Dates for your Diary

Thursday 1st February Bingo and Bangers

DATE TBC February Valentines Disco

DATE TBC Bedtime Story Event


DATE TBC Tshirt design and catwalk

DATE TBC Sports Day refreshments

Friday 29th June Summer fete

What is the PTFA and what does it do?

Our school Parents, Teachers and Friends Association (PTFA) is a small group of friendly Christ Church mums, dads, carers and school staff who meet together to encourage closer links between home and school, and to raise money for the school.

Although the PTFA is best known for its fundraising work, it also serves an important social function. Events provide an excellent opportunity for parents, carers, school staff and pupils to get to know each other and have a bit of fun, while raising valuable funds for the school.

Why does the PTFA raise funds for school?

The PTFA aims to provide children at Christ Church with the extra fun things that enrich their time at school and make learning more interesting and exciting. In recent years, for example, the PTFA has paid for:

  • new lunchtime play equipment
  • seating for the Nursery and Key Stage 1 playgrounds
  • theatre trips
  • computers
  • library books
  • Santa’s grotto and Christmas presents

What is the PTFA raising money for this year?

The children on School Council have asked for:

  • more play and lunchtime games equipment
  • a proper forest school area (a landscaped woodland habitat with native British trees) with a footpath, a campfire circle and den-making materials
  • an outdoor classroom (it will look like a small wooden bandstand)

They also asked for a swimming pool, go-karting track, a zip wire, a BMX track, an ice-cream machine and a popcorn maker. (Our headteacher felt that these suggestions might need to wait for another time ... and a bigger budget! )

Who decides how the money is spent?
The PTFA committee and the headteacher decide how to spend funds, but suggestions come from pupils (via School Council), staff, parents and carers.

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Who is on the PTFA?

Everyone who has children at Christ Church or who works at the school is automatically a member of the PTFA and is welcome to come along to our meetings and support our activities and events. We would love you to join us, either at our termly meetings or to be part of a team who are putting together an event – any contribution is really appreciated.

How often does the PTFA meet?
PTFA committees usually meet once a term and set up smaller working groups to organise individual events.

Is being on the PTFA a big commitment?

PTFA volunteers can choose how much time they want to put in, and we are grateful for any help at all. There are many different ways you can help out, whether you have lots of time to offer or not.

Some of the roles are time-consuming, although also rewarding. If you can’t commit to a big job, look out for things you can do less frequently (eg running a stall at the summer fete, baking for a cake sale). The more people that get involved, the more successful and enjoyable PTFA events will be. And, of course, you can always support PTFA events by simply turning up and/or making a donation!

What events does the PTFA organise?

The PTFA organises social and fundraising events for the school. Events vary from year to year, but could include:

  • Christmas fayre
  • Summer fete
  • Bingo and Bangers night
  • Quiz ‘n’ Chips evening
  • providing refreshments at school open mornings
  • school disco
  • firework display
  • international evening
  • car boot sale
  • providing refreshments at parents’ evenings

How can I get involved?

Pop in to the school office and speak with Caz Stedman. Alternatively, email her at or phone her on 01373 463781.

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