Welcome to the page for the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) at Fitzmaurice Primary School, officially known as Fitzmaurice School Association, or Fitz Friends for short!
On our section of the website you can find information about Fitz Friends, how we work within the school, the events that we run and how you can get involved.
Fitzfriends newsletters can be found at the bottom of the page.
We are fortunate at our school to have a PTA that is an integral part of the school community. In its time Fitz Friends has raised thousands of pounds, which has been spent on equipment and resources to enhance our children’s education experience and the school’s facilities.
Fitz Friends is however about much more than simply fundraising. Our PTA exists to provide closer links between home and school and it is an excellent way to bring staff, parents, carers and friends together socially in support of the school, working towards a common goal. It is fun too - just ask any of the Committee members or PTA helpers! Obviously, as in any organisation, we have experienced some challenges but with the continued support of parents, carers and staff, our PTA has always succeeded in its efforts.
All parents and members of the school community are encouraged to get involved, even if they only have a small amount of time available.
All families are automatically members of Fitz Friends PTA when their child joins our school.
How We Raise Money
Like most PTAs, the majority of our funds are raised through a wide variety of fun and social events such as discos, fairs, film clubs, jumble sales and quizzes, as well as second hand uniform and ice cream sales. Fitz Friends is extremely conscious of the ethos and diversity of our school, and we try very hard when organising and planning events to respect this.
Donations from parents, carers and local residents and businesses are extremely important. We have, over time, developed strong links with the local community and are always well supported by both residents and businesses, for which we are very grateful. Many of our businesses and local shops are very generous providing donations for raffle prizes, auction items etc and some have taken part in our Christmas and summer fairs.
We are also extremely grateful to the local businesses who have participated in charity matched giving schemes and donations. This has made a huge difference to our fundraising efforts.
How The Money We Raise Is Spent
Following a fundraising event, the money is banked straight away. It is at our PTA Committee meetings, that the decisions on how to spend the money are agreed. We always endeavour to spend our funds in ways that will benefit all our children across all areas of the school and curriculum. The money we raise is usually spent fairly quickly. That way, you can be sure that in supporting our school, your child/ren will feel the benefit, along with everybody else.
Usually, our head teacher will have a consultation with the children and staff to discuss items that the school would like the PTA to consider funding. It could be anything from funding towards a large project in the future, buying resources to improve a particular area of the curriculum or school environment or funding school trips. The PTA funds are spent on the ‘extras’ that are not provided by the school’s budget, thus making our children’s learning experiences so much more fulfilling and exciting.
Some of the things that Fitz Friends have purchased or contributed to in recent years include:
- Refurbishment of the forest school pond
- Refurbishment of the school library
- New play equipment
- Sports kit
- Theatre trips
- Jubilee celebrations
- Annual Year 6 leavers’ trip
Our PTA committee consists of three officers: Chair, Treasurer and Secretary. This is a minimum requirement for a charity however there are further committee members and observers who make up the Full Committee.
The Committee meet on a regular basis, usually once per term, with smaller working groups meeting as necessary when we are planning larger events. Everyone is welcome to attend these meetings.
Our current Committee for 2022/23 is as follows:
Chair: Nicki Boreham
Vice-Chair: Katie Miles
Treasurer: Jessica Turner
Secretary: Rebecca Ellwood
Social media/comms: Sarah Ross
Teacher liaison: Laura Wilson
Get In Touch
You can contact us in the following ways;
WhatsApp: To join the Fitz Friends WhatsApp group, just speak to one of the committee members who can add you.
In Person: We meet every month or so at the School (details are put in Fitz Weekly, Facebook (fitzfriendsboa) or the Newsletter) and everyone is welcome.
PTA Events: Fitz Friends is part of PTA Events. We use it to help coordinate events and enlist helpers so please register today! It’s free and will keep you in the loop. Just use the link below.
|Fitzfriends Newsflash December 2022||05 Dec 2022||Download|
|Fitz Friends Newsflash November 2022||14 Nov 2022||Download|
|New uniform order form 2021||26 Jul 2021||Download|
|Revised fitzfriends welcome leaflet||26 Jul 2021||Download|
|Fitz Friends Newsflash March 2023||20 Mar 2023||Download|
|FitzFest 23 Flyer Back||23 May 2023||Download|
|FitzFest 23 Flyer Front||23 May 2023||Download|