The Arkholme PTFA works to support the school, not only by raising money, but by encouraging a collaborative and fun relationship between staff, parents, governors, the Arkholme community and, of course, the children themselves.
The aim is to involve as many people as possible, and in a fun way. One of our main purposes is to raise funds for equipment or for travel to events, but another is to enhance the children’s enjoyment and experience of the school such as by funding the Christmas Disco, Christmas Crackers for Christmas Dinner and ice lollies for Sports Day!
Everyone is a member of the PTFA already, just by having a child at the school – it’s not a special club – and the committee welcome your involvement. We can always use fresh input, ideas and suggestions. You may not have spare time but you may work somewhere that could support a raffle prize, or utilise a staff discount, or just have knowledge of how we can do something differently.
Come along to any of our meetings, or speak to one of the committee at school or an
event. Or just keep attending all of the events that you can and buying the tea, cakes and raffle tickets! We love any type of help you can offer.
The Money We Raise
All the money raised by the PTFA gets ploughed straight back into the school for the benefit of everyone.
It is spent on “extras” that the school budget doesn’t stretch to, items from the ‘wishlist’ that staff and pupils would like to have, or improving areas within the school environment e.g. we helped in the creation of the new school library by raising £4k.
The other main area we fund is travel costs. The PTFA pays towards travel so that the school can attend special trips or events, such as the Westmorland County Show or the Christmas pantomime. It is important that being a rural school does not limit the experiences that the children can enjoy.
Since January 2019 our main fundraising target is the renovation of the playground, including new playground safety surfacing underneath the play equipment. This is a massive task and we are two thirds of the way there, and so your ongoing support and patience with this challenge is very much appreciated.
If you can think of any ways that you might be able to help out, or any extra events to help raise the last amounts, then grab one of us for a chat, come to the next meeting or check out our Facebook page that is updated regularly.
Chair: Claire Halsey
Treasurer: Elle Fox
Secretary: Corinne Metcalfe
Regular Committee Members – Emily Sapsford, Gillian Chase, Birta Henderson, Rebecca JacksonPitt and Brenda Ireland.
Teachers – Mrs Ingram, Mrs Muckalt, Mrs Whitaker
Come and join in or contact us on our Facebook page.
We love new members and there’s often cake!
A simple and convenient way of raising funds for our school while shopping online. You simply need to:
1. Log on to: https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/
2. Search for Arkholme C of E Primary School in the ‘Search for a Cause’ box.
3. Join easyfundraising; this just takes a few minutes.
4. Shop online at the retailers below and many more.
5. Collect donations as a proportion of your purchases to be Giftaided to Arkholme School.