Branwood PTA


Welcome to Branwood PTA

The main aim of our PTA is to enhance our school community

Further to the fantastic educational opportunities provided by Branwood, the PTA endeavours to enrich our children’s school experience through social events and fundraising initiatives as well as forming a strong link between families and school.

Please take a look around our page, which aims to tell you a little more about the organisation as well as keep you up to date with the latest events we have planned.

2017/18 Events

AGM

Coffee Afternoon

Halloween Competition

Bag2School

Christmas Fair

Film Night

Easter Egg Hunt

Sport Relief

Film Night

Summer Fair

F6 Leavers Party

End of Term Parents Party

What is a PTA?

If you picture the PTA as just a small group of mum’s who meet now and then to plan bake sales, you may be in for a big surprise. The Parent Teacher Association, or PTA, is a huge and very influential nationwide organisation with national and local affiliates throughout the country.

The main role of our PTA is to build strong working relationships among parents, teachers and the school, in support of our children.  All parents automatically become members of the Branwood Preparatory School PTA when their children join our school. Parents and members of the school community can get involved in a variety of ways if they want to, even if they only have a small amount of time available.

Our PTA is not a parent council and we do not discuss issues that may arise within school.  If parents feel they do have an issue, we ask that they raise it with their class teacher or the Head and not with the PTA committee.

PTA’s aren’t all about raising more money!!

The PTA is sometimes perceived as just a fundraising group, but here at Branwood this is not its primary responsibility.

Our PTA is about much more than just fundraising. We want to support closer links between home and school and it is an excellent way to bring staff, parents and friends together socially in support of the school, working towards a common goal.

The PTA is extremely conscious of the ethos and morals of our school and we try to respect this when organising and planning events. Not all of the events which we run will be run as fundraisers; for example, the KG1 & KG2 Easter Event and the F6 Leavers Party were run at a cost to the PTA.

PTA Structure

The key elements of the structure of the association are the:

•    members
•    committee

Members

The type of association a school has or wishes to establish will depend on its membership:

  • in a Parents’ Association (PA) members are limited to parents, carers and guardians of pupils currently at the school
  • in a Parent Teacher Association (PTA) or Home School Association (HSA) members are limited to the above plus the teaching and non-teaching staff currently employed by the school
  • in any other association, such as a Friends or Community Association (CA), the members may be those described above plus any persons wishing to offer appropriate support or help to the school/association who is deemed suitable as a member by the Committee e.g. grandparents, members of the local community

Members are not legally responsible for the actions of the association. It is the elected committee members who are legally responsible for the management of the association.

During the inaugural meeting it was decided that Branwood School shall be supported by a Parent Teacher Association.

Committee

A committee is a team of volunteers who are elected at the association’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) to manage the association on behalf of the members.

There are two types of committee member: Officer and Ordinary (or Other) member.
Officers have specific roles such as Chair, Vice Chair, Treasurer, Secretary or Staff Representative. These officers shall make up the board.
Ordinary Committee Members play a vital role working alongside and supporting the board.
All committee members have equal voting rights, with the exception of the Chair, who has an additional casting vote, should this be needed.

Additional support

In addition to the elected committee, it is valuable to have a list of volunteers/helpers, who are willing to support the work of the committee. Volunteers are very welcome to attend committee meetings but they would not have a vote; only elected committee members (Ordinary and Officers) can vote.

Being a nominated PTA volunteer can be a gentle introduction to the committee and such volunteers may well go on to being a fully elected committee member with full voting rights.

Branwood PTA Structure

Committee Officers Roles (Members of the board)

Chair – The Chair provides leadership for the committee, sets the agenda for meetings and manages meetings in line with the agenda.
Vice Chair – The Vice Chair supports the Chair and takes the lead in their absence
Secretary– The Secretary is responsible for requesting items for the committee meetings agenda, taking and distributing minutes.
Treasurer – The Treasurer is responsible for day to day admin of financial records and procedures as well as the banking and handling of money at PTA events.
Staff Representative – The Staff Representative acts as the link between school staff and the rest of the PTA, reporting back to staff after meetings on the outcome as well as bringing matters to the meeting brought up by staff.

