About the Friends of Brunton PTFA
We formed the PTFA in September 2009, just weeks after the school opened its doors to the first 42 children to attend the school. The main aim of the PTFA is to raise much needed funds for our school – to help provide our children with equipment and resources that government funding doesn’t stretch far enough to buy (things like books, outdoor play equipment, classroom resources and more).
We’re not just about fundraising though. We provide closer links between home and school and it’s an excellent way to bring staff, parents and friends together socially in support of the school, working towards a common goal. It is fun too - just ask any of the Committee members or PTFA helpers. Obviously, as in any organisation, we have experienced some challenges but with the continued support of parents and staff, our PTFA always succeeds in its efforts.
The PTFA Committee
Our PTFA committee consists of seven elected Officers: Chair, Vice Chair, Treasurer and Secretary, plus three ordinary committee members to make up the full committee. The elected Officers for the 2013-14 year are:
Chair Helen Angel
Vice Chair Debbie Smart & Natalie Pitman
Treasurer Rachael Brown
Secretary Emma Wood/ Lizzy McGregor
Members Gill McKay, Corrina Collington, Gilly Tallentytre , Helen Ansell, Nicola Moore
We also have a group of people who regularly attend our meetings, help to organise events and help to decide how we spend the money we raise.
Annual General Meeting (AGM)
Our AGM is held every October and provides an opportunity for all parents to come along and hear about the work of the PTFA, the events we’ve run, the funds we have raised and how the money has been spent. It’s also the occasion when we elect our new committee members.
How we raise money and how we spend it
We've been successful in gaining grants from the Ward Committees, but like most PTFAs, the majority of our funds are raised through the events we run. Since forming, we’ve had great success – here’s a summary of what we’ve organised and what we’ve bought for the school:
- Christmas fayres
- Christmas card projects
- Summer fayres
- 100 Club
- Wine tasting evening
- Miles Mean Money sports challenge
- Quiz nights
- Book sales
- Multi cultural event
- Bike for books *
We’ve raised over £30,000 since 2009
This is what we’ve bought:
- Books from the Biking for Books donation.
- Classroom consumables.
- Coach hire for trips to our neighbour, Sage (UK) Limited.
- Wet day indoor toys.
- Cameras and memory cards (1 camera per class).
- Pandora reading books for the library.
- Educational books for library.
- Outdoor experimental play boxes.
- Willow tree project.
How we get information to you
We use a mixture of letters, posters and newsletters to get information to you. We’ve tried email but with little success, but this is something we might consider again in future, to help cut the costs of printing.
We send all PTFA letters and newsletters home in the children’s bags, and we display our posters in and around the school building. They all carry the Friends of Brunton logo, so they should be easily recognisable.
How you can get involved
All families are automatically members of the Friends of Brunton when their child joins our school.
We’re always looking for more people to get involved directly with the PTFA though, and now that the school is growing, we’re even more keen than ever. Everyone’s welcome – mums, dads, grandparents, carers – anyone who has an interest in trying to make our school an even better place for our children than it already is. There are lots of ways you can help and support the PTFA:
Offering to help organise events or provide help on the day of an event is so valuable. It doesn’t matter if you can’t help on a regular basis, every little helps. We really couldn’t achieve what we do without the behind the scenes help that we receive.
If you’d like to be more involved you can come along to our meetings and become a committee member. We try to meet every month, but you don’t have to come to every meeting so don’t let that put you off.
Support the AGM and give us your ideas for fundraising events. This is also the time to ask questions or voice your opinion.
Let us know if you have any contacts or skills we could use, everything is potentially valuable to us.
Finally, we are always extremely grateful to receive donations as mentioned before.
If you’d like to find out more about how you can get involved, please catch one of the committee members, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org