PTAs and Friends Associations are playing a really important role helping their school communities stay in touch, and continuing to organise fun activities and events for families.
Many of you were already in full swing planning events for the year, so it's been great to see so many of these adapted and going ahead online. Here’s a snapshot of what our amazing members have been up to:
St Bernard’s Catholic Primary School PTA, Shirehampton
“During lockdown we ran a virtual online egg decorating competition... this could be an egg, picture or a ball. There was a prize for each year group which had been purchased prior to lock down. It was going to be £1 entry but we waivered the cost - it became a really good event and lots of children got involved.” Vicki, PTA Chair
Harold Wood Primary school PTA
“We have set up a group ‘100 Happy Days’ focusing on all things positive. So far we have written letters to elderly, donated food to the local food bank and everyone is hanging rainbows in their windows. The children are reading stories to their friends and telling jokes. There is so much positivity and it’s amazing to see everyone coming together from our school community at this difficult time.” Lindsey, PTA Secretary
Chipping Ongar Primary School PTA, Ongar
“Our egg decorating went well, the children that entered really appreciated the activity. All children got a prize and we even had donations from our local ice cream man (vouchers) and Usbourne Books. We have also encouraged rainbow painting and placing bears in the window so they can go on a 'Bear Hunt'. Now looking at virtual events...” Debra, PTA Chair
Moorside Primary School Friends (MOORFS), Lancaster
"Every year we host a Spring Fair either just before or just after the Easter holidays. As part of this, we always have a craft exhibition with a theme, last year was upcycle an egg box, this year was to make something with a cardboard tube. We couldn't host the fair this year, due to the current school closures so we decided to continue with the craft project and post the entries on our Facebook page. We're still going to award a prize for the best entries like we would have done at the fair, they might just have to wait until school reopens to get it. It isn't raising us any money, which the fair would have, but it's keeping families engaged and giving children something to participate in." Amy, MOORFS Secretary
St John’s C of E Primary PTA, Gosport
“We have only 4 core PTA members - fondly referred to by school as the Awesome Foursome, and a number of extended family we rely on when we have big events. An ongoing copper pot challenge and rewards party took place in February. Star books - our schools take on the world book day, book cafe and the AOK for 40 days was our way of slowly building up in our community. The week before lockdown we donated a collection of food from a 40 days of kindness appeal to the school, this included many food items and 12 Easter eggs - they went to our most vulnerable families at a very difficult time of crisis. We further donated gardening equipment for the staff running the school for key workers’ children.” Natasha, PTA Secretary
Lexden Springs School PTA, Colchester
The PTA had been working hard on their Easter Eggstravaganza fundraiser to raise money towards their wheelchair accessible mini bus. “We asked local companies and our community to donate Easter Eggs to see how many we could fit in our worn out mini bus. When Covid19 struck the eggs continued to roll in. On the Friday just before school closed we gave our wonderful special needs pupils an Easter Egg Hunt to remember. The remaining eggs have been donated to the foodbank to put a smile on more children's faces during these dark hours.” Carolyn, PTA Volunteer
What activities do you have planned for the coming weeks and months? We’d love to hear from you so we can share your stories and inspire others. Email the team.