PTA Fundraising and Events
We aim to raise £20,000 every year for our school.
This may seem like a huge sum, but when you discover that Long Crendon School receives around £150,000 less Government funding compared to schools like ours elsewhere in Bucks, it makes it a very important sum.
In 2017-18, with the money we raised, we bought essential – and nice to have! – equipment, resources and experiences for our children and staff, including:
- Replacement smart boards for every classroom
- A revamped library for all the pupils to enjoy
- 30 ukeleles for use in music lessons
- Playground games and sports equipment
- Upgraded broadband connection
- Educational licenses to aid online learning
- History in action days
- Books, workbooks and educational programs for Science, Maths and English
- Forest School resources, including tools and seeds
- Replacement games and learning resources for classrooms
PTA Chair letter – October 2018
My name is Tom, I have lived in Long Crendon for four years and have two children in the school. I am a massive fan of the area and consider myself lucky to live in what’s undoubtedly one of the best villages in the UK, with a terrific school.
Although I’ve been a School Governor the past two years, it was only last month that I attended my first PTA meetings. I figured I wanted to give something back to the community that I enjoy so thought I would try it out, although I confess I was filled with dread at the idea of attending boring and unproductive meetings with a bunch of people telling me how important their roles are and stealing two hours from me that I will never get back.
Admittedly the AGM was a little dry and there is an unavoidable amount of formality, however I’m pleased to say that my concerns were completely unfounded.
Much like the Governors, the PTA are simply a brilliant group of folk from all walks of life working towards one shared goal. There are no politics and none of the “this is how we always do it” attitudes I suspected I would come up against. In fact, the second meeting proved to be good fun!
This experience convinced me to step up to the plate as Chair and over the course of the next year I would be delighted to meet as many of you other parents as possible to see what you want from the PTA – or better still, what you think we should do and how you think we should operate.
The PTA is not the preserve of stay-at-home mums, nor is it dominated by those who work in the city every day. It’s a forum for all and an opportunity for everyone to have their say on what we should do and what money should be spent on, in an open and balanced environment where all ideas and suggestions are equally valued and considered.
I suspect that between us we have contacts and skill sets that will benefit the school far more substantially than selling teas and coffees. I would love to meet you and discuss this further and will work on making that happen.
There will always be those who are not keen, or who are too busy, to be involved in any way. Many of us lead hectic lives so I totally understand and respect that. Should you wish to voice an opinion, suggestion, or volunteer at a fundraising event your contribution will always be welcomed.
I would like to think there will be a more intentional frankness to our messages and we will endeavour to involve more people and to show everyone what we have achieved and what we are raising money for. As a starter it is worth bearing in mind that to meet our minimum fundraising target of £20k we would need the equivalent of £8 per child, per month. A direct debit from parents of £4 per child per month – or a one-off donation of £50 per child, per year – would mean we’d be halfway there. I recognise of course that life is expensive and that everyone’s situation is different, so there will be some who feel they can’t make such a commitment. However, if you are lucky enough to be able to afford this by giving up the occasional Starbucks, pint or Pret then I would ask that you consider making a regular donation to help fund the school’s resources. To help with this we will make sure the “how to donate” information is included in every newsletter and periodically we will let you know how we are doing.
For the sake of everyone I will try to limit my future communications. Thanks for sticking with it.
To make a single or regular donation to the PTA, visit our page on BT MyDonate.
Should you want to make contact and arrange a meet – please email email@example.com.
PTA Chair letter – July 2018
Thank you all for your hard work and support for the school over the past 12 months. I’ve had a fantastic year as your PTA Chair, and will hand over to the next Chair at the AGM in September. The role is truly rewarding and puts you at the heart of the school. If you’re interested in taking the role of chair for 2018-19, email me over the summer at firstname.lastname@example.org to discover what the role involves. Whoever is voted in at our AGM in September will be ably assisted by a cracking team, including our secretary Louisa Stockley, who has been the driving force behind so much of this year’s activity.
I took over as Chair from Simon Howard last year after a tough period at the school, where budget cuts meant that the PTA had to step up and meet the shortfall. Thanks to some creative thinking and hard work, we raised a fantastic sum which has been spent very wisely over the last year.
You will all have noticed the amazing new library, and every child now benefits from new multimedia screens in the classroom and an iPad for each class, offering teachers new ways to teach every day. This year, we also funded faster broadband for the school, several different subscriptions for online teaching tools, as well as many other requests by teachers.
We should all offer our thanks to the tireless squads of parents who step up to help make the fundraising happen, again and again; equally, we should thank the people who come to events and spend or donate whatever they can.
It can seem hard to find time to step up and help, but the truth is, we need to keep going. Schools like ours have suffered disproportionately under the severe and sustained budget cuts of the past couple of governments. This is not going to change. The school can’t maintain the high standards we expect without the money we raise: it pays for schoolbooks, stationery, subscriptions, experiences, equipment – all those things we took for granted when we were at school.
The PTA’s greatest challenge is to maintain this effort. We need new ideas and fresh volunteers to step up next year and keep the ball rolling for the school. If you can help, don’t hesitate to come forward – the PTA is here to help you develop events, join initiatives and work together.
Contact us on email@example.com, and come along to the AGM on 18 September to find out more.
Past PTA Fundraising Events
Our hugely popular annual Fireworks Night!
Happy’s Circus comes to Long Crendon School field
Our Steeple to Steeple Challenge is growing by the year!
The bi-annual Big Village Party is, quite simply, not to be missed
Masai Warriors come to the school to give us a cultural feast for the ears and eyes!
The Sponsored Triathlon gets all the kids moving!
Quiz Night is always fun!
The Children’s Fashion Show goes down a storm