Well, here we are again at the beginning of another school year where we find ourselves having to be creative with fundraising much needed pennies for our wonderful school!

Who would have thought 18 months ago, we would be still be in this situation, BUT “it is what it is” so we must “continue to go forth and prosper, with our “creative hats” on yet again!!!

As the excitement mounted for up and coming AGM (due to be held at the Seashore Grill) sadly, so did Covid cases in the local area and so it was deemed more appropriate for the meeting to be held digitally over Teams. I can quite categorically speak for those of us who were eagerly anticipating the “night out!” and say we were gutted!

However, the disappointment was short lived when we started getting lots of interest from potential new PTA peeps! 8 new attendees logged in to our AGM held on Weds Sept 22nd 2021 which had almost 20, yes 20 participants! I think that is a new sort of record! Woop woop!

For those of you who have never attended an AGM, they are rather official and formal by nature. The agenda consists of the stand down and re-election of the Committee Members, the agreement of the previous year’s minutes and the Annual reports presented by the Chairperson and the Treasurer. We bid a sad farewell to some real stalwarts of the PTA namely James Redford and Kelly Oakes and also some other more recent members Hollie Fudge, Rachel Jemmett and Rhiannon Williams who have been a great help the last couple of years.

With the formalities out of the way, and once all the “fresh blood” (Halloween theme!) had introduced themselves, we got to the “nitty gritty” and how we could move forward this year!

New ideas a plenty started to flow freely (this felt great!), and after lots of discussion a plan was formulated………

First fundraiser – Christmas cards – our brilliant Chair, Katie, was already on the case with this and orders are now ready to be placed by Friday 15th Oct to maximise full profits!

Second event – Halloween – a sub-group was formed and they were tasked with organising a hunt throughout the village which the children could take part in. Also a sweets and treats stall to be held after school just before half term. I have to say folks, I’ve had a sneak peak and this is one your little ones are not going to want to miss!!!!

Our PTA WhatsApp has now blown up with ideas and offers of help and loads more! This is going to be an exciting year for the PTA – don’t worry though, you can still get involved if you like, no matter how much or how little you can help, any help is appreciated!

Next meeting is the 3rd November at 8pm, so watch this space!