Parents, Friends & Staff Association
About the PFSA
The PFSA represents our community of parents, friends and staff at St Joseph’s and together we’re committed to raising funds that benefit both the school and its pupils. The money raised provides additional funding for all the extra resources and equipment the school needs, where allocated budgets simply can’t stretch.
We’re very proud of our fundraising achievements over the years and our ability to create fun, exciting events and activities for all to enjoy.
Being part of the PFSA is a great way to be actively involved in your child’s school and meet many other parents too.
The PFSA team for 2018/19 is headed up by Co-Chairs, Claire Lytle, Jo Kent and Philip Warren.
What we do
We raise money through events, social gatherings and creative initiatives for the school. The main events include our wonderful Christmas Market, the popular Glow Party and the famous Summer Fair which all raise huge funds for the school. We also organise smaller events throughout the year such as film nights, discos and craft clubs which are always a hit with the children.
We’re always looking for new fundraising initiatives so if you have any ideas you would like to share, please do get in touch. You can email us, come along to one of our meetings (dates are announced in the Head teacher’s newsletter) or just chat to one of our committee members or your class rep in the playground and they can pass on your ideas to the team.
As a parent of a child at the school you are already a member! However, if you would like to play a more active role, we openly welcome new members to the committee or you can pop along to one of our PFSA meetings.
Our events wouldn’t happen without the incredible support of volunteers. Whether you have a specific skill you can bring to the team such as marketing, graphic design, admin or sales; can offer your time for gardening, painting or manual labour; or simply want to get involved at the events with set up and breakdown or manning a stall, there are many ways you can get involved. No matter how big or small your contribution may be, we’re very grateful for any help you can provide.
The PFSA meetings take place throughout the year (usually in school).We discuss upcoming events and how the money raised should be spent. We’re always in need of more parents to get involved so the PFSA can keep up the great work that it has done so far – so please do come along. (See the Headteacher’s newsletter for the dates of the next meeting).
While some events raise more funds than others, all make a valuable contribution to the PFSA kitty. Our Glow Party, Christmas Market and Summer Fair are hugely popular so they bring in lots of money – the Christmas Market in 2017 alone raised over £8,000! But all the other smaller events add up too. Last year we raised almost £25,000 in total which is a fantastic achievement. At the meetings we decide how to spend what we’ve raised – we liaise with Mr Calnan who provides us with his and the teachers’ ‘wish list’ but we also listen to what parents feel the school needs too. If you have any suggestions about how you would like to see the money spent, please do feel free to share these either with the PFSA team or join us at the next PFSA meeting.
How the money gets spent
The PFSA works hard to ensure that the money raised at our events is spent wisely and benefits the children. In previous years funds have been spent on redeveloping the infant playground, as well as providing iPads in the classrooms and much needed additional reading books.
For 2018/19, money raised by the PFSA is being spent on:
- Redevelopment of the Reception Play Area: this has now been given the final sign off and work is due to commence soon. We have allocated £20,000 to creating an amazing new play area for the Reception children.
- New school sports kits for all the sports teams. It makes the team members feel very proud and gives them a real sense of team spirit!
- Following parent feedback and the hottest summer on record, we’re aiming to raise sufficient funds this year to install effective shading areas in the school playgrounds, among other projects.
- We will also be re-fitting the entrance area of the school with new furniture.
Keeping you Informed
All of our events and meetings are advertised regularly in the newsletter. We also put up posters for the bigger events around the school and schedule frequent Facebook posts.
We openly welcome any thoughts, suggestions and ideas you have. Please contact us at any time should you have anything you would like to share.
To get in touch, email Claire Lytle at email@example.com.