The PTFA exists as the social and fund-raising arm of the school's activities. We organise different social events throughout the year, trying to involve as many children and parents as possible in events such as fetes, feature evenings, sporting events etc. In the spring term of 2016 the decision was made to formally merge the St Andrew's and Rushmoor PTFA's into one group who have responsibility for organising joint and separate events for the schools partnership.
We are a group of volunteers looking to be innovative and find new ways to support the children and the both schools.
Please contact the school office staff if you are interested in joining the committee or would like to help in one of our events. Your support would be very welcome.
Well it’s been a busy year so far and our events have been very well supported by parents, pupils, and staff. This has resulted in a fantastic amount of funds being raised for the school, and for that a BIG THANK-YOU to you all.
Over the past few months we have been in discussion with the school, to ensure the funds were used wisely, and to benefit all pupils. We are very pleased to announce that the funds you have all helped raise have enabled us to purchase the following items:
A motorised projector screen to be installed in Walmsley Hall, it is 3 metres by 4 metres, it will become part of the daily life in the Junior School being used for assemblies, school productions, for visiting authors/speakers, singing assemblies, and for open days. This will be a fantastic asset to help the pupils get the most out of school life.
A GoPro video camera (and accessories) which is a tiny, high quality video camera, that can be used under water or in outward bound/sporting situations. It will be used by PE staff and also on residential trips as well as in the classroom on a tripod. This will be brilliant for the pupils to use and create some amazing memories and a great tool to use to teach pupils about what they have seen and done. Recently Year 2 were lucky enough to see the GoPro in action on their trip to Bedford Park. Ava Smith wore the camera on a body harness and they were able to catch their trip in real time and record the children exploring. The children had great fun and are eager to have another go with it. Years 6 and 7 were the first groups to be able to use the GoPro on their residential trip to the Frontier Centre. I am sure they have made some amazing footage they can look back on, and see what they achieved on the trip.
Two Clevertouch interactive whiteboards, on mobile stands so they can be used in different classrooms. One is located in the Senior School and one is in the Junior School. These will be used in lessons such as Maths and IT, and will really benefit the children by bringing lessons to life, therefore making learning fun and engaging. The fact they are mobile means they can be used for different subjects, year groups, and classrooms, so all pupils will benefit.
We are sure you will agree being able to purchase all these items is just brilliant for the school and pupils, and make all the fund raising worthwhile. Preparations for the Summer Fair on 4th July are well under way. It is set to be a fun packed day with some great games and entertainment from the pupils. Flyers and more information will follow after half term, and we look forward to seeing you all there.