THE GROVE GOLDFINCHES
NEWS FOR THIS TERM
It’s great to welcome everyone back to school for a new term.
English Corner - On Monday morning, 9-10am, we run a lively and very welcoming group for those who have English as their second or other language. There’s time to practice English, get to know others, enjoy refreshments and learn about cultural aspects of life in the UK.
Christmas cards and gifts – Look out for order forms to buy Christmas cards and gifts with your child’s own design on.
The best way to stay up to date about what’s going on is to make sure you have joined the school’s Facebook page - The Grove Primary School (https://www.facebook.com/groups/242356576132963/)
We enjoyed activities over the summer including Ice Cream Fridays and the Disco.
SECOND HAND UNIFORM
We hold a store of good quality used school uniform. For an optional small donation (the prices shown are a guide) uniform can be provided
· Grove School sweatshirts (£2.50)
· Grove School polo-shirts (£1)
· Other brands of white tops (50p)
· Grey trousers, shorts, dresses and skirts and green gingham dresses (each £1).
· School PE kit of black shorts, white T-shirts or T-shirts in house colours (50p per item)
· School shoes are sometimes available (£5 a pair)
If you need something, please email Clare Cordell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WHO ARE WE?
We are The Grove Primary School Parents, Teachers and Friends Association (PTFA) and our official name is The Grove Goldfinches. All parents, carers, governors and staff are automatically members of the PTFA but we also have a committee who meet a few times a year to run the PTFA and organise events. This committee, made up of a mixture of parents, carers and staff, all have one thing in common: we are really passionate about creating a great life experience for all of the children at The Grove.
Here are some of the committee who are working for The Grove this year. Would you like to join our team? Please email Emma, who is the Chair of the PTFA, at email@example.com
WHAT DO WE DO?
Our official aim is: to advance the education of the pupils of the school by: - fostering more extended relationships between parents or carers, staff, governors, friends and children of the school; - providing and assisting in the provision of the facilities for education at the school.
What this really means is that we aim to support the school by organising and running fun events for children, families and the community throughout the year. These events raise funds for the school whether it be through ticket sales, raffles or refreshments that we sell.
Here are some events which we have held:
· Summer & Christmas Fayres
· Ice Cream Fridays
· Christmas Cards and tea towels
· Story Telling
· Magic Show
· Easter drawing competition and treasure hunts
· Taking part in the Arbury Carnival
Have you got any ideas for events or fundraisers? Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
HOW IS THE MONEY SPENT?
We use the money that we raise to support extra-curricular activities for pupils and also fund bigger projects. These ‘fun’ things are not already provided by the school's main income and are beneficial to all of our pupils over the longer term.
We are so excited about what the PTFA has achieved already. With all of your help and attendance at our events, we have been able to contribute a lot towards the school and events. We are so pleased to see the money that has been raised being put to good use!
Here are some things we have spent money on
· ‘big’ playground equipment (trim trail 'rolling log')
· colourful and exciting playground markings
· subsidising school trips
· a personal calendar for each pupil
· a sound box for children to enjoy listening to at playtime
· contributed towards Christmas Decoration Day
· leaving gifts for the Year 6s
· books for the library
HOW CAN I BE INVOLVED IN THE PTFA?
There are many different ways you can help with the PTFA, whether you have lots of time to offer or not. Being a member of the committee means attending a meeting once a half-term or so, and helping organise events. If that is too big a job then you could always volunteer at an event, like running a stall at a fayre.
The events for children only happen because of parents and carers volunteering an hour here and there and you can always support PTFA events by simply turning up.
Please email email@example.com to see what help we need most.
WOULD I WANT TO HELP OUT WITH THE PTFA?
Helping out with any PTFA event will give you lots of pleasure and enhance your family’s relationship with the school. Mums, Dads, carers, staff and friends all combine as individuals to form a friendly school community and as Year 6 parents leave the school, so new Reception parents join. Everyone is made welcome at any stage through their involvement with the school and it is never too late to get involved.
Whatever you can put in – it will be appreciated.