Harvey Road School’s Parent Teacher Association (PTA) is a brilliant and highly successful group who not only support the school through fund raising but also have a huge amount of fun at the same time.
As a registered charity, the money raised by the PTA goes towards supporting the many different fantastic experiences that children have. These have included IT resources and devices, playground equipment, famous visitors such as authors and illustrators and themed weeks that develop a broader range of curriculum activities.
There are many events that occur throughout the year and parents can help out or get involved in many different ways. This could range from spending a little time setting up a stall at one event to helping plan one, or to man a stall or produce posters. Every little helps! As a parent of a child at the school, you will automatically become a member of our PTA. If you want to help, we have a job for you!
Our PTA is made up of 2 Coordinators: Wendy Iveson and Anne Haynes who are supported by the Committee – Kathryn Boi, Angela Parker, Rachel Martin, Shelley Schweiger, Sophie Coates and Mark Glover.
Alongside the Committee each class has a minimum of 2 class representatives. They take on roles such as organising a rota for our main events and, if they feel happy to do so, run a small event e.g. a movie afternoon.
So if you would like to become a class rep or join the Committee, please let us know. All are welcome!
Each year we have a mixture of events. Our main events are the Christmas Fair and the Summer Fair. We also run a Halloween Disco, movie afternoons, dress down days, cake sales, quiz night, camp night and much more!
How You Can Help
New ideas – we are always open to fresh ideas for events, so please do feel free to come along to our meetings or speak to one of us in the playground should inspiration strike!
Sponsorship – we try to get our events sponsored. This is an ongoing task throughout the year. If anyone knows a company or business who would be interested in providing sponsorship then please do point them in our direction.
Raffle Prizes/Silent Auction – again this is an ongoing task throughout the year. Any donations for our Christmas and Summer raffle and silent auctions are much appreciated.
Matched Funding – matched giving/funding is a simple way of maximising your fundraising efforts for the School. It is an arrangement between a company and its employee. Many companies will pledge a sum of money relating to the amount their employee has raised for, or donated to, the charity of their choice. Some will match £ for £, others may match with time, others a combination of both. It could be they will offer a service such as the opportunity to print posters, programmes, newsletters etc. It would be wonderful if all parents could ask their employer if they operate a matched giving/funding scheme. If the answer is yes, please let the PTA know!
Thank you for taking the time to read more about the PTA. We look forward to the continued support from all parents at our future events.
The PTA have funded 10 additional Chromebooks. This means the school now have a full suite of Chrome books so every child in class has the opportunity to use them at the same time.
DRAMA & ENGLISH
Children from reception up to year 6 experienced taking part in a Shakespeare Explorer: Drama workshop run by West-end Schools. KS1 – Mid summer Nights Dream and KS2 MacBeth.
The author Joshua Seigel met with children from reception to year 6 during world book week. The children had a wonderful time meeting him and learning more about poetry. Joshua was very kind to leave a number of signed copies of his latest book to add to the school library collection.
The PTA funded new books for the library and class reading corners across the school. Books with an eco-theme, different role models/characters from different cultures and countries in addition to Black History month, the Jigsaw curriculum etc which reflects the work in school.
Electric Umbrella are a charity that create amazing live music experiences with learning disabled people. Their 45 minute performance to the school challenged both the children and staff to think differently about learning disabled people, and how we can celebrate difference and build a world that is more inclusive. This event was a lively and fun-filled session for everyone.
The PTA purchased 15 new Glockenspiels so a whole class can now enjoy playing music at the same time without having to share!
The reception class received a listening station to enable them to listen to audi-books through one of six rechargeable headsets, giving them a unique story-time experience.
We donated 50% of the cost for the replacement of the swimming pool changing rooms.
We are currently working towards being a more environmentally friendly PTA. In doing so, we have moved away from book bag flyers and use other forms of communication such as the school newsletter, WhatsApp class groups and our private Facebook Group. In addition, we have purchased re-useable plastic glassware which can be used for all our events removing the need for single use plastic cups.