PTA Summer Fair
The weather was glorious for the PTA summer fair and the crowds had a marvellous time with live music, go karts, Pimms, stalls and strawberries and cream.
Thank You and Goodbye To One Of Our PTA Co-chairs
This may seem a little early (especially as our biggest event of the year is still in the planning stages) but as we are approaching the end of the school year we need to say thank you and goodbye to one of our PTA co-chairs – Paul as his daughter leaves Holly Park in July. Paul became a co-chair in September 2016 and has been co-chair for two years. Paul has done a great job in recruiting volunteers to help with our annual events and widening the number of people prepared to get involved. Paul has always been keen to make sure that the whole community was involved and that the events were inclusive for all. Amanda Glaser is staying on as a PTA chair and is keen to have another co-chair. If you are someone who is organised, efficient, gets on well with people, has some spare time and have been involved with the PTA this year and are keen to become more involved as a co-chair in September then please speak to Amanda.
Everyone had fun at the Spring Fair. Lots of Easter eggs everywhere, great face painting and crafts, not to forget the Great Egg hunt. The Fair was as always a huge success and was extremely busy with lots of chocolate to be consumed! Thank you for all the donations of eggs. A big thank you to the PTA committee and all the helpers on the day for their organisation. We estimate that the fair raised a fabulous £1,000.
Can You Help Raise Money For The School Through Match Funding At Your Work Place?
Did you know there are hundreds of organisations which offer their employees the chance to boost their fundraising efforts by ‘matching’ the money they raise for a chosen cause? Is your company one of them? By manning a stall at the Winter Fair for ½ an hour, a Shell employee raised £350. Since the school year started, five donations have raised an impressive £3,500 for PTA funds. Your company may offer a match funding programme so it’s worth speaking with your HR department. It is usually a simple case of filling out a form and then supplying a letter on Headed Notepaper confirming the amount raised at the event and your involvement. Please reach out to the PTA Committee by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org if you need more information or help approaching your organisation. Look out for a leaflet about match funding which will be emailed out.
PTA Winter Fair
The Winter Fair was a huge success with lots and lots of families attending. Many tried the ice skating and there was delicious food, mulled wine, cakes, brilliant Apprentice stalls, carol singing, a great band and even the Mayor Brian Salinger (an ex-Holly Park governor!), and of course a great grotto with Santa.
The PTA Summer Fair
The fair on Saturday was a triumph! The atmosphere was amazing – very warm and friendly. The Y5 and Y6 children loved doing their apprentice stalls and we wait to see which of their stalls raised the most money. The ponies were a treat, the inflatable was popular, the food was delicious and the most international we have had in ages. There were lots of very willing volunteers to help at set up and clearing up. All in all a huge success…… and the sun shone! The staff and governors who came really enjoyed it. The PTA raised over £4,000 which is fabulous. A massive thank you to Paul and Amanda and the amazing team of volunteers.
Cake Sales 2016-2017
Well done to everybody who has baked cakes, bought in shop made cakes, sold cakes, bought cakes from our stalls and eaten cakes! Over the year we have made an astounding £1,038.90 from cake sales.
This money will be divided into 3 and will be used to buy something for each of our three playgrounds. Well done everybody.
The breakdown was:
- Reception £123,
- Year 1 £160,
- Year 2 £243.15,
- Year 3 £103,
- Year 4 £141,
- Year 5 £193.50,
- Year 6 £175.25.
Well done everyone.
The ever popular Easter Fair raised around £1000 this year. Well done everyone.
One of the highlights in the PTA calendar are the school discos. The children had a fantastic time.
PTA Christmas Fair
We had a marvellous International Christmas fair. It was a really lovely event with a lovely feeling to it – a great atmosphere. Everyone seemed to be having a great time.