Additional Roles Within The Committee:

Communications Officer – responsible for updating the PTA noticeboard, updating the monthly bulletin, arranging publicity for events and writing reports after events
Website / Social Media Co-ordinator – Keeps the website updated with latest news and events blog and helps promote the PTA via social media platforms
School Uniform / Bags2School Co-ordinator – Arranges the collection of second hand uniform and sorts in preparation for sale.  Arranges the second hand uniform stall at events.  Co-ordinates the Bag2School collections, arranges dates and publicity.
Form Representatives –  Form representatives will liaise with form teachers and all parents within their form for larger events to arrange stalls and volunteers.  Parents within each form can contact their Form representative if they wish to find out more information about the PTA

We also need plenty of volunteers to help make events successful!

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Get Involved

There are lots of ways you can help and support your child through the PTA. We really couldn’t achieve what we do without the behind the scenes help that exists throughout the school.

Offering to help before events or at other times during the year is so valuable – it really is a case of “many hands make light work”. It doesn’t matter if you can’t help on a regular basis, or even if you can’t come into school. There are always small jobs that can be done from home if you have half an hour to spare (e.g. wrapping gifts, baking cakes etc.)

You can of course if you feel able, volunteer to be a Class Rep, Committee Member or Board Member. Or you can simply support the AGM and give us your ideas for fundraising events – this is also the time to ask questions or voice your opinion.

You could also help by letting us know if you have any useful contacts or skills – we are always grateful for new ideas or openings which may boost our funds!

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Events

We love to put on events for both children and familes of Branwood School and these are an excellent opportunity for us to come together as a community.

We would not be able to put on these events were it not for the volunteers who give up their time either in the planning stage or on the day itself. We are very grateful to everyone who has helped in any way at all.

In order to give everyone as much notice as possible we will be putting our calendar of events on the website at the start of each year so that you have advance warning of dates for your diary.  Details about each event will be posted on the website nearer to the time as well as advertised around school and through newsletters.  You can always follow us on Facebook and Twitter to receive updates too.

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About the PTA

What is a PTA?

If you picture the PTA as just a small group of mum’s who meet now and then to plan bake sales, you may be in for a big surprise. The Parent Teacher Association, or PTA, is a huge and very influential nationwide organisation with national and local affiliates throughout the country.

The main role of our PTA is to build strong working relationships among parents, teachers and the school, in support of our children.  All parents automatically become members of the Branwood Preparatory School PTA when their children join our school. Parents and members of the school community can get involved in a variety of ways if they want to, even if they only have a small amount of time available.

Our PTA is not a parent council and we do not discuss issues that may arise within school.  If parents feel they do have an issue, we ask that they raise it with their class teacher or the Head and not with the PTA committee.

PTA’s aren’t all about raising more money!!

The PTA is sometimes perceived as just a fundraising group, but here at Branwood this is not its primary responsibility.

Our PTA is about much more than just fundraising. We want to support closer links between home and school and it is an excellent way to bring staff, parents and friends together socially in support of the school, working towards a common goal.

The PTA is extremely conscious of the ethos and morals of our school and we try to respect this when organising and planning events. Not all of the events which we run will be run as fundraisers; for example, the KG1 & KG2 Easter Event and the F6 Leavers Party were run at a cost to the PTA.

PTA Structure

PTA Structure

The key elements of the structure of the association are the:

•    members
•    committee

Members

The type of association a school has or wishes to establish will depend on its membership:

  • in a Parents’ Association (PA) members are limited to parents, carers and guardians of pupils currently at the school
  • in a Parent Teacher Association (PTA) or Home School Association (HSA) members are limited to the above plus the teaching and non-teaching staff currently employed by the school
  • in any other association, such as a Friends or Community Association (CA), the members may be those described above plus any persons wishing to offer appropriate support or help to the school/association who is deemed suitable as a member by the Committee e.g. grandparents, members of the local community

Members are not legally responsible for the actions of the association. It is the elected committee members who are legally responsible for the management of the association.

During the inaugural meeting it was decided that Branwood School shall be supported by a Parent Teacher Association.

Committee

A committee is a team of volunteers who are elected at the association’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) to manage the association on behalf of the members.

