Beddington Buddies’ – Helping the School. A Guide to Beddington Infants’ PTA (Parent Teacher Association)
As a parent/carer of a child attending Beddington Infants’ School, you automatically become a member of the Parent Teacher Association (PTA), which is known as Beddington Buddies.
The objective of Beddington Buddies is to advance the education of the children of Beddington Infants’ School, to this end Beddington Buddies provide and assist in the provision of facilities and resources not normally provided by the local education authority. We also aim to foster more extended relationships between the staff, parents/carers and others who are interested in the needs and welfare of the school. One of the main ways we do all this is by raising funds to enhance the school life of the pupils attending the School; educationally, personally and socially.
Over the years we have raised thousands of pounds, which have been spent on improving equipment and resources to enhance the children’s education and the facilities in school in general.
How the Committee Works
The Beddington Buddies Committee meets on a regular basis, at least once per half term. Details of the meetings are advertised on the Beddington Buddies Notice-board, which is located on the front lawn of the school. We also notify parents of the meetings by e-mail. The meetings are open to any parent who would like to find out more about Beddington Buddies, or become involved in specific events.
How We Raise Money
Like most PTAs, the majority of our funds are raised through events that we run, which are normally mapped out at the start of each academic year. We are always looking for new ideas from both parents/carers and children and of course, volunteers to run them! Our main fundraisers are, the Christmas and Summer Fair’s, although there are lots of other events. All activities are run by parents/carers and we are always looking for help however great or small your contribution – it all helps!
The dates of the events are advertised well in advance, through posters and Beddington Buddies Newsletter which outline the activities and also how parents and children can help or contribute. A lot of the fundraising for the stalls is done through a number of Mufti days, when the children get to wear their own clothes to school in return for bringing a donation in for a specific stall.
How the Money is spent
We feel that it is really important to advertise the amount of money raised, particularly from organised events – as everyone puts so much time and effort into making them a success. The amounts are advertised in Beddington Buddies newsletter or on Beddington Buddies Notice-board.
Through regular discussions with the Head teacher, we endeavour to spend funds in ways that will benefit all children across all areas of the school and curriculum, committee members vote on whether to go ahead with any funding. Last year we helped raise funds for the Play Train in the playground, helping repair the Bell tower. Christmas presents for classes from Santa, and more!