St Joseph's PFA Update
Welcome back, as we start into the new school year 2018-19.
First of all, a huge THANK YOU to all who participated in St Joseph’s PFA activities during 2017-18. Together, we raised a fantastic total of over £6,400, to be donated back to the school.
A key part of our mission within the PFA is to help acquire new tangible and visible facilities for the school more quickly than might otherwise be the case, in line with the priorities set out each year by Mr Donnelly. It’s always nice to see something physical result from the fund-raising!
As we mentioned in January, a significant proportion of the funds from 2017-18 will go towards the provision of new robotics and coding equipment, which will greatly enhance our children’s skills in relevant modern technology. In previous years, your contributions and support have enabled the purchase of the nursery’s new outdoor playhouse, goal nets, iPad covers and the ongoing modernisation of the school’s computer facilities.
Thanks also to all who have participated in the trial school uniform recycling scheme. Since we launched the trial, just before the spring fair in March, we have collected loads of really nice stock, potentially avoiding this going directly to landfill and raising around £250 already for the school in the process. We will aim to continue the scheme during this year, with all ideas gratefully accepted.
Another key part of our PFA mission is, of course, to help foster a sense of school community, via attendance at the events for both the children and adults. Last year, this included the school discos, PFA quiz, Spring Fair and an evening in June with the renowned make-up artist, Paddy McGurgan.
Two dates already in the diary for this year are the Halloween disco on 25 Oct and, back by popular demand, the PFA Quiz on 1 February 2019 in the Ivanhoe (more details to follow on both of these).
Other events that we expect to run during the year will include the usual tuck shops (Christmas and summer), Summer Disco, Christmas Cracker Day and Mad Hair Day.
As with any school community, there is always some turnover of PFA membership, as pupils leave the school, or as our own individual commitments change. So we are always keen to welcome new members or volunteers and to hear of any initiatives that might be of interest to the school community.
The first PFA meeting for this year will be on Thursday 4th October, 7pm in the school. However, even if you don’t wish to join the PFA committee itself, or have tight time commitments, there are many other ways in which you may be able to help (see overleaf).
Once again, thank you to all parents, guardians, pupils, staff, sponsors and the wider community who have contributed to PFA activities over the last year. Your generosity and involvement are always greatly appreciated – THANK YOU!
We look forward to your continued support in the year ahead.
St Joseph’s PFA Team 2
St Joseph’s PFA – How can I help?
We are all already part of the St Joseph’s PFA, as members of the school community. The formal time commitments for the PFA committee are fairly modest (5-6 meetings per year) but even if you do not wish, or cannot afford the time, to “be on the committee”, there are still a number of other ways that you can help and make a big difference. For example:
Disco volunteers – We usually need about 10 people for 1-2 hours to help out at each disco session (teas & coffees, tuck shop, entrance doors etc.), plus a smaller number for set-up / clear-down.
Tray bakes – Making or donating a small box of tray bakes that can be sold during events.
Tuck-shops – Requires 4-5 people during school hours (usually holiday break-up morning) for 1-2 hours at each of our Christmas and summer tuck-shops.
Uniform Recycling – Help us to collect and manage uniforms that have been donated, along with 2-3 periodic pop-up sales during the year. More details on the recycling scheme can be found in the link below (originally posted to the school website last term, hence the reference to June, but the general information remains the same).
Raffles – Buy a ticket or indeed sponsor a raffle prize – this could also be a great way to promote your business products or services!
Shop & Give – Did you know that we have a “Giving Machine” account? By installing a small “widget” on your internet browser and shopping normally at a wide variety of popular retail sites, a percentage donation from the retailer can be automatically applied to your purchase. These pennies can add up, it’s easy to install and free for you to use! More details, including details on how to join, can be found in the link below. Or you can just go to the Giving Machine website and enter 265518 in the search area to find the St Joseph’s PFA cause and join up!
Mass Teas – the Parish normally asks us 2-3 times per year to help with refreshments after the 10:30 and 12:00 Sunday masses. There is usually a reasonable attendance, it’s a nice way to get to know new people and we know that several parishioners really appreciate this facility.
Please do let us know if you would particularly like to help in any of the areas outlined above, by contacting us on [email protected] or letting any of the PFA committee members know.
We promise we won’t bombard you and we fully understand that you may not be able to help every time!