“Bildeston Primary School has an active PTFA that has been an integral part of the school for many years and all parents are automatically members of the Association when their children join our school. It is primarily a fundraising group and the committee comprises of mainly parents and some teachers and always the opening for anyone outside the school who wants to get involved.
In the past the PTFA have organised Christmas and Summer Fayres, Pamper Nights, Quiz and Bingo Nights, plant sales and so on. Money raised contributes to various school trips such as the Suffolk Farm Fair, Colchester Castle, Crucial Crew, Pantomime visits, Sports Day ice lollies and Christmas crackers. In addition we agree a £1000 annual spend on school reading books, and a £50 per term spend for the gardening club. These amounts are not exclusive and one-off requests are dealt with separately.
Four years ago we had an ambitious target of raising £20,000 and we are delighted that with the help of a "Lottery for All" grant, generous sponsors, local businesses, parents and the efforts of the PFTA, we achieved this goal. A superb trim trail & outdoor classroom was purchased and installed as well as play picnic tables, tree seats, and two tyre crocodiles and we hope the children will benefit from this for years to come.
During 2014-2015 we hosted children's discos, sponsored activities, plant sales, as well as making items such as school tea towels with the children's self-portraits. We also trialled purchasing Christmas wreathes which proved to be a success. The summer fete in July 2015 was the most successful in recent years, raising approx. £1400.
This current academic year (2015-2016) we focussed our efforts in raising money for the refurbishment of some older playground equipment.
Our PTFA is a fun, friendly and sociable group and we are actively on the lookout for new members to join, or even to help out at events we organise. If you would like to get involved or have some fundraising ideas you'd like to share, please contact us via the school office.
Committee Members 2017-2018
Chair: Helen Bugg
Vice Chair: Bee Anthony
Secretary: Dawn Murton-Cadby
Treasurer: Susan Fell
School Reps: Ms Golding, Mrs Healy
Committee Members: Jacqueline Chamberlain, Alison Hills, Naomi Gunton, Jane Banks, Laura Cole, Sharon Palmer, Tracey Rose