Parents & Friends Association
Our Parents & Friends Association has always gone through peaks and troughs as far as support is concerned. At the moment we are very much hoping that we are about to start on an upward trend towards a peak!
Currently we have no official Chairman, Treasurer or Secretary – what we do have is a small group of keen parents who keep in contact by email and get together to organise ad hoc events as and when needed.
Would you like to take us in hand and lead the way? Perhaps you were involved in PTA at another school – we would love it if you came forward and brought some enthusiasm with you to help us raise our profile amongst the BVC family.
The roles we need filled are:
Chairman. Sounds important but isn’t really – but useful for your CV if you’re a stay-at-home mum or dad! You will chair meetings and co-ordinate roles for fund-raising activities. You will have regular meetings with the Principal to discuss PFA activities and fund-raising initiatives. You will be responsible for liaising with the teaching staff when the annual wish-list bids are invited.
Secretary. Take minutes and circulate notes from meetings; arrange committee meetings in advance of events. Keep the database of parents details up-to-date. Awareness of GDPR rules would be useful. Support the Chairman as and when necessary.
Treasurer. Count the money! Seriously, you need to be numerate and able to access a bank to lodge funds. Keep simple financial accounts and apply for licences from the local authority when necessary.
For the last 12 months the roles of Chairman and Treasurer have been nominally held by Ann & George Lynn. Ann is a member of staff at the school.
Reports from the 2017 AGM can be accessed here:
Minutes of AGM
Harking back to our own school days we will fondly remember being tasked with selling books of raffle tickets, pestering the neighbours & relatives with sponsorship forms and asking our parents to produce cakes and quiches for sale in the school PTA bazaar, all whilst watching one of the 4 TV channels, playing outside on bikes & building dens out of sticks…
Times have, of course, changed and we as the Parents and Friends Association (PFA) of BVC now need to compete with hectic lives, unimaginable technology and frankly more TV channels and entertainment offerings than you could shake the aforementioned stick at!
Now here is the sensible bit – the role of the PFA is important and by carrying out a whole host of activities, events and fund raisers we have helped the school fund items such as laptops, stage lighting, cookery equipment, technology tools and Library furniture, as well as improving the overall facilities and experience for the students at BVC.
We are therefore asking you to consider setting up a Standing Order for a regular small donation each month to help us continue to support the school and allow us to invest in areas that we know will continue to hugely benefit the students and support the teaching staff in helping BVC be the best school it can possibly be.
A donation of just £2 a month, the price of a cup of coffee, will collectively make a huge difference!
So, if you think that this is a better way of us working together to support the school and the education of our children then please set up a Standing Order through your on-line banking facilities (please reference as a Donation)
(Bank details Name: Bassingbourn Village College PTA Group; SORT 60-18-42; Acct No. 20560842)
Or download and complete the Standing Order Form and we will take it from there…
If you are making a donation it would be helpful if you could also complete and return a Gift Aid form (scan and return by email or hand into BVC Reception).
Multiple Donation plus Gift Aid
Single Donation plus Gift Aid
What Do We Do?
We are a registered charity and remain an important fundraiser for the school, providing money for facilities our children would otherwise not have.
Staff apply to the PFA outlining their request for funding, and we review every request collectively before approving the release of any money.
Some of the items we hope to provide for the school this year include:
- Defibrillator at £600
- Table Tennis Table at £250
- Drama and Art: presentation boards at £250;
- Humanities: RE textbooks at £200
- Physics equipment: Microscope viewer cameras at £70 each
- Upgrade of performance facilities in main hall: lighting desk at £1,100;
- Outdoor table tennis tables at £2000 each
- Renovation of toilets at £10,000
How Can You Get Involved?
We need help organising and creating events. We need people with ideas and we need people who can put these ideas into action.
Do you have local contacts that could help? Do you have a band who’d like to play at an event? Do you have a bouncy castle or outdoor games that could be used to help raise money? Are you great at baking or good at making things? Can you donate raffle prizes? Does your company run match funding? There are so many ways people can help, we’d love to speak to you and get you involved.
We also need people to help run events, man coffee stalls and sell tickets. We need volunteers to join our meetings to help review our progress and allocate funds against requests. To help us communicate effectively with interested people and to generate partnerships that support the school.
If you would like to join us, please give us your name and contact details and let us know how you’d like to help. You can contact us through our Facebook page www.facebook.com/BVCPFA; email email@example.com or call the school 01763 242344
We’d be delighted to hear from you.
Thank you from BVC Parents and Friends Association.