At Five Ways School, we are fortunate to have a PTFA that is and has been an integral part of the school community for many years. In its time the PTFA has raised thousands of pounds, which has been spent on equipment, resources, fun activities and events to enhance our children’s education experience and the school’s facilities.
Our PTFA is about much more than simply fundraising. The PTFA exists to provide closer links between home and school and it is an excellent way to bring staff, parents and friends together socially in support of the school, working towards a common goal. It is fun too - just ask any of the Committee members or PTFA helpers.
The Five Ways PTFA is open to everyone with an association with our school - parents, teachers, friends, guardians, carers, grandparents, governors etc. The PTFA is a really important part of school life. It is a registered charity and we work on a volunteer basis, giving up our time to help out to benefit our children. We are a small but very active and enthusiastic group of mums, dads, teachers and friends who meet once a month to support the school and our children. The group is quite small and friendly and always welcomes new members. It gives an opportunity to meet other parents and have a ‘say’ into how the money raised is spent. It also allows parents an opportunity to have a say about what events we should organise in the future.
What do we do?
The PTFA has two main roles:
Fundraising: we raise money to buy additional resources and equipment needed by the school. All the monies raised are used to provide OUR children with these extras. To date, our children have benefited from extra computers, books, sports equipment, reading aids, whiteboards, Year 6 leaver gifts and many more. These extras make such a difference to our school.
Fun Activities & Events: we organise events for our children outside the school curriculum, e.g. Easter Egg Hunt, Summer Fayre, Christmas Fayre, End of Term Discos, Clown shows. Christmas parties with Santa and much more. We also organise social events for parents, e.g. Quiz Nights, Family Bingo. The main purpose of these events is to provide pleasure rather than profit.
There is always something going on at Five Ways PTFA. We always try and respond to the children’s requests; it is great to see them having fun at the events or enjoying using a piece of new equipment that the PTFA has donated.