Next PTA Meeting:  11th June 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

 

PTA School Quiz and Curry Night: Friday June 22nd 2018 – tables of 6, £10 per ticket to include curry and quiz.  All profits to PTA. Tickets available on ParentPay.

Ceilidh: Friday 8th 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

 

Riverford Cookery Evenings

These cookery events have proved a marvellous success over the past few months with lots of parents improving their culinary skills, learning some new vegetarian recipes and sharing delicious food together over a glass of wine. A huge thanks to Vicki at Riverford for putting these on for us and for passing on all monies raised to the PTA.

Feedback has included:

I really enjoyed the cookery evening. I came away feeling I learned something new and more excited about trying some new recipes. Really a brilliant thing to do!” – Anne

Thank you very much for the lovely veg evening. I found it very inspiring and informative. The dishes were SO tasty and the evening so well planned out. It was great to help prepare the food and then all sit down and enjoy it with a lovely glass of wine.” – Jo

Y7 Disco at Hayesfield

This event proved a big hit and Beechen will be looking to host a disco in June/July. Date coming soon…

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.

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.

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