Friends of Our Lady of Lourdes PTFA
PTFA 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.
Dear all, Our Lady of Lourdes has some exciting news!!
We’re delighted Our Lady of Lourdes Community Foodbank Project has been selected to take part in the Co-op Local Community Fund!! During the year OLOL and the local community came together to collect food and clothing for those in need, but once school opened we ran out of space to continue to collect donations! So, we have asked the Co-op community funding team for support to help us purchase an all-weather storage shed to be placed on the school grounds.
How you can help
We are one of three causes in the community which Co-op Members can select to support between now and 23 October 2021. The more members who select The Our Lady of Lourdes Foodbank project and shop with us, the more funds we’ll receive. All you need to do is to become a Co-op Members for a cost of £1 and select us as your cause at coop.co.uk/membership or by downloading the Co-op app.
This is the link to our cause https://membership.coop.co.uk/causes/51873 – please copy and paste this link and share far and wide!!- THANK YOU
What is the PTFA 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 (PTFA). The PTFA 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.
The PTFA raise money for the school in a variety of different and exciting ways, big and small. We run large scale annual community events such Summer / Christmas Fairs and an Autumn extravangza including a Firework display and smaller events such a bake sales and raffles.
Over the past few years the PTFA have organised a car boot sale, children fashion shows and even a summer ball at The Grand Hotel and are always thinking of creative and exciting ways to raise money for the school. We organise children’s events, whole family events and parent events such as Quiz night and Bingo to bring the whole school community together
A big thank you from the school to all who continually support the PTFA 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 PTFA 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 PTFA but I don’t know where it goes?
Funds that are raised by the PTFA 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.
Numicon – In 2014 the PTFA 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 PTFA 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.
Pond Renovation – The PTFA 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 PTFA 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.
IT equipment – Whiteboard – In 2020 the PTFA purchased an 86inch interactive display screen for the school hall.
In addition, the PTFA pay for the ice lollies at sports day and the Christmas crackers for the school Christmas dinner day.