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Plans for the year and how you can help!

The PTA had it’s Annual General Meeting last week which is an informal & friendly chat through what happened last year and the plans for this year. For those who couldn’t make it here is a quick summary of what was discussed and where there are still gaps where we need your help.

We reminisced over how wonderful it was to have the whole community back together in 2021/22 especially at the return of our headline events Clarefest and the Summer Fete. We thanked everyone for all their efforts helping the PTA raise overall a small profit of around £2,000 last year, which has helped to start rebuilding the coffers that were depleted during the Covid years. We funded nearly £30,000 of extras for the school - for a reminder of what, please check our end of year blog from July.

Claire, the PTA chair, updated us on her meeting with Mrs Roberts who had shared some exciting new areas that the school are wanting to improve over the next couple of years, and which could be something for the PTA to consider for future fundraising. These include the support for I.T. that the PTA have been involved in annually, and other projects such as upgrading the trim trail, outdoor areas and some remodelling and modernising within the school. The PTA agreed we would very much like to support where possible and so now we really need all of your help. It would great to see if together we can raise even more than last year.

The specific areas that we identified we need help with are:

  • Marketing - help developing a sponsorship/media pack

  • Corporate partnerships - friendly people to make friends with local businesses

  • Corporate Matching - we’d love to increase the amount of match funding we get from large businesses - if you are employed please check if your company offers match funding and let us know by email.

  • Summer Fete - whilst we have agreed a date in principle with the school it is now time for the parent community to step forward! Running the fete is an immensely rewarding opportunity - whether you’re an individual, a couple or a close-knit group of friends who just want to make a difference. You can make the Fete your own or you can follow the PTA’s ready-made tried and tested formula. A group of around 6 people can really make the difference - with the roles already divided up into coordinators for 1) logistics (someone who is good at organising others and checking jobs off against a spreadsheet!), 2) the Arena displays and timetable, 3) the donation stalls, 4) the BBQ 5) the bar or 6) the activity stalls. You won’t be alone working alongside the PTA Committee who will support you every step of the way and the classes who run stalls on the day.

  • Playground sales - we have a few in the pipeline but heaps more ideas where we need a couple of volunteers to dedicate just a few hours over a short period, such as a nearly new toy sale before Christmas and Coronation crafts before May half term.

We then went onto confirming plans for this year which include some new parent socials, more frequent after school discos and cinema clubs, more playground sales as well as the popular regular events - the Christmas Cracker, Easter Egg Hunt, Scavenger Hunt and of course Clarefest and the Summer Fete. Put those in your diaries now...

  • Clarefest - Saturday 20th May 2022 2-8pm

  • Summer Fete - Saturday 1st July 2022 12-3pm

And finally the Committee for the year was elected. All 2021/22 members were re-elected, minus Claudine to whom we bid a fond farewell and a huge thank you, and one new member was elected. We always have room for more, in particular a School Rep, so if you work at the school please let us know if you’d like to join.

So that you know who to nab in the playground, your 2022/23 PTA Committee Members are:

Claire - Chair - mum to Freddie in Year 2 (& Harry to join next year)

Natalie - Vice-Chair - mum to Chloe in Year 5 and Eddie in Year 2

Sara - Secretary - mum to Edward in Year 4 and James in Year 2

Sami - Treasurer - dad to Laith in Year 1 and 2 younger boys

Ben - dad to Jamie in Year 1

Lucy - mum to Holly in Year 3 and James in Year 1

Emma B - mum to Freya in Year 5 and Ellie in Year 3

Emma D - mum to Jack in Year 4 and Otis in Year 2

Nicki - mum to Finley in Year 2, Lily in Reception and George to follow in two years

Sam - mum to Jack in Year 4

Mrs Roberts - Headteacher/ex-officio

We set the date for our next meeting - which will be 7.30pm on Tuesday 8th November. All are welcome to that so please do come along if you’d like to know more or get in touch in all the usual ways in the meantime.

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Here are the slides from our AGM:

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