The Friends (PTA)
The Friends work on fundraising throughout the school year. The resulting funds make it possible to put on activities, and pay for experiences and equipment for the children that would not normally be affordable on the school budget.
Each term we fund WOW days for all the children to enjoy: these are topic-based days where we might have a drama workshop, a road safety magician, or a mobile planetarium visit the school. They have been much enjoyed by the children. Our annual Easter Egg hunt is very popular with the children!
We have also been able to purchase various equipment for the school – in the past we have funded a new slide for the playground, and more recently new musical instruments, dividers for classrooms to help with learning space, lights for the school hall, new rugs and new play equipment for outside. Our latest focus is on fundraising for new playground markings and enhancing the space in Rainbow class.
Events that we run include a Christmas Fair, May Fair and Summer Fair, as well as termly cake sales, school discos, sponsored events, quiz nights and welcome events for new parents.
Despite being a small school, we have a very active committee and supporters (including reps for each class), who work really hard to give back to the school as much as possible, raising money for the children. Its very rewarding knowing that things we purchase will be enjoyed and used by the children for many years to come.
We hold meetings every half term and welcome any parent/carer to come along and hear our plans and contribute any ideas/support. Please see the school calendar with details of our next meeting. We are always glad of volunteers to help at events or donate items for raffles, bake for the cake sale etc. Our newsletter every half term gives details of forthcoming events and our fundraising targets and purchases.
Don’t forget to use the easy fundraising site when purchasing items online. It’s an easy and painless way of earning money for the school. All you have to do is visit www.easyfundraising.org.uk and select ‘the Friends of Badshot Lea’ as your cause and then shop away!
We really look forward to seeing you at events and letting you know how we plan to benefit the children. Thank you for your support.