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.
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 14th November 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Upcoming events 2017-18:
- 5th October: Parents & Teachers Curry Night. Red Pepper restaurant at 7.45, tickets can be purchased from school reception until 3rd October.
- 19th October 2017: Halloween Disco. Year 2 and above.
- 19th October 2017: Halloween Themed Day in School. Early Years and Year 1.
- 14th December: Christmas Disco. Year 2 and above.
- 8th December 2017: Bags to school day*.
- 23rd February 2018: Bags to school day*.
- 16th June 2018: Otley Carnival
Dates to be confirmed:
- November 2017: Non-uniform day for Chocolate Tombola.
- November 2017: Non-uniform day for Christmas Hamper.
- April 2018: Easter Disco.
- 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.
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.