Christmas Fair Thank YOU!

Sorry this Thank you has taken a few days coming, we wanted to be able to tot up the floats and give you all a fairly final figure too.

There were a lot of slots to fill this year but we did it, thanks to all of you that signed up and got involved giving the Christmas Fair an amazing array of stalls, games and activities. There was a great buzz and atmosphere with everyone pitching in, even some extras who stepped in on the day itself as they could see the Bottle Tombola was going crazy! We couldn’t have done it without you all (and your kids) support and donations, and it makes it all worthwhile when you see everyone enjoying themselves. Your help was really appreciated and the Year Group stalls, activities, Grotto, Raffle and catering brought in a lot of profit for the school.

Thank you also to everyone that came along and supported the school on the day by emptying their pockets, a very crucial role!

We’ve received loads of lovely feedback. Happy to hear more of your feedback (good or constructive) on this very quick survey https://tinyurl.com/xmasfair2017Survey

We raised a fantastic  £3283.88 for the school PTA funds. This allows the PTA to give the Teachers an amount to spend on a present for each classroom and Nursery, plus Christmas Crackers and drinks for the Christmas festivities in school.

Other recent fundings include Playground Development, Mathletics Subscriptions and possibly a large amount needed for the school minibus so you can see how important these funds are.

Thanks again for all your support. If anyone would like to keep more up to date with PTA involvements please also join the PTA Committee Facebook group:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/wessexptacommittee/

Merry Christmas!
Wessex PTA

Christmas Fair Poster

A HUGE Thank you to all the children who put in such great efforts creating posters for the Fair. As you’ll be able to see from the Posters around the school it was really hard to choose the top 3 for the winning Grotto tickets, but the winners are:

– Inaaya Fontanelle
– James Berry
– Talea & Alexea Moraitis

The PTA will be printing you an Advance ticket for 11am 2nd December so you can be first in to see Santa in the grotto. No other tickets will be given out in advance, it will be first come first served on the day. Thank you!

If anyone is able to PRINT this poster and DISPLAY in their car or house window between now and the Christmas Fair please click on these links for a better quality

Would be so lovely to see this everywhere you drive around Cox Green and encourage other members of our community to visit our school!

Company Match Funding

Would you like to help the PTA boost their fundraising capabilities to a much higher level, without any extra effort?

Do you work for a company that offers matched funding or allows employees time off to do charitable work or makes donations to local charities?

Wessex Primary School PTA is a registered charity (number 1041997) and would love to be able to benefit from this generosity.

Next time you are at work, please check your work Intranet, ask your Boss, HR or Office Manager whether your company is interested in setting up a scheme, or already has one.  The PTA would love to hear from you!

This is such a HUGE fundraising opportunity that could really benefit your child’s education.

Match funding (match giving) is where the company pledges a sum of money relating the amount raised by an employee, or by an event.  Sometimes they’ll match it £ for £, or they might give a fixed amount.

Time off for charitable work – often larger companies will allow their employees a set number of days off during the working week to take part in charitable activities.  For example, my employer allows us 2 days per year to take part in charity work, and that’s in addition to our annual leave!  Useful activities for our school could be re-painting classrooms, manning a stall for a PTA event, xxx etc.

Sponsorship / donations – a company may offer to sponsor a specific item or event.  In return they’ll get some free advertising.  For example, donating funds, sponsoring a minibus, providing food for a BBQ, prizes for a raffle etc.

A google search can provide a list of company names who offer match funding (large shops like M&S, pharmaceutical or telecoms companies, banks/building societies, supermarkets) but even your smaller independent employer might like to be involved.

If you work for one of those companies then they may already have a procedure to follow on their intranet, or they will ask you (employee) to complete a request form. If this is not the case, please ask the company to put their pledge in writing to the PTA and email it through to PTA@wessexprimary.org

Your help is hugely appreciated in accessing these potentially very large extra funds for Wessex PTA and all the pupils.

Halloween Discos – Tues 31st Oct

Lower School:

  • 3.30pm-4.30pm
    The children can bring party clothes to change into on the day and they will be collected from their classroom at 4:30pm as usual.

Upper School:

  • Y3 & Y4:   4:45 – 5:45
  • Y5 & Y6:    6 – 7pm
    Drop off and collection to the US Hall.

£2.50 per child which will include a glow stick and a drink.

Class Reps and Sub Committees

The PTA would like to say a huge thank you to the positive response for Class Reps requests and all those that volunteered. At the first Committee Meeting we also set up some Sub Committees to drive the first few events. They’re already proving a valuable support in kicking off the year with plans for a Halloween Disco.

The PTA will be in touch again soon with more details of how you can help your Class Reps or Sub Committees in particular at the Christmas Fair. Please support and reach out to them as and when possible – all help is hugely appreciated.

Your Class Reps are as follows:

Nursery

Sophie Adams

Ash

Amy Monks + Julia Caldwell

Alder

Victoria Lavigne + Doriane Alba

Y1 Beech

Sara Berloth + Kelly Trillow

Y1 Birch

Natalie greening + Suzanne Atkins, Sandra Randall

Y2 Chestnut

Helen Clark, Honor Armsdon, Sam Blundell

Y2 Cherry

Tanya Ces Maneiro, Fi Hart, Carly Ford

Y3 Hazel

Paula Robertson, Louise Atkins, Suzy Witt

Y3 Holly

Gemma Bristow, Sarah Akkus

Y4 Larch

Jane Deefholts

Y4 Lime

Alpana Chakravti

Y5 Poplar

Loren Stone

Y5 Pine

Kavita

Y6 Willow

Tammie Hawkins, Paula Rowell

Y6 Yew

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Current Sub Committees are:
Halloween Disco – 31st Oct Overseen by Cath + Gemma
Sara Berloth
Kavita Pant
Kelly Trillow
Kirsty Fox
Louise Atkins
Sarah Akkus
Sophie Adams
Suzanne Atkins
Shopping Eve – 23rd Nov Loren Stone
Gemma Bristow
Helen Clark
Jo Hickey
Christmas Fair – 2nd Dec Overseen by Cath + Gemma
Fi Hart
Rachel Bailey
Tara Gammon
Amy Monk
Jane Deefholts
Athena Bergman

WANTED – Class Reps!

We are looking for class reps from each class to be a vital link between the PTA, other parents in the class and the school. If you would like to volunteer to be your child’s class rep then please

There can be more than one Rep per class so join forces with another parent and share the role if you fancy!  It would be great to see more people involved with this fantastic group of parents who work so hard to provide vital funds to the school for the benefit of all the children.

Please feel free to come along to our first meeting on Thursday 14th  September from 6pm in Birch class. Please enter through the main school office and come and get involved with the PTA!

If you can’t make this Thursday’s meeting but would still like to volunteer please just email us.

Role of Class Reps
They’re a vital link between the PTA, other parents/carers in the class and the school ensuring good communication between them.  They may arrange social events, run small projects for the school, organise stalls and helpers for Summer and Christmas Fairs and help out where they can with PTA events. They would also welcome new parents to the School and introduce them to other parents and the Facebook Groups.