Friends of Our Lady of Lourdes PTA

Friends of Our Lady of Lourdes RC Primary School is a registered Charity # 1112242

Read minutes of PTA meetings here.

To read the PTA constitution click here

Do you buy  online?  Help us to raise funds by ordering through Easyfundraising.  You can order from over 3,600 retailers, including Ebay, John Lewis and Argos.

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)

Have your say on the impact of coronavirus on your child’s education

Below the latest message from the Parentkind CEO and links to two important Have your Say surveys for parents.
Now that all the governments have announced their plans for re-opening schools, it’s time to update and keep parents part of the national conversation on education. We are asking parents to tell us about your experiences of supporting your child’s schooling over the last few months and your views on the plans for schools reopening.
It is essential that parents remain part of the national conversation on education – together we can ensure that policymakers hear parents’ views and concerns. We especially want to find out:
  • What concerns remain as your child’s school prepares to welcome back more pupils
  • How you view social distancing in schools
  • What you want to happen in September
  • How you feel the government has handled the crisis
Please complete our survey and share it with your parent friends.
We recognise that experiences of school closures for parents of children with SEN/SEND may be different to those of other parents, so we have established a separate SEND survey which is available here.
Please complete our SEND survey here
 

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.

 

During these unusual times the PTA has regrettably had to cancel the events that we had planned for the rest of the year until further notice. However we haven’t forgotten about the pupils and will be looking for ways in which we can engage the children through competitions , online activities and would welcome any suggestions from parents – please email [email protected]  and find us on Facebook at  https://www.facebook.com/groups/207846397336 

The Wildlife Trusts – 30 Day Wild Challenge

This June, join thousands of people taking part in our annual nature challenge, 30 Days Wild! We want you to do one wild thing a day throughout the whole month: for your health, wellbeing and for the planet. That’s 30 simple, fun and exciting Random Acts of Wildness.

You’ll get a free, downloadable pack of goodies to help you plan your wild month, plus lots of ideas to inspire you to stay wild all throughout June (and beyond!). For extra ‘bonus’ items, keep an eye on your emails for additional, fun activities, from instructions for baking hedgehog cupcakes to a beginner’s guide to wildlife photography.

To get involved, just tell us who’s taking part. If you are a childminder and want to take part with your children – the schools pack will be best suited to you.

Just click on the link https://action.wildlifetrusts.org/   

Enjoy! 🐝🐦🍄🍀

 

Win £5000 worth of book tokens for your school!

Even though schools are closed, our big prize draw is back for a seventh year!

You could win £5,000/€5,000 of National Book Tokens for your school’s library, ready to spend when schools reopen – and if your entry is picked, you’ll also get £100/€120 of National Book Tokens to spend on yourself!

Whether you work in a school or have school-aged children yourself, you’ll know the importance of a good school library – and not just for learning. Studies show that reading for pleasure doesn’t just give children an advantage academically; it can improve their wellbeing, too.

For a chance to win this wonderful prize please click on the link – it takes less than a minute to enter – Good Luck!

https://www.nationalbooktokens.com/schools?

The Rottingdean Village Scarecrow competition   

Dear all, Please see the attached competition. The Rottingdean Village News are inviting all residents to make and display a Scarecrow for an informal competition where the best scarecrow wins a certificate! More details to be found on the poster below , but do watch out for an Our Lady of Lourdes School scarecrows that will be appearing shortly!!

 

Become a Rockinghorse Hero!

Our Lady of Lourdes has close links to the wonderful charity the Rockinghorse Childrens’ Charity, the organisation is in face one of our charity partners.  The team there have come up with the idea to sell NHS rainbow t-shirts with ALL PROFITS going to the Royal Sussex County Hospital!!. The t-shirts are for adults and children and you can even have your child’s personalised rainbow drawing on the t-shirt itself. Please click on the link for more information❤️🌈

Your child can Create a National Book Token design and win!!

Children can win a £10 National Book Token for themselves and each of their classmates – and surprise them all when schools reopen!

While children are at home, encourage them to create a National Book Token design for our competition. Whether it’s the school crest doodled in ink, a pencil drawing of the entire class, or something completely different, we’ll choose one child’s design to put on a National Book Tokens gift card every week for seven weeks.
When schools open up again, the young designer and their classmates will each receive a £10 National Book Token – emblazoned with the winning artwork – to inspire them to choose their next favourite book from their local bookshop.

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 from the school to all who continually support the PTA by volunteering to organise, set up or run events.  If you wish to help as well, this could be  for one hour or as long as you can spare. Every little helps! The PTA are dedicated to making the school the best possible place to play and learn. They work in great partnership with the school for you as parents 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?

Funds that are raised by the PTA go towards resources and activities that benefit the pupils by enhancing their educational and social experiences 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.

NumiconIn 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 JourneyPreviously 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 Equipmentin 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.

On Wednesday 2 October the PTA held their AGM  where the following committee members were voted in for the upcoming  year.

Co Chair – Kate Goudy

Co Chair – Jade Herlihy

Secretary – Sinead Nelson

Co Treasurers – Vicki Stephenson and Mel Fane (appointed 29th January 2020)

Many thanks from Parents/Carers and staff for your commitment to the school .

If you would like any further information on what any of the PTA does on would like to get  involved, please contact us by emailing [email protected]  or pop a note in the PTA box in the foyer

The PTA has just donated another £2,000 to the school for the purchase of a new interactive smart board for the IT Suite

Pond dipping
Pond Dipping
What we found in our pond

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/.

 

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]olpta.org.uk , 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. 

 Photos from recent PTA Events

Summer Fair
Bingo Night
Easter Egg Raffle

Car Boot Sale

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