Our aim is aim is to raise money which can be spent buying new or additional equipment and resources enhancing our children’s education and the facilities available within our school. The Friends are about much more than just fundraising. We also aim to provide closer links between home and school, bringing staff, parents, carers and children together socially in support of the school.
It’s a common fear that being on any committee is a huge commitment of time and responsibility, however, any involvement, no matter how small is always welcome.
All parents and members of the school community are encouraged to get involved in any way they wont, we would love to welcome you to meetings and hear new ideas. Sharing ideas with us in the playground is great, you won’t be roped in to help just because you thought up a good idea or made a suggestion.
How we raise money
Like most Friends Associations/PTAs, the majority of our funds are raised through the events that we run. Some of our most popular events during school the year are:
- Christmas Fair
- Annual Christmas Prize Draw
- Easter Egg raffle
- And the old favourite, cake stalls
We also run some events where we are able to raise money at no cost to parents.
The Giving Machine, www.thegivingmachine.co.uk, pays us a percentage of your spend at absolutely no cost to you. It is esy to get involved visit The Giving Machine's website, sign up and select Place Farm Academy as your beneficiary.
We also have regular textile collections which raise between £300 and £400 per year. Bag2school provide us with a bag for each child and these are set home; filled with unwanted/outgrown clothes, shoes,cuddly toys etc and returned to school on a specified day.
We aim to hold a collection once per term so please do save your good quality outgrown clothe for us.
The success of our fundraising activities is enhanced by donations and these are extremely important. These donations can be time, money, items for sale, prizes for raffles or offers of services or skills. Even small donations can make a difference to us. We are always on the lookout for other good fundraising ideas so be sure to let us know if you have any suggestions.
What does the school need the extra money for?
Any money raised at events is banked and decisions on what to spend it on are made at our committee meetings. Sometimes the items which are purchased are as a direct result of requests from children or teachers. Other times it will be for resources which cannot be covered by the schools budget. By providing additional funds the school is able to organise additional activities for our children making their learning experiences more varied and fulfilling.
Examples of how the money raised recently has been spent:
- Playground benches and buddy stops
- Christmas Parties
- Garden renovations for year 2 and year 4
- A contribution was made towards the cost of chocolate day experience for year 3
- Egg Hatching project - the chickens hatched now live at our partner academy, Castle Manor.
- Leavers books and disco for Year 6 and Graduation ceremony refreshment
- The year 6 treats, Christmas parties and pantomime (or similar) are events we try to provide annually.
How you can get involved
There are lots of ways that you can help and support your school through Friends.
Offering to help before events or at other times during the year is so valuable – it is a case of many hands make light work. It doesn't matter if you can’t help on a regular basis, or even if you can’t come into school. There are always little jobs that can be done from home – e.g. preparing raffle tickets, ringing or emailing to request raffle donations, wrapping gifts from Santa for the grotto etc.
You can volunteer to become a Committee member, or you can support us at our meetings and give us your ideas for fundraising events.
If you would like to contact the Friends of Place Farm please email our current chairperson, Claire Sutton, firstname.lastname@example.org and don't forget to 'like' our Facebook page search Friends of Place Farm