Dear parent/carers,

As a school, we pride ourselves on the excellent sporting experiences we provide to the children – but there is always more the school would like to do. Our ambition for Blackboys is to build a brand new ‘All weather Sports Pitch’ for activities including football, hockey, netball, tennis and cricket to be situated on part of the school field. Our plan is for this to be built during the summer of 2020 and to be ready for use next September.

Sport is a vital part of our curriculum and something that the children really enjoy. Our current set up means that the field can become very muddy at certain times of the year making it either very difficult for us to hold PE lessons and after school clubs or render it unusable. Having the all-weather pitch will guarantee year-round usage and therefore enhance the already excellent sports provision from our fabulous school.

It's an ambitious plan that is likely to take place over a number of phases, starting with the groundworks and pitch, with a fence surround to be added at a later date. The total cost of the project is expected to be in the region of £37,000.

And this is where we need your help. While the PTA fund is in a healthy state we estimate that we shall nonetheless find ourselves approximately £5,000 short of our fundraising target for the pitch and as such we are calling on friends of the school to help us try to close that gap so we can make the dream become a reality. We need your help more than ever!

We are already in the planning stage for a dedicated sporting fundraiser this year and will be sharing details with you about that soon. At this early stage, we are asking if any parents would be able to make a financial pledge to our cause to help get the project off the ground. We are also keen to explore whether local businesses might also be interested in coming forward to help finance the project as a CSR project for a local and worthy cause. We are open to suggestions, so if you think you might be able to help in any way, no matter how small, then please email me at rswevill@gmail.com or contact the school directly.

Furthermore, if you shop online from companies like M&S, eBay, John Lewis and Tesco then start your shopping with www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/blackboyspta! It’s so easy to do and turns your everyday online shopping into free donations for your favourite cause! Just start your online shopping at easyfundraising, then shop as normal. Retailers will then make a small donation to say, “thank you”. To make it easier to use, you can set up a donation reminder so that if the website you use is affiliated to easyfundraising, you’ll automatically be asked if you want to go through the site! Additionally, Amazon run a similar promotion through ‘Amazon Smile’ where your purchases generate donations towards the PTA! We managed to raise over £100 last year with just a few users so with a healthy increase in numbers we could reach our target with ease! Start now by accessing Amazon via Smile.amazon.co.uk.

On one final and more immediate note the ever popular QUIZ NIGHT will be taking place on Friday 20th March at 7pm. Like always it will take place at the school and the £10 entry fee will include food. It’s an absolutely fantastic evening and of course helps raise additional funds for your child’s school. Please book your team or register your interest with the school asap! Don’t worry if you can’t get a team of six together as we can always mix and match on the night!

Once again thank you for all your support.

Rob Wevill

PTA Chair

 

Blackboys CE School PTA Fundraising with Easyfundraising

Do you shop online from companies like Amazon, eBay, John Lewis and Tesco? easyfundraising turns your everyday online shopping into free donations for your favourite cause. Just start your online shopping first at easyfundraising, then shop as normal. Retailers will then make a small donation to say “thank you”. To make it even easier to use, you can set up a donation reminder so that if a website you use is affiliated to easyfundraising, you'll automatically be asked if you want to go through the site.

There are 3,449 retailers to choose from.

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PTA Events for 2017-18

Event Date
PTA Pots!

Pots (small flower pots kindly donated by Stavertons Nursery) to be filled with small items & decorated which will then be sold at the PTA fair.

Pots to be filled will be handed out Friday 17th November to then be returned the following Friday 24th November.
Mufti Day Monday 20th November. Donations for Christmas fair as follows:

 

KS1 children to bring in ‘small child items’ e.g small puzzles,

Crayons, small games etc.

KS2 children to bring in ‘grown up items’ e.g bubble bath, handcream, bottles etc.

PTA Christmas Fair Saturday 25th November midday – 2pm
PTA Quiz Night Friday 16th March evening although actual start time tbc.
PTA Easter Fair Saturday 24th March 11am – 2pm
PTA School Spring Garden Tidy Afternoon Sunday 22nd April 2pm start.
PTA Auction of Promises Friday 22nd June 7.30pm for a 8pm start
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PTA Newsletter Summer 2017

Dear all,

With the end of yet another school year looming we will soon be saying a fond farewell to both Mrs King and Miss Stevens. As previously stated they have both been great servants to Blackboys School and as such will be sorely missed. In order to give them a proper send-off we start off with Mrs King’s tea party booked in for 2:30pm on Friday 14th July.  The children have already planned some exciting entertainment so we encourage as many of you to attend as possible. Could I also please ask for you to dust off the old oven gloves and start baking some cupcakes in the class house colours as these will be consumed during the ‘live performance’.

The second event is the school cup assembly on the 20th July. Miss Stevens has of course been an integral part in so many aspects of Blackboys School, not least as much in our children’s physical education and regularly organising the ever popular sports day. The assembly will be our opportunity to thank her again before she moves on to her new school. We do of course wish her and Mrs King all the very best in future pursuits!!!

