Dear Parents and Carers,
The William Patten PTFA would like to introduce themselves to all parents and carers
[PTFA stands for Parents Teachers and Friends Association. We are a charity run by parents with one mission, to support the school in delivering the widest range of opportunities and activities for our children]
What do the PTFA do and why?
During a typical year (pre Covid) we organise a Summer and Winter fair and several smaller events to fund a variety of activities and initiatives for the pupils of our school. Examples of the smaller events include cake sales, Halloween parties and Quiz nights (parents only!). The PTFA also run the school lottery which provides a fantastic way for parents to support the school whilst also being in with a chance of winning cash prizes! Please contact the PTFA via email@example.com for further information.
We also provide a way for parents to meet, socialise and get to know each other, all key aspects that help nurture the overall school community.
The money we raise has supported a wide range of initiatives over the years that include:
➢ Dance workshops with Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures, culminating in an all-school performance at Sadler’s Wells theatre
➢ iPads for all classrooms
➢ A mural decorating the playground wall
➢ Part-funding of the roof garden
➢ The quiet play space
➢ Purchase of extra playground equipment
This year (2021/22) our focus areas include the following – but we’re always open to new ideas:
➢ Artist in residence – Claymation
➢ Continuing to support a member of staff to engage children in the playground over lunchtimes
➢ Initiatives to combat air pollution on the school grounds and raise environmental awareness
➢ Animation workshops
How do we stay in touch with parents and how can you find our more?
Please follow our social media (details below). We also send emails via the school, post updates in the Patten Pages, send messages via the Class Reps and hold 1 or 2 meetings a term. There’s a noticeboard in the playground which will be used when parents return to the playground.
The PTFA needs your help!
We’re currently looking for parents to join the PTFA to develop new ideas to engage the parent community, raise vital funds for our school and help organise a rich and engaging set of events during the 2021/22 school year. If you’re interested in joining, please get in touch via the PTFA email (firstname.lastname@example.org)
William Patten is a great school, supported by a fantastic community. Please help us continue that tradition by supporting and getting involved with the school community via one of the many events we plan to hold over the coming weeks and months.
We look forward to working closely with those who want to get involved with running the PTFA and meeting all parents and carers during the year.
PTFA Chair: Evan Williams
PTFA Treasurer: Jonathan Parr
PTFA Secretary: Vacant
PTFA Lottery: Selwyn Renton
Facebook: Please search for the William Patten PTFA page and request to join. You will be asked the name of your child’s class as security.
PTFA email: email@example.com@gmail.com
For the last 2 years we’ve had a class Rep for each class, (including Nursery). They helped communicate with parents, usually via the year group WhatsApp. We would like the Reps to attend PTFA meetings, and if they can’t, arrange for a replacement to cover the meeting so that key information can be shared. The PTFA committee post messages to the Class Reps to forward to their year. The Rep can also ask questions for parents in their year via the WhatsApp group. We give current Reps the opportunity to change at the beginning of the year. We now need new Reps, as there has been a lot of movement in the school and the same parents have done it for a while. If you can be a Class Rep, please email the PTFA (email above).
We had our first meeting for the year on Thurs 14th October, online via Google Meet. We hope future meetings will be in person, but if not, you will be sent an invitation to the meeting via email from the school. Once or twice a term.
The lottery works by parents signing up to a monthly direct debit. The minimum requirement is £1 per month, although people typically contribute between £5 – £10 a month – and some people do more than that. There is a monthly draw for which the cash prizes are £40, £30 and £20, which equates to about 30% of the total takings. We currently receive approximately £267 a month after prize money, so that’s an annual income of £3,200 for the PTFA.
Please sign up by emailing the PTFA at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note William Patten School – London is registered with easyfundraising. Easyfundraising is a simple and hugely effective way to raise funds for the school. Once registered, any purchases you make through a partner retailer (there are thousands of partner retailers) will generate a donation to the school at no extra cost to you.
In the coming weeks, if you’re shopping online, please remember to shop via the easyfundraising website or app. There are thousands of retailers on easyfundraising, including M&S, booking.com, Argos, Sky, Sainsburys Groceries, John Lewis, Clarks, WHSmith etc. who all give free donations to William Patten School, based on a percentage of what you spend at no cost to you (the percentage varies per shop, but some are up to 6%).
If you’re not already signed up, it only takes a few minutes, then you can begin using the easyfundraising website or app straightaway – simply visit easyfundraising first and then shop online as normal. This will be an enormous help to us, at no extra cost to yourself.
Please visit the easyfundraising page to get started: