The Events that the PFA have planned for the year.We have lots of exciting fundraising events taking place over the Spring and Summer terms to help reach our £15,000 target for the year!
There will be more details to follow on all these events, but in the meantime please put them in your diary and do let us know if you are able to help out in any way you can – we always need more help to allow these fun events to go ahead and to make sure everything runs smoothly on the day.
A big thank you to everyone who supported our Christmas Fair – we raised a whopping £3,650 from the fair, and, together with the many other Christmas fundraising initiatives – Secret Room, Christmas Crèche, discos, pantomime and bags/tea towels, we raised a grand total of £5,660 during December, so we are already well on our way to reaching our target!
The money we raise goes directly back into the school, to enhance the learning environment and provide additional resources for each and every pupil. With the current funding shortfall in schools across West Sussex our additional support is more important than ever, and this year we plan to fund a number of curricular activities and special workshops as well as enhancing outdoor learning initiatives.
We wouldn’t be able to do this without your help and support, so thank you for attending and contributing to all our fundraising activities. Here’s a list of what we have planned so far…
Friday 3rd February – Quiz Night
Come along to test your knowledge, have some fun and raise money for the school.
Friday 17th March to Friday 31st March – Easter Colouring Competition
Enter this fun competition for your chance to win an Easter egg!
Friday 24th March – Mother’s Day tea and cakes
More details to follow
Monday 27th March – Curry Night at Tarana, Lingfield
More details to follow
Friday 7th April to Friday 28th April – Easter Smarties Challenge
Each child will be given a full tube of Smarties on the last day of term. Empty tubes can then be filled with 20p coins, which can either be donated or ‘earned’ during the Easter Holidays, and then brought into school. Prizes will be awarded to the pupil and class with the most money raised.
Saturday 6th May – Family Bingo Evening
A fun event for all the family. There’ll be cash prizes for adults and other prizes for children.
Friday 12th May – Bag2School Collection
Bag2School collects good quality second-hand adults’ and children’s clothing, shoes, hats, scarves, bags, belts and soft toys. All items collected are for re-use. Each child will be coming home with a bag to fill with any of the items mentioned and we will be paid £400 per tonne. The bags
need to be dropped off at school before 9am on Friday 12th May.
In return for bringing in a bag children may wear their own clothes for the day
Week beginning 18th May – Penny Mile Challenge
Start saving your pennies now – more details to follow soon!
Saturday 24th June – Summer Fair
Tuesday 18th July – EYFS/KS1 End of Term Entertainer
Thursday 20th July – KS2 End of Term Discos
AED update – Last year, we were asked by the school to help raise money to purchase an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) for the school. AEDs are portable devices used to treat sudden cardiac arrest (which can occur in adults and in children) and the school would like to mount one on the wall outside the building so that it can also be accessed outside of school hours by local residents or those using the Community Room. We are delighted to announce that we have now raised enough funds and will shortly be purchasing the AED. In addition to PFA fundraising, we received donations from the East Grinstead Lions Club (£600), Garnham H Bewley (£100) and parents and friends of the school via our justgiving page – including one very generous donation of £900. Thank you!
Second-hand uniform – The PFA has a selection of second-hand uniform available to buy, priced from 50p to £1. All items are freshly washed! To check stock or to buy, please contact Lisa Boland on 07549 940887 or contact us via the PFA Facebook page. We also hold regular sales after school and at our Summer Fair, so look out for us there. If you would like to donate any old uniform (sweatshirts, cardigans, trousers, shorts, dresses, skirts, pe kit, coats) then please drop it off at the school office marked for the attention of Lisa Boland, thank you.
Easyfundraising.org.uk – Do you shop online? Next time you do please save easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/estcotsprimaryschool as a ‘Favourite’ and then use the site before shopping. There are links to more than 2,000 retailers and each one will donate a percentage of your shop to the school. For example, Amazon will donate 1.5%. It doesn’t cost anything and is an easy way to raise money for the school.
Next meeting – Our next PFA meeting will be on Tuesday 7th February at 7.30pm at the Old Dunnings Mill pub. Please do come along for this informal meeting, where we’ll be discussing forthcoming events and planning the Summer Fair. We would love to have your input, suggestions and support, and there will be no pressure to join the PFA. Look forward to seeing you there!
The PFA Team
Facebook – ‘Estcots Parents and Friends Association’