Eynsham Parent-Teacher Association (PTA)
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PTA Newsletter - September 2021
What is the PTA?
When your child starts at Eynsham Community Primary School, you become a part of the community of parents, carers, teachers, staff and friends of the school known as the Parent-Teacher Association (PTA).
The PTA exists to raise funds to enhance our children’s education, as well as to create connections between home, school, and the local community. Together we organize events, sales, fundraisers, sponsorship, donations and more – as well as regular social gatherings.
The PTA is led by a small, hardworking committee elected at each year’s AGM, supported by our amazing volunteers who donate as much or as little of their time, ideas and skills as they choose. We are also lucky to have the enthusiastic input of teachers and staff. The committee and volunteers are a friendly group and love welcoming new people, so please do join us at our meetings, volunteer for a committee or organizer role, let us have your ideas, and help champion our activities.
What does the PTA do?
The PTA is always looking for fresh ideas and new volunteers to organize events. Our events are designed to be fun for parents and children alike. Previous fundraising initiatives and social events include:
Break the Rules Day
An Evening with Magic Peter
Charity Christmas Cards
Light Up Eynsham
Curry and Quiz Night
Street Dance Party
Easter Trail and Easter Egg Raffle
Run Wytham Woods 10K and Fun Run
Family Fun Run and Picnic
How can I get Involved?
Sign up for our e-mail updates:
Send your details via the contact form below.
Connect with us on Facebook:
Come along to PTA committee meetings:
The Committee (elected officers) meets with parents, staff and friends of the school 2 or 3 times each term (currently by Zoom, but usually in a pub function room). Smaller working groups meet as necessary to organise specific events, and are always looking for volunteers.
Attend the AGM:
Our Annual General Meeting is held each October. This is an opportunity for all parents and teachers to hear in more detail about events run, funds raised and how the money has been spent.
Join the PTA committee:
The committee consists of four Officers (Chair, Vice-Chair, Treasurer, Communications Officer and Secretary) elected at each year’s AGM.
The committee for 2019/20 are:
Chair: Kim Hall
Vice Chair: Helen Goldberg
Treasurer: Alex Spencer
Communications Officer: Laura Stringer
Secretary: Becky Coyne
To put yourself forward for election please speak to one of our committee members or e-mail us via the contact form below.
Lend a Hand:
Give as much or as little of your time to the PTA as you wish. Beyond attending committee meetings you could:
Plan a virtual fundraiser
Run a race
Man a stall
Plan a Halloween trail
Teach a craft
Source a raffle prize
Design a poster
Serve mulled cider
Send an e-mail
Wrap a lucky dip prize
Update a newsletter
Stick a ticket on a jolly jar
Take part in a quiz
Make a playlist
Share a Facebook post
and much much more .... tell us your talents!
Other Ways to Contribute
Don’t want to get too involved? There are plenty of other ways you can support the PTA, particularly with events-based fundraising currently restricted:
- Monthly donations:
Set up a standing order to support the school regularly! As little as £5 per month could make a huge difference. You can set up a standing order on your online banking, and if you complete a gift aid form the PTA benefits even more! Download the forms below.
- Join Easyfundraising and Amazon Smile:
Collect free donations for us every time you buy something online. It won’t cost you a penny extra!
- Facebook Fundraisers:
Ask friends and family to donate to Eynsham Community Primary School PTA to celebrate your birthday.
- Make a donation at: www.paypal.com/gb/fundraiser/charity/3153882
- Sponsored events:
Choose your own challenge, from shaving your hair to running 5k!
How does the PTA spend its money?
In recent years, money raised by the PTA has helped:
- fund Science Week
- subsidise transport on school trips
- enhance outdoor play areas
- purchase school technology
- support the trim trail extension and other lunchtime resources
- maintain the swimming pool
- subsidise cello and violin lessons for Year 3 and 5
- buy new play equipment and books
- support the popular Year 6 leavers' hoodies
and much, much more.
Specific school spending needs are proposed and discussed at PTA committee meetings, and a democratic vote by committee members, staff, and volunteers in attendance then determines how the funds are allocated. PTA funds are not generally spent on improving the fabric of the school building (this is the responsibility of the school's governing body), but are sometimes used to enhance the school environment or play facilities. The money raised is intended for the ‘extras’ (not provided by the school budget) that make our children’s school experience richer and more fulfilling.
The money we raise is usually spent fairly quickly. That way, you can be sure that in supporting the PTA, your child/ren, alongside their friends and teachers will rapidly feel the benefit.
As a registered charity the PTA must abide by Charity Commission rules and regulations, and is bound by a constitution which sets out rules about how we operate as a PTA and how we conduct ourselves. Being a registered charity gives us many extra benefits:
- We can claim Gift Aid
- We can raise funds more easily from grant-giving trusts, local businesses etc.
- We can take advantage of charity matched giving schemes
My business would like to help. What can we do?
Join the Eynsham Community Primary School Business Partnership Project and help equip the children of today with the skills, knowledge and experience needed to be your successful employees of tomorrow.
The school has a 10-year strategy plan to improve its buildings, make its classrooms fit for today’s education and become a flagship school for science and technology. They cannot do this alone and would really appreciate the expertise and support of local business people who help make up the thriving community of Eynsham. If this is something you could consider, please talk to the school office to discuss how you may be able to help.
As a registered charity Eynsham Community Primary PTA can also benefit from charity matched giving schemes. Companies or businesses can pledge to donate an amount of money relating to the amount that an employee(s) donates or fundraises for the school PTA. Get in touch for more information about setting up a charity matched giving scheme in your workplace.
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