Parents, Teachers and Friends Association
Find us on Facebook: Saint Gregory’s Bath PTFA or
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Did you know that in 2019 PTFAs across the UK raised an amazing £121 million for their school communities and gave 3.38 million hours of their time? You’d almost be forgiven for forgetting Saint Gregory’s has a PTFA as we have been rather quiet recently as Covid-19 simply hasn’t allowed us to operate as usual. Although inspite of everything this last 12 months has thrown at us we have managed to hold our first pop-up uniform sale and produce the inaugural Saint Gregory’s cookbook!
However, with things beginning to open up and restrictions being slowly lifted we are turning our thoughts to future projects and are very pleased to announce that we will shortly be holding our AGM (via Zoom) in order to revitalise the PTFA and discuss some new school fundraising projects as well as how to allocate the funds that we currently have school projects.
Remember, you are valued member of the PTFA the moment your child starts to attend Saint Gregory’s. The PTFA benefits everyone involved in the school and you can be involved with us as little or as much as you wish. ANY level of support is welcomed, even if it’s only one event. Whether you are new to the school or have been with us a while, the PTFA are always looking for parents to support and contribute to the fund raising efforts of the school’s charity registered PTFA.
Watch out for announcements coming up in the school newsletter and the Facebook page. It is proven that children do better at school with parents and carers by their side and the PTFA meetings are an amazing source of information and support for you too. Taking part in your child’s school life and supporting their learning and their school shows it’s important to you and that makes a big difference to them.
Email us on email@example.com if you would like to be an active member of the PTFA or join us on the Facebook page and keep an eye on what we have planned for the future.
THURSDAY 1 JULY: POP-UP PRE LOVED SCHOOL UNIFORM SHOP!
We raised over £700 last month at our very first sale so thank you all for your support and especially to Sarah for organising and co-ordinating everything. We are pleased to announce the second Saint Greg’s pop-up uniform shop on Thursday 1 July!
Times will be allocated for new parents/carers joining St Gregory’s (during their Transition Evening) as well as existing parents and carers so please SAVE THE DATE!
Pre-booking will be necessary and we will be allocating time slots to allow for social distancing. We are using the parents’ evening booking system to book slots so please access it here after half term to book your place:
Please remember that if you have school uniforms to donate to the sale, you can send the washed and ironed clothes into school with your children and there is a container in reception where they can drop them. All proceeds from the sale will be going back into the school and will be allocated towards upcoming projects. We will post a price list next week once all the uniform is sorted. Look forward to seeing you there!
Saint Gregory’s PTFA
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Over 4,300 shops and sites will donate to St Gregory’s PTFA Bath for FREE when you use easyfundraising to shop with them. This means you can raise donations for us when you buy anything from decorations and festive food shopping to gifts like toys, jewellery, tech, experiences and more!
These donations really help us and all you have to do is use easyfundraising when you’re ordering the things you’ll be buying anyway.
This year, we have raised almost £400 so please help us to continue to build on this and raise money without any significant effort and through everyday spending. It costs nothing, takes very little effort and generates FREE money for us!
Click HERE to register or for more information.
If you have Facebook please think about seeking out our page, Saint Gregory’s Bath PTFA, and following us to keep up to date on this, and other initiatives that we are involved with.
2019 PTFA & Performing Arts Fundraiser: ‘Through the Decades’
Thank you to everyone who performed, supported, coached, directed, choreographed, attended, donated items, bought items, laughed, cried and helped us to celebrate our 40th anniversary on Friday night in amazing style. We couldn’t be prouder of the talent and dedication of everyone involved, as the photos below show.
Upcoming PTFA Events:
Quiz Night – date TBC
Year 7 Welcome Event – date TBC
Lower School Disco – date TBC
It’s bold to state that the Saint Gregory’s Parent Teacher and Friends Association is about hopes and aspirations as well as cakes and coffee mornings. But it is. It’s about the investment of a small amount of time, expertise or money meaning the whole community can reap the dividends. We have ambitious plans for the future and we genuinely believe that a strong parent support body is the best possible way for St Gregory’s to support your child’s education.
