PTA AGM 18/19
25 November 2019 (by s.rogers)
The PTA Chairman's report was presented at the AGM on the 19th November.
I am sure that you will agree with me that the PTA should be commended for the work they do to provided the 'little extras' for the children of the school.
The New Forest School PTA AGM 2018/19
The PTA is a group of volunteers who go the extra mile organising events to raise additional funds, that the school can use to enhance both the children’s environment and learning whilst at school. Over the years the PTA have funded the purchase of a minibus, 5 whiteboards, outdoor play equipment, a new library for both KS1 and KS2, music and PE equipment, laptops, learnpads and digital cameras, nurture room, sound and lighting equipment and last year the interior of the new building at KS1. The PTA’s hard work and dedication has raised over £100,000 in the last 6 years!
This has been a difficult year for the PTA with added pressure to help raise funds for the completion of the new building at KS1 site, as well as continuing to support smaller purchases key to the children’s learning. A list of the purchases made this year can be found in the Treasurer’s report with a total spend of £15,793.28.
Key Events held were the Fireworks, Christmas Fair, Easter Egg Hunt, Run for Funds, HogFest and the 3 school discos.
With the introduction of a professional firework display company, this event was a huge success and one that was enjoyed not just by families of the school, but by the local community and beyond. It has become a firm favourite of the PTA as well as raising substantial funds. This event is organised in conjunction with Nomansland Community Events who manage the Nomansland recreation ground.
A decision was made to move the annual Christmas Fair to the KS2 site to help promote the school as well as providing a more welcoming atmosphere which is hard to recreate in a village hall. The fair included a range of outside local stallholders, the PTA stalls, kids’ games, santa’s grotto and the Nomansland Pre-School craft area. It was well attended despite the poor weather and raised nearly £2,000.
This is the 3rd year that Run for Funds has been held. It is a terrific way of raising money as well as adding another sporting fixture to the school calendar. It is held in conjunction with the teachers with the aim to encourage all children to run an age-related distance. The emphasis of the event is for every child to take part in a sporting activity and give parents the opportunity to watch their children perform.
In the absence of a Summer Fair this year due to lack of available volunteers the decision was made by the PTA to make the traditional Hog Roast into a HogFest; adding games for both young and old, bouncy castles and invited outside stallholders to join in the end of year celebrations. The event was well attended and the weather was favourable which helps. Special thanks to Jonathan Hilton-King (drum teacher) and his band who played all night and kept the party atmosphere going.
A number of smaller events were organised by individual PTA members such as Pantomime tickets, Quiz night at The Lamb and Halloween Party providing fantastic entertainment for young and old raising an additional £366.
As well as holding events the PTA raise money through alternative streams. These include Easyfunding/Giveasyoulive, second-hand uniform sale and teas/coffees, raising a staggering £917.05. It shows how much can be raised by doing something simple.
Finally, this was the last year we were lucky enough to have Company Match Funding from BAT adding £2,000 to the PTA funds. This will be sorely missed in future years and the hunt is on for another company who would be able to offer this type of funding. Special thanks to Amy Patience who arranged this funding for the PTA.
On a personal note, despite the team being smaller this year, they have shown huge commitment and commandry, working tirelessly to provide entertainment for not just the school, but the wider community. It humbles me to see how much money a PTA, along with the teachers, parents and community of a small school can do when people pull together.
It is with a sorry heart that we have had to say goodbye to so many parents this year who throughout the years have rolled up their sleeves and baked cakes, served tea, manned bouncy castles, built games, served burgers and beer as well as the laborious job of clearing up at so many events.
However, this gives an opportunity for new parents and guardians to bring new ideas and energy into the PTA and continue raising vital funds for our school. Given the economic climate today this is needed more and more in order that our children can continue to benefit from the extra touches the PTA provide.