Welcome to all parents and carers. The PTA is a great way to make friends, meet other parents and support this fantastic school. However much you want to get involved, please come along to any PTA meeting which is advertised in the newsletter two weeks before the meeting or contact our Chair for more information.
The PTA values your views and you can support us in lots of ways, such as:
- Get to know your PTA by coming along to monthly meetings.
- Raise money from online shopping using ‘The Giving Machine’.
- Give regularly by setting up a Direct Debit and Gift Aid it by Clicking Here
- Signing up for the school 'lottery', the 50/50 club
- Coming along to social events such as the Quiz Night and Comedy Night
- Attending our bi-annual Summer Event or bi-annual May Ball
- Helping us provide refreshments at school events
- Joining us for "Dig Day" gardening sessions
- Donating raffle prizes
- Offering your talents
- Providing professional support to the PTA such as fundraising or accountancy advice
Here at Waldegrave School we're busy fundraising by collecting old British or foreign coins and notes, even obsolete currency. Initially you'll see lots of posters around the school as well as the collection bucket. Once all the currency has been collected we send it to www.cash4coins.co.uk who exchanges it into cash we can use. The bucket will be here all year so keep it coming please.
How the money is spent!
SQUAD KITS & WISH LISTS
The PTA has paid for brand new squad kit for the hockey and netball teams who represent Waldegrave. The girls designed the kit themselves and we hope it will give them the professional edge in future competitions! Teachers were asked to draw up a wish list of equipment across all the departments which would enhance their teaching.Last year the PTA paid for a handball starter kit, a tracer projector, a display cabinet, five visualisers, cooking equipment, trestle masks, lots of books and contributed to a new smartboard and piano to name a few. This year's list includes a UV Vacuum Tabletop Exposure Cabinet, an iPad, a subscription to MathsWatch, computer software for Economics, English, Geography and History, 2 laptops, music stands, a pH meter, basketball strips and lots more books
FRONT RECEPTION DOORS
Last summer's major spend was updating the school entrance and reception, creating a more welcome look and feel for the students and visitors. The PTA in liaison with the school supported and funded this project.
Please check the PTA section of the school newsletter for the next PTA meeting date or check the latest minutes in the DOWNLOADS section of this page. The meetings are very informal and there’s no obligation to commit to anything. They are usually held in the school from 7.30 to about 9pm often on a Tuesday or Wednesday.
PTA Committee and Contacts
If you would like to get in touch to raise any issues or ask any questions, please contact the Chair.
The current Committee are:
Chair - Maria Randell (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Co-Chair - Lynne Bryant
Secretary - Barbara Taylor
Treasurer - Yuki Kataoka
The Waldegrave PTA AGM is held in Spring usually at the end of February. A small but perfectly formed group of parents and teachers attend for the purposes of the Chair's report, the Financial report from the Treasurer for the past financial year and confirmation of the Committee roles for the next financial year. Existing Committee members may choose to continue in their roles but nominations for all the posts are welcomed and voting takes place at the meeting. See the Chair's report and the Minutes of the last AGM in the DOWNLOADS section on this page for more details.
If you shop online regularly via the website thegivingmachine.co.uk there will be no cost to yourself but the companies will make a small donation to the school. All the major supermarkets and shops are there from Amazon to B&Q. It is easy to sign up as follows:
- Go to thegivingmachine.co.uk
- Click on Join and then click Join as a Giver
- Click Find Beneficiaries and then enter Waldegrave and search
- Click choose next to Waldegrave School and then SAVE
- You will then be asked to enter your details i.e. name, email, postcode and a password to register.
- You can then go shopping!
Donations and Gift Aid
The funds raised by us parents is essential. Together we can support our children’s school, by giving regularly through Direct Debit. This allows the PTA to budget with these resources and support the outstanding work at Waldegrave constantly and with a long-term strategy and vision. This is a voluntary request. But please consider, for the price of a cup of coffee a week, we can, together, have a huge impact on the continued excellent schooling provided at Waldegrave.
Complete the Direct Debit form here. If you are a UK tax payer you can Gift Aid your donation which means the PTA can claim back the tax. You only have to fill it out once but you do need to let us know if your circumstances change
The school fund is collected through the PTA which is a registered charity (Charity Number 297288) so that we can reclaim gift aid at no extra cost to you. For every £1 you donate we can get an extra 25p in reclaimed tax if you are a UK tax payer, making your donation go even further. Thank you to those parents who have already donated to the school fund your generosity has enabled the school to provide the school planner, rewards, other extra activities and resources which cannot be funded from the revenue budget.
If you haven't already donated and would like to please click here
The '50/50 club' is a monthly prize draw run by the PTA where 50% of cash generated makes up the lottery prize and 50% is kept by the PTA for the benefit of the school. Membership of the club is open to all parents, carers, staff and governors of Waldegrave School. Membership ceases when your daughter leaves the school or your association with the school ends. Individual numbers may be purchased for a year's membership and will cost as follows: £15 for 1 number, £24 for 2 numbers, £36 for 3 numbers, £48 for 4 numbers and £60 for 5 numbers. There is no limit to the amount of numbers you can buy. Each month the prizes will be drawn at the PTA meeting. The prizes are:
- First prize is 25% of monthly income
- Second prize is 15% of monthly income
- Third prize is 5% of monthly income
- 5% is kept back monthly and accumulates to form a Christmas Bonus Prize
To join download an application form and membership rule
Around £1600 is raised at the annual Quiz night which is usually held in March. Many thanks to all the volunteers who help to make the evening happen and to those parents and teachers who attend, whom without there would be no event. Even more thanks to those that help and take part.
Comedy Night is always a roaring success. This is an 18+ event that takes place in the Autumn term. The comedians raise the roof with (raucous) laughter and usually we manage to raise over £2,400 for the school. Many thanks to all of you who attend this event, supporting the school whilst enjoying an evening out and even more thanks to our Comedy Night co-ordinator and wonderful team of volunteers.
This is a lively event held in the school hall with a live band and some great dancing. A great end of year bash and more money for the School Fund.
The PTA provides drinks and snacks for students and parents at school events such as the Primary Induction Evening, Y7 Welcome Afternoon, Summer and Christmas concerts and Parents' Consultation Meetings and other School Open Evenings. All profits go towards PTA projects such as buying the equipment listed in the section above: ‘How the money is spent!’, so please come and support us.
These are held every couple of months - dates are advertised in the PTA section of the school newsletter. Please bring light gardening equipment and gardening gloves are a must! Students may also attend but must be accompanied by a grown up. The aim is to do a general tidy of the school grounds.