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Over the next few weeks Friends of Ashfield will be starting the Christmas preparations.

 

On Friday 10th November we will kindly ask children to bring a donation for the Christmas Hamper raffle. This can be anything from toiletries, stationery to food or drink. We only ask that anything edible has a Best Before Date of later than December 2017.

 

On Friday 1st December we will ask children to bring in donations for the Christmas chocolate tombola which will run at the Christmas Disco. This can be any variety of chocolate product again with a good BBD.

 

Due the increasing popularity of recent discos and in order to ensure that all children can have a fun and safe time, Friends of Ashfield are trying a new format. Reception and Key Stage 1 will have their own disco which will be followed by Key Stage 2, both on Thursday 14th December. More details will be sent out nearer the time.

 

To be able to run both events successfully we will need helpers both on the night and in preparation. This could be preparing the Xmas hampers, stapling raffle tickets to letters, selling raffle tickets, running the tuck shop or tombola and much more, some of which could be done from home. Traditionally Friends of Ashfield have supported the Christingle Service and prepared the oranges in advance. To ensure that all these events can go ahead we need volunteers, if you are able to get involved please email:   friendsofashfieldpta@gmail.com or leave contact details at the school office.

 

FoA Meeting: Tuesday 14th November 6.00pm. The perfect chance to join in the pre Christmas build up.

 

Please note Friends of Ashfield will not be running the Christmas Gift Wrap this year.

 

Your help and support is always appreciated.

 

Friends of Ashfield.

 

To help us plan another amazing carnival this year, we are going to start much earlier. There is a suggestion box in reception for all the children and adults to post ideas for a theme for next year. We need something that will look great and work for all ages, both boys and girls. Something that will be visually striking. The suggestion box will be in reception until the end of November. Please support the children to have another great carnival and share your ideas with us.

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Friends of Ashfield is our friendly parent-teachers association (PTA). We raise money for the school by running events such as the school discos, Summer Fair, curry night, movie night and cake bakes.   

 

All students throughout the school benefit from the money raised. In recent years the funds have supported: The Mud Kitchen in Early Years, repairs to the trim trail in the playground, subsidising the cost of the coaches for end-of-year Superstar Trips, Hatch-it: eggs to chicks, Inspirational workshops in school in dance, theatre etc, books for all pupils at Christmas, Christingle oranges, leaving gifts for Year 6 pupils and much more.  

Ways to get involved:

 

  • Show support at Friends of Ashfield meetings which are held once or twice per term to discuss and organise forthcoming events. We also discuss how the school should spend the money raised. New members are very welcome and any support you can offer is invaluable, even if you can’t make all the meetings.

 

Next meeting: Tuesday 6th February 2018 6pm.

 

  • Suggest new ideas for events and contribute ideas; for example, do you have an idea for the next Carnival theme? The Carnival theme for 2017 was ‘Under the Sea’ and we had great support from parent helpers and the wider community in preparing the costumes. Ashfield Primary won the 'people's choice' category for the amazing costumes the children made and wore on the day!

 

  • Get involved with smaller working groups which meet when necessary to organise larger events such as the carnival preparation and the summer fair.

 

  • Helping at events such as the school discos, Christingle preparation, Christmas gift-wrap etc. If you don’t want to, or logistically can’t, get involved in planning or organising you can still help massively by offering your time at events at other times of the year. It doesn’t matter if you can’t help on a regular basis, or even if you can’t come into school. There are often little jobs that can be done from home if you have half an hour to spare; e.g. wrapping gifts, preparing Christingle oranges or preparing raffle tickets etc.

 

  • Share your talents with the school to help raise funds. Could you face-paint at the discos or summer fair? Can you bake – if so please contribute towards the several cake-sales throughout the year! Would you make a good Santa?! Can you paint/draw – could you run a caricature stall at the summer fair for example. We’re open to suggestions!

 

If you would like to get involved with Friends of Ashfield your help would be very much valued. If you have any questions or you would like to join the Friends of Ashfield mailing-list please email: friendsofashfieldpta@gmail.com

Upcoming events 2017-18:

 

  • 14th December: Christmas Discos. 
  • 8th December 2017: Bags to school day*.
  • 23rd February 2018: Bags to school day*.
  • 22nd March 2018: Easter Discos
  • 16th June 2018: Otley Carnival

 

Dates to be confirmed:

 

  • July 2018: Summer Fair.

 

 

*Bags to School raises money for the Starlight children's Foundation and also for Ashfield. We need old clothes of reasonable quality, shoes or bedding (but not duvets or school uniform) to be donated. Bags will be sent home with children shortly before the collection dates although you can also bring items in bin liners too. 

Upcoming expenditure of PTA funds 2017-18

 

  • Contribution towards the Reward Day coaches
  • Donation of £1000 to the School
  • Hatch it – eggs to chicks for Early Years/ Year 1
  • Christmas books for all pupils
  • Carnival – costs of materials for costumes

Who’s involved in the PTA 2017-18

 

We’re a small group of friendly parents and teachers and are always looking for more support! Anne Barrowman is the current Chair, Maz Sprinham is Secretary and Liz Simpson is Treasurer.

 

 

Previous Events organised by Friends of Ashfield

Summer Fair July 2017

Ashfield's Big Night In March 2017

Halloween Disco October 2016

Many thanks to all who helped out at the Halloween Disco.  The children enjoyed the disco, face painting, the tuck shop and some Year 6 Enterprise activities.  £441 was raised.

Summer Fair July 2016

Summer Fair July 2016 1 Disco
Summer Fair July 2016 2 Disco
Summer Fair July 2016 3 Refreshments
Summer Fair July 2016 4 Barbeque
Summer Fair July 2016 5 Diddy Dennis
Summer Fair July 2016 6 Diddy Dennis
Summer Fair July 2016 7 Face Painting
Summer Fair July 2016 8 Tatoos - only temporary!
Summer Fair July 2016 9 Y6 enterprise
Summer Fair July 2016 10 Y6 enterprise
Summer Fair July 2016 11 Y6 enterprise
Summer Fair July 2016 12 Y6 enterprise

Easter Disco 2016

What a fantastic turnout. A huge thank you to Friends of Ashfield for organising another memorable disco! With dancing, prizes and face painting by Jake and Toby's talented mum, the children have had a night to remember!

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