We are fortunate at our school to have a PTFA that is and has been an integral part of the school community for over 30 years. In its time the PTFA has raised thousands of pounds, which has been spent on equipment and resources to enhance our children’s educational experience and the school’s facilities.
Our PTFA is about much more than simply fundraising. The PTFA exists to provide closer links between home and school and it is an excellent way to bring staff, parents and friends together socially in support of the school, working towards a common goal. All families are automatically members of the Hawkinge Primary School PTFA when their child joins our school.
Our PTFA committee consists of three Officers: Chair, Treasurer and Secretary. We also have between 6 and 10 ordinary committee members to make up the full committee. The Committee meet on a regular basis usually once per term. Our Annual General Meeting is held at the beginning of the academic year and provides an opportunity for all parents to come along and hear in more detail about the work of the PTFA, the events we have run, the funds we have raised and how the money has been spent. It is also the occasion when we elect our new committee members.
We are always looking for PTFA volunteers who can commit some of their time to support the work of the PTFA such as sourcing/providing raffle prizes, selling tickets, donating items for the event, assisting at the event itself or providing resources and contacts. Every little helps and your support is invaluable.
How we raise money
Like most PTFAs, the majority of our funds are raised through the events that we run. Some of our most popular events are: The Summer fair, Easter Egg hunt, The Christmas fair & Quiz nights. There is always something going on and we are always looking to add more events to our core portfolio.
How we spend the money we raise
Following a fundraising event the money is banked straight away. It is at our PTFA Committee meetings that the decisions on how to spend the money are agreed.
Over the last few years we have spent money on the following:
- A large steel container specially adapted as a PE shed and store
- Sets of ‘Activote’ interactive voting buttons for each class member
- Annual maintenance and insurance of the adventure trail
- An outdoor drum for the Mrs Watson Sensory Garden
- A portable sound system (this is used at most events and at dance group)
- Tea urn & BBQ’s
- A Kate and William royal wedding memento for every child
- The Year 6 disco
As of September 2011 a newsletter will be sent home once per term. The letters will include information on forthcoming events and dates plus requests for assistance, when we are planning large events. Following a PTFA event, we will write to let you know how much was raised, and if we can, we tell you what the money will be spent on.
How you can get involved
There are lots of ways you can help and support your child through the PTFA. Offering to help before events or at other times during the year is so valuable. It doesn’t matter if you can’t help on a regular basis, or even if you cannot come into school. There are always jobs that can be done from home if you have half an hour to spare e.g. wrapping gifts, preparing raffle tickets etc. We really couldn’t achieve what we do without the behind the scenes help that we receive. If you would like to be more involved you can volunteer to be a Committee Member.
To download our newsletters click the links below.
Message from our Headteacher, Aly Ward
“I have been part of the PTFA at Hawkinge Primary School for 10 years and am very thankful for all the support they give the school. The fund raising events allow us to buy the “added extras” for children such as playground games, listening stations etc. The PTFA are a fun group of people to work with who work tirelessly for the school. If you fancy joining , they will make you feel very welcome”.