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.

What do 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.

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).

What is the money used for?

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 I get involved?

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.

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.