Next PTA Meeting:  7 pm 13th May 2019 in the staffroom

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

30th April: Riverford Cookery Evening 7pm. Open to all year groups. SOLD OUT. Please email kateabbey@hotmail.com if you would like to be put on the waiting list
7th May: Riverford Cookery Evening 7pm. Year 7 parents. Event information and tickets available on ParentPay
5th July Dance night at Bonghy Bo to celebrate the end of year (parents and carers). Watch this space for more information

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.

Auction of Promises

A wonderful March evening at school with some fun and ferocious bidding on some incredible Promises made a staggering £15,100 to fund a new Club House and outdoor seating for the school.  We’d like to pass on our huge thanks to the generous donors and bidders, Dan Keal for his amazing work as chef on the night, Phil O’Hare the fabulous auctioneer, the incredible Auction of Promises team of Lisa, Tracey, Lesley, Katina and Morag, supported on the night by  Emma, Jess, Stacey, Jane and Debbie and a host of very helpful sixth formers, to Sarah for organizing the essential card reader, to Emily for all her marketing on twitter and to Kant and Sarah and staff at the school for all their support. The night was lots of fun with a great atmosphere and it was wonderful to see so many people getting behind the school. Plans for the Club House are well under way and we will keep everyone up-to-date as things progress.

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