TATSFIELD PRIMARY SCHOOL PTA
Chair: Julia Friend Secretary: Claire Kilgour
Vice Chair: Nicola Philip Treasurer: Amy Gould
The PTA hold regular events throughout the year please look and see some of the events that are already planned for the forthcoming year.
PARENT TEACHER ASSOCIATION ANNUAL REPORT
Sept 2018 to July 2019
After a fantastic and well received year of events and activities in 2018/19, the PTA have raised the fabulous sum of £21612.78. Our biggest fund raiser as always was The Beer Festival which was attended well and the weather was good for us. A huge well done to Liz and the team for a fantastic ball which had raving reviews and lots of people asking when we are holding the next one!
The Break the rules day went down a storm and the children had so much fun whilst making a grand sum of money for the school.
As the Easter event, ice lolly sales and the Mother’s and Father’s Day gift making were all enjoyed so much last year, we ran these again to another good reception. Ice lolly sales were gladly received by all the children after school on a Friday!
PTA FUNDS WERE SPENT ON:
Beer Festival 2018
Our sixth beer festival was a great success with many people attending due to the popularity of the previous events. Newcomers also attended, as the advertising is spread across a fairly large area. The event was supported by hundreds of people enjoying local beers, ciders and wine. Local food producers, funfair rides, tea room and tuck shop, BBQ and live music from local bands were also a great part of the day. A big thank you was given to the Beer Festival committee who took on the massive task of organising the event on behalf of the PTA. Most of the committee do not have any children at the school any more so their time and great effort is very much appreciated. A huge thanks to all those who helped setting up beforehand, on the day, in the bar, on token sales and those that helped to clear up and take down afterwards. It is hoped that in future years more parents of current school children will get involved in the organisation as this is such a large event to put on. Sum raised: £14,000 (an increase of £900).
Cake, Ice Lolly, Production Refreshments, Nearly New Uniform Sales & Misc. Items
Our annual themed cake sales for Valentine’s Day, Easter and Halloween were enjoyed once again. Nearly New Uniform sales were sometimes run alongside these but more so we have taken on ordering of uniform through order forms in the office. Thank you to Angela, Kat and Nadia for keeping the uniform organised and the rails stocked and an extra thank you to Angela for putting together our orders for uniform. Our Friday ice lolly sales were a resounding success, a huge thank you to Angela, Nicki and the others that stepped up on the day to lend a hand when the queues were very long! I would definitely suggest ice lolly sales every Friday in future years to start early in the season, as the demand was there. The Summer Fair was still a huge success despite the bad weather. The bits that were left over were sold alongside lolly sales and at the KS2 Production.
Breakdown: Cake, uniform and lolly sales - £485.52
KS2 Production sales - £358.30 (increase of £175)
After fireworks night 2017 making a good profit, we decided to carry the event on last year and while we made a profit and the event was well attended the feedback was not so good after a problem with the finale fireworks. It was decided to swap the event this year for a circus but due to lack of ticket sales before the cut-off date we decided to cancel the circus therefore losing our deposit. Sum raised: £290.98 I am looking into getting some sort of event in place to take on the loss of these events.
Christmas Festive Fun Afternoon, Hamper Raffle, Secret Santa Gift Store and Santa’s Grotto
This year we held a ‘shopping village’ at our Christmas fun afternoon once more, as it was enjoyed last year. The new popcorn machine was a huge success as we ran out early on so next year we need to make sure we have plenty! The hallway is still over-crowded at the start of the event while children want to visit the secret Santa store first but thanks to Claire for putting in a time system which worked very well. Thank you to Liz and all those involved in wrapping the beautiful hampers and selling tickets to win them. This was once more very welcome with the parents. Sum raised: £1701.26 (increase of £489.66).
Christmas Cards & Other Gifts
After the success of the children’s personalised tote bags last Christmas, we decided to offer another personalised item for purchase. Many beautiful designs were received from the children for their Christmas cards. Parents also had the option of the design being printed on gift items too, eg: a tea towel or mug etc. The finished products were colourful and made very special cards and keepsakes. Sum raised: TBC
This year we were lucky enough to have Kris aka Captain Fantastic give us his services for free. The children had a great time and the feedback from children and parents were great. I will be in touch with Kris and see if he will be able to do our disco again this year. The disco made us a fantastic profit of £980.34 (increase of £355)
We wanted to offer the children a little activity to take part in to celebrate Easter. So we decided on a colouring competition as a lot of parents felt doing something too big over the holiday wouldn’t be very successful due to people going away. This is more a fun event for the children rather than a money maker but will still made a small profit of £32
This year our theme for the Summer Fair was The Circus. The day was sadly not good and the rain moved us swiftly inside. This did not deter people turning up and the hall was still filled with lots of people. The stilt walker was well received and the children loved seeing him! The teddy bear tombola was a huge hit (as it had been at Christmas) and a great money maker as well as the popular raffle, which was packed with fabulous prizes thanks to the work of Terri and Kim. Sum raised: £1966.82 (decrease of £1276.88). A great sum considering the awful weather!
Thanks once again to those who helped take in the bags for this twice yearly fundraiser, which continues to do well by making money from things people don’t want anymore. Total sum raised: £284 (an increase of £44).
The May Ball organised by Liz and her team was a roaring success. Ticket sales were good and the amazing hampers put together by the class reps and their classes were well received. Once again the prize balloons went down well with everyone. The ball made a huge profit of £1408.44. With such good feedback and people asking when there will be another one we are looking into maybe arranging one for next year.
Mother’s Day and Father’s Day Gift Making
As this new activity was so successful after its introduction 2 years ago, we once again offered the children a craft activity to make and take home a gift for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. It is possible that due to the success of last years’ event more people took part this year, and the children again enjoyed creating special keepsakes for their loved ones. Sum raised: £396.02 (Mother’s Day; increase of £27.47) and £78.50 (Father’s Day; decrease of £131.13).
To summarise, the PTA have once again put on a full calendar of events and activities which were enjoyed by parents and children alike. I have enjoyed my 1st year as Chair and look forward to next year! A huge thank you to our hard working and dedicated PTA, the teachers and everyone who has helped at and supported our events.
Lastly a huge thank you to Cath Medhurst for taking on the task of Treasurer for the past year, it has been a little stressful but you did a great job. Also a big thank you to Liz (my vice chair) for the past year and who will hopefully concentrate on her studies to be an amazing midwife instead of taking on lots of jobs for the PTA even though I hope she will still continue with her amazing hampers at Christmas!