After the September ‘Circus Sensible’ event, there was no time for clowning around as a new set of PTA Officers were voted in at the October AGM. Also known as ‘Three Helens and a Tracey’, our first job as a new team was to invite parents’ views on how to spend PTA funds. So we set about collating many views via our ‘Spending Questionnaire’ and special visits to the School Council. We were especially impressed with the professionalism of the School Council and how well they presented their feedback.
A majority of responders to the questionnaire favoured spending as much as possible on our playgrounds and libraries… so payments totalling £40,000 were made from the PTA to the school; £16,000 for playground improvements and £10,000 per library plus funds for items such as new starters bookbags, leavers disco, theatre company visits and a special cash gift of £50 for each class plus gardening, art, science and SEND groups.
With no time to lose and the days getting shorter (and the bank account now empty!) we threw ourselves into planning two Bake Sales (got mobbed), two legendary Discos (got dancin’), the Festive Christmas Fair (got tripped up – literally– by broken gas main and icy conditions), the Adults Quiz Night (got beaten), an Easter Event (got chocolate), the Roundhay Park Primary Schools Fun Run (got a medal) plus a Co-op and a Tesco scheme. Together these events have raised just under £5,000.
In addition, we have also built a special Space themed reading area for World Book Week (‘Make Space for a Good Read’), hung lights and made hundreds of hot chocolates for the Bedtime Stories evening for KS1 and arranged a visit by Queen Victoria!
In the Summer Term we have provided four very special assemblies where we outlined the role of the PTA, pledged the £50 to each class and announced the Roald Dahl inspired Big, Friendly Giant Summer Fair with the help of a replica Roald Dahl writing area. We also found a little time to care for lonely eggs and learn to view chocolate and art in a new way with Wellbeing sessions at the ‘Health and Wellbeing Fair’ plus serve drinks and biscuits at Sports Day for all year groups.
And then the Big one...the Big Friendly Giant Summer Fair burst into life with the help of an army hopscotchy parents and teachers who ran this gloriumptious evebt on Saturday 7th July. The sun shone, jam jars were won, the choir performed, a giant peach adorned, the witches teased, the games pleased, the BBQ sizzled, ice lollies drizzled, books were sold, stories were told...and then many enjoyed a unique opportunity to cheer on England in the phizzwhizzing fanzone. At time of writing, this event alone has raised a splendiferous £5000+ for the school. Thank you all for such a scrumdiddlyumptious day and a zozimus amount raised. (And not one vermicious knid in sight!)
So many parents and carers continue to contribute to Talbot school life in many ways – as PTA team-members or as reading volunteers, attending special class events or accompanying school trips or giving up their time to talk to the pupils about their work or passions. Look out for our PTA communications via noticeboards, Parentmail and our Facebook page for various events and activities and lots more fun and fundraising in 2018/19.