WELCOME to future and exiting parents/carers at Headcorn School, we hope to give you a little insight to what the PTFA is and its role within the school.
WHAT/WHO IS THE PTFA?
The PTFA (Parents, Teachers and Friends Association) is a registered charity and simply a group of parents, teachers and friends (some of who are parents of ex pupils) who wish to make our village school a place where our children’s education is fun, modern and inspiring.
You as parents/carers are part of the PTFA.
Please do not feel this is an elite group or one that will twist your arm into doing extra work. You may only be able to attend a couple of meetings during the year or none at all, but you could be that parent who comes up with a new idea. Your class will have a Class Representative, who can bring forward those ideas on your behalf. The meetings are a way of not only getting to know other parents, but gaining an understanding of how the teachers wish to enhance the school facilities in order to meet the changing needs of our children; therefore, the need for fundraising, involving community and the purpose of this committee.
In January 2017 a new committee was elected, they are:
Co-Chairs: Ebony Drewett and Jackie Chatfield - Both mums have been enthusiastic and reliable supporters of the PTFA with a long history at the school. Ebony works part time at TOSH and is a mum of three; two of her children are at Headcorn in years 1 and 5. Jackie is undertaking her first year as co-chair but has organised the Fireworks Display and Bonfire for several years; she is a mum of two with a child in year 4 and secondary school.
Vice Chair: Sarah Beecher – a long serving member of the committee, who works part-time and is mum to three boys in years 1, 4 and 5.
Treasurer: Karen Lamb – another long serving member of the committee who works part time and has 5 children; the older two both attended Headcorn school, three currently in Reception, years 2 and 5.
Secretary: Lizell Williams - One of the newer parents to the school. A full time mum, with a child in Year 2 and a preschooler.
Supported by Jack Keeler, Chair of Governors & Sarah Symonds, Head Teacher.
HOW DO WE RAISE FUNDS?
School based and Community Events are held throughout the year, these include: Summer Fete, a village Fireworks display, a Christmas Bazaar, an Easter Egg Hunt, school discos, cake sales, Non Uniform Days, Quiz and Bingo Nights.
WHERE DO THE PTFA FUNDS GO?
The PTFA has assisted in funding activities, upgrades to facilities and purchasing new equipment.
In 2016, School Purchases totaled £8970
£4285 was spent on 15 iPads and a MacBook Pro with which to manage the iPads and their many apps; as well as assist with purchasing a Charge and Syncing unit to keep the devices fully charged and most importantly secure
£1295 was spent on the swimming pool
£787 was spent on various items for the EYES area eg: Goal posts for KS1 and KS2 playgrounds
£698 was spent on new blue Chairs & trolley storage for the hall
£424 was spent on Visualisers to display works, text and art in classroom based lessons
In 2016, PTFA invested in much needed equipment for running the events:
£353 - 3m x 6m Gazebo with sides and leg weights
£87.63 – urns (hot water storage for teas and coffees)
£90 - new lights decorations for Santa’s Grotto as well as a large Christmas tree stand
In 2015, new items included a new PA system and Athletics vests.
HOW CAN YOU GET INVOLVED?
Come along to the monthly PTFA meeting during which we discuss fundraising initiatives, plan future events and consider expenditure requests. We have started alternating the meeting time between afternoon and evening to accommodate busy lifestyles.
Becoming a Class Rep
as the name suggests: a representative for that class/year group. Class Reps are valuable communicators of any ideas, feedback or queries parents may have. They are an extension to the PTFA committee, they attend the monthly meeting and are key in coordinating any assistance needed that either you or a family member could offer to the school at events we host. Many existing reps set up a Facebook page to communicate quickly and effectively with fellow parents, others use a group email system or prefer to chat to parents while waiting at the gates/playground. If any of you are interested in becoming your Reception Class Rep or want any help in your role as a Class Rep, please contact us on the email below and we will happily assist and support you.
There are always tasks to be done in advance or afterwards, many can be done at a time that is most convenient to you:
• selling raffle tickets before and / or during event
• assist in finding sponsors for prizes or those wishing to advertise
• assist in the setting up the events eg: moving tables/chair, gazebos, banners, decorations
• creating posters / flyers / tickets
• distribute posters/flyers
• making cakes/biscuits
• assist in the playground collecting donated bottles for tombola & putting raffles tickets on them
On the day of an event
• setting up stall serving teas/coffees
• assist in the playground collecting donated cakes for sale
• on the door ticket collectors/sellers
• chaperones or marshals at events eg: discos or fireworks
• manning stalls at fete/bazaar
• selling food / sweets / cakes at events
• help clear & tidy after the event
Join the Easyfundraising scheme
We are only too aware that the availability of spare cash and time is becoming harder. We have joined Easyfundraising to give parents, carers, family, friends and the local community the opportunity to support our charity from the comfort of their armchair and convenience of their commuter train seat!
Whenever you buy anything online - from your weekly shop to your annual holiday - you could be collecting free donations for Headcorn School PTFA. There are over 3,000 shops and sites on board ready to make a donation, including Amazon, Argos, John Lewis, Aviva, thetrainline and Sainsbury's – it doesn't cost you a penny extra!
It's as easy as 1, 2, 3...
1. Head to https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/headcornschool/ and join for free.
2. Every time you shop online, go to easyfundraising first to find the site you want and start shopping. You can set up Donation Reminders on your pc as well as download a very user friendly app to your phone or tablet.
3. After you’ve checked out, that retailer will make a donation to your good cause for no extra cost whatsoever!
There are no catches or hidden charges
If nothing else, please come along and support our fundraisers during the year!
KEEPING IN TOUCH
We aim to share news, meeting and events dates, minutes & agendas in a number of ways:
• primarily via the School Office Email system and weekly Headcorn Headlines
• displays on our Noticeboard located at the school gates
• on occasion, we may request teachers to put items in Book Bags
• and our Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/Headcorn-School-PTFA-138963449512927/?fref=ts
To download a copy of recent PTFA meeting minutes or notices please click on the links below.
We welcome your ideas, suggestions and comments, so please do not hesitate to chat to one of us in the playground alternatively, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Together we can make a difference.
Below is a list of all the latest downloadable content from the PTFA...