity number is 1103845.

 

 

How your PTA works

 

How is the money spent?

The money we raise goes towards buying new equipment for the school, subsidises school trips and helping fund major school projects. We have purchased learn pads and sports kits and most recently we have bought new playground  tables and benches and a new PA system for the KS2 Hall.  We are currently raising funds for the redevelopment of the existing playgrounds. On an annual basis we provide funds and organise an Autumn Family disco, a Summer School disco, Christmas lunch with crackers, Christmas decorations, Easter Eggs, T-shirts for the Windmill Hill trip, Sports day ice lollies, Year 6 Leavers gifts and more.

 

What happens at meetings?

We chat, we decide how the money is raised and how it is spent.  We discuss ideas and organise the events and when the school needs us to help out.   Head of School and a Senior Teacher are usually present so we can ask in general sense about matters concerning the school, there may be a wish list or a request from the children.  We meet in the Staff Room after school and a crèche is provided.  Event planning meetings are held in a local pub in the evenings. If you have any suggestions or ideas and/or would like a say in how money is raised and spent, please come along to the meetings. 

                                                                                                                             

How we get information to you!

Parentmail – monthly emailed newsletters, Notice Boards in the playground and Facebook groups ie Friends of Halsford Park.  Most year groups have facebook pages, please see your year rep for relevant info.

 

 

How you can help

Friends of Halsford Park are extremely short of active members.  Some year groups are without a Rep.  The PTA are struggling to provide regular events and without the involvement of more parents these events may not be able to continue.  Please give some serious thought to getting involved or helping out just a little.

 

There are many ways you can help. 

  • Offering to help at events or at other times during the year is so valuable.  It doesn’t matter if it cannot be on a regular basis it can be painting parties, decorating playground, Christmas dinners, Easter egg hunt, school disco, selling event tickets, buying tickets, baking cakes, make props, wrap presents.  We just need help!  For our biggest events, the Summer and Christmas Fair, we ideally need … volunteers.  Whether it be helping to set up, running a stall for an hour or helping tidy up, volunteers are essential.  Without your help the Fairs will not take place.

 

  • Offering to help at events or at other times during the year is so valuable.  It doesn’t matter if it’s not on a regular basis we just need your help!  Whether it’s for painting parties, decorating playground, Christmas dinners, Easter egg hunt, school discos, selling event tickets, buying tickets, baking cakes, making props or wrapping presents.  For our biggest events, the Summer and Christmas Fairs, we ideally need over 50 volunteers on the day from helping to set up, running a stall for an hour or helping tidy up.  Volunteers are essential.  Without Parents’ help the fairs or events cannot take place.

 

  • Simply support the PTA by attending our events and bringing along family and friends. 

 

  • Become a Committee Member or year group Rep, come along to our meetings, we need your ideas, creativity and suggestions.  Class Reps act as the link between your class/year group and the PTA and will help to co-ordinate fundraising activities. 

 

  • Give as you live and Easy Fundraising.  Do your online shopping through either ‘Give as you live’ or ‘Easy Fundraising’ and nominate Friends of Halsford Park as your charity.  Once you have registered you can then shop in all of your favourite stores even Amazon, Ebay, and most High Street Shops and Department Stores.  You can book holidays and flights in fact you will find everything that you buy online can generate a contribution to the school. It's so simple and costs you nothing extra. Take a look at their websites to see how easy it is.  www.giveasyoulive.com or www.easyfundraising.org.uk

 

  • Join the 200 club.  Sign up! It costs £2 a month and you could be in with a chance of winning £80 in a monthly draw.   You are allocated a number which is entered into the prize draw, if your number comes up then a winning cheque is yours. The profit from this goes directly into the school. Contact Helen Taylor email helenk@blades-bio.co.uk

 

  • Sponsor a Stall at our Fairs.  If you are a business big or small we will advertise your business on the programme and newsletters and display your advertising board.

 

  • Donations. Donations from parents are extremely important.  You can donate time, money, items for sale, raffle and tombola prizes or skills.

 

  • Company Match Funding. Company matched giving is a very simple.  Companies or businesses pledge to donate to a charity such as ourselves an amount of money relating to the amount that an employee(s) donates or fundraisers for us.  Do you work for a company that could Match Fund?

 

What the PTA means to our school

 

School Governors

The Governing Body of Halsford Park are glad that we have such a dedicated and proactive PTA. We support their work in providing a range of activities and equipment that further enrich the experience of our children and our school community. It is a great way to get involved and have fun!

 

School Council

'They are really helpful.. if we need something they help us to do a fundraiser so that we can buy it'.. '..they care for the school and all the children..'

 

Headteacher

"Our PTA work very hard to raise funds to support a wealth of activities in our school and provide additional resources to supplement our resources to support teaching and learning as well as our inside and outside environment. Both the Summer Fair and the Christmas Fair are highlights in the PTA calendar which provide wonderful opportunities for children and their families to enjoy a really special day out.

Our PTA always welcomes new members, so if you are interested in joining us please use the contact information below."  

Claire Spencer

 

 

 

 

Contact us

halsford.pta@gmail.com 

 
   

        

 
   

 

 
   

PTA information booklet

How you can help the PTA

School Representatives

President -  Claire Spencer

Teacher Liaison – Paul Tippett

Committee Member – Jill Abbott

 

Parent Representatives

Chairman – Tom Whelan – (Year 1)

Vice Chair – Aimee Pike – (Year 1 & 3)

Treasurer – Tracey Poole – (Year 1 & 4)

Secretary –  Claire Shelley – (Year 1)

Early Years Rep – Natalie Gibbs

Year 1 Rep – Terrie Lockwood, Debbie Wren

Year 2 RepVacant

Year 3 Rep – Louise Bantock

Year 4 Rep Vacant

Year 5 Rep – Melanie Ellis, Allison Phillips

Year 6 Rep Vacant

Committee Members – Tom Cosens – (EYS), 

Claire Tennent – (Year 1), Nicola Tarry (Year 1 & EY)

 
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