The food went down well. There seemed to be lots of cakes. The photo booth was a huge hit. Santa’s grotto was extremely popular and the grotto looked magical. The children from Year 5 and Year 6 loved doing their apprentice stalls – and they seemed very busy with their art and craft stalls – we wait to find out which class took the most money at their stall. The school seemed very full and very jolly! The hard work and effort of the organisers was very much appreciated. Without volunteers these events just don’t happen. The fair raised over £3,000 and it was certainly a great school community event.
The children wore Christmas jumpers to donate prizes for the tombola.
PTA shed repairs
Thanks to two parents who re-roofed the PTA shed to stop the rain coming in!
PTA Junior Quiz
The Junior Quiz was a great success and great fun, with all of our teams competing for the Junior Quiz Shield. The quiz was at times challenging and had a selection of questions ranging across general knowledge, history, maths & symbols! Thank you to all the Holly Park staff and Cristina Guidone-Charles, Amanda Glaser, Paul Silk and Clare Wischhusen for making the quiz possible.
The results are as follows:
PTA Reception Family Evening
The Reception Family Evening was a lovely event. Families got to meet each other. The children played together and the adults chatted. A lovely sociable event where everyone enjoyed tasty fish and chips and ended up playing in the infant playground. Thank you to the PTA for organising it.
Year 6 were determined to go out with a bang today with their last ever PTA cake sale! There were cakes aplenty including lots of home baked goodies for sale which raised a fantastic £184.75!
The new PTA committee have been actively seeking parent support to volunteer at various events across the school year and encouraging parents to get involved in whatever small way they feel they can. They have been working on the principle that – ‘Many hands make light work!’
New PTA team
The PTA has two new names – Amanda Glaser and Paul Silk have taken over the roles of both chairing the PTA and co-ordinating events.
A big Thank You
Angela Fletcher (PTA Secretary) and Cristina Guidone- Charles (Events co-ordinator) are both stepping back from their PTA roles at the end of this term due to their ever growing busy work lives. Both of these ladies have been fantastic supporters of the school and have put huge amounts of time, effort and energy into the work they have done for the PTA in attending meetings and coffee mornings, sending out letters, counting money, drumming up support for events, shopping, attending all of the events and organising quizzes, fairs, mother’s day, Christmas cards etc. I cannot thank them enough for everything they have done and for their huge support. Although both of them are stepping down from these posts, they are not leaving us completely and will be around as ‘Advisors’ to the PTA! Next term I will introduce you to our new team.
PTA Cake Sales 2015-2016
Well done to everybody who has baked cakes, brought in shop made cakes, sold cakes, bought cakes from our stalls and eaten cakes! Over the year we have made an astounding £1,129.60 from cake sales. This money will be divided into 3 and will be used to buy something for each of our three playgrounds. Well done everybody.
The breakdown was:
- Reception £ 174
- Year 1 £200
- Year 2 £145.62
- Year 3 £168.50
- Year 4 £130.11
- Year 5 £202.85
- Year 6 £108.52
Raising money for the school
Does your company run a Matched Giving or Volunteer Involvement Programme? If so you may be able to earn some money for Holly Park School’s PTA.
Matched Giving appears to be a well kept secret. Did you know there are hundreds of organisations throughout the UK, that offer their employees the chance to boost their individual fundraising efforts by ‘matching’ the money they raise for their chosen charity?
So if you volunteer at our PTA planning and functions or as a governor for the school your time and effort might earn the school money. As the PTA are set up as a registered charity we could earn money for the children at the school.
One parent has raised £500 a year for the last four years from their company for the PTA – that’s £2,000!
It’s not complicated to organise and will cost you nothing – just some time to talk to your employer. Here is a list of Matched Giving Companies that we know offer this scheme but you should be able to find out yourself if your company is not on this list. It might just be a matter of asking them.
If you do find out that your company does support staff volunteering and would like to apply for match funding please contact the PTA.
There are several ways to contact the Friends of Holly Park School:
Come along to a meeting.
Talk to a committee member.
Check our facebook page Holly Park PTA
Put a note in the blue PTA drawer in the school foyer.
For more information on the Friends of Holly Park read our parent pack: PTA Parent Booklet