Next PTA Meeting:  16th April 2018

1. A Who’s Who for current PTA team

PTA 2017/2018
Annie Meharg: Co-Chair
Kate Abbey: Co-Chair
Emma Ford: Treasurer
Hilary Rogers: Secretary
Kant Mann, Assistant Headmaster: school representative

Trustees
Kant Mann (Assistant Headmaster)
Sarah Evans (Member of staff and parent)
Emma Ford (Parent)

We are a group of parents and staff who aim to raise funds to benefit the boys and their school life. New faces at our PTA meetings are always welcome. We generally hold 6 meetings a year at the school. It’s a great way to get involved with your son’s school. If you’d like to be part of our PTA email group, that alerts parents to fundraising opportunities, please get in touch with Annie or Kate.

Year Reps  Please find below your year reps for 2017/2018. They are on hand to remind you of important events, gather support when needed for PTA events and forward any thoughts, fundraising ideas, feedback from you to the PTA.

Year 7
Caroline Roofe
Jacqueline Lewis
Vicki Mowat

Year 8
Kate Abbey
Jane Griffiths

Year 9
Clare Cutting
Caroline Healy

Year 10
Tom Therrien
Tracey Kehoe

Year 11
Steph Massie
Lisa Govier

Year 12
Philippa Spruit
Sarah Evans

Year 13
Lisa Govier
Mandy Adams

2. Dates for Upcoming Events

Riverford Cookery Evenings: 10 place max 7-9pm. Prep, cook and eat delicious food using Riverford box produce. Social, fun and informative and only £10 for supper and a glass of wine/soft drink. All profits donated to the PTA. Look out for a Parentmail email with booking information.

March 15th – Year 9
March 22nd – Year 13
April 12th – Year 7
April 19th – Year 10
May 3rd – Year 11
May 24th – Year 12

PTA School Quiz: Friday May 18th 2018. More information to follow

Ceilidh: Friday 8 June 2018. Dancing, drinking, food! Full details to follow

3. Information about Ongoing schemes

50:50  A monthly raffle raising money for the school and giving everyone a chance to win a cash prize. 50% of money is paid in prize money and 50% goes to the PTA.  Last year £2000 was raised for the school and £2000 was raised for 50:50 members.  For more information contact Sarah Mitchard.

Riverford Veg Fund We’ve just joined Riverford’s “Veg Fund” – a new partnership scheme for schools which helps us to raise funds and raise awareness of healthy eating. Riverford’s local team (who are parents at Beechen Cliff) will be making a £15 donation to the school for each new or existing customer connected to the school, and they’ll be running a series of cookery evenings for parents too!
Riverford deliver seasonal, organic vegboxes to your door, so it’s a really easy way to buy your vegetables. Boxes start at just £10.95 and they’re cheaper than buying the same veg at the supermarket. Delivery is free. There’s no minimum commitment, and you’re in control of what you get and when. Vegboxes are a fantastic way to connect your children to where their food comes from, and to get them trying new things – you can unpack the box with them each week and plan what to cook together. The veg changes with the seasons and there are recipe suggestions in the box every week.
Try a regular vegbox and get the donations rolling in to Beechen Cliff:
Just email them at alanandvicki@riverfordhomedelivery.co.uk and quote our school ID code, SCH1301.

If you’re new to Riverford, go to to www.riverford.co.uk/vegfund  choose the box that suits you, or call Alan and Vicki on 01225 437438. Again you’ll need to quote our school ID code, SCH1301, when you check out. Riverford will make the £15 payment at the beginning of the term following your third delivery.

Give As You Live Raise funds for Beechen Cliff School PTA when you shop on-line! ‘Give as you Live’ is an award winning, online fundraising website which gives Beechen Cliff parents the opportunity to raise funds for the PTA every time they shop at thousands of online stores including Amazon, ebay, John Lewis, Tesco Direct and Trainline. Many other PTAs are already registered with the scheme with some raising over £4,000 for their schools.
The idea is simple. In exchange for sending customers to a store’s site, the store pays a commission to ‘Give as You Live’ which is shared with us as a charity and Give as you Live to help fund their running costs. Give as You Live is completely free for parents to join, costs parents no extra when shopping and is quick and easy to use.
Follow the link below to find out more, register, and raise valuable funds to enhance the education of children at Beechen Cliff School. https://www.giveasyoulive.com/join/beechen-cliff-school-parent-teacher-association

4. Latest news

Yr7 Cheese, Wine and Beer Social  It was great to see nearly 70 parents at the Year 7 cheese, wine and beer evening. Huge thanks to Pong cheese who very generously donated all the cheese and biscuits for the evening, to Great Western Wine and the Electric Bear Brewing company for sponsoring the event, and to donors of the raffle prizes. Thanks must also go to Year 7 class reps Caroline, Vicki and Jacqueline and the team of helpers who made sure the event went smoothly, and lastly to the wonderful Beechen Cliff musicians who serenaded us! The event raised over £500 for PTA funds.

Y8 Riverford Cookery Evening  Yr8 parents were treated to a wonderful cookery evening at the Refectory this week. Vicki (Y7 parent) from Riverford showed us how to prepare and cook three fabulous vegetarian meals using produce from their veg-boxes. Everyone joined in with the prepping and cooking and we ended the evening all eating together. All profits from the evening were very kindly donated to the PTA.
Feedback included: “ sociable, informative and fun’, “a brilliant cookery demo” and “you have revolutionised my cooking with those knife skills!”. We hope to run more of these events for year groups throughout 2018 so watch out for dates……

Second Hand Uniform Rep(s)  Calling all recycling enthusiasts!
We currently don’t have anybody responsible for Beechen Cliff second hand uniform. It feels as if there’s a great opportunity to be able to find new homes for pre-loved clothes and sports gear as well as making some money for the PTA.  The school can directly receive bags of items and store them ready for sorting and selling. There are possibilities to sell the items at Parent Evenings throughout the year as well as at any PTA table top sales etc.  We’re looking for someone or a group of you to please take this on – it wouldn’t be especially time-consuming!  Annie and I can help with the initial organisation and ideas to get all the processes in place. So please do email us pta@beechencliff.org.uk if you think you could help.

New PTA Logo  Congratulations to Charlie Pritchard who was the winner of our PTA Logo competition! Thank you to all the Year 7s who entered. The standard of entries was very high and choosing a winner was a difficult choice.

5. How and Where are the funds raised spent?

The PTA does a really important job raising funds to support the school in a range of different ways. Here are some examples of where the money we raise has most recently gone:

Atlases for Geography Dept
Printmaking equipment for the Art Dept
Camcorder for the DT/Science Club
Foreign Film Club
Pastoral equipment
New dictionaries
Remote control car for Car Club
Library Renovation
Equipment for the Sports Dept