The Parent Teacher Association (PTA)
Every parent is automatically a member of the PTA. This is a committee of parents that organise and co-ordinate events. Our aim is to raise money for the school whilst having a great deal of fun and making friends.
We hold several key events each year. Our biggest one being Bonfire night in November, which is usually a spectacular extravaganza attended by Pulford pupils and parents as well as the wider community. Father Christmas is a regular visitor every December at our Christmas Bazaar which has a great mix of traditional fund-raising stalls and craft activities for the children, not forgetting the ever popular ‘Rudolph’s Restaurant’. We hold a Summer Fun Day at the tail end of the summer term where we take over the school grounds and the order of the day is FUN, FUN, FUN!!! We have a barbecue, Pimms tent, ice-cream, a variety of shows in our ‘show arena’ and plenty of stalls to take your money and release your frustrations – the plate smashing and stocks are always strangely the most popular!!!! It’s always great fun and a great way to see how the school pulls together so please come along and join us.
Along with these large events the PTA also runs smaller, regular events – twice yearly plant sales, book fairs, car boot sales and discos for the children. We also try to hold a couple of ‘social events’ each year. In the past these have included a formal ball, barn dance, race night, golf day, quizzes, fashion shows…..the list goes on, and new ideas are most welcome!
We provide refreshments at certain school events including New Parents evening, senior citizens tea parties and at the main church services held throughout the year. If you can’t remember all this – don’t worry – we have fortnightly newsletters keeping you up-to-date with events and a PTA representative is always available.
The money raised by the PTA is used to buy items that the staff have identified a need for. Recent purchases have included a canopy for the year R playground, scooter racks, playground markings, uniforms for the maypole dancers, digital camera for YR, video camera and new PA speakers. We have recently approved funding for replacement reading books, new playground equipment and replacement classroom furniture. Also, each term we give money to each classroom to help with expenses and every year we provide drinks and ice lollies at the sports day and crackers for the children’s Christmas lunch.
As you can appreciate, all these events take a lot of organising and the committee relies heavily on the support of all the parents for them to run smoothly. You can help in various ways – join the committee, donate goods (raffle prizes etc), man stalls, sell tickets etc, but most of all come along and support our events. We hope you’ll feel inspired to join the PTA in any way that you can, sharing in the fun and rewards of being part of the Pulford community.