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Friends of St James (PTA)

Welcome to The Friends of St James (PTA)

 

The Friends of St James (PTA) is made up of parents and staff at the school; when you join our school you automatically become a member. Every penny we raise goes directly to the school, benefitting our children and helping make our school an even better place to learn, make friends and enjoy their school experience.

 

The PTA can be contacted through stjamesfriends@gmail.com or through class reps. We welcome everyone at our meetings, which are announced via parentmail or via the newsletter.

As a PTA we have 3 main objectives:

  • Re-enforcing our school community spirit with events like the Christmas and Summer Fairs and taking part in Oatlands Village Fair. We also arrange social nights for parents to get together with previous events including The Beer Fest, Quiz Nights, International evening and 5 aside football tournament.
  • Adding a ‘little extra’ to our children’s school experience by organising visits from Father Christmas and the Easter Bunny, as well as putting on events such as The Junior Disco and Movie Nights.
  • Raising money to pay for school equipment. In the last few years school funding has been cut in real terms so the money raised by the PTA is vital to pay for new equipment.

 

The PTA are proud that, through the generosity of parents and local businesses, we have been able to contribute to the school by paying for:

  • Infant and Junior library improvements
  • Infant and Junior library books
  • School dining tables
  • Equipment for Reception
  • Outdoor play equipment
  • Playground refurbishment work
  • Christmas presents for children
  • New Football goal posts
  • ICT Equipment, including 25 ipads

 

There is never a shortage of requests for new equipment or things that benefit the children at St James, so our fundraising efforts continue. For the PTA to be a success we need parents to be involved. How can you help?

  • Please volunteer at events, whether to set up, clear up or man a stall for an hour.
  • Contribute to the Christmas and Summer Fairs; bottles and chocolates on the mufti days, smarties challenge, and 2nd hand goods are also important. Can you help with other donations and prizes, or put us in touch with people that can?
  • Bake cakes for the cake sales and bring a donation to buy some! All money raised from cake sales is given directly to the teachers of that year to buy resources for their classrooms.
  • Come to the PTA meetings, we welcome fresh ideas and want everyone to feel involved.
  • Have a charity fund at work? Then please put us forward.

There are other easy ways to help us. Please see below for links to our Easyfundraising page and other ways you can contribute.

Thank you for your support
The PTA Committee

 

Hello and welcome from your new PTA team!

Before we introduce ourselves, we just want to say a massive thank you to the outgoing PTA who, I’m sure you can all agree, did an amazing job at raising a substantial amount of much needed money for our school.

We have followed suit this year and have gone for a small group of co-chairs rather than just one chair. We are Daisy (mum to Freddie in Year 6 and Xavi in Year 3), Kam (mum to Edith in Year 2) and Kirsty (mum to Pixie in Year 2 and Indie in Reception).

For all three of us this is all very new as we have never been members of the PTA committee before, despite each of us being class reps over the years, so we are hoping that being co-chairs will help us to spread the load and support each other throughout the year. We also have the promised support of the outgoing PTA, as well as from members of the PTA from years gone by, which is of course very much appreciated.

 Our main aim this year is, as always, to raise funds for the school. It is unavoidable with the drastic cuts to funding that schools receive year on year that this has to be our main priority. However, we are fully aware that, bar our lovely new reception parents, it is the same people being asked for donations in one way or another each term. As a way of thanking people for that continued support we want to give back to the school community not only by hosting fun events for parents and kids alike, but also via events that give you the opportunity to make some money for yourselves too (we're thinking nearly new sales etc.) and events that support the small and local businesses that many of our parents and carers run. 

 We are lucky enough to have an amazing school community here at St James, and we are ever grateful for the support the PTA receives from parents each year. We hope to continue to grow that community, add in a bit of fun along the way, and find ways of showing our gratitude.

Thanks in advance for all of your support; we really hope to make this a fun and successful year for everyone in the St James school community.

Regards, Daisy Huntington, Kam Prevett and Kirsty Bostock

 

 

Friends Newletter October 2018

Easy Fundraising

Do you regularly shop on-line? Then please register for Easy Fundraising by clicking here https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/stjamesprimaryweybridge/ and we can benefit from each purchase you make.

 

Just Giving

If you are participating in an event, we are a registered charity and would love your support. Just email us at stjamesfriends@gmail.com and we’ll send you the details.

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