Friends of Our Lady of Lourdes PTA
I value the work that the school and PTA are continuing to do, to continuously improve not only the facilities but how they approach children’s needs. (Parent survey 2018)
PTA Mission Statement
To encourage the link between the School, Church and our wider community.
To raise funds for the benefit of children, providing additional materials essential for educational and social benefit and working towards community cohesion.
What is the PTA about?
If you have a child at Our Lady of Lourdes Primary School or you are a member of staff, then you are a member of the Parent Teacher Association (PTA). The PTA is also known as The Friends of Our Lady of Lourdes. It is a registered charity set up to raise money to support the school and make a difference for the children. Our objectives aren’t just about making money but also to cultivate relationships between school staff, parents, the Church and the wider community.
I’m interested but I don’t know what it involves – I don’t have much spare time?
How you get involved is entirely up to you , there are no expectations and you can contribute as much or a little time as you have, either through attending meetings, contributing ideas, help running stalls etc., there are many different ways that you can get involved.
A big thank you to all who supported the PTA by volunteering to organise, set up or run this year’s events—this could be for one hour or as long as you can spare. Every little helps! They are dedicated to making the school the best possible place to play and learn. They work in great partnership with the school for you and to the benefit of all our children. If it were not for their dedication and hard work we would not have the necessary contributions to purchase playground resurfacing, refurbish the adventure trail, install a brand new flat screen interactive whiteboard in the Computer Lab or create a wildlife area and erect a new outdoor class room.
I donate money to the PTA but I don’t know where it goes?
Every penny that is raised by the PTA goes directly towards resources that benefit the pupils and as the parents/carers responsible for raising thousands of pounds each year it is very important that you know what your money is being spent on and what a positive impact it has on all children.
Numicon – In 2014 the PTA donated £2,200 for the purchase of a set of Numicon for each class, an invaluable mathematical teaching aid which helps children understand number relationships, spot patterns and make generalisations.
Learning Journey – Previously the PTA had funded the learning journey at a cost of £2,500 a year. This is where the East Sussex Library Loan supported the school with loans of non fiction and fiction books. However, now the PTA pay money directly to the school for them to purchase and keep; and now that the school has built up a good amount of the topic books PTA funds have been spent on other much needed resources.
Playground Equipment – in 2017 contributions of over £10,000 have been donated by the PTA to the school to support the purchase of the wet pore resurfacing, astro turf and the trim trail.
Text Service – The PTA also pay for the school to parent text service. This invaluable communication service keeps parents up to date with important school information, keeping parents up to speed with any changes that might occur within the school day, and promoting PTA and school events.
Pond Renovation – The PTA raised £3,500 that enabled the complete renovation of the school pond and surrounding area. This beautiful area is now used by the pupils for outside learning and Eco activities.
Wild Beach – In 2019 the PTA funded half the cost of the Year 4 Wild Beach Project, which resulted in the pupils achieving the John Muir Award. Read more on our Eco Council page.
In addition, the PTA pay for the ice lollies at sports day and the Christmas crackers for the school Christmas dinner day.
What fundraising activities do you do?
The PTA organise a variety of fund raising events; some are small like the cake sale and others are much bigger like the annual Summer Ball at The Grand Hotel, but whatever we do they are always a lot of fun!
Over the last couple of years the PTA have run the following events: Summer Fair, Christmas Fair, Quiz Night (for parents), cake sales, sponsored Easter fun run, children’s fashion show (http://www.kidsonthecatwalk.co.uk), Movie Nights, discos, gift and card creations, Bag2school, Christmas Pantomimes, recycled uniform sales and our very successful Firework event.
PTA in the Community
We are very proud of our involvement within our community, and we host several events each year where we open our school grounds and invite members of the community to join our events. Each year we run a Summer Fair, Christmas Fair and Car Boot sale – open to all to enjoy – and our highly successful Autumn Extravaganza, which is a wonderful community evening of activities, pocket money stalls, hot food and drinks, bar, music, not to mention a professional firework display by Platinum Fireworks http://platinumfireworks.co.uk/.
Last year the event took place on Monday 5 November and was enjoyed by all.
PTA and the Save Our Schools (SOS) Campaign
The PTA are excited to be part of the parent run campaign SOS. This is a non political group raising awareness about the funding crisis all schools are facing and asking for a reversal in the 8% cuts in funding . The school and the PTA are proud to be involved with this campaign and currently have two SOS coordinators who liaise with the SOS team and their campaigns. If you would like any more information on SOS please click the link www.saveourschools.uk or if you are interested in becoming an SOS coordinator please email [email protected]
This sounds great – so how do I get involved?
The PTA is always looking for people to join its team. It is a friendly bunch of parents who have got together for the purpose of raising funds and making friends and having fun. To find out more please email [email protected] , join our Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/groups/207846397336/ or leave a message in the PTA box in the school foyer- we look forward to hearing from you!!
Look out for our next meetings in the school newsletter or the calendar page of this website.