Parent Teacher Association (PTA)
Making a difference through fundraising for our school.
Beauclerc PTA has the aim of providing the school and children with many of the essentials and extras that would otherwise not be available from the annual school budget.
All parents and carers with children at Beauclerc are automatically members of the PTA, which is also a registered charity. Our function is mainly fundraising, but at Beauclerc we believe that it is also important to nurture and entertain our children through arranging social and fun events.
The PTA can only successfully run with the voluntary help of parents and carers alike.
How can I support the PTA?
You can support us in lots of different ways, such as:
- Get to know your PTA by coming along to our meetings (see 'When do you meet' below)
- Raise money from online shopping using Amazon Smile
- Give a small amount, regularly, via our online platform and Gift Aid it
- Use easyfundraising to raise free donations when shopping online. Ask anyone you know with a business to sign up to raise donations on bulk business purchases such as stationery and other office essentials, travel and accommodation. Don’t forget to reach out to family, friends and colleagues and ask them to get onboard too.
- Join our school lottery for a chance to win £25,000 each week!
- Keep an eye on your class WhatsApp groups (where news and information about events and activities are shared) and partake in and/or help run the events and activities, like our cake sales, movie nights or fairs (see 'What events and activities do you run' below)
- Pop anonymous feedback or suggestions into the PTA box in the office foyer
- Donate raffle or tombola prizes when requested, e.g. for the Christmas fair
- Provide support to the PTA if you have specific skills or talents (in fundraising or social media management, for example) - see 'How can I help out on the PTA' below
- Ask your employer if they take part in matched giving (some employers do this to increase engagement by matching the funds employees raise through charitable activities to support the causes close to their hearts)
- Donate outgrown second hand uniform and buy items on our Uniformerly platform page
- Shop at RockSaltPrints – this local business is offering friends and family of Beauclerc 15% off purchases, with an extra 5% donation made to the school on top (if you run a business and would like to support the school by arranging something similar, we would be delighted to hear from you).
How much do you raise?
Every academic year we try and raise £10,000.
Overall, fundraising projects in 2020/21 generated income of £7,422.72. (Imagine what we could have achieved if it had been a normal, non-Covid year!) After expenses and our promised expenditure, we are in a deficit position for the year, however as we have very healthy reserves, we have an overall balance of £7,488.36 in the coffers!
For more information about the events we ran and the money we raised in 2020/21, see the 2020/21 chair and treasurer report (see 'Documents' section below).
Not captured in the 2020/21 accounts is the fact that we applied for and were selected for a Tesco community grant of up to £1,500. The amount we win from this will be captured in the 2021/22 accounts.
We have also not captured the value of the new kitchen, complete with granite worktops, that we managed to arrange for the staffroom over the 2021 summer holiday, as a token of our gratitude to the staff of the school, who had a very tough year but have done an amazing job. This is worth at least four figures - although due to our charm and perseverance, cost the PTA nothing at all!
2021/22 fundraising – at a glance
* Approx amount after expenses - as at January 2022.
How is the money spent?
We always try to respond when asked to help the school.
Here are some of the major items funded by the PTA over the last few years:
Each class are also given their own pots of money to spend on resources that their teachers think will enhance their learning. For example, in the past, the PTA has helped fund long-sleeved aprons for the mud kitchen, puppet making resources, and different fruit and vegetables for the children to try.
We also provide those 'little extras' that make school memorable, such as Easter eggs, gifts for the leavers each year and new joiners book bags!! We have recently donated to the school’s Fun Day for the end of term, where the children participated in a Circus Skills workshop!
It is important that we are flexible and are able to react to arising circumstances, so occasionally, there will be adhoc spends from the central pot. For example, as a Christmas treat for the children for Christmas 2020, and in lieu of the Christmas cheer of the normal fair, we funded a party in a box for each class, with treats, games, crafts, balloons, music and other fun stuff!
