Welcome to our Parents and Friends Association
Dear Parents and Carers,
PaFA would like to extend a warm welcome to you and your child to Christ Church C of E Primary School, Shooters Hill. This is the first step in becoming part of a school community which has an active Parents and Friends Association (“PaFA”) that works closely with the school to achieve the best for all our children.
PaFA is the structure through which parents and carers in the school can work together for the best possible education for their children. PaFA achieves this through raising funds for projects highlighted by the school in close partnership with the Headteacher and Governors and building a community which supports education by helping with extracurricular activities and other events.
Educational research on the involvement of parents in schools shows that children achieve higher levels when parents and teachers work together.
Your involvement is so so important as we have been facing a huge fall in funding in recent years. There is a huge amount of strain on budgets that are at breaking point which means that schools have less money to spend on educational provision. In previous years we had a surplus but this has been eaten away over the last 5 years to the point where we struggle, especially as a one form entry school, to make ends meet.
The funds that PaFA deliver are absolutely critical to the school and enable us to deliver much needed resources that positively impact the teaching and learning of every child and enhance the quality of the provision.
In recent years, PaFA has delivered an average of £7,500 per year generated from a huge variety of events that have included:
A Fun Run and Fun Day
A Summer and Christmas Fayre
Annual Hever Triathlons
A London to Paris Bike Ride
PaFA’s Recent Achievements
These valuable and much needed contributions have enabled the school to invest in the following areas:
- Helping to revamp and resource the reception playground
- Helping to resurface and improve the MUGA
- Furnishing the hall with dining tables and benches
- Staging for School productions
- Blinds for the School Hall
- PA equipment
- Music trolley and equipment
- Purchasing gym equipment enabling high quality provision for PE lessons and gym club
- Sports equipment
- Purchasing of iPads for the school which are used in all lessons and year groups
- Purchasing of equipment for food technology area
- Art equipment
- SEN equipment
- A large donation to helped purchase the school mini bus
- Red Teds to encourage reading for pleasure
In addition, PaFA funds specific ongoing activities like supporting school trips, the Year 6 Leavers Jumpers and the Year 6 Leavers Service as well as Harvest donations for the local Women’s Refuge.
You automatically become a member of PaFA when your child joins the school.
The PaFA Committee and Class Reps are elected annually at the beginning of each academic year during the AGM. We encourage all parents to attend as we always need fresh ideas and many hands make light work and enable us to do more fundraising for the school. You are welcome to nominate yourself for any Committee or Class Rep position, at any time.
How you can help
Preparing for and/or helping at events as well as the much-needed clean up afterwards.
Either by attending, offering gifts as prizes or even providing a service that we may have to pay for ourselves.
Many many schools generate a huge amount of revenue from funding applications. As a small school we don’t have the resource to be able to source and apply for as many of these great schemes as we'd like or as we need. If you have the time, energy and appetite, we’d love you to join our Funding Team to help support the Head, our School Business Manager and our Chair of Governors with Funding applications. This could be an incredible source of income for us.
Coming up with ideas.
We’d love to hear any ideas you have for great events you have experienced. We’re totally open; every penny benefits the children in our school.
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Every penny you spend, contributes to the school’s fundraising. Details are on our website.
We do need working capital and a kick start to our fund raising for each academic year and ask each family to voluntarily provide £10 (as a one-off payment in Reception) to assist us with this. We also ask if you could complete a gift aid form so that we can claim the tax paid on the donation which allows us to boost our income significantly.
Matched funding or company matched giving schemes are ways of asking companies to support PaFA. Matched giving is a very simple concept. Companies pledge to donate to an organisation a sum relating to the amount an employee donates to or raises money for. Many large companies take up this practice as it has a number of benefits to the company so please do enquire and see if your employer is an organisation who offers this.
All information about Class Reps and The Committee is on the School PaFA website page.
However, if you have any immediate questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us on email@example.com.
With warm regards
Carly Woodall and Laura Brown
* PaFA is a Registered Charity. We are a registered charity as it is a legal requirement. Any charity raising more than £1,000 per year is required to be registered.