There are two types of committee member: Officer and Ordinary (or Other) member.
Officers have specific roles such as Chair, Vice Chair, Treasurer, Secretary or Staff Representative. These officers shall make up the board.
Ordinary Committee Members play a vital role working alongside and supporting the board.
All committee members have equal voting rights, with the exception of the Chair, who has an additional casting vote, should this be needed.

Additional support

In addition to the elected committee, it is valuable to have a list of volunteers/helpers, who are willing to support the work of the committee. Volunteers are very welcome to attend committee meetings but they would not have a vote; only elected committee members (Ordinary and Officers) can vote.

Being a nominated PTA volunteer can be a gentle introduction to the committee and such volunteers may well go on to being a fully elected committee member with full voting rights.

Branwood PTA Structure

Committee Officers Roles (Members of the board)

Chair – The Chair provides leadership for the committee, sets the agenda for meetings and manages meetings in line with the agenda.
Vice Chair – The Vice Chair supports the Chair and takes the lead in their absence
Secretary– The Secretary is responsible for requesting items for the committee meetings agenda, taking and distributing minutes.
Treasurer – The Treasurer is responsible for day to day admin of financial records and procedures as well as the banking and handling of money at PTA events.
Staff Representative – The Staff Representative acts as the link between school staff and the rest of the PTA, reporting back to staff after meetings on the outcome as well as bringing matters to the meeting brought up by staff.

Additional Roles Within The Committee:

Communications Officer – responsible for updating the PTA noticeboard, updating the monthly bulletin, arranging publicity for events and writing reports after events
Website / Social Media Co-ordinator – Keeps the website updated with latest news and events blog and helps promote the PTA via social media platforms
School Uniform / Bags2School Co-ordinator – Arranges the collection of second hand uniform and sorts in preparation for sale.  Arranges the second hand uniform stall at events.  Co-ordinates the Bag2School collections, arranges dates and publicity.
Form Representatives –  Form representatives will liaise with form teachers and all parents within their form for larger events to arrange stalls and volunteers.  Parents within each form can contact their Form representative if they wish to find out more information about the PTA

We also need plenty of volunteers to help make events successful!

Save

Get Involved

Get Involved

There are lots of ways you can help and support your child through the PTA. We really couldn’t achieve what we do without the behind the scenes help that exists throughout the school.

Offering to help before events or at other times during the year is so valuable – it really is a case of “many hands make light work”. It doesn’t matter if you can’t help on a regular basis, or even if you can’t come into school. There are always small jobs that can be done from home if you have half an hour to spare (e.g. wrapping gifts, baking cakes etc.)

You can of course if you feel able, volunteer to be a Class Rep, Committee Member or Board Member. Or you can simply support the AGM and give us your ideas for fundraising events – this is also the time to ask questions or voice your opinion.

You could also help by letting us know if you have any useful contacts or skills – we are always grateful for new ideas or openings which may boost our funds!

Save

Save

Events

Events

We love to put on events for both children and familes of Branwood School and these are an excellent opportunity for us to come together as a community.

We would not be able to put on these events were it not for the volunteers who give up their time either in the planning stage or on the day itself. We are very grateful to everyone who has helped in any way at all.

In order to give everyone as much notice as possible we will be putting our calendar of events on the website at the start of each year so that you have advance warning of dates for your diary.  Details about each event will be posted on the website nearer to the time as well as advertised around school and through newsletters.  You can always follow us on Facebook and Twitter to receive updates too.

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2017/18 Committee

Chair – Mrs Gilani

Vice Chair – Mr Jackson

Treasurer – Mrs S. Stern-Gillet

Secretary – Miss S. Thompson

Communications Officer – Mrs E. Whitely

Second hand uniform  – Dr T. Awogbemi

Bags2School Coordinator – Dr T. Awogbemi

DVD Coordinator – Mrs J. Schilling

KG1 Rep – Miss S. Thompson

KG2 Rep – Mrs D. Dean

F1 Rep – Dr A. Prasad

F3 Rep – Mrs L. Cheung

F4 Rep – Mrs J. Schilling

F5 Rep – Dr K. Siddals

F6 Rep – Mrs S. Khan

Next Meeting:

Monday 26th March

7pm

F6 Classroom

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Fundraising

Target - £7000

We are currently fundraising towards:

F6 End of Year Party

Completing the Garden Area

Portable PA system

Music equipment

Current Total
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