How we support Saint Gregory’s…
Projects that the PTFA have supported in the past include:
- Contribution to the construction of the sixth form, Gateway Building
- The purchase of five indoor table tennis tables
- Prize-giving rewards for students
- Contribution towards the purchase of all-weather table tennis tables
In 2019, the PTFA committee, in consultation with students, staff and senior leaders have committed to supporting:
- Sponsored the End of Year Rewards Day
- A donation to the Prom Committee to pay for a magician and balloon arch at their prom
- A new lighting desk for the Performing Arts team
- New chef’s shirts for the Food Technology students
- Specialist computers for the SEND faculty
All of these donations contribute enormously to supporting the teaching and learning at St Gregory’s, enriching the curriculum and our children’s great experiences of school and we want to have the funds to create more and more of them!
How you can help…
We would love you to be involved in your PTFA in any way you can and know that support comes in all sorts of shapes and sizes. Here are just a few ideas of what you can do, right now, to activate your membership:
Join in any of our PTFA meetings
We hold our meetings once a term, generally on a Tuesday evening, from 6-7pm to discuss forthcoming events at the school and how we can support, share ideas for fundraising or simply to welcome new parents/carers! Everyone is welcome, all we ask is that you let us know if you intend to join us so that we can make sure we have enough cups, saucers or wine glasses to go around!
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help!
Sign up to Easy Fundraising
Every time you spend money online through one of their partners (Sainsbury’s, Tesco, John Lewis, Booking.com, M&S etc.) they donate a small amount to your chosen charity. It’s basically FREE MONEY! If you normally shop in Sainsbury’s or Tesco for your weekly food, why not consider going online to order? You get your groceries delivered to your door and could raise up to 50p per order – that’s a whopping £26 per year! Consider if only half of our families did this and that would amount to £7,800 per year. If every family committed to it, we’d raise £15,600 for FREE!
Find out more by searching St Gregory’s PTFA Bath at: https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/stgregptfabath/
Donate your time
We are always on the look-out for willing volunteers or a helping pair of hands to help out at fundraising events. It’s not all tea, coffee, cake and wine! Sometimes it’s about sharing your journey with new families, welcoming prospective parents and carers to our community or simply offering your skills as a professional so that we and the school can benefit from your knowledge and expertise. Email us at email@example.com for more information or just to let us know you’re interested!
Donate your money
We understand that, for some parents and carers, they would rather give a one-off donation or monthly donation to the PTFA. We are working towards a new scheme to facilitate donations easily and effectively, also allowing us to claim Gift Aid on your donations and we hope this will be launched soon. If you’re interested in supporting through a regular donation, please get in touch via email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We’re keen to develop mutually beneficial partnerships with local businesses and would love to hear from you if you own a business or if you work for a company that provides support to local charities. This could be in the form of:
TIME – some companies offer charitable schemes donating their employees for projects;
FINANCIAL – some companies will donate for specific projects to enhance school communities or facilities;
GOODS & SERVICES – many businesses will donate to raffles and auctions helping us to raise funds through events.
If you are a business, or you know of a business that may help, please get in touch. We would love to fill this newsletter with the St Gregory’s PTFA official sponsors’ logos and thank them publicly for their support of our school.
This year, despite everything, the PTFA have managed to hold our first ever pop-up uniform shop and produce the wonderful St Greg’s Cookbook! With things beginning to slowly open up, we now turn our thoughts to moving forwards – who is with us?!
A huge thank you to everyone who supported our Pop Up Uniform Shop on Saturday and special thanks to Sarah for organising and setting everything up.
At 9am on Saturday 27th March the PTFA will be opening the inaugural Saint Greg’s pop-up uniform shop!