Recent laptop campaign
The benefits of having a strong IT resource in schools are clear. Fundamentally, IT is a central tool that supports teachers and learning at all stages of education and across all areas of the curriculum.
As such, we have helped the school to buy 30 new Chromebook laptops & licences - these should be in place by early 2022.
This should make a real difference to our children's educational experience. We hope the children have a wonderful time exploring, creating, discovering and learning on these new laptops!
We are discussing with the school what is next on their 'wish list' and will provide an update soon!
Who are the PTA committee and contacts?
If you would like to get in touch to raise any issues or ask any questions, please contact us.
The current Committee are:
- Our Chair is Kelly McMulkin who is the mum of two (with her youngest at Beauclerc), runs a vintage clothing business and loves cooking!
- Our Secretary is Meredith McCammond who has Henry in Whale class and rescues people from tax nightmares as well as battery chickens.
- Our Treasurer is Vanessa Collins Nahar who is the mum of two (with her youngest at Beauclerc) and is a solicitor in a local law firm.
- Our Lead Class Rep is Kirsty Scott who has a son in Whale class and a daughter in Dragonflies.
- Our Teacher Rep is Mrs Brown who you can see here.
'I am Dragonflies Class teacher as well as the Early Years Lead across both Beauclerc and Chennestone school. I have worked in Beauclerc and Chennestone for 15 years.... My youngest daughter is now in Year 3 at Chennestone after having a fantastic 3 years at Beauclerc. I would like to thank you all in advance for all the support you can give the PTA, it is greatly appreciated by all the families, children and staff at Beauclerc Infant and Nursery School.'
More people are needed to run a successful and profitable PTA than just the core committee and we are always looking for lots of lovely, kind helpers. The more people become involved, the more we can achieve and the easier things are!
We try and meet roughly every half term, either by zoom or in person in a local venue. Please check the PTA newsletter for the next PTA meeting date or check the latest minutes (at the bottom of this page) or on the notice board near the school foyer. The meetings are very informal and there’s no obligation to commit to anything.
As well as these regular meetings, we have the AGM (annual general meeting) where we discuss how we did last year and agree on committee posts for the forthcoming year.
Every September, a new parents’ evening gives new parents a chance to come and meet other new parents and find out about the PTA.
In the past the PTA has run events and activities including the following:
- Grounds development days
- Guy Fawkes sponsored games
- Christmas Bazaar
- Christmas family disco
- After school cake sales
- After school film nights
- Race night
- Easter parties
- Sponsored fun run
- Summer Fair
- Family Summer BBQ
- Mothers Day shop
Whilst the PTA couldn’t run any ‘big ticket’ events or activities in 2020/21 due to Covid, we did manage to run Doughnut sales, Mothers and Father’s Day treat box sales, a Summer Tombola, a Christmas shop, mufti days, etc. On top of these, we have raised additional money through our new online platform and Amazon Smile.
Our plans for 2021/22 are fluid given the current situation, however we ran an icepop sale, a 'Break the rules' day and a Pumpkin carving competition in Autumn and lots of Christmas activities, including a donut sale, Christmas tea towels, a Tombola, a Christmas shop and a Children's Christmas Fair, (complete with Santa and a snow machine!) in lieu of a normal Christmas Fair which was cancelled at the last minute!
Keep up to date on what’s going on, via our class reps and/or look out for emails and posters.
While the committee is responsible for the day to day running of the PTA, it would not be able to function without the help of parents who are not on the committee but provide their time and skills to help out on individual events.
If you decide not to join the committee, you can still attend meetings and share fundraising ideas or input on spending decisions. If you cannot attend meetings then you can volunteer your time to help out at any event.
- It is a great way to get to know other parents
- It gives you a voice in how the school operates
- You get to learn more about the inner workings of your child’s school
- It makes you an excellent role model for your children
- It helps build a community
- It makes your child’s school even more brilliant!
Need we go on!