And just like that…it's the end of term!
First and foremost, we want to say a massive THANK YOU to everyone who has supported the PTA this year. Whether you donated time, money, presents, prizes, used AmazonSmile or Easyfundraising to raise money for us at no cost for you or did a sun dance for our event days, every contribution has gone a long way. We are delighted to say the target of £29,200 was smashed and the collective effort raised over £30,000* for the school!
The PTA would also like to say a special thank you to Claudine Cerrini who is stepping down after many many years so she can enjoy her last year as a Claremont parent without PTA responsibility. Claudine we will miss you but thank you for all your support not least getting us newbies up to speed on all things PTA. We know you’ll secretly miss organising the Tank Room so you’re welcome back anytime!
Just to recap on this year, we started the year with some socials at the Claremont for old and new reception parents, our first ever virtual Raffle by Text took place in the Autumn and we navigated Covid restrictions to ensure Christmas festivities (and cinema club) could run as normal. After Christmas, the Spring Scavenger Hunt was a hotly contested affair, the Easter bunny helped the children hunt down their eggs, two after school discos were enjoyed by years 3-6, we danced the night away as the sun set on our first Clarefest in three years (raising over £10,000) and ended the year with a bonza Summer Fete which raised over £8,000!
This has meant we have been able to contribute nearly £30,000 to the school for:
IT - £15,000
New Outdoor Classroom - £10,000
Xmas Panto Trip and Lunch - £2,385
Classroom Contributions - £1,400 (£100 per class for teachers to spend as they need)
Year 6 send off (Yearbooks/leavers BBQ) - £ 660
But we mustn’t rest on our laurels! Our next fundraising event is actually taking place before the new term even starts! On Sunday 4th September, the Claremont Dragons are racing in the Tonbridge Dragon Race to raise valuable funds for the PTA! All are welcome to cheer them on, on the day and to donate through localgiving here.
Looking ahead to next year we would love to make it an even bigger and more fun filled year for the PTA - but we need your help to make that happen! If you have enjoyed any of our events this year and think you can help in any way (you don’t need a specific skill - just a bit of enthusiasm!) then we welcome you to join us at the AGM on Thursday 29th September (at school at 7.30pm) or email us if you can't make that date.
We also look forward to welcoming Reception parents at our Reception Parent Social on Friday 23rd September from 7.30pm. We will confirm the venue in September but for now please save the date if you have a little one starting in Reception in September.
We wish you all a wonderful summer and look forward to seeing you at the AGM!
Claire, Natalie, Sami, Sara and the rest of the PTA Committee
*please note all numbers are initial estimates until final accounts are signed off at the AGM in September