Friends of Cross In Hand School
Your PTA needs you
All parents, carers and members of the school community are invited to be active members of our PTA or, as we call it, Friends of Cross in Hand school. If you can donate some time no matter how big or small to help promote, run or organise our fundraising events then do contact us! We welcome any help from parents, teachers and friends, and have a growing list of volunteers who commit some of their time to helping the association. Every little helps, so just one hour of assisting at event or wrapping lucky dip prizes or folding raffle tickets (just a few examples) would be invaluable. If you would like to join us please speak to a committee member, come along to our next meeting or email us – firstname.lastname@example.org.
Who are we?
Coming Up - November & December Events
Friday 18th November:
Stall at Heathfield Christmas Lighting Event
Friday 25th November:
Pizza and Cookie Kits
Thursday 01st December
Christmas Film Night
Friday 02nd December:
Friday 09th December:
Christmas FUNderland Experience
Monday 12th and Tuesday 13th December:
Breakfast with Santa
Wednesday 14th December:
Christmas Dinner and Jumper Day
What we do?
We organise a number of events and activities throughout the school year, ranging from the Christmas bazaar and the summer fete, to smaller events like the school discos, film nights, quiz and Easter hat competition.
The main aim of Friends events is to raise extra money for the school. However, we also make a valuable contribution to the social life of the school community by providing children, parents, carers and teachers with the opportunity to have fun together while raising money for the school. Joining the Friends is a great way to meet other parents/carers and to get involved.
How we communicate?
3) Facebook Page
How we raise money
In the main, money raised pays for extras not provided by the school budget that make our children’s learning experiences as fulfilling and exciting as possible. Mrs Massheder has a shopping list of items that the school would like to purchase. Sometimes this will be as a result of the children asking for something and at other times it will be for resources to improve a particular area of the curriculum or school environment. Some of the funds go towards the cost of running and maintaining the swimming pool, a major asset to the school.
Can you help support the PTA?
The answer is: 'Yes, please!'
We are always looking for new members, new ideas and new helpers. If you would like to get involved in planning events and making decisions about the best use of money raised, you can do so by joining the committee, or simply by attending the committee meetings.
If you are not able to attend the meetings, you can still make a big difference. The Friends committee needs the help and support of as many parents as possible at the events they organise. Offering to help before events, at events or at other times during the year is so valuable – it really is a case of many hands make light work. There are always small jobs that can be done at home if you have half an hour spare e.g. wrapping gifts, preparing raffle tickets etc.
Want to find out more?
If you would like to support your PTA in any way at all, please contact us! You can get in touch with us by emailing Friends of Cross in Hand or by leaving your contact details at the school office.
Annual General Meeting (AGM):
The Friends committee, which is elected at the AGM in early October, holds one or two meetings a term in order to plan the year's events and to discuss how best to spend the money raised. You do not have to be a committee member to attend these meetings. All parents, carers and teachers are welcome to attend. Everyone will receive regular Friends newsletters and flyers about forthcoming events via email (or your child’s book bag if you have not yet signed up to receive school emails).
How we spend the money raised?
The Friends committee are responsible for deciding how our funds are spent. Usually the School Leadership Team provide a ‘wish list’ of items that the school would like us to consider funding. We also invite input from parents too, so if you have an idea of something that would benefit all the students in the school, please do share it with the Committee. We can discuss it at a meeting and feedback.
Funds are typically spent on the ‘extras’ that are not provided by the school’s budget, thus making our children’s learning experiences so much more fulfilling and exciting. Funds are not generally spent on improving the fabric of the school building, as this is the responsibility of the school. Our Constitution commits the association to spending money on things that will benefit the children directly. Some of the items we have donated to the school include replacing the swimming pool cover, new playground markings and funding a whole school pantomime.