Parents Association

As parents, you are automatically members of the Parents’ Association (PA), we are fortunate to have an active PA that is an integral part of the school community. The PA typically raises £9,000 each year and this is used to fund equipment and resources for the benefit of the children and the school.

The PA, through its events and activities, provides opportunities for closer links between home and school and brings staff, parents and friends together socially in support of the school. It is fun and a great way to involve as many families as possible.

We’re very proud to have a wonderful community of pupils, parents and families supporting our school and helping to make it such a fantastic learning environment.


What does the PA do?

We raise money for the school by holding fun events for both children and adults throughout the year. The events include:

Bag 2 School Collections Unwanted clothes are collected to raise funds, normally twice a year in September and April.
Cakes 4 Classes Cake sales are organised four times a year in support of two classes. Cakes donated by parents from these classes are sold at the end of the day to the whole school, with all profits passed to class teachers to be spent for the direct benefit of the two classes.
Discos The PA organises family discos throughout the year. The family disco is a two hour event for all the family (soft drinks and adult bar available). The events normally run between 6:30pm and 8:30pm. Some discos are themed such as the Autumn “Glow Stick Disco”.
Christmas Christmas gifts and cards designed by the children are sold by the PA. The PA also supports the annual visit of Father Christmas to school classes.
Nativity Performance Photo CDs and DVDs of the School Production are produced for sale. Bottle tombola is held together with a Christmas raffle with great prizes. Refreshments are also served.
Non-Uniform bring a bottle days Twice a year, in advance of the Nativity Performance and Summer Fair, the children are invited to attend school in their own clothes (no football shirts) in return for a bottle donation to the PA (alcoholic bottles are most welcome). Donations are used for raffle and tombola prizes at the Christmas performance and Summer Fair.
Christmas Party Bonanza A Family Christmas disco party (soft drinks and adult bar available). There are a number of cradt activities forthe children to enjy and a specail appearance by the 'big man' himself, Father Christmas!
School Mass Where possible free refreshments are provided for parents after each Mass and each special occasion Mass.
Easter Egg Bingo Fund bingo event for children and adults iwth Easter Egg prizes, adult and children's bar and free craft activities for younger children.
Summer Fair The major fundraising event of the year!  This is normally held on a Saturday in late June!  This event includes a wide variety of stalls, including: hook-a-bag, craft activities, bouncy castle, and tombola, face painting.  BBQ, bar and refreshments are available.  Entertainment and fun for all the family.
Summer Performance Photos, CDs and DVDs of the School Productin are produced for sale.  Refreshments are also served.

We are always grateful for the help and support of parents and the school community in the preparation for, and attendance at, events. For example, donations on non-uniform “bring a bottle” days (bottles for the tombola) and the donations of cake for sale the Summer Fair. Without this support we would not be able to raise the funds we do. Alcoholic bottle donations are always especially welcome. Please try and use Fair Trade ingredients on cake donations where possible.

How is the Parents’ Association run?

It is run by a committee of parents who meet two to three times a term to plan and organise events. Any parent is welcome to join the committee. If you would like to attend the next committee meeting please contact the Mick Smith, details below.

How can you be involved?

We understand that you may not be able to attend PA meetings but perhaps there is some other way of being involved? Can you donate your time or expertise at one of our fundraising events? Do you know someone who has a local business who would be willing to donate a raffle prize or give us a discount towards their product?

If you would like to be involved, then please contact one of our committee members and he/she will be able to tell you what’s going on or where help is needed. Also, don’t forget to check on the PA notice board and our newsletters on parent mail for details of upcoming events.

How is the money spent?

Over the last few years, the PA has undertaken a number of major projects and provided funding for: a large, metal, outdoor PE equipment store; projector and sound system in the school hall; a modular stage system; a large variety of sports equipment, including three outside table tennis tables; gardening equipment and outside picnic tables and benches. On completion of the school’s extention the PA funded the purchase of the furniture, an interactive 75” touchscreen system and laptop for the classroom.

In the past 12 months we have funded the purchase of 16 (i5 8GB RAM SSD) descktop computers to replace and upgrade pervious desktops in th ICT Suite; six (i5 8GB 15.6IN) laptops and a laptop portable charging station (for use by KS2); two (i5 8GB RAM SSD) desktop computers to assist teachers in lesson preparation (Total Cost £7,700); a significant increase in maths resources for use across the school (Total Value £1,630); a portable Mini PA system for the school choir (£160); sensory based education equipment (£230); Library decoration (£200); and five replacement PE floor mats (£340).

We continue to be busy raising funds to help fund projects for the benefit of the children and the school. We invite you and your families to join us, enjoy the events and help support the PA and the school.

Who to contact

The PA can be contacted via the school office or by emailing stjohnspabaldock@hotmail.com