Eastern Green Junior School's PTA plays a very active role in supporting the community of EGJS through its on going organisation of fundraising events and other activities.
Who are we?
The Parents Teachers Association (PTA) is just that - a committee of staff and parents working together for the good of the school. The PTA is a bridge between the school and parents and draws them together in a common goal – making EGJS the best it can be.
The majority of the PTA’s work focuses on fundraising but linked into this is a social aspect – with fun days, fetes and fairs. The children, parents and teachers enjoy the social aspects of school life and also feel part of the wider community of Eastern Green.
The PTA has a core committee – a team of dedicated organisers who set all the wheels in motion for the main fundraising events and extra-curricular activities provided by the PTA. The Committee meet on a regular basis (once a term) – anyone is able to join and new members are always welcome.
What do we do?
Most of the events we run are for fund-raising purposes and most of our funds are raised through the events we run. Our Christmas Fayre is a very popular date on the school calendar, with the tombola's, water or wine, chocolate fountain, Year 6 games and many other stalls to visit. It’s a wonderful occasion for families to socialise whilst giving something back to the school. The PTA are always delighted with any parental help they can get, so even if you’re only able to man a stall for half an hour, your efforts will still be very much appreciated.
The school discos and film clubs are always a huge hit with the children and you’re welcome to come along and help out there too. Throughout the year we have other events or activities, if there are any fundraisers out there, bursting with fresh ideas, we’d love to hear them.
All funds we raise go straight back to the children. Currently (2017-18), we donate £15 to the school per child to subsidise school trips for each child during the academic year. In the past we have organised a PTA fun day for the whole school (see the photos below).
This year we are continuing with a free event per year group, with this in mind in
September we held a Roald Dahl evening for year 4.
"We had three activities and in our groups we moved between the different tasks. One activity was to make a dream catcher based on the BFG. We watched the ‘Enormous Crocodile’ movie. The third activity was based on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory; we went into an "inventing room" ! We had a great time! "
On Friday 2nd February 2018 the PTA hosted a Harry Potter evening for our Year 5's.
The pupils entered the great hall and had a chance to try various different activities that were guided by Miss Honeyduke, a relative of Olivander, a Potion master, an Ornithologist specialising in Owls and a dementor !
On Friday 16th March 2018 we had a bedtime story event for our Year 3's.
The children were invited to come back to school in their pjs or onesie with pillows and teddy bears and got comfy listening to some bedtime stories. Of course a good bedtime story must include hot chocolate cookies !
The PTA AGM took place in September.
The following members were appointed:
Chairperson : Lisa Jones
Secretary : Louise Brereton
Treasurer : Louise Hughes & Petra Southwell
We have a programme of events planned for throughout the year and will be asking for helpers as they arise (especially at the Christmas Fair & School discos).
There were no new faces at the AGM but we would love more support; all are welcome to come along if you want to get involved.
Finances are a little tighter this year and we will endeavour to continue to support the children and school as we have done in the past by providing an arrange of fun events whilst raising funds. This will enable us to provide a contribution towards trips for all children.
See News Letters for details of future meetings.