PTA – Parent Teacher Association

  • The dazzling disco raised an amazing £808 and everyone had a ball
  • The cracking Easter fair raised £355
  • The Mother’s Day shop raised £82 and made Mums happy!
  • Our pancake day raised £90!
  • Thank you to everyone who came to the Christmas fair which raised £3350!
  • The latest bag2school collection raised £138. 
  • The second hand uniform sale raised £168 and Holly Park families received 30 FREE coats for children and adults. Thank you for your donations.

Disco crazy!

Everyone loved the school discos and they raised over £800.

Cake sale

Y3 parents made some lovely cakes for their cake sale.

Easter fair

Thank you for joining us at the Easter Fair. Lots of beautifully decorated bookmarks and some cracking Easter-themed cakes and biscuits too! Well done to the winners of the bake-off who were announced in assembly:
  • First prize goes to Amara in Y1
  • Second prize goes to Fatima in Y5
  • Third prize goes to Melody (Y5) and Oscar (Y1)
We hope the children had fun hunting for their decorated bookmarks all over the playground and enjoyed the free chocolate egg and book rewards.
We also hope families enjoyed the egg tombola (always a crazy one!), the delicious treats and homemade lemonade.
The fair made £355 but worth mentioning the PTA offered the hunt, small chocolate eggs and books for FREE to all Holly Parkers.
Thanks to everyone for their generous tombola egg donations, cakes and for taking part!

Here are some of the Easter bookmarks.

Mother’s Day shop

We loved offering Holly Parkers the opportunity to choose ’secret’ gifts for their mothers/carers. The PTA visited the classrooms as a mobile shop this year which was very successful.
The gifts were all handmade, using locally sourced materials for the most part and wrapped in eco-friendly packaging minimising plastic tape/non-recyclable wrapping paper. We hope mums enjoyed receiving their surprise gifts on Mother’s Day.
The shop made £82 for the PTA.

Bag2school

The latest collection was on Wednesday 23 March. Watch this space for the next collection date!

PTA discos

We will kick off the summer term with the PTA discos on Friday 22 April. More information coming soon.

Christmas fair

The Christmas fair was held on a Sunday for the first time and was a lovely event which raised £3350. 

Thanks for everyone who helped to set up and run the stalls and to the Y6 apprentices and to everyone who came along and donated things and to our sponsor Austin Chambers. 

Cake sales

The Y4 cake sale made an amazing £189.30. The Y4 team ran the sale under a new format with two separate tables and queues making it all quicker and safer.

Guy Fawkes table sale

There were some amazing treats on the Guy Fawkes table which raised an amazing £200. Well done everyone – the PTA is on fire!

PTA Halloween events

So many spooky treats to get your teeth into for the Halloween event which raised £260.

What is the Parent Teacher Association (PTA)?

The PTA forms an important part of school life and we are fortunate to have a PTA that has been an integral part of our school community for many years.

In its time the PTA has raised thousands of pounds which has been spent on equipment and resources to enhance our children’s education experience and the school facilities.

Like most PTAs, the majority of our funds are raised through the PTA events that we run; this includes our summer and winter fairs, cake sales, children’s discos and more!

There are lots of ways you can help and support your child through the PTA. 

All parents and families are encouraged to get involved, even if they only have a small amount of time available. Donations of all kinds from parents are extremely important.  You can donate: time, items for sale, raffle prizes, outgrown uniform (uniform with Holly Park logo only please) or offers of services and skills. All donations can be dropped by the PTA shed at school pick-up time (around 3:25).

The PTA Committee for 2021-22

At the PTA Annual General Meeting the following committee members were re- appointed.

  • Joint Chairs: Marilena Skavara & Nathalie Hughes 
  • Secretary: Julie Adlington 
  • Treasurer: Otto Balsiger 
  • Amanda Glaser will continue in her role as PTA Fundraising Partnerships Co-ordinator. 

The work the PTA did last year was amazing. In such difficult circumstances they still managed to create a sense of community with the new PTA newsletters, ice pop sales in front gardens and second hand uniform sales. This year the PTA have some very exciting and innovative ideas to keep the PTA active within the school community.

Do remember that you are all members of the PTA by being a parent at the school!

Find out more about what has been going on here:

Would you like to become involved?

Everyone is welcome to our meetings, to volunteer at our events and to attend our events. You can also volunteer as a class rep. The PTA class reps help in a variety of ways including communicating PTA information to parents in their class and helping to recruit volunteers for events. If you would like some more information or are keen to help with the work that we do in any capacity then please drop us an email at hollyparkpta@gmail.com. The more people who can get involved the better; we can only go forward with your support.

Contact us

There are several ways to contact the Friends of Holly Park School:

  • Come along to a meeting.
  • Talk to your class rep or a committee member.
  • Email: hollyparkpta@gmail.com

Projects

Some of the projects we have helped to fund recently include the new playground; replacements for the outdoor furniture; play equipment and new carpet for the stage.

