Parents' Association

Parents' Association

Welcome to Upton Primary School Parents’ Association! All parents and carers are automatically members… have a look around to find out more information. Thanks for reading!

Who?

We are a friendly approachable group of parents who organise fun, affordable events for our children to enjoy whilst raising money for the school.

Trustees

The day to day running, organisation and management of the PA is conducted by 8 Trustees and several other helpful parents. Our current Trustees (with children in the years shown) were elected at the AGM held in September 2016. They are;

Co-Chair Persons

Leanne Hall & Zoe Rahim

EYFS & Y1

Vice Chair

Louisa Juchau

 Y1

Treasurer

Chris Wilson

EYFS & Y1 & Y4

Vice Treasurer

Sue Cahill

Y1 & Y4

Secretary

Laura Martin

EYFS, Y2 & Y3

Vice Secretary

Julia Sweet

EYFS & Y2

Advertising

Caroline Shorter

Y1               

 

 

 

Honorary President

Mr Oldfield

 

PA Representatives

We’ve rounded up a few helpful parents to act as PA representatives. These lovely people are our link between parents, the PA and teachers, sharing info between everyone as necessary. Would you like to become a PA rep? This is a good way to keep involved and help the PA out.  Let us know if you’re interested or would like more information – you can speak to a Trustee, an existing PA rep or email upton.pa@hotmail.com. Thank you!  

Why?

To enhance both the school’s provisions and your child’s experiences whilst at school.

When & Where?

The PA meet once a month either directly after drop off in the School or from 7:30pm at the Royal Oak pub (66 Mount Road, Bexleyheath, DA6 8JS). The date and location of each meeting is emailed and advertised on our notice boards (located at both the main school and early years’ entrances, and on our newsletters.

How?

To find out what’s going on, just join our mailing list by emailing upton.pa@hotmail.com and look out for our newsletters, or approach a Trustee or PA rep, we promise we don’t bite!

Things that the PA spend money on each year;

  • £70 gift for each class to spend on whatever they want
  • Water bottles for each new starter
  • Funding the Christmas Disco
  • Paying for theatre company to perform 2 Christmas pantomimes 
  • Sports day drinks
  • Leavers’ books and t-shirts

The money raised to date has been spent on lots of lovely things including:

  • Ongoing projects in the outdoor learning areas
  • iPads and digital cameras for each class
  • Benches for the Playground
  • Storytelling area and canopy in the main playground
  • Canvases for EY artwork
  • ‘Alphasmart’ electronic devices for SLCU
  • Ukeleles

To find out more or if you would like to get involved with the PA then email:

upton.pa@hotmail.com

Our Upcoming Events 2017

Thursday 23 March 2017

Mother’s Day Sale – we shall be selling small plants and flowers to the children.

Friday 31 March 2017

Easter Egg Hunt – we shall be organising an Easter Egg Hunt for the Early Years children.  Many parents ask why we do not extend the invitation for the Halloween Disco to our Early Years Children, and the reason for this is that the younger children sometimes find this frightening and overwhealming.  We therefore arrange an Easter Egg Hunt for our Early Years children as something that they can enjoy instead.

Friday 31 March 2017

Easter Raffle – in the coming term we shall be selling strips of raffle tickets with the prize draw to be made on the last day of term.

Saturday 17 June 2017

Inflatables Day – we shall be organsing the annual inflatable fun day over the coming months.  Please keep an eye out for further information in future newletters.  We are always in need of helpers on the day.  If you are able to assist please do contact a member of the PA in person or on upton.pa@hotmail.com.

 

Our Past Events

Sponsored Bounce

The children did A LOT of bouncing, great work! Please keep sending your sponsor money in (along with Gift Aid forms).

Pantomimes

Everyone enjoyed the performances in December, oh yes they did!  A treat for the children, made possible by all the money YOU have helped to raise in the past.

Christmas Bazaar

The PA pulled out all the stops to provide a brilliant Christmas Bazaar’ for the children! All of the hard work in preparing the stalls and activities culminated in a successful day, with every child visiting the hall with their class. We are sincerely grateful to everyone that helped out on the day and for your kind donations of gifts. Please keep in mind that we continue to accept gift donations throughout the year, so do remember us when having a spring clean!  Donations can be left at the PA box in the School Office.

Halloween Disco

A spooky night was enjoyed by all as the children danced the night away in their fantastically scary costumes, masks and make up. Thank you to everyone for supporting the school so well.

Welcome Coffee Mornings

The PA hosted coffee mornings for parents dropping their children off to Early Years settling in sessions at the start of this school year, providing friendly faces, hot and cold drinks and biscuits, and most importantly tissues for those feeling overwhelmed!

The Premier League Trophy

Excitement all round, the majority of the children were able to visit the trophy and ask questions. Thank you to Del Manning for giving up his day to take photos of those children (and staff!) who had donated £1. Great partnership between Governors and the Parents’ Association, thank you to Jo Leech, Upton’s Chair of Governors, for making this possible.

Wondering whether to get involved?

Have a read of this:

Why I took the PTA plunge news article

Visit the PTA UK website

Upton Primary Parents’ Association are proud members of PTA UK, the leading membership organisation for parent bodies across the UK. With PTA UK membership all parents can access a wealth of useful information to help with supporting both the PTA and school in providing the best possible education for your children.  Click the link for more information: https://www.pta.org.uk/