PTFA NEWSLETTER JANUARY 2021
Our PTFA have not been able to hold the events that they were planning.
However our school needs help with fundraising now more than ever.
Our PTFA have put together a lovely bulletin on ‘How You Can Support Fundraising for Our School’
Discover all their great ideas here
The perfect opportunity for your child(ren) to create their own Christmas cards and novelty items. Your child will bring home the pack this week for return by Tuesday 3rd November 2020.
Bag2School have been helping schools for over 15 years and in the process have paid out an estimated £36m to schools and PTFA groups.
By simply clearing out any unwanted textiles e.g. clothes, shoes, hats, belts, handbags, soft toys and bringing them to school we are able to donate them to Bag2School, who will then make a monetary donation based on the weight of our textile’s donation.
It really is that simple – the more we clear out the more money we receive! Plus, we help to recycle.
With Half Term coming up it is an ideal opportunity to clear out.
Make sure you put the collection date in your diary Friday 4thDecember (regrettably the school cannot store donations prior to this date) and read the attached letter for full information.
Our next virtual coffee morning will be on Friday 23 October at 9.30am
Friday 25 September
Many thanks to all the parents and carers who joined the PTFA zoom meeting today.
Some of the ideas discussed were:-
- Recipe books
- Extra clubs
- Kids mini-marathon
- School lottery
- Big PTFA Quiz
- Year group movie nights
- Second hand ‘pre-loved’ uniform sale
- Christmas cards/calendar
- Virtual clubs
If you’d like to get involved or have ideas of your own that you want to be considered you can email our PTFA at [email protected]
You can see the slides for the event here.
Virtual Coffee Morning September 2020 Slides
Parents, Carers, Teachers, Staff and Friends Association of St Jérôme
Bienvenue à tous les nouveaux parents de la part de votre PTFA Committee!
Welcome to all new parents from your PTFA Committee!
It’s very exciting to welcome you as part of the St Jérôme school community and we are very much looking forward to meeting you and your children during the Michaelmas (Autumn) term.
We all have taken on our roles in the PTFA Committee just prior to lockdown in March 2020 and are now looking forward to realising our ideas when schools are fully open again.
We would like to start by introducing ourselves to you in a bit more detail.
Just before we get on to that, we would like to tell you what our PTFA is about.
In brief, the purpose of our PTFA as stated in the Constitution is to “advance the education of pupils in the school in particular by:
- Developing effective relationships between the staff, parents and others associated with the school
- Engaging in activities or providing facilities or equipment, which support the school and advance the education of the pupils”
So this is our focus. You will see from our introductions that we are all working parents and hence our promise to you is that we will always try to keep it simple, make it as easy for you to get involved, listen to your ideas, and be grateful for any support you can provide; no matter how small, it will be most welcome and make a real difference. We will not always get it right, but we’ll give it a good go.
Normally, when joining a network or association, you would typically be asked to formally sign-up. But not with the PTFA, by being a parent of a child at St Jérôme, you are automatically considered to be a fully-fledged member of the PTFA. So, whilst our Committee is a team of 6, in reality with all of you, we are a team of at least 300!
We genuinely can’t do this without you. If you have any questions, suggestions or would like to be involved with an activity, please do get in touch. [email protected] We thank you in advance for your support.
6 reasons why your PTFA matters for you:
Introducing your PTFA Committee team
So this is what we look like on a Friday morning at 8.50am after dropping our kids off in the rain..with no prior warning. Thank to everyone for being such a good sport.
Left to right – Silke – Kaps – Julie – Raisa – Michelle – Dharmesh
Silke Fernandes – PTFA Co-Chair
I am one of the parent founders of St Jérôme school and have been involved with this school or its idea long before it even existed. Building and strengthening of healthy and vibrant communities has always my personal and professional passion and is my main reason for joining the PTFA. I have three children – our oldest daughter Anouk is 11 years old and hence sadly too old for St. Jerome, Miles will be in Year 4, most famous for his long curly hair and cheekiness and our youngest, Grace, will start Year 1 in September. I look forward to building on the amazing work the previous PTFA has done.
Kapil (Kaps) Kara – Treasurer
Hi, my name is Kapil Kara. I have two children at St Jérôme. Dhruvi my daughter, 7, now in year 4 was part of the first group of children to be admitted to our fabulous school. The pride with which they wore their uniforms from that first day, and the manner in which they have carried the school values through their development has been immensely rewarding.
Our son Kush still shows the same enthusiasm since his first day in Reception. He still smiles everyday as he goes to school to join his classmates. This is testament to the amazing staff who make our children’s days in school a pleasant, engaging learning environment. This is why I have decided to become a member of the PTFA, to make our children’s time at school as memorable as possible.
Julie Dyson – PTFA Chair
I am a dual national (French and British), mum to Scarlett (Year 4) and Axel, who is joining Reception in 2020. I am also a Parent Governor and I chair the Resources Committee (which oversees School Budget and Premises), and the Audit Committee.
I chose to stand for PTFA Chair to enable closer ties between the Governing Body, all school staff, and the parent community; and to help prioritise fundraising efforts where the need is greatest.
Raisa Saley – Co-Secretary
Bonjour! My name is Raisa. I am the mother of Adam S in Year 4 and Alisha in Year 1. I am a Barrister specialising in Family Law. Friendship and community spirit are very important to me. I hope to foster and develop these qualities for all of us at St Jérôme through being an active member of the PTFA.
Michelle Harris – Secretary
I recently resumed my career as a freelance project manager following a four-year career break to raise two wonderful boys. I am mum to Harrison Williams in Year 2, and Leo Williams, who is starting with your children in 2020. My primary motivation for volunteering as the PTFA Secretary is to help raise the much-needed funds to support the children’s well-being at St Jérôme, and enhance their overall educational experience during their studies.
Dharmesh Patel – Co-Treasurer
Dad to Maya (Year 4) and Kaylan (Year 1). I decided to join the PTFA to be able to be more involved in my kids’ learning environment.
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