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PTA ~ 2016/2017

PTA Newsletter

The newly formed PTA is really happy to welcome you to our first newsletter. We hope your child has settled into the year and are also looking forward to a fun packed last term at Redbridge Primary.

 

PTA EVENTS

AUTUMN FAYRE - Saturday 15th October 2016

CHRISTMAS FETE - Friday 13th December 2016

These were our first events for the academic year and they were a great success. Children came with their families. On the day there were stalls selling toys, clothes and jewellery. Other activities included face painting, mehndi, dance workshop, bouncy castles, inflatable slide and lots of games as well as a tea cup ride, we were also fortunate with good weather which made the day even more better. For the Christmas Fete, we had a Santa’s Grotto, which the kids loved. Food sold out for both events so don’t worry we know next time to order more.

At the Autumn Fayre we managed to raise a staggering £1065.23 and at the Christmas Fete we raised £318.34. All Money raised from our events is going towards resources for the school such as books.

 

 

 

EASTER EGG HUNT – Friday 24th March 2017

The Easter Egg Hunt this year was a massive success, with great attendance and wonderful weather. All parents and children enjoyed searching for the clues and receiving their Easter eggs. The clues were scattered around the school playground, and the children were able to solve the mystery word and sum. Those with allergies were given alternative gifts so no one missed out. A profit was made which will help to purchase equipment for the school. We would like to say a huge thanks to the PTA Team and all the volunteers who helped establish this great event, along with teachers and pupil advocates whose help was greatly valued. Last but not least we would like to say an enormous thank you to the Easter bunny that made the day extra special!

For the Easter Egg Hunt we raised £540.43.

PTA MOVIE NIGHTS – 5th, 12th and 19th May 2017

These have been held over 3 Fridays. The most popular movies were Trolls and Kung Fu Panda 3 and the children loved them, we have had excellent feedback especially with allowing children to bring their own snacks, thank you to the volunteers, we couldn’t have done it without your continued support.

 

SUMMER FAYRE 2017

We are really happy to announce that we will be holding our first ever Summer Fayre on Saturday 8th July 2017 from 12-4pm. This will be another great opportunity for your family to have some fun and you can bring your family, friends and neighbours, this is open to the whole community. We will be having inflatables, fairground rides, go-karts, pony rides, various stalls, and performances by children at the school and D-Style Dance, a DJ and lots more. There will be popcorn; slush and candyfloss as well as plenty of other food so don’t eat before you come!!

 

If you or your family would like a stall at the summer fayre, please email us with what you have on offer on redbridgepta@hotmail.com and we can send you a booking form.

 

Also at the Summer Fayre – we will be having an art gallery organised by Mr Bergmann, this will showcase the various artwork of Redbridge primary students and your chance to purchase any pieces.

FUTURE PTA EVENTS/DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

  • Summer Fayre – Saturday 8th July – 12-4pm
  • End of Year Disco – Friday 14th July 3:45pm-7: 15pm

    Nursery & Reception  - 3:45-4:30pm

    Years 1,2,3 - 4:45-5:45pm

    Years 4,5,6 = 6-7:15pm

  • Inflatable day – Wednesday 19th July – 3:45-5:15pm,

     

    Inflatable Day

    The PTA would like to celebrate their success by having an inflatable day for the children; we will have about 9 inflatables for the kids to enjoy. Each year group will get a slot throughout the day for free. Thereafter, 3:45pm-5: 15pm, you can come with your family and friends to have a picnic on the grass and an ice-cream van will be available on the grounds.
    If your child would like to continue having fun on the inflatable’s after school, you will have to purchase a wristband in advance from a PTA member at £2.50 if it’s bought beforehand or £3 if it’s bought on the day. Wristbands are limited so to avoid disappointment, we advise you purchase them in advance. Also children who do not attend the school but are of primary school age (under the age of 11), may also attend after school, as long as they are accompanied by an adult,

     

     

    THE PTA TEAM

    Chair – Randeep Sembi

    Vice Chair - Preeti Kirpalani

    Secretary – Tahira Riaz

    Treasurer – Sherry Sahotay

    Members: Elena Jenkinson, Nosheen Rana, Sajida Raja, Roshni Patel, Jigna Patel

     

     

    PTA CLASS REPRESENTATIVES

    Nursery – Tahira

    Reception – Roshni, Elena, Jigna, Tracey and Preeti

    Year 1 – Launthea, Reena, Roshni and Tahira

    Year 2 – Tracey and Sadaf

    Year 3 – Shana and Randeep

    Year 4 – Sajida, Nosheen, Preeti and Tracey

    Year 5 – Launthea

    Year 6 -

    DONATIONS

    At all of our Fayres/Fetes, we will be running some PTA stalls and would like some donations such as cakes, crisps and carton drinks. We would also like donations of cooked food such as pakoras, chana chaat, cakes, festivals, and Biryani or anything that can be easily served. Please note that all cooked food needs to be clearly labelled.

    YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE

    We are always looking for and ready to welcome, new members to our PTA team. We have a few class representatives but we need more, especially for KS2. Becoming a PTA member ensures that parents’ views are heard. Join our PTA team! Find out about our team by speaking to a PTA member.

     

    HELP! HELP! HELP!

    The PTA is a small group of parents and a small group can only do so much, it is very important that we get volunteers to help us out with the events we organise. Even if you can only help for one or two hours, it will make a huge difference to the children in our school and community. If you are able to help, then please give your name and a contact number to the office or email us on redbridgepta@hotmail.com as soon as possible. We look forward to hearing from you. If you or your family have special talents like face painting or henna/mehndi, singing or dancing and would like to help at future events, please get in touch and send us your details.

    KEEP IN TOUCH

We have a Facebook page called: Redbridge Primary School PTA, please join if you are a Facebook member. You can also email us on: redbridgepta@hotmail.com or you can find out more by going onto our school website.  If you would like to contact a PTA member then you can email them on this address.

PTA Annual General Meeting  

All parents and staff are automatically members of the school Parent Teacher Association. You will be notified of meetings and activities via the weekly newsletter. You are all welcome.

PTA AGM Results

Thank you to those who attended the AGM for the PTA on Friday 3rd February 2017. The following were parents elected:

Chairperson ~ Mrs Randeep Sembi

Vice Chair ~ Preeti Kirpalani

Secretary ~ Tahira Riaz

Treasurer ~ Mr Sherry Sahote (remained as treasurer)

Representatives for the year groups.

We would like to congratulate the former PTA team for their hardwork and their commitment to the school. We look forward to the new team to organising new events and making stronger links with the parents and school. It is great to have previous members of the PTA on board to continue with their hard work for yet another fantastic year!

We still have vacancies for parents to represent some of the year group representatives. If you are interested in being involved in the PTA and taking on a year group then please do not hesitate to contact Mrs Raj Matabadul, Ms Francis or Mrs Randeep Sembi.  We look forward to hearing from you.
Thank you from all on the PTA at Redbridge Primary School.

We have a Facebook page called: Redbridge Primary School PTA, please if you are a Facebook member.  You can also email us: redbridgepta@hotmail.com or you can find out more by going onto our school website. 

Calling all Parents and Carers

Make a stand against academisation

As you are aware there was a public meeting at Redbridge Primary School yesterday 16th May 2016 at 7.30pm. We had a number of parents who attended but there were not enough of us to be able to pass on the vital information to our school community. If academisation happens, this will have a dramatic impact on our children’s education and will be the biggest change in education for a generation. The guest speakers shared the facts and statistics of how academisation would impact on our children and their valued education.

We are aware that as parents and carers we are being pushed out of the academised schools and are not being told the whole truth about what an academy will look like and provide for our children. The meeting on Monday outlined the bare facts of the impact of what academisation will have on our children and future children in our own neighbourhood and nationally. The following points were raised:

  • Approximately 97% of schools in Redbridge are good or outstanding.
  • There is no evidence to support the fact that academies out-perform state schools.
  • Academies can be very selective in their admissions process which could exclude the most vulnerable of our children and those with special educational needs.
  • Schools would be run by a business leader as opposed to a Headteacher.
  • Our communities, traditions and cultures could be undervalued in the curriculum. In Redbridge we feel very strongly about developing children’s sense of identity and celebrating diversity. This is not guaranteed under the academy system.
  • We need to make a stand against forced academisation in Redbridge and feed into the bigger national picture.
  • Galvanise all stakeholders into action: teachers, head teachers, teaching assistants, and other school staff, parents, the local authority, councillors and MPs.
  • The need to inform all interested parties of the real issues behind academisation.
  • Influence Teacher and Head Teacher action and confidence.
  • Defeat the academy agenda through taking action e.g. signing petitions that we have in school signing on line petitions, informing our wider community, showing support through attending meetings, writing to our local MPs, getting our children to write to MPs and so forth. With over 700 children at our school we should aim to get over 1,000 signatures.

The PTA have been getting parents to sign the petition to prevent and save the high quality teaching that our children so deserve in our schools. Please continue.