Before I sign off for the summer I would just like to say a massive thank you to everyone again for their hard work in assisting with the Summer Fayre. It was an extremely hot day but everyone had a fab time and I’m pleased to announce that we successfully managed to raise just over £1,300. As most of you already know the government continues to squeeze the budget concerning our children’s education.  This means that we at PTA will be doing all we can next year to support Blackboys School in places where finances will inevitably fall short. This means bigger and better events but in order to achieve this we need your help. Therefore, if you wish to become a part of the PTA or merely support it through ideas and proposals then by all means drop either Jemma or I an email at rswevill@gmail.com. Don’t forget that our new term PTA meeting is being held on Wednesday 20th September at 7:45pm. Venue TBC.

Thanks again for all your support.

Blackboys PTA.

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PTA Newsletter Winter/Spring 2017 2

With spring now firmly upon us it’s busy as ever for our hard working PTA!  First on the agenda is the inaugural Framfield & Blackboys School Stoolball competition which is set to take place on Saturday 13th May.  This will be the first time we’ve organised such an event with our friends over at Framfield School and we hope that this will become an annual event.  The competition will begin at 2pm on Framfield Recreation Field and will involve the four colour houses from the two schools enabling the children and parents alike to mix and socialise.  On site will be a BBQ and drinks tent so let’s hope the sun comes out to make this a truly memorable occasion.  Children are encouraged to book their place asap and a sign-up sheet will be made available in the Blackboys School office.

Moving towards the summer and it’s the big one, our annual Summer Fair.  This is taking place on Saturday 17th June between 1pm and 3pm.  There will be lots of stalls, games, a raffle, BBQ and much much more so please come along and support your school.

Finally, I would just like to say a big thank you to all those who attended and assisted with the quiz night back in March.  A special thank you goes out to Mrs Withers for cooking up such a tasty curry and to Mr & Mrs Lynch for hosting.  As always this was a fantastic night with the male teachers coming out victorious!!!  We managed to raise an amazing £550 which will of course go towards future school projects.

As previously mentioned Mrs King will be leaving us at the end of the year but as most of you now know so will Miss Stevens who will be taking up a new teaching post closer to home.  Both have been great servants to Blackboys School and as such will be sorely missed.  Please keep Friday 14th & 20th July firmly pencilled into your diary as we look to give both a fond fairwell.

Thanks again for all your support.

Blackboys PTA.

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PTA Newsletter Winter/Spring 2017

I trust you all had a great Christmas and New Year but with another school term in full swing it’s time to make you all aware of some exciting upcoming PTA events!

First on the agenda is the school’s annual quiz night.  As usual this will be held direct at the school and the date to save is Friday 17th March.  Doors will open at 7pm with the quiz itself beginning promptly at 7:30pm.  If you’re keen to take part in this much loved event then please book your place/table with Mrs Sheffield via the school office.  Prices are £10 per person or £75 if you’re able to get a table of eight (8)!  These prices include your entry fee and a very tasty curry as prepared by our very own loveable school chef!!!!  Wine will also be available to purchase on the night. Please book early as this event is likely to sell out fast!

Arrangements for the school’s Summer Fair are still in their infancy but early indications suggest a Saturday in mid June so keep your ears open for more details when they arise.

Most of you will already be aware that Mrs King will be leaving us at the end of the year.  She has been a great servant to both Blackboys and Framfield schools and as such will be sorely missed.  On behalf of Blackboys PTA I wish her all the very best but in order to say thank you in true Blackboys fashion we will be looking to hold an additional summer event.  Details will again be provided nearer the time both on the website and via the newsletters.

Thanks again for all your support.

Blackboys PTA.

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PTA Newsletter Autumn/Winter 2016

As we approach the end of Term Two our minds begin to focus firmly on Christmas and spending valued time with family and friends, not to mention eating copious amounts of food, drink and of course the giving/sharing of presents!!!!

Christmas is of course a particularly exciting time for the little ones and this was no more obvious than at our annual Christmas Fair where they enjoyed the many games and stalls available, super deluxe BBQ and Santa’s grotto!  The event does however require a lot of planning both before and on the day so I would like to take this opportunity to again thank everyone who assisted with this, including the many families who attended and supported the event.  We raised a staggering £1,850 which will of course continue to assist Blackboys Primary School with projects going into 2017.

The PTA has itself had a bit of a transition period of late and special thanks also go to Tjadine Ullmann and the school staff for welcoming Jemma and I into the fold.  Hopefully we can build on the already excellent service provided by them and help make the school the ‘best it can be’.

Before I sign off and eat another mince pie, can I please make you aware that there will be a PTA meeting in early to mid-January (dates to follow) where further events, including the ever popular quiz night, will be discussed.  You are of course all welcome!!!!

I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Rob Wevill

PTA Chair

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