PTA

Being a Parent, Teacher or Staff at the school means you’re automatically part of the PTA: it’s run by you for your school! We aim to run fun activities for the children and fundraise for the school. The number of activities we can run depends on the number of volunteers we have, so please get involved, you will be very welcome!

  PTA - looking forward to a return to normal!

Covid restrictions meant the PTA has been pretty low key since 2020 - though we did manage to keep the show on the road with dress down days, a halloween trail and our nativity photo. However as things start to open up we are working with the school to find a path back to doing fun things for parents and children.  
In the meantime it would be great if parents could organise themselves into whatsapp groups and ensure we have at least one person from each class on the wider PTA whatsapp group. These groups are a really great way to get the message out and combined with googleforms make signing people up for events or to volunteer really straightforward.  
So watch this space - we hope to get back to bake sales, quiz nights and summer fetes as soon as possible. And we hope all the reception, y1 and y2 parents who have had a very strange start to school life will take the opportunity to get involved with the PTA when activities resume.

PTA COMMITTEE March 2019 - March 2020


Co-ordinator:

Helen Simonds-Gooding Iris (Yr3), Elspeth (Yr2)

Co-Secretary: Lucy Dougal Nina & Mani (Yr3)

Patsy Bateman Rafe (Yr3)

Treasurer:

 

Sam Simonds-Gooding Iris (Yr3), Elspeth (Yr2)

 

Spending Officer: Leah Armstrong Sebastian (yr5), Xavi (yr3)
Fundraising Officer: Kirsty O'Brien Robert (yr6), Jamie (Yr4)

Joint Publicity & Comms Officers:

Tina Smith Riley (yr6)

Imogen Crawford (Yr5), (Yr2) 

Recruitment Officer: Claire McHardy Jimi (yr3)
Summer Fete 2021 coordinators: Paused
Teacher Representative:

Javena Wilkinson


Please email stoneydownpta@gmail.com if you would like to get involved with volunteering for the PTA. 

UPCOMING EVENTS

 

Still to be decided

Get involved!

We hope to resume our half-termly Friday morning meetings soon. Please keep an eye on the school newsletter for updates.  

Everyone is welcome at the meetings so please do come along and get involved, whether by volunteering to help plan an event, baking / contributing food or simply by providing new ideas. Even if you can’t come to meetings or attend events, we are an open, friendly group of parents and we would love to encourage you to get involved in any way you can. If you can’t make the meetings but want to contribute please ask around in the park after school as there will undoubtedly be a PTA parent who can tell you about any future plans and find a way to use your skills. 

yourPTA is only as strong as the number of volunteers we have. In other words - yourPTA needs you!

If you would like to be added to our email list, please email stoneydownpta@gmail.com

100 CLUB

We recognise that there are a lot of busy working parents who can’t contribute a lot of time to the PTA. Our 100 Club is a nice way to allow parents to contribute while also having a bit of a flutter!

Here’s how it works…first set up a standing order with your bank for £5 each month to the PTA, then complete the 100 club form here to join the club and most importantly make sure we have your details to pay out any winnings. The form includes all the bank details for the PTA. 

Your £5 standing order buys you one membership number and enters you into the monthly draw. The draw will take place by the second Monday of each month and one winner will win the cash prize - which is £1 for every person entered. If 55 people are signed up for that month you will win £55. Up to 100 numbers are available so the total prize could be £100.

We are hoping to raise around £4,000 per year with this simple, fuss-free fundraising push.

FUNDRAISING NEWS

 We raise funds through a number of means, from asking for a £1 donation on dress down days to book sales, bake sales and social events for parents. 

A few times a year we put a call out for second hand uniform and ask parents to make a donation for any bargains they grab from rails outside the school. 

We also earn a small commission each year when parents buy clothes labels from stikins.co.uk and use the school code 22458. Even if you don;t use this brand we would encourage labelling of all clothes and water bottles, gym kits etc. The lost property pile at the end of each term is also a job some heroic PTA volunteers have taken on over the years and labels are very helpful in this effort. 

Our fundraising efforts help to fund playground equipment and fun activities for the children. We have also contributed to some larger scale projects undertaken by the school:

ARTSPACE 

Over the academic years 2018-19 and 2019-20 the PTA went into overdrive fundraising for a dedicated Artspace at our school. We are delighted to share that the space opened in academic year 2020-21 and the £20,000 raised by the PTA over the past two years ensured the space was designed to a high standard.

READING RETREAT 

The PTA are proud to support the school's mission for all our children to become life-long readers. In 2018 we successfully bid for a number of grants to build a small reading space and library in the junior site playground. We are hugely grateful to the Big Lottery fund for our £9,000 grant, The Foyle Foundation for a £6,000 grant and the Jewson 'Building Better Communities' Fund for £4,000 worth of building materials. Together with a generous £7,000 donation from the PTA,  we have created an exciting, safe space where children can enjoy reading during break and lunchtimes. See more here, and here.

 

Past Events (examples)

  • Dress down days
  • Bake Sales
  • Christmas Disco
  • Race for Life
  • Spring bulb planting
  • Film events
  • Christmas Bazaar
  • Easter fun day
  • Summer Fete
  • Quiz nights
  • Book Sales
  • World Food Day

Past fundraising

  • Playground divider
  • Books
  • Table-Tennis table
  • Basketball Hoop
  • Nursery playhouse 
  • A kiln
  • Play-ground equipment
  • Science day activities
  • Sports kits
  • School trips 
  • Audio system for the school hall
  • Musical instruments