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FORTHCOMING QUIZ NIGHT - FRIDAY 17TH NOVEMBER 

 

CREAM TEA - FRIDAY 23 JUNE 2.30PM

 

DONATION FROM BROWNS COUNTRY PROPERTY

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.

 

SPONSORED BOUNCE

On 21 March 2017, the PTA ran a Sponsored Bounce to raise money to improve the outdoor area. It was a fun event and the children really enjoyed themselves. Once all the money has been received, we will announce the total funds raised and present the winners with their prizes. Thank you to all the children who took part and a big thank you also to all their sponsors!

 

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. In the last year, PTA funds have paid for/subsidized many initiatives such as: the trip to the pantomime, a visit from a science and maths magician, an all-school reptile encounter experience with Zoolab, a Roald Dahl workshop during book week and an all-school trip to see Carnival of the Animals. We also paid for the tyre park, financed the Phonic Bug programme and donated over £3,000 of books to the new library to help support the Accelerated Reader programme. As you can see, the money raised by the PTA (thanks to your generosity and hard work of PTA volunteers) benefits every child in many different ways. If we could secure some matched funding or other charitable help from your company, we could do a lot more though! Please contact Helen Lester if you think your company may be able to help.

 

CHRISTMAS RAFFLE 2016

The Christmas Luxury Hamper was drawn on 15.12.16 in the presence of Helen Lester, Dee Owen, Jan Frayne, Dan File, Claire Short and Cheryl Vincent. We are delighted to advise the following have won hampers. HUGE congratulations and thank you to everyone who bought and helped sell raffle tickets - the raffle made over £1,000!! A special mention also to the hamper team (Sonia & Martin Gosbee, Jan Frayne, Helen Lester, Michelle Marsh, Mr & Mrs Flannagan (Sonia's parents), Imogen Ireland, Dee Owen, Marie Brazier and Amie Stocks for their amazing effort in creating so many wonderful and valuable hampers, WELL DONE TEAM!  Thank you also to the families and businesses who kindly donated items for the hampers, it's so humbling to see such generosity. ​The winners were: Boy's Hamper: Emma Levett, ticket 00557, Christmas Hamper: Ian Richards, ticket 01961, Entertainment Hamper: M Haining, ticket 00514, Chocoholics Hamper: Janene Moat, ticket 00565, Pick N Mix Hamper: Sheila Bligh, ticket 02558, Pamper Hamper: Mrs Baillie, ticket 01626, Home Hamper: Harry Benson, ticket 00785, Arty Hamper: Baptiste Roques, ticket 00451, Girl's Hamper: Pauline Flannagan, ticket 02998, Sporty Hamper: Elliot Cowling, ticket 00456, Boozy Hamper: Kate Yarwood, ticket 02631, Gardening Hamper: Mary Ann, ticket 01857. Congratulations also to Mr Baker and Mr Owen who won our nativity champagnes.

 

CHRISTMAS FAYRE 2016

Thank you to those who came to the Christmas fayre last Friday, we are sure you will agree it had a lovely atmosphere and we hope you all had fun. Congratulations to Jenny and Emma Clayton for winning Oak Class’ giant Teddy Bear and to Hollie Goldup for winning Silver Birch’s Rudolph (who was called Holly). Reka and Crispin correctly guessed the number of sweets in the jars and Lucas T, Jasper and Scarlett won Willow’s ‘throw a beanbag’ competition (with scores of 50, 40 and 40 respectively). In total, the fayre raised just over £1,200, which is truly wonderful, thank you for your generosity. All the money raised will be ploughed into fabulous projects for the benefit of Elham pupils in 2017. We are currently liaising with the staff and school council to ascertain which initiative to fund next, so watch this space!

 

HI VISIBILITY VESTS

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!”

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. 

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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