The PFA (or Parent and Friends Association) exists in order to raise funds for the school and put on events that the children enjoy. It is of course vital that there are enough pens and pencils in school but this is not everything, there is so much more experience of school that can be offered. For example, each year the whole school enjoys a day out to the pantomime at Christmas. This would not be possible without the contribution from the PTA. We also raise funds for things like playground equipment, wildlife gardens, climbing frames and the such like. While these are not strictly necessary to the education of our kids, they do enhance it enormously. To raise funds we put on events such as Christmas, Easter and Summer Fairs, quizzes beetledrives and discos.
Not only do these make money in order for our kids to get more out of school, they also increase the social interaction between parents, children and teachers. Indeed some events are purely social such as our annual camping trip to Debden House in Epping Forest. Obviously as the school expands there will be an ever greater need for money and so it is even more important than ever that we get new blood.
None of the above is possible without the time and enthusiasm of parents. You can do as much or as little as you like, although I recommend as much. We are always looking for people to be on the committee and help organise events, people to help out on the day, bake cakes, come up with new ideas or simply turn up. Without this our children will not get as much out of school. Also it’s a good laugh and a great way to meet other parents which can be quite daunting when you are new to a school. Hopefully I will see you around.