Next PTA Meeting:  7 pm 18th March 2019

1. A Who’s Who for current PTA team

PTA 2018/2019
Annie Meharg: Co-Chair
Kate Abbey: Co-Chair
Emma Ford: Treasurer
Clare Cutting: 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: 

All Year Group Reps have children in that specific year and will occasionally be in touch via ParentMail to ask for support at specific events.  Please also forward any PTA queries, concerns, fundraising ideas to kateabbey@hotmail.com or anniemeharg@hotmail.com and we can put you in touch with your Rep.

Year 7: Tara Gretton

Year 8: Caroline Roofe & Vicki Mowat

Year 9: Jane Griffiths & Kate Abbey

Year 10: Clare Cutting & Caroline Healy

Year 11: Tom Therrien & Tracey Kehoe

Year 12: Steph Massie & Lisa Govier

Year 13: Philippa Spruit

2. Dates for Upcoming Events

Beechen Cliff Auction of Promises March 8th: Tickets Now Available

Limited tickets* are now up on ParentPay at £12 per person for this not-tobe missed event! Book a table for 8 and email the lead name on your table to kateabbey@hotmail.com or come as an individual, couple or smaller group and table share on the night. The dress code is ‘Dress to Impress’.
Incredible Promises (sealed bids and Live Auction) including a week in a luxury ski-in-ski out penthouse apartment for 2-3 families in Verbier, a weekend family ticket to WOMAD festival, a Lansdown Tennis and Squash Club 6 Month Family Membership, a framed RBS 2017 England Rugby Team shirt (signed by all the players), Farleigh House tour for up 8 with the chance to watch Bath rugby train and meet the players/manager, a family canoeing day, a drone, a home- made birthday cake, a family photo shoot, bike servicing, catered dinner party, a lesson with a world renowned guitarist, a pampering session at L’Occitane for 10 people and much more….. Full catalogue to be released prior to the night.
Come along for some fun and fundraising – all proceeds to go towards a new Beechen Club multi-use Club House with outdoor seating and all-year round drinking fountain.
*Please note, no paper tickets will be issued, check-in list on the night.
We look forward to seeing you there.

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:  beechen5050@gmail.com

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

Twitter Feed

Beechen PTA now has its own Twitter account, very kindly run by a parent. Follow us to ensure you don’t miss out on any news/dates https://twitter.com/BeechenPTA

PTA Funds Granted to Beechen Sports Department

The PTA has been delighted to agree to support the Sports Department over the next 12 months through sponsorship of the annual sports’ subscriptions and external referee payments in order that Beechen may continue to enter the full array of sports competitions – both at a local and national level.

Y7 Disco with Hayesfield

A great night for the kids and parents who were able to enjoy refreshments in the refectory. Many thanks to all helpers and an amazing £600 raised for the PTA.

Ceilidh

A wonderful night learning some new moves, making new friends and enjoying some delicious food very kindly provided for us by our Beechen Chef Dan. Huge thanks to Clare Cutting and the team and the fantastic Ceilidh band. Over £700 raised on the night.

Second Hand Uniform 

We now have a team working hard to collect, sort and sell all uniform and sports clothes/shoes/equipment. Recent sales at various meetings has raised over £200 already.  The PTA would like all donations of good quality second hand ‘New Style” uniforms please. We would like: blazers, shirts. trousers, sports kit, foot wear, shin pads, hockey sticks etc. By donating your unwanted uniform we can re-sell it to raise much needed funds for the school. Please drop it off, in labelled bags to the school Reception at anytime.
Uniform sales will run during the year and there will be a stall in the school reception on all Parents Evenings. Obviously there may not be the item that you are looking for, but you can always contact Sarah Evans at School, who is happy to try and find items for pupils.

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