We also provide funds for ongoing expenses such as providing equipment for Forest School.

One of our upcoming projects is to raise funds to improve the IT infrastructure within the school.

Fundraising events

Over the years, the PTA  have organised a wide variety of events including school fairs, school discos, junior quiz, bingo nights, cake sales and pamper evenings. Some events are more profitable than others, but raising money is not always the sole objective of the fundraising team. Improving relationships and partnerships between parents and teachers and between home and school also play a vital part in why we organise events.

Second-hand uniform sales

We regularly run second-hand uniform sales. This is a great way of raising money for the school as well as saving parents money on uniforms and helping the environment by re-using uniforms rather than throwing them away once they get too small. Look out for the next date in the communications from the school. We’re also happy to accept donations of uniform which has the logo (polo shirts, sweatshirts, pe kits, book bags etc) for future sales.

Raising money by shopping online

There are two ways of raising money for the PTA while doing your online shopping. These raise much needed funds for our school at no extra cost to yourself!

Amazon Smile

Amazon will give a donation of 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible purchases to the PTA. As of August 2021, the PTA have received around £160 from our Holly Park families shopping via Amazon Smile. To sign up, simply follow this link and sign in to your Amazon account:

Once you’re set up, there are two ways to shop. If you usually use the website, then simply go to https://smile.amazon.co.uk instead of the normal Amazon link and shop there. If you normally use the app on your phone,  then open the app and find ‘settings’ in the main menu. Tap on ‘Amazon Smile’ and follow the on-screen instructions to turn on Amazon Smile on your phone (please note that this is not available for iPads and other tablet devices).

EasyFundraising

Holly Park School are also registered with easyfundraising, which means you can raise FREE donations for us every time you shop online. Over 6,000 shops and sites will donate to us when you use easyfundraising to shop with them – at no extra cost to yourself! Recently, a donation of £38 was raised by a Holly Park parent booking a hotel for a birthday celebration weekend! You can also raise donations from loads of major sites including John Lewis, eBay, Just Eat, M&S and many more.

These donations really mount up and make a BIG difference to us, so we’d really appreciate it if you could take a moment to sign up and support us. It’s completely FREE and only takes a moment.

You can find our easyfundraising page here.

The Giving Machine

You can also find The Friends of Holly Park Primary School (PTA) on The Giving Machine. The Giving Machine is a fundraising charity set up to help charitable causes raise money online. By signing up and shopping online via The Giving Machine you will generate a free cash donation for us. With over 2,200 of your favourite retailers, including Ebay, M&S, Tui, Sainsbury, John Lewis & Partners and Waitrose & Partners, you are bound to find what you need and generate a donation. As of November 2021, the PTA has received almost £1,500 from Holly Park families shopping via The Giving Machine.  

To start raising free donations go to this link and join – it’s that easy.

To make sure you never miss a donation download the free Shop&Give mobile app and the free desktop reminder app 

Plus, click the Daily Bonus Donation button to raise a free donation every day – no purchase necessary! Find out more here 

The School Lottery

Another easy and fun way to raise funds for our school is to take part in our School Lottery. Tickets cost just £1 a week and the proceeds are donated to our school. One of our Holly Park players will win a cash prize every week, maybe even the £25k jackpot! The lottery started in July 2019 and we have had over 120 draws since then raising more than £3,800 for our school.

Follow this link for more information and to join.

Bag2School collections

The PTA regularly organises Bag2School collections. This gives parents and careers a chance to clear out unwanted clothing and more, while raising much needed funds for the school. Simply bring in your filled bag(s) on the collection day. A recent collection raised £138 for the school. During the summer of 2020, thousands of pounds were accumulated via this scheme.

Bag2School accepts the following ‘good quality’ items for RE-USE:

  • Men’s, Ladies’ and Children’s clothing
  • Paired shoes (tied together or elastic band around)
  • Hats
  • Bags
  • Scarves and ties
  • Jewellery
  • Lingerie
  • Socks
  • Belts
  • Soft toys
  • Household linen
  • Household curtains
  • Household towels
  • Household bedding (bed sheets, pillow cases and duvet covers

They DO NOT accept:

  • Duvets and blankets
  • Pillows and cushions
  • Carpets, rugs and mats (including bath, shower and toilet mats)
  • Soiled, painted, ripped or wet clothing
  • School uniforms with logo
  • Corporate clothing and workwear
  • Textile off cuts, yarns or threaded material

The PTA events website

The PTA has a website where we sometimes offer event tickets or goods for sale. At Christmas, you’ll be able to order Christmas trees, Christmas cards designed by your child and more from this site. At other times, you might need to visit here to buy tickets for the school discos or for other events. Here’s the link to the website for you to sign-in or register.

Can you help raise money for the school through match funding at your workplace?

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? The PTA received £700 in match funding last year from a parent who works at Google. 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 ptahollypark@gmail.com if you need more information or help approaching your organisation.