News and Up-coming Events:
Our next meeting is due to take place on Monday 6th February at 6:15pm by Zoom. If you would like to attend any of our meetings, whether to listen to the plans for this school year or to provide input or feedback, please email us: firstname.lastname@example.org and we will send you a link to join.
The minutes from the last meeting are posted at the bottom of this page.
Dates for your Diary This Term:
Page to be updated soon with exciting events after our meeting on 6th February!
Other ways you can help us....
Online Shopping - Raising Funds
As you are probably aware many of our big fundraising events have been cancelled for two years running and this has had a huge impact. Therefore we are looking at other ways to raise much-needed funds for school equipment and activities as simply as possible. While we don’t wish to promote any specific platform, if you are already using any of these platforms for online shopping, we would be hugely grateful if you could consider raising funds for us while you shop.
There are two ways of raising funds for us while you shop online:
2. Amazon Smile
And! Please follow us on Facebook and share posts with friends and family. It's a great way of staying in touch as we can quickly reach people with news and information.
Monday 6th February 2023 at 6:15pm by Zoom.
Fresh ideas, input and energy are always appreciated massively! Feedback, support and encouragement boosts morale and keeps everyone motivated. We are all working towards the same goal which is providing much needed resources and essential equipment for all of our children at the school. Every penny raised is spent ensuring your children have the necessary tools for learning. We can’t do this without you!
Events for 2023
Jumble Sale / Clothing Collection bags - Date TBC
Cake Sale - Date TBC
In recognition of the cost of living crisis. We were impressed with the way the children ran their cake sale earlier this term with an optional donation rather than individually pricing items. Please only donate what you can afford to.
Chocolate Bingo - TBC
Summer Fete - TBC
Please remember to the LIKE "Friends of St Edmundsbury" Page on Facebook for more news and updates!
If you would like to support the PTA and have any ideas you would like to put forward, please pass them onto us on email: email@example.com or speak to one of us in the playground. Please remember, there are only a few active members and while we love to hear new ideas, we will also need help from others to bring them into existence.
We have updated our charity status, please see a copy of our constitution signed by our members and our charity registration certificate attached at the bottom of the page.
Who we are
The Friends of St Edmundsbury School are a group of parents, carers and teachers who are committed to supporting our school. Our main focus is organising fundraising and social events, but we also try and attract support for the school from local businesses and other organisations.
There are core members who regularly attend committee meetings and plan the programme for the year, but many other parents and carers across the school are involved in small ways in putting on events. It is the contributions from the cake-bakers, face-painters, equipment shifters, drink pourers and ticket sellers that make it all possible! There are fewer core members than ever before and we are always looking to welcome more help. Please do get involved if you can!
What we do
The highlights of our year are the Christmas Raffle, School Disco, Chocolate Bingo event and Summer Fete, but there are also regular smaller events such as cake sales, jumble sales and coffee mornings. Details of the events are on the Facebook page, school website or in the school newsletters.
The money raised by the Friends is put to good use around the school. Much of the landscaping work has been paid for through Friends’ fundraising, the KS1 playground play equipment as well as a new PA system, collapsable staging and Ipads Many items helping the children in their learning were also funded by the Friends. In the Summer Term 2022 we were delighted to be able to fund visits from the Drama Geezers which was very popular both with the students and the teachers!
Why we do it
Our aim is to make children’s time at St Edmundsbury even better by raising money to invest in the school. In a time of financial pressures, school budgets are constantly being cut, so the Friends are keen to make sure St Edmundsbury children benefit from the things that will help them learn and enjoy school as much as possible. We also think that getting school families together through fundraising events is a great way to support one another and to have fun.
If you would like to get involved in any way, including if you have links to local businesses we might be able to work in partnership with, please speak to any of us in the playground, message us on Facebook or email us: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please remember to LIKE our Facebook page to keep up to date with news and events!
We are always happy to meet new parents whether your children are new starters or if they have been with us a while, we love new input, fresh ideas and energy! Come along to our next meeting, we would love to hear from you!