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DATE FOR YOUR DIARY....MYTHICAL CREATURES SUMMER FAYRE ON SAT 23 JUNE 2018 11AM-2PM.  WE ARE LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS TO RUN STALLS ON THE DAY, PLEASE LET THE OFFICE KNOW IF YOU CAN HELP!

Funding from Local Businesses and Grants

DONATION FROM TESCO - APRIL 2018

In April 2018, the PTA received £1.067 from Tesco Bags of Help to spend on equipment for sports that are not necessarily "mainstream".  Our aim is to encourage ALL children to enjoy sport, even if they are not inspired by the more traditional sports on offer in schools.

 

DONATION FROM SANTANDER - FEBRUARY 2018

Following our Christmas fundraising efforts, we are very grateful to Franz McCoy (Riley's Dad) for organising a £500 matched fund donation from his employer, Santander. This is a huge sum to boost PTA funds. Thank you Franz and Santander!
 
Do YOU work for a bank or other large organisation? If so, please ask whether they offer matched funding. You too could help contribute a large amount of money by effectively completing a form if so!
 

DONATION FROM NATIONAL LOTTERY AWARDS FOR ALL - JANUARY 2018

In early 2018, Karen Raeburn and Jane Waters successfully applied to the National Lottery Awards for All scheme, for £8,134 for the school to spend on establishing a Forest School area on the site.  This will mean that pupils will be able to enjoy outdoor learning in a safe and purpose-built area for many years to come.

 

DONATION FROM THE CREAM TEA SOCIETY- JUNE 2017

Our cream team raised a superb £213.53 after expenses! Thank you to the Cream Tea Society for kindly donating the delicious clotted cream and jam and also to all our wonderful bakers. We everyone enjoyed their lovely cream tea in the glorious sunshine, thanks for supporting us!

 

DONATION FROM BROWNS COUNTRY PROPERTY - MAY 2017

In May 2017, Browns Country Property presented Elham School PTA with a cheque for £187 - money raised at their recent valuation day. Thank you Browns! We will be using the money to improve the school's outdoor play area.

 

DONATION FROM BIGJIGS (HI VISIBILITY VESTS) - NOVEMBER 2016

Elham CEP School pupils and staff all received high visibility vests in November 2016 as part of a safety initiative organised by the PTA.  We wanted to provide our pupils and staff with high visibility vests that they could wear on school trips. The vests are reflective and also have our school logo on the back, so our children will stand out when walking on paths and also be easily recognisable when at venues where lots of other school children are present (for example, the Young Voices concert at the 02, which is attended by hundreds of schools each year). Our thanks go to Bigjigs, a wooden toy manufacturer and retailer based in Folkestone, who very generously offered to pay for them - and in fact organised the whole order, from design to despatch!”

 

 

DONATION FROM OTHER LOCAL BUSINESSES - PAST AND PRESENT!

We are also very grateful to the many and very generous local businesses who have supported - and continue to support - our school by donating raffle prizes and other materials which are used in school by the pupils - THANK YOU!

Who are we?

Our Parents, Teachers & Friends Association is a thriving group of friendly individuals who work together as a team to support our wonderful school. We believe we have a dual-purpose role - firstly, to help raise funds and secondly, to organise fun events so that pupils, parents and staff can enjoy time together socially.  We pride ourselves on being an open and welcoming group and we always welcome new members. Our current committee is lead by Helen Lester and her super team! If you would like more information about how to get involved, please speak to any of the following or leave your details with Mrs Lewis in the school office and we will be in touch!

Helen Lester - Chairperson

Jess Wilson - Vice Chairperson

Amie Stocks - Treasurer

Michelle Marsh - Secretary

 

CHARITY STATUS

At the end of 2016, Elham PTA was awarded charity status and was entered onto the Register of Charities. Our Registered Charity Number is 1170927.  This means we can apply for matched funding and other grants/funding. If you work for a medium/large organisation, it is very possible your company offers matched funding, charity volunteer work days, etc. We would be very grateful if you could ask your company if they are able to support our charity in any way - either through matched funding, donation of materials/equipment or staff charity volunteer days. For example, matched funding from just one company could double our annual fundraising profit! The more input we receive, the more we can do to improve your child/ren's experience at school. More details about the PTA's objectives and current trustees can be found at http://beta.charitycommission.gov.uk/charity-details/?regid=1170927&subid=0

 

 

Get involved

Our PTA is one way parents can become more involved in our thriving school community.  New members are always welcome - you can be involved as much or as little as your time permits. If you would like to know more, please speak to our Chairperson - Helen Lester - or email the group pta@elhamprimary.co.uk  Meetings are held each term - alternating between mornings and evenings to provide everyone with an opportunity of attending. Why not come along to our next meeting to hear what is in the pipeline or suggest a new idea you may like to help organise? 

Adding value to school life - how we use PTA funds

We have raised many thousands of pounds over the years. This money has been used to fund equipment, workshops and trips the school budget would otherwise not be able to provide.  Projects since 2015 include:

  • In June 2017, the PTA funded some new markings for the playground - including a large hopscotch, times table game grid, compass and target game. All the netball lines were redone and also some new smaller football goals added. We hope our children enjoy the new additions!

  • In May 2017, the PTA funded 6 outdoor picnic benches to replace the wooden ones which were rotten. The new benches are maintenance free and guaranteed for 20 years. The classes will be using them for outdoor lessons in the summer term.
  • In 2017, the PTA have also pledged money to the after school gardening club (who do an amazing job maintaining our remembrance garden and help teach pupils about horticulture). We have also donated funds to buy more musical instruments and contributed funds towards a EYFS/KS1 theatre trip to see 'The Tiger who came to tea'!
  • In winter 2016, the PTA financed the "Yes, I can" initiative, which inspires pupils to pledge to do something they want to achieve (eg learn to swim).
  • In autumn/winter 2016, we donated £3,300 of books for the new library, to help inspire children with exciting new stories and also enable more children to benefit from the Accelerated Reader scheme, which was introduced at the start of the 2016-2017 academic year.
  • Paying for science/maths magician workshops for all year groups, to help inspire and entertain children by combining science, maths and magic.

  • Subsidising trips to the Pantomines at the Marlowe Theatre, which all year groups enjoyed.

 

  • Funding an all-weather tyre park for the children to enjoy at playtime.

  • The PTA has also paid for an all-school reptile encounter experience with Zoolab, bought every pupil a commemorative coin to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday, financed the Phonic Bug programme, contributed towards a leaver’s outing and also subsidised an all-school trip to see Carnival of the Animals.  We have also paid for a Roald Dahl workshop during book week, which the children really enjoyed.

Social events

We also run social events including parent/staff quiz nights, ‘Big Camp Outs’ on the school field for families, school discos for the pupils and of course our highly successful Christmas and Summer fayres, where all are most warmly invited to attend. Most years we try something new, led by ideas from parents - so why not get involved if you have an idea?  

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