Bringing Out The Best In Every Child
PTFA is a volunteer led charity that uses different ways to raise money to enrich the children's time at school. This money is used in a variety of ways including buying playground equipment, supporting topic work and WOW days, helping with pets and clubs, providing water bottles for new Reception children and momentos for Year 6s when they leave our school. All parents are members of our PTFA and can come along to meetings (usually twice a term) to discuss any upcoming events, new fundraising ideas and items requested. It is a friendly relaxed atmosphere and all are welcome.
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LCPS PTFA – AGM Jan 2018
Chair’s annual report.
At this time last year I was not expecting to ever be giving the Chair’s report! But Jen got an offer she couldn’t refuse and stood down, so at the next meeting I was co-opted in as Chair.
We have had another very successful year of fundraising and helping School with their events. Admin-wise we are now registered with HMRC to receive Gift Aid and we have set up a PTFA email address (which is working well) plus introducing cloud storage for our documents with easy access for our officers. The PTFA Constitution was dug out from deep within the filing cabinet and we hope to update it during this meeting.
We have developed an excellent working relationship with the School Governors – thank you to Rob Mitchell and Kate Aspin. And have forged links with our local Community, including school uniform recycling with Re-cycle Littleborough in July and the “shoebox” appeal before Christmas, the Chocolate tombola at the Littleborough Christmas Lights Switch on, wonderful support from many local businesses for raffle prizes (a special thanks to Lauren and Mark from Yankee Candle) and making and installing the Friendship Bench (thanks Neela and the Star Tree Studio, JetBlast and Maintenance and Graffic Detail) plus, of course, the Co-op Community Fund money.
Our events have been very successful again and included the sponsored Pancake Toss, Pots of Pennies, Summer Fair, Halloween parties and pop-up shops – we are very lucky to have the support of staff and parents and the enthusiasm of the children. Plus several new volunteers to help (as well as the reliable oldies!). Thanks to all of you. We also get regular income from Easyfundraising, MyNametags and Bag2School.
All this fundraising has allowed us to install a lovely, colourful Friendship bench in the playground, fund the inflatable obstacle course, pay towards a coach for the Music Festival, subsidise the whole-school panto at Christmas, provide prizes for the tree decoration competition, help feed and house the school pets (including a ladybird habitat!), give topic and WOW day support, institute a “hardship fund”, supply water bottles for all new Reception children, give gowns for Nursery graduation, assist with materials for gardening club and fund end-of-year parties for all classes. We are looking forward in the coming year to using the Co-op money and planning playground improvements with the children.
A pub quiz for parents was, unfortunately, not well supported and sadly, although we have had quite a few new helpers at events, we are struggling to get members to come to meetings or take a more active role in the running of the PTFA. I have relied heavily on Jenni, Sally and Katy Warburton – my heartfelt thanks to them for their support. However, several parents have been in touch over the past few days and I hope to find ways of improving communication between PTFA, parents and school staff so that, not least for the sake of the children, we can look forward to another successful year of fundraising and a thriving PTFA by the next AGM.
Jackie Barber, Chair