If you would like to contact the PTA for more information on events, or you can offer help to any events please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Parent Teacher Association is a very active group which successfully raises funds to benefit all of our children.
As soon as a child is admitted to Theydon Bois Primary School parents automatically become members of the PTA. An Annual General Meeting is held in the autumn term each year, and at this meeting a committee is formed. The committee works tirelessly to organise events which range from summer or Christmas fairs, quiz nights, race nights, fashion shows and also the very popular ‘Movies and Munch’ afternoons for the pupils.
The PTA fully funds our well-maintained pool - without donations and raised our school swimming programme would not exist, or be a successful and enjoyable experience.
Over the years the PTA has funded much of the playground equipment such as the basketball area, activity boat, equipment used at lunchtimes by the children, as well as our superb and well-used library. Our most recent purchase has been the new minibus. Each year funds are used to subsidise the transport for our year 6 residential visit and from time to time other educational visits may be subsidised. Other items bought by the PTA include musical instruments, smaller equipment for classrooms, the flagpole at the front of the school, new bikes and trikes in the Early Years Foundation (Reception) playground.
Looking ahead, our next major fundraising challenge is to raise enough money to replace the swimming pool changing rooms. It is likely to require a five-figure sum, so all help to achieve this goal would be enormously appreciated.
Please keep your eyes open for posters and letters in your children’s bags advertising events, and if you wish to become a committee member then please contact us on the email above. The PTA group is a very friendly welcoming bunch of parents and teachers. We are always looking for new members, new ideas and more input and to have some fun along the way!
Joanne Bird and Stephanie Marco
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Thank you for your support.
We are still aiming to replace our pool changing rooms this year and we nearly have enough money! So thank you for your continued support and generosity; especially to the parents of year 6’s as their children will not get the benefit of the new changing rooms.
Our QUIZ Night next Friday, 20th May promises to be a laugh and last year raised £800, tickets are still available for teams up to 6 with fish and chips supper £12 per person. Please email the PTA or pick up forms by the gate (forms were also sent out via intouch).
Plans are coming together for our ‘SPORTY’ SUMMER FAIR, which starts at end of school on Friday 24th June, we hope parents that work can make arrangements to join us on this occasion. We also look forward to seeing many of the year 6 pupils who may have spent the day at their new secondary school. We hope to have an arena display of our children’s skills, loads of shopping stalls, bouncy castles, refreshments, Pimm’s tent, BBQ so you can enjoy yourselves with your children and friends. This is an open event so feel free to invite your family and friends.
As the year six leave us unfortunately so do their parents and some of whom have been a huge help with the PTA, so I’d like to thank those who have given up their time to help the school with these events and hope they enjoyed themselves doing so. However, we now need to recruit some more helpers, can you please get in touch via PTA email or catch me in the playground? Especially if you can BBQ, put gazebos up or man a stall at an event. Let us know if you are interested in joining our team, whether to help at a single event or come to a committee meeting in the pub every couple of months.
Joanne Bird PTA Chair email@example.com
Summer Fair 2016
Christmas Fair 2015
Thank you to all that helped and attended, another successful year with profits of £3500.
Photographs supplied by Tony Ames and Tracy Bullock
The quiz night raised £800! with the help of three generous donations, thank you to James Crossley, Curtis Metal Designs Ltd and Trim Loft.
THEYDON Bois Primary School had a real treat in June when the circus rolled into its grounds. Happy's Circus rumbled in with their big top and set up on the playing field.
The school children were invited to have a look around as the circus folk set up on the Friday ready for the big show on the Saturday 27th.
The PTA opened the event at 12.30pm with a barbecue, refreshments, a bar and stalls before the main event began at 2pm.
And every seat - all 600 of them - was sold out by the time the show started.
The children were enthralled by the clowns, Pip and Mr Happy as they launched into their routine.
Even the adults were soon laughing at their fun, high jinks and magic.
Also offer was sword balancer Micaela Cardona who managed to climb a ladder whilst holding a flaming candlabra in her teeth! Acrobat Serhiy Valkiv wowed the crowds on his high straps as he came in dressed as Spider Man. He later performed another routine, balancing on rolling cylinders. There was also another aerial acrobat and a juggler who managed to perform his routine throwing five tennis rackets.
The event was wrapped up by clowns Pip and Mr Happy who had the children screaming with delight as they were sprayed with water from a fire extinguisher as part of the finishing act. On a superbly hot day it was a brilliant ending.
For the PTA there was another happy ending as the event managed to raise approximately £3800 - with a possible extra £1000 in match funding - for their coffers.
PTA chair Nik O'Flynn said: "It was a great event and I hope one that everyone will remember for a long time. We had a fantastic turnout, great weather and a lot of support from helpers and circus-goers who dug deep for the refreshments and the stalls."
Mothers' Day stall
We held our stall on Friday March 13th this year and each class was invited to come in and select gifts for their mums or grandmothers. This is always a fun stall to work for the PTA as it is a wonderful chance to see the children thinking hard over what gifts to select. Because we had a little bit of stock left over from our previous stall we made a huge profit of £800 on the day.
Fish and Chip Quiz Night
We held our quiz night at the school on March 6th and it was a roaring success! Parent James Crossley devised the questions and all agreed they were a great selection of general knowledge and popular culture. There was a music round, a TV round a few picture rounds as well as sport, current affairs etc. The fish and chips were delivered by Nick's Fish Bar in Loughton and were piping hot when they arrived. People brought their own booze and some very fancy wine glasses in some cases which added to the fun.
There were a few fun games thrown in such as heads and tails and a raffle to net the PTA a whopping £824.
The PTA is having a big campaign to replace the school swimming pool changing rooms and also the pool's liner - as all are in a state of disrepair. This is an expensive activity as you can imagine, but parents, grandparents, carers etc can help by supporting our events or donating directly to our fund. We have made this as simple as possible by creating a localgiving account.
To make a donation, please go to: https://localgiving.com/charity/theydonboisprimarypta
All donations gratefully received!
Movies and a Munch
This event raised approximately £291 for the PTA. There was a good take-up of children with 99 younger ones watching in the hall and 26 Year 5s and 6s in Ms Saggers classroom.
We had a great response to the Christmas Card scheme with many parents, carers and relatives buying their child's designs on cards, gift tags and mugs etc. As we got the order in early the PTA received a better percentage from the firm, Class Fundaising, and therefore managed to make a profit of £541.64 - our best total yet for this scheme.
This event seems to get more popular every year and is a real social point in the Theydon calendar now. We managed to keep a tally of how many people came and it appears that at least 1200 people attended. On the night we had a great team of volunteers which meant we had plenty of people to man the stalls. The display was as spectacular as ever and we hope everyone enjoyed it. This year we presold the flashy toys in the playground at school pick-up and also had two toy stalls on the night which seemed to ease the queues somewhat. The event raised a bumper £3,962, so thank you everyone for your support.
Photos supplied by Tony Ames
The theme for this year's summer fair was Under The Sea - but thankfully everyone managed to keep dry as the anticipated rain stayed away and gave way to sunshine.
There were three bouncy castles with appropriate sea-like themes and this year one was dedicated to the under-fives who paid less for their wristbands.
And this year local DJ Tony Poole brought his sound system along for nothing to keep the parents bopping while the children were bouncing.
Children were encouraged to use chalk to draw a huge under-the-sea mural across the middle of the junior playground. There were also a host of their fun stalls such as the Despicable Me tombola where children had to put their hands into blue jelly to pull out a marked marble to win. This mucky dip proved very popular.
There was also candy floss and popcorn supplied free by Emma Sophocleus who also gainfully manned the stall with her sisters. Riverway Foods supplied the sausages for the barbecue and Russell Kemmish came along as Bubble-Oh-Seven to entertain the children with his magic bubbles.
There were also a host of stalls from local businesses as well as craft making, kids cocktails and sweets and toy stalls all manned by PTA volunteers, staff and parents/carers at the school.
The day before the school had let the pupils wear what they liked - as long as they brought a bottle in. This had an overwhelming response with hundreds of bottles of booze, face cream, pop, and all kinds of interesting goodies being brought in. These were then won on the tombola stall which was a roaring success.
The event raised about £2,800 in total. The promotional estate agent boards from James Sear brought in £300 and the brochure which went in the school bookbags the day before raised another expected £400.
PTA joint chair Zoe Souber said: "We are delighted with how the fair went - especially given the dire weather forecast beforehand. There was a really good fun atmosphere at the event and everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves thoroughly - children and parents alike. I'd like to thank all those people who put so much effort into making it such a great day."
Balti Curry Evening £441.10
Christmas Cards £375
Christmas Fair 2013: £3,864 (inc. £431 for the brochure and £450 match-funding)
Fireworks: £3,484 (including £400 match-funding)
Movies and Munch £250
We also have a separate amount of £700 for match-funding from our treasurer.
Friday 5th November
Summer Fair 2013 £2,900
Fathers Day Stall 2013 £430
Spring Raffle 2013 £180
Mothers Day Stall 2013 £230
Christmas Fair 2012: £4494 (so far with some brochure money still outstanding)
Phoenix cards: £178
Bags to school: £177
Movies and a Munch: £293
An update from Firework Display and Christmas Fair 2011
Thank you to all parents and staff we have made:
£238 from the bag 2 school donations
£110.00 from the Christmas card project
Approx £4,000 at the Christmas Fair
Summer Fair 2013
The PTA raised approximately £2,900 with this year's summer fair.
The fair had a circus theme and Michael Downing from Stadium Theatre School gave a free juggling and circus skills workshop in the PTA's handmade red and white painted ring. The theme was carried through with a giant inflatable clown slide alongside other inflatable’s and the stall holders wore clown wigs to boot.
As well as a giant obstacle course, free giant games, a coconut shy, Mr Bubble himself Mr Kemmish, there were hot dogs, refreshments and sweet and toy stalls. There was a good turnout from traders for the fair on June 28th who made the most of the sunshine to sell their good ranging from jewellery and personalised gifts to studio photos and beauty products.
Unfortunately the pony rides were cancelled earlier in the day when it looked like the deluge was setting in for the afternoon but this probably saved the field from being churned up.
The PTA were extremely lucky with the weather as it stopped raining just before the fair started at 3.15pm and held off until it ended at 5.30pm and even managed some sunshine.
However it was not so fortunate for the PTA members and school staff who had to set it up and clear it away in the rain but they are all hardy souls! They would like to thank everyone who turned up to give their support and especially to those parents, carers and staff who helped out manning the stalls and attractions.
THEYDON BOIS PRIMARY SCHOOL SUMMER FAIR
FRIDAY 29th JUNE
The Theydon Bois Primary School Fair took place straight after school on Friday 29th June. The theme this year was “Seaside” and we certainly pulled out all the stops to ensure that everybody enjoyed an afternoon at the “seaside”.
There was a brightly coloured pink and white striped candy floss and popcorn stand, ice cream stall, a large pink galleon bouncy castle, a couple of bouncy castles for our younger children, together with a spinning green crocodile which got faster and faster the longer you stayed on it!
Numerous events took place during the afternoon, a Punch and Judy Show, a dance display from Trish Cole and her team, together with pony rides on the Shetland ponies kindly provided by Nicky, former owner of Theydon Pet Shop.
The weather stayed fine and the sun even came out for a brief while. The B-B-Q was busy with hot dogs and burgers provided by Shaw Family Butchers. For the adults, there was plenty on offer including various refreshments and some excellent craft stalls.
All in all a very successful afternoon and we raised nearly £2,000. A big thank to all who took part and helped to make this day another successful event.