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Tubbenden Primary School

Tubbenden Primary School

Tubbenden Friends Association

Welcome to your Tubbenden Friends Association! The TFA is made up of parents/carers and teachers at the school. As soon as your child joins the school, you will automatically become a member! 

What does the TFA do?

The TFA is at the heart of the school community, bringing parents, carers and teachers together to fundraise for the school whilst having fun at the same time. The TFA raises funds for projects that are not covered by the funding the school receives from government sources. These include regular school events and one-off projects, and all are designed to improve the school for the benefit of all children. In the 2018/19 academic year through the hard work of the TFA, teachers and parent volunteers we were delighted to provide the school with over £26,000 of funding. A full breakdown of the projects funded can be found at the bottom of this page , including:

  • Interactive White Boards for every classroom (around £7,500)
  • Improvements to Early Years outdoor space (£6,000)
  • Musical projects such as Drumtronics, recorder lessons and band practice (£8,000)

Most of the fundraising is done through a programme of events that run throughout the academic year. Events can be for the children (such as our ever-popular school discos, or kid’s cinema nights), for the parents (such as the comedy night) or for the whole family (such as the Summer and Christmas fairs). We also arrange regular cake sales, Mother’s and Father’s Day sales and have a pre-loved uniform “shop” that will be open about once a month. The events calendar  for the current academic year can be found at the bottom of this page.

How does it all work?   

As mentioned, every parent and carer is automatically a member of the TFA and we invite you to get involved in whatever way you can!  

The TFA is run by the TFA Committee, who plan the events and manage the funds. The committee is led by Graeme Casey who is our new Chair and comes full of enthusiasm for the role! Graeme aims to build on the strength of our previous committees to lead a very passionate new team. The rest of the committee consists of parents as well as some of our dedicated teachers at the school. Please visit our ‘Get To Know Your Committee’  page to find out more about your committee. You can find out more about joining the committee by speaking to any of the members or by attending the AGM, held towards the end of each academic year (see events calendar for this year’s date).

Sounds great! How can I get involved?

Volunteering: Parent volunteers are the lifeblood of the TFA and we would not get anywhere near the astounding levels of success we have if it weren’t for you. So firstly, a big THANK YOU to everyone who has volunteered in the past, and everyone who is considering it for the future. We need volunteers to help run all the events on our calendar (see below), running stalls, manning the door, helping set up and helping clean up. In addition, we need parents to bake delicious cakes for our termly cake sales!  If you have any skills you think would be helpful to us please also let us know, for example perhaps you are a skilled artist or graphic designer and could help design posters for our events, or maybe you work somewhere such as a printers or wholesalers and could help get us discounts to minimise our costs? Whatever your contribution it will be extremely valuable, so if you would like to volunteer your time, please contact Elaine Molloy on help@tubbendenfriends.org.uk.

 

Become a class rep: We aim to have an allocated representative for all classes across the school.  Class reps are instrumental in helping to communicate key dates and reminders for those dress down charity days and generally keep our social communication going! You would also be responsible for organising class meet ups to help parents get to know each other better outside of the school gates.  We aim to recruit class reps by the end of the first month of the academic year.  If you would like to know more about becoming a class rep, please speak to Elaine Molloy or email help@tubbendenfriends.org.uk.

 

Register for easy fundraising: We all purchase goods online at some point during the year.  By registering for easy fundraising a percentage of what you spend at certain retailers will go to our charity.  Register on https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/tubbendenfriends to make your purchases count!

 

Matched Funding: If the company you work for kindly offers matched funding for any fundraising events you have been involved in at the school, please contact our treasurer Jo Isherwood at treasurer@tubbendenfriends.org.uk to discuss further.

Donate your used uniform: We all know how expensive it can get to purchase school uniform, especially if you have multiple children at school.  To help raise further funds and save you some money, please consider donating any uniform in good condition for our uniform sales via to Blue Bins under the bike shelter next to the small hall (infant side). 

Our Fundraising successes

As mentioned, our TFA has raised a huge amount of money this year with your help.  This money goes straight back into the school, providing for all pupils.  As well as agreeing to fund regular items for the school (reception books, Year 2 recorder lessons and Year 6 first aid training), at the end of each academic year the committee agree with the Governors fundraising targets for specific projects.  We are very proud to have provided grants to the school for all of the agreed projects for the 2018/2019 academic year!

  Project – 2018/2019 academic year

Amount

 

EYFS - Furniture/role play/book area

£1,000

 

EYFS - Wooden Ship replacement

£1,210

 

EYFS - Early Years Outdoor Area Grant

£6,000

 

Music - Drumtronics

£2,300

 

Music - Recorder Lessons

£3,000

 

Music - Band on the Run Lessons

£1,200

 

Music - BYMT Band Practice

£1,500

 

Music - Year 2 Recorders

£400

 

Reception Welcome Books

£650

 

Grant for Interactive White Boards

£7,455.45

 

Year 6 First Aid Course/Leavers Books

£263 (net figure after VAT and reception book savings)

 

Carer’s Leaflets

£62.99

 

Easter Egg Hunt

£1000

 

Dance Production

£250

 

TOTAL

£26,291.44

We have high aims for providing support to the School over the next academic year.

Our Events!

Please see below for a list of our upcoming events for the 2019/2020 academic year.  If you would like to help at one of these events or to find out more please contact help@tubbendenfriends.org.uk

 

  Date 

Event 

Saturday 7th September 2019

Friday 13th September 2019

Dragon Boat Race, Bewl Water Reservoir

New parents’ coffee morning

Friday 27th September 2019

Cake and Uniform Sale

Friday 4th October 2019

Family Disco

Wednesday 16th October 2019

Uniform Shop open

Friday 1st November 2019

Fireworks Display

Friday 15th November 2019

Comedy Night

Friday 22nd November 2019

Cake and Uniform Sale

Friday 29th November 2019

Own clothes day

Saturday 7th December 2019

Christmas Fair

Tuesday 14th January 2020

Uniform Shop open

Friday 17th January 2020

Kid’s Cinema Night

Thursday 13th February 2020

Uniform Shop open

Friday 6th March 2020

Quiz Night

Thursday 19th March 2020

Mother’s Day Sale

Friday 20th March 2020

Mother’s Day and Cake and Uniform Sale

Wednesday 29th April 2020

Sponsored Bounce

Tuesday 5th May 2020

Uniform Shop open

Friday 15th May 2020

Family Disco

Thursday 18th June 2020

Father’s Day Sale

Friday 19th June 2020

Father’s Day and Cake and Uniform Sale

Friday 26th June 2020

Own clothes day

Saturday 4th July 2020

Summer Fair

Thursday 9th July 2020

TFA AGM