About Birchwood PTFA
What is the PTFA?
A group of people including parents, teachers and friends of the school who help to organise events, both fund raising and social.
What are the aims of Birchwood PTFA?
To raise funds to buy things that will benefit the children, that the school could not otherwise afford, to organise social events for children for parents and their friends, to foster community relationships at Birchwood Primary School.
Who can belong to the PTFA?
Anyone who has children at the school or who works at the school is automatically a member of the PTFA.
How can we find out more?
Each year there is an Annual General Meeting to which all parents and staff are invited. This is a good way of meeting people for the first time and hearing about the PTFA achievements and plans.
PTFA Meetings are held roughly every 4 or 5 weeks during term time in the evening but you don’t need to be a member to help out. Come along to a meeting to find out more. Newcomers will be made most welcome.
Planning & Organisation
In the informal atmosphere, the committee openly discuss activities and generate new ideas. It is at these committee meetings that school projects are considered with a view to PTFA Funding. In joining the committee, this is your opportunity to have your say. Committee meetings generally start at 7.00 pm and last for just under 1 hour. They are held in the staffroom every 4 or 5 weeks through school terms.
Being a member of the PTFA will give you lots of pleasure and enhance your family’s relationship with the school. Mums and Dads, 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. We are always on the lookout for new members with new and fresh ideas or helpers to run a stall at a fete for half an hour whatever you can put in – it will be appreciated.
How to contact your PTFA
The easiest way to contact us is to leave a message with the school Office and a PTFA member will contact you.
PTFA funded Projects
The PTFA donated £2000 to purchase a set of 15 tablets for the school.
The PTFA has raised over £2000 towards the installation of a new, and much improved flooring surface for the Atrium. It has made this a year round usable work space that all memebrs of the school enjoy using.
SATs Year 6 Breakfast Club
During May in the final year of Key Stage 2, children undertake National Curriculum Tests in the three core subjects of English, Mathematics and Science. During this week, which can be quite stressful for the children, the PTFA provide a Breakfast Club, where by the children have an opportunity to get together and relax before their tests. Ensuring the children have a good hearty breakfast inside them helps with their concentration during the tests and hopefully in turn leads to a less stressful time for all involved.
The children have a choice of breakfasts each day ranging from cereals and toast to croissants, beans on toast and everyones favourite, on the final morning a bacon buttie! The children are provided with fresh juices and cups of tea to end their breakfast with.
Birchwood's wildlife garden has used donations from the PTFA to establish an amazing garden designed to encourage wildlife into the school grounds. Hedgehog hotels and woodlice hidey holes are just some of the features of this secluded area of the school grounds.
The PTFA raised money for fencing and seating in the Sensory Garden, an area where children are taken to listen to stories and share circle time.
Outdoor Play Equipment
The PTFA raised £5000 over 2 years to purchase updated outdoor play equipment for the children. The Summer Fair on June 30th kicked off the fundraising, and a display was created so parents could see the equipment we planned to purchase.
At the AGM the PTFA watched a short slideshow of the School Council as they visited local playgrounds. The Councillors were set the task to choose the new outdoor equipment for the school.
The PTFA pledged £2000 towards the project, and began planning more events to raised the further £3000 needed.