WELCOME TO OUR SCHOOL COMMUNITY
This information has been put together by The Friends of Romiley Primary School (FRPS) especially for you, as a new family joining our school community.
Starting school is an exciting time for the whole family. Studies show a direct link between parental involvement and how well children do, so why not get involved from the start! This page provides you with information about FRPS and lets you know how you can join in.
WHY DO WE HAVE A PFTA?
We are fortunate at our school to have a PFTA which plays an integral part of the school community. Each year, we raise funds which are spent on equipment and resources to enhance educational experiences and school facilities.
Our association is about much more than simply fundraising. FRPS 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.
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 FRPS when their child joins our school.
We welcome any help from parents, teachers and friends, and have a growing list of volunteers who commit some of their time to helping the association. Every little helps, so just one hour of assisting at an event or sharing our news on social media or selling raffle tickets (just a few examples) would be invaluable. If you would like to join, have suggestions how you could help, or just want to know more, please get in touch.
Class reps play a vital role, providing a link between individual classes and parents, and the PTA committee. The support from class reps is vital when it comes to organising our main events, from selling tickets to organising rotas of help. We really could not manage without them. We are always looking to expand our Class Reps team and with so much of our interaction taking place online or virtually, it is even easier than ever to get involved and help us get our information out to our families.
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING (AGM)
Our next Annual General Meeting will be held in January 2022 and provides an excellent opportunity for all parents to come along and hear in more detail about our work, the events we have run, the funds we have raised and how the money has been spent. It is also when we elect our new committee members.
HOW WE RAISE MONEY
Like most PTAs, most of our funds are raised through the events that we run. Some of our most popular events would normally be ones such as:
Annual Quiz Night
However, the last twelve months have seen new events (both virtual and physical) enjoying huge success, including Virtual Balloon Races, Virtual Music Festivals, Virtual Quizzes, Virtual Bingo, the 153 Challenge, our Mini Marathon Challenge and our new Christmas Card Scheme.
Donations from parents are extremely important. You can donate time, money, items for sale, raffle prizes and auction lots or offers of services and skills.
In the past two years, we have also ventured into the new and exciting area of online fundraising through partnerships with Easyfundraising, My School Lottery, and very recently with JustGiving. This has provided families who are not always able to attend our events a new way to support our fundraising efforts.
HOW WE SPEND THE MONEY WE RAISE
Our committee is responsible for deciding how our funds are spent. Usually the School Leadership Team provide a ‘wish list’ of items that the school would like us to consider funding.
We also invite input from parents too, so if you have an idea of something that would benefit all the students in the school, please do share it with the Committee. We can discuss it at a meeting and feedback.
Funds are typically spent on the ‘extras’ that are not provided by the school’s budget, thus making our children’s learning experiences so much more fulfilling and exciting. Funds are not generally spent on improving the fabric of the school building, as this is the responsibility of the school. Our Constitution commits the association to spending money on things that will benefit the children directly.
Some of the items we have recently donated to the school are listed below
Seven new Promethean Interactive Whiteboards (£21,000)
Mathletics online programme (£2,500)
£2,500 worth of new library books
£960 worth of funding and donations spent on new bespoke parking signs as part of our Safer Parking Campaign.
Virtual Pantomine for every child to enjoy over Christmas
SUPPORT FROM PARENTKIND
The Friends of Romiley Primary School are members of Parentkind, which is a national charity and membership organisation providing support and guidance to over 13,500 parent associations in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland. Membership includes comprehensive insurance cover by Zurich Insurance plc for all our association run events and gives access to support and advice on running the association plus fundraising ideas and good practice hints and tips
Parentkind also provide resources for Parents, if you would like to sign up to their Parent e-Bulletin please visit https://www.parentkind.org.uk/Signup
HOW WE KEEP YOU UP TO DATE
Our newsletter is sent home via School Ping, this includes information on upcoming events and dates plus as well as details of the help we need at larger events. Following an event, we always write to let you know how much was raised, and when we reach our target, we tell you what the money will be spent on. We also post regular updates and information on our website and across all our Social Media accounts.
Our online links and profiles:
Facebook – www.facebook.com/thefrps
Twitter – www.twitter.com/thefrps
Instagram – www.instagram.com/thefrps
Website – www.thefrps.com
You can also contact us directly by email: