Friends of Watcombe

Message from The Friends Of Watcombe School:

Why do we have a PTA?

We are fortunate at our school to have a PTA that is and has been an integral part of the school community for many years. In its time the PTA has raised many thousands of pounds, which has been spent on equipment and resources to enhance our children’s education experience and the school’s facilities.

Our PTA is about much more than simply fundraising. The PTA exists to provide closer links between home and school and it is an excellent way to bring staff, parents and friends together socially in support of the school, working towards a common goal.  It is fun too – just ask any of the Committee members or PTA helpers.

All parents and members of the school community are encouraged to get involved, even if they only have a small amount of time available. All families are automatically members of the Friends of Watcombe Primary when their child joins our school.

How we raise money

Like most PTAs, the majority of our funds are raised through the events that we run. Some of our most popular events are: Summer and Christmas Fayres, Discos, Easter Bingo, cake sales and Treasure Hunts.

How we spend the money we raise

Usually, Mr Morris and the School Council will have a ‘wish list’ of items that the school would like the PTA to consider funding.  Sometimes this will be as a result of the children asking for something such as Playground equipment or wet play activities.  We always endeavour to spend our funds in ways that will benefit all our children across all areas of the school and curriculum.  In the past, we have supported the following special projects: Minibus, shelter for the playground and adventure play equipment.

How you can get involved

There are lots of ways you can help and support your child through the PTA.

Offering to help before events or at other times during the year is so valuable. It doesn’t matter if you can’t help on a regular basis, or even if you cannot come into school.  There are always jobs that can be done from home if you have half an hour to spare e.g. wrapping gifts, preparing raffle tickets etc.  We really couldn’t achieve what we do without the behind the scenes help that we receive.

If you would like to be more involved you can volunteer to join the Helpers Directory or become a Committee Member. Or you can simply support the AGM and give us your ideas for fundraising events. This is also the time to ask questions or voice your opinion.

You can help by letting us know if you have any contacts or skills we could use, everything is potentially valuable to us.

 

Please email us if you would like any further information:

friends@watcombe-primary.torbay.sch.uk