Hello and Welcome to Archbishop Benson's PTA Page
Who are we?
FABB (The Friends of Archbishop Benson) are a group of people who are mainly parents of children at the school and staff but everyone is welcome to help. Our main aim is to support the school, both pupils and staff, and provide opportunities to enrich our children’s educational experience in a variety of different ways.
What do we do?
We work closely with the school to arrange a number of fundraising events throughout the year which enable the school to pay for equipment, resources, activities, and experiences that could not be afforded through the main school budget. Some of our many fundraising events include Christmas and Summer Fairs, Coffee Mornings, Discos and Family Barbeques.
As well as fundraising, we also, where possible, offer support at other school events where we may be making teas and coffees, running raffles or supporting in other ways.
How can I help?
There are loads of things that you could do to be involved and support us.
* Help at events by manning stalls, setting up, selling tickets etc.
* Volunteering to be a class rep.
* Making teas and coffees.
* Attending meetings and passing on information.
* Producing posters and publicity for our events.
* Sending in donations such as raffle prizes, board games etc.
* Bringing friends and family to events.
* Volunteering to organise an event / fundraiser (see list of suggestions).
* Suggest ideas for fundraising events.
If you fancy helping or want to find out more, please speak to any of the people on the list of contacts or send an email to Emma or Jo at firstname.lastname@example.org
Mother's Day Coffee Morning
Friday 24th March
Look out for more details in the newsletter.
We meet together approximately once or twice a term, on a mid-week evening, usually from 7pm in the staffroom at school. Everyone is welcome to come along and here are details of our next meeting:
Thursday 4th May 7pm in the staffroom
We are keen to hear from you with any comments, suggestions and ideas. If you would like to find out more about what we do or get involved in FABB, then please either come along to one of our meetings or get in touch with our Chairperson (Emma Potter) via our email address: email@example.com
It’s a great way to be part of school life!
Each year, through your support and generosity we have been able to raise thousands of pounds. These funds have been used to purchase items which benefit the children.
Last academic year (2015 -2016) a total of just over £6,500 was raised. We were able to spend some of that on book bags, ties, balance bikes, figurines, arts and crafts materials, SATs breakfasts and prizes. The rest of the funds (together with additional funds raised during this current year) are being allocated to our latest big project: Installing a Scrapstore Playpod on the KS2 playground. Here is a link to the website for more info of what this could provide for our children: http://www.playpods.co.uk/
We will continue to try to tap into the funding that is available to community charities from various organisations. As well as the KS2 playground, the school have identified other areas for development . Watch this space for updates on these ideas!
More opportunities to help raise funds
Do you shop online? Did you know that every time you shop you could be raising money for the school? Shop with any of over 3000 well-known retailers listed on easyfundraising.org.uk and a percentage of what you spend is passed to FABB. Retailers include Amazon, M&S, Vodafone, eBay, Tesco, Boden, Waitrose, House of Fraser Viking and many more. It’s like nectar but instead of earning points, each purchase generates a donation. So, instead of going directly to a retailers website, go to easyfundraising first and choose the retailer you want to shop with then everything you spend with that retailer earns a free donation for FABB. It’s free to use and your shopping won’t cost you a penny more. On average, each retailer will donate 5% of the cost of your shopping and those donations soon mount up. Please register to support us when you shop online!
The school collects supermarket vouchers, such as those from Sainsburys Active Kids, Tesco Schools and Clubs and Morrisons Lets Grow. These are used to buy new equipment for the school.
The Core Team. Please speak to any of us if you are interested in being involved in what we do.
Emma - Chairperson
I first got involved with FABB when my daughter started in Reception (she is now at Penair). Over the years I have been secretary and then fundraiser during my son’s first year here. I enjoy being able to support the school and make a difference for the children. I look forward to continuing that in my role as FABB Chairperson.
Jo - Secretary
I have two boys at Archbishop Benson, one in year two and the other in year four. I have been involved in primary education, as a teacher, teacher-trainer and head since 1998. Since leaving full-time teaching, I wanted to be involved with FABB to support the school and raise funds that will benefit my own and other children as well as meeting and get to know other parents.
James - Treasurer
I am a self-employed Accountant and provide my services as Treasurer for FABB. I find it rewarding to contribute towards opportunities for my son and the school community.
Adele – Vice Chair
I got involved with FABB when my daughter first started reception, so that I could take an active part in her time at the school, she is now in Year 5. I enjoy being part of FABB & the support they give the children and school.
RR – Hannah Crewdson
RP – Sam Willsher
1K – Sarah Mc Gill
1W - Laura Longworth Riggs
2L - Claire Hay
2PG – Sarah Hills and Emma Johnson
3W – Caireen Anderson
3SP – Alex Copeland
4MT – Sarah Wheston
4T – Amanda Colwill
5C - Karen Robilliard
5T – Jo Olds
6J – Becky Dawes
6FT – Jessica Allen-Lucas
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