We would like to introduce you to the Friends Of Silver End School = (FOSES).
Why do we have a PTA?
We are very fortunate at our school to have a PTA that is and has been such an integral part of the school community for many years. Thousands of pounds have been raised, which have been spent on improving equipment and resources to enhance our children’s education and the facilities in school.
Our PTA is about much more than just fundraising though. It also supports closer links between home and school and it is an excellent way to bring staff, parents, carers and friends together socially in support of the school, working towards a common goal. It is fun too – as we are sure you will find out if you join us at one of the varied events throughout the school year.
Parents, grandparents and all other members of the school community can get involved in a variety of ways if they want to, even if they only have a small amount of time available.
Role of the PTA
Our PTA committee consists of a number of elected members, made up of parents and teachers, of which 4 Officers hold the positions of Chair, Vice-Chair, Treasurer and Secretary. The members of the committee do everything on a voluntary basis for the benefit of every child in the school.
The committee meet on a regular basis usually once per half term increasing to sometimes twice depending on whether we have a major event planned. If you are interested in joining us, please speak to any member of the committee, or email your details to the school at firstname.lastname@example.org or simply turn up at any of our meetings that are advertised on the school newsletter.
Tea/Coffee, Biscuits and Cakes will be provided.
How We Raise Money
Like most PTAs, the majority of our funds are raised through the events that we run. Some of our most popular events are the Summer & Xmas Fayre and also our Sponsored Event (which exclusively raises the money to cover our children’s free swimming lessons during the summer term).
We also hold School Discos which are great fun for both the children and the helpers.
How We Spend the Money We Raise?
The decisions on how to spend the money are taken at the PTA Committee Meetings.
The School's Senior Management Team has a “shopping list” of items that the school would like to purchase. Often this will be resources to improve a particular area of the curriculum or school environment.
In the main the PTA funds are for the “extras” that unfortunately cannot be provided by the school budget; items that make our children’s learning & social experiences so much more fulfilling and exciting.
The PTA does have ongoing commitments every year, for example:
How Can You Get Involved?
There are lots of ways you can help and support your child through the PTA.
Offering to help before events or at other times during the year is so valuable – it really is a case of “many hands make light work”. It doesn’t matter if you can’t help on a regular basis, or even if you can’t come into school. There are always small jobs that can be done from home if you have half an hour to spare (e.g. wrapping gifts, cooking fairy cakes etc.). We really couldn’t achieve what we do without the behind the scenes help that exists throughout the school.
You can of course if you feel able, volunteer to be a Committee Member. Or you can simply support the AGM and give us your ideas for fundraising events – this is also the time to ask questions or voice your opinion. You can help by letting us know if you have any useful contacts or skills – we are always grateful for new ideas or openings which may boost our funds!
Thank you for taking the time to read our letter. We hope you now know a little more about your Friends Association.
On behalf of all the children we would like to thank you in advance for your very valuable support which enriches their learning experiences and helps makes their time in school so enjoyable.
Who are the Elected Committee Members?
Chair: Emma Booty
Vice Chair: Iain Ashford
Treasurer: Colin Taylor
Secretary: Viv Phillips
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