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ABOUT US: THE WILLOWS PARENTS, TEACHERS AND FRIENDS ASSOCIATION
The PTFA is a registered charity which was first started at The Willows in 2006. The charity is run solely by volunteers who are parents, teachers, grandparents, or members of the local community (our friends). Our members work together to benefit all of the children at The Willows Primary School.
All parents of children at The Willows are automatic members of the PTFA, along with members of staff employed at the school.
EVERYONE is welcome to join in and play a part, however small. This could be anything from spending an hour once a year helping on a stall to standing as chairperson in the new school year, at our AGM, held in October! The help we need is variable, no experience necessary! It may be that you are unable to offer practical help but you have skills that we can utilise, for example, fundraising skills, computer skills, negotiating skills and more! We welcome your input and ideas.
As the school is expanding, it is becoming more challenging to organise events, raise funds and explore new ideas with the small group of active PTFA members we have.
THEREFORE IF YOU OR ANYONE YOU KNOW can help in any way….PLEASE contact us.
We meet monthly, and announce the date via the Willows Facebook page and the weekly newsletter. If it is difficult to get at this time as we appreciate it may be, one of us is usually around on a Monday, Wednesday or Friday after 9am. Just let us know by email or leave a message with reception and we will get back to you.
WHO ARE WE? (March 2017)
Officers of the committee.
Jo Lewis – Jo has been chair since 2013. She has been a fantastic leader, organising many events and raising considerable funds for the school. Jo will retire as chair in the forthcoming Autumn Term. Her husband Richard is also a keen and willing assistant in all PTFA matters and is a committee member. They have one grandchild at the school.
Mandy Barker – Mandy has recently temporarily stepped up from vice chair to joint chair with Jo until the new Autumn Term. Mandy has been vice chair since 2015.She has two girls at the school and is a lunchtime supervisor.
Harriet Keates – Hattie is doing a wonderful job as secretary, juggling her role with training to become a hairdresser and beautician. She took over the role in 2015, having spent a year as treasurer. Hattie has three children at school and is a familiar face in the playground.
Amy Rudge – Amy took over the role of treasurer in 2015.She does a brilliant job in a very onerous role. She is ably assisted by her daughter Cassie who has been ever present since she was a few months old. She is now three and very well versed with PTFA matters! Amy also has a son at the school.
Other committee members:
Barbara Woodward – Barbara has a grandson at the school and has been involved with The Willows for many years. She is a very knowledgeable and well known Penkhull resident.
Wendy Trathowen – Wendy is a young grandparent with two grandaughters at the school. She has a wealth of experience and knowledge in fundraising.
Andrea Brashko – Andrea has one son at the school and has brilliant project management skills. She has taken the leading role in our present project , working with the school to acquire equipment for the adventure trail.
Pete Donlon – Pete is a well known face in the school. He is the site supervisor and is always on hand to advise and help with many practical tasks.
Natalia Apati– Natalia became a committee member in autumn 2016.She has a daughter at the school.
Val Rhodes – Val is another new committee member with two grandchildren at the school.
Amanda Ball – our teacher representative on the committee.
The PTFA relies upon the continued support of our parents, grandparents, friends, staff and volunteers. We warmly welcome anyone who wishes to join us in order to continue to support and enhance the educational experiences for the children and their school.
WHAT WE DO
- We supplement the school educational resources and provide funding for numerous items.
- We provide extra-curricular experiences and activities by contributing to the cost of school trips and visits by external groups.
- We encourage parents, grandparents and friends to get involved in school activities by supporting and holding events.
- We run a series of events throughout the school year, primarily to raise funds, but also to provide fun and family focussed times, bringing our community together.
This is one of our main objectives. We support the school and provide resources that the children might not otherwise get. We bridge gaps in school funds where finance is limited to enable the purchase of equipment. For example over the years we have provided funds for:
INTERACTIVE WHITE BOARDS
VISITS TO THE THEATRE
SMILEY SHOP ITEMS
We are now raising funds towards an exciting new project! An ADVENTURE TRAIL in the school grounds!
Our fundraising is not solely from events we run, but also from support from local businesses and through grant funding.
Our main annual events are Christmas and Summer Fayres.
The Christmas Fayre last year was different to previous years as it was held outside and included a wonderful firework display. It proved to be a very successful evening thanks to the support of everyone who came and to the volunteers.
We are now working towards our Summer Fayre which will hopefully be a continued success. Again ,we call upon anyone who would like to volunteer their help in any way, to get in touch. You will receive a warm welcome.
Other events we hold are:
- Grandparents’ days
- Christmas Bauble decorations
- Tea with Santa
- Valentine’s disco
- End of year discos, including leavers’ disco.
We also provide refreshments at most of the school events such as parents evenings, sports days, the annual fun run and we are of course responsible for running the Smiley Shop, the reward system for all children at The Willows.
We always welcome new ideas, we wish to expand our committee and our band of volunteers, so please consider giving us a little of your time, however small, to help our children.
Register with PTA SOCIAL from this page, you will get information about all events and can volunteer with the click of a button on your smartphone, laptop or computer. Keep an eye out for our launch date.
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