Every parent with a child in our school is an automatic member of the Parent Teacher Association (PTA). We are a registered charity and meet approximately every month at the school to plan, discuss and vote on the areas that the school and parents think are important, with a special emphasis on fundraising. We have an email network which most parents join, through which you learn about future meetings, and can be informed about various activities happening at school, as well as hearing about local events.
To sign up to the PTA email list just send your name, the name of your child and the year they are in to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We have our own PTA facebook page. 'Like' us and keep in touch with news from school and the wider community.
We’re also on Twitter! Find us @Hampdenpta.
The PTA regularly organises events and campaigns to raise new funds for the school. This is an important activity as in this time of increased Government cuts, the extra funds help to pay for school trips, field trips, equipment and improvements that are not covered by the school’s main budget.
In the recent years, we have helped to fund a new lighting and sound system in the hall; playdeck toys and equipment; shelving and books for the library; planting equipment including an irrigation system, a wormery and a microscope for the whole school to use in the roof garden; gym equipment including a vaulting horse and spring board and have helped with the travel costs of many school trips.
Examples of past PTA supported projects:
The PTA co-ordinates many fundraising events throughout the year, ranging from cake sales to the annual summer fair. The main fundraisers include:
This is a twice-yearly event, held on Parent Evenings, where two houses join together and organise a cake sale. Parents and children bake, donate and help run the stalls outside school. All proceeds go to the PTA and the house that raises the most money receives bonus house points at the end of the year!
Held each Spring, the school bop is one of our most popular events, with children and adults alike enjoying a disco, BBQ and bar.
The PTA buy Christmas Trees at wholesale prices, and then organises the re-sale and delivery of trees to parents at school. Each tree sold raises money for the PTA. We also organise each year group to create their own Christmas cards, which are then sold to parents, with a small percentage of the cost coming to the PTA.
We hold secondhand uniform sales each term, which is a popular way to stock up on uniform throughout the school year! Donations are always welcome; please leave them in the containers at the top of the Nutford Street stairs.
For the last few years we have a held a very popular Quiz Night in the Autumn term, with a hot meal and a fully-stocked bar helping to take the edge off the trickier questions… It’s a fun, sociable evening helping to raise important funds.
Held every two years, our rooftop auction is crucial to our fundraising, and we hope to raise enough money to fund specialist music and art teachers for two years. Through the hard work and generous donations of prizes