Newsletter - May 2009

An Update From Our Chair - Lisa Barry

First the good news - it’s been just over 5 months since our last newsletter and this is the first time we’ve had a short break from fundraising to give us the time to update you all...
...and for the even better news – apart from the many successful PTA coffee, tea and cake sales, just listen to all the things we’ve been up to during that time:

Burns Night (Jan 09)

Our 6th Annual PTA’s Burns Night celebrations were another huge success.

As the haggis was stabbed and the toast said, 108 revellers sat down to a hearty meal of haggis, tatties and neeps all washed down with copious amounts of wine, ale and whisky. As in previous years this was followed by fine Scottish dancing (remarkably controlled) under the direction of our caller with the bonus of extra dancing space this year giving the room for faster and bigger spins, which was great fun at the time, but in some cases resulted in war wounds on Sunday Morning! The wall and table decorations transformed the hall and Community Room with ivy and various other garden shrubs sourced from gardens around the village and then carefully made into decorations by committee members.

Food was bought, prepared, cooked and served by our own fair hands and washed down with drinks from the seriously discounted bar which was stocked and manned by the team throughout, to ensure an enthusiastic and successful time was had by all. And with plenty of smiley faces continuing to drink and dance late into the night before the chilly walk home, we were reassured that had certainly been achieved.

Mention must also be made of the raffle.  Fantastic raffle prizes were sourced and wrapped and with plenty of tickets sold on the night a huge thank-you must go out to all those who donated items to the raffle.

Finally, a tremendous thank-you must go out to all the committee and ‘friends of the PTA’ who put in so much time, energy and enthusiasm to ensure the evening was such a huge success.

Spring Quiz (Mar 09)

Friday the 13th arrived and with all our fingers crossed the PTA Spring Quiz sprung into action with thankfully no major hiccups.

Fifteen enthusiastic teams battled against one another to win the coveted prize of the ‘Alexander Hosea School PTA Quiz Night Trophy’.

Held on the same night as Comic Relief the atmosphere was one of fun and merriment with many a red wig or two bobbing about, especially in one particular ladies team! With a heavily discounted bar, local Wickwar beer on tap, wine by the bottle and a superb raffle the evening flew by. Rounds seem to get quicker and spookily the questions seemed to get easier too!

The raffle prizes were exceptional with many of our local pubs and restaurants donating meal vouchers, huge thanks go to La Passionate, The Pear Tree and The Brimsham Park, with several other local donations being kept for our big St Georges Night Raffle.

In the end it was a close call with ‘Colonic Relief’ pipping the ‘Charship Enterprise’ to the post, closely followed in third place by the ‘TA’s’, who were our winners last time around. Congratulations to our winning team. I also want to take this opportunity to say a big thank you to Andy Wilson who was our fantastic quizmaster for the evening and for all the hard work and research that Andy put in beforehand to ensure the evening was a huge success.

Finally I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who helped set up and clear away at the end of the evening and also a big thank you to those of you (including all our new faces) that supported us and came along to take part.

St Georges Night (Apr 09)

Our 2nd annual PTA St Georges Night celebration was another huge success.

As the sun went down and the lights dimmed, the fabulously decorated school hall came to life with an array of flashing lights, fantastic fancy dress costumes and many a great groovy mover, throwing shapes around a packed dance floor. Cheese wasn’t just in the freshly prepared Ploughmans; cheese was the main theme of the night. A chance to go down memory lane and let your hair down with many a good ‘time tunnel’ track being belted out from the 70’s right through to the 90’s.

With our honary guest ‘St George’ and his team working behind the bar, the drinks were freely flowing, giving many of our guests that extra bit of confidence to strut their stuff on the dance floor.

The evening flew by, so much so that we almost forgot the raffle! Fantastic raffle prizes were sourced by one of our team, prepared and wrapped beforehand - with plenty of tickets sold on the night. A huge thank you must go out to all the local pubs and restaurants who donated vouchers.

Finally, a tremendous thank you must go out to all the committee and ‘friends of the PTA’ who put in so much time, energy and enthusiasm before, during and on Sunday morning (to clear up), to ensure the evening was such another great success.

The 100 Club

There are still spaces available! We need to fill all the spaces to make this a viable fundraiser for the PTA.

For only £12 per year (paid in 2 instalments) you could win one of our fantastic cash prizes allocated each month, which would more than pay for the cost of your subscription.

If you would like to join the club or want more information, please contact Sian Belcher on 01454 299374 or Lisa Barry 01454 322445.

Thank Yous

Ace Cameras – Yate

A huge thank you must go to Mike at Ace Cameras in Yate for helping us not only get such great value for our 10 brand new digital cameras, but also throwing in all those added extras which we would have paid so much more for if we went elsewhere.

e-on Central Networks (Andy Wilson)

Another huge thank you must go to Andy’s employer e-on Central Networks who very kindly match funded our Spring Quiz entry fees and donated the sum of £250 towards the purchase of our new digital cameras.


We would like to take this opportunity to thank our supporters over the last few months:

Kemp Plants - Westerleigh - For donating plants & seeds for our Foundation vegetable garden & for coming into school and talking & planting with our Reception children.
Bristol Water – for donating 2 water butts, stands and connector kits
B&Q – Filton & Yate - For donating 2 water butts and stands from Filton and watering cans & trowels from the Yate branch.
DTP Enterprise Division – Newbury - For donating a brand new HP colour laser jet printer for PTA usage.
Costco Wholesalers & Hobbs House Bakery - For donating all our ‘Smartie’ tubes.

What Have We Spent It On?

Each year the PTA committee agrees priorities for each year's fund raising activities with the school’s children and teachers.

A key input to this discussion are the children’s own ideas, they are actively encouraged to make suggestions to their teachers about what they want, so the PTA can ensure they are one of the key drivers of the coming year’s efforts.

For 2009 our main aim was to help with the completion of the main playground. Plants and shrubs for the vegetable beds and sensory garden have been and still are being donated by local garden centres after research conducted by one PTA member. With the exception of a lick of paint the whole project is now nearing its completion with children becoming actively involved in play through learning, whilst planting and growing a huge variety of plants, shrubs and vegetables.

We also are keen to continue the school’s focus on green environmental issues, recycling and saving water. To help with the upkeep and maintenance of the garden areas the PTA have arranged for a donation of 4 water butts.

In Foundation the Reception children are now the proud owners of some all-weather waterproof clothing which is invaluable when playing outside and keeping their own veggie garden up together in our fine British weather!

Finally our biggest spend so far this year has been the purchase of 10 new digital cameras   (1 for each classroom). Because there is an increased reliance on cameras in schools these days, they will be extremely well used by the teaching staff and the children.

New Recruits Required!

It may not have occurred to you, but as a parent or guardian of a child at the school you are, by default, a member of the association!

To what extent you want to be involved will of course be dependent on many things, but I expect mostly time.

If you are able to be involved in any way then you will be most welcome and we will be very grateful for your time.

Our PTA meetings take place once a term at the school and as an added incentive most of them tend to end in the pub or social club!

If attending a meeting seems a little daunting then we do have a number of parents who are ‘friends of the PTA’. They don’t actually join us at our PTA meetings, but do support us when our larger events need extra help.

At the moment we are particularly short of dads and would therefore welcome any dad who wants to join us!

We are also always on the lookout for businesses to support us, either by sponsoring future events or providing donations. If you think the company you work for would be interested, or if you know of a business that would like to be involved, please let us know.

Lisa Barry – 322445
Nicole Jones – 319819

Dates for Your Diary

Our next PTA Meeting is Thursday 11th June 2009, 8pm at the school.

Events coming up soon:

  • Trail of Silver
  • Tuesday 9th June
  • Fun Run
  • Sunday 5th July
  • Summer Disco
  • Wednesday 22nd July
  • Wickwar Village Fair
  • Saturday 12th Sept

Further information about all these events will be posted on the school notice board (near the main gate), sent home via book bags and posted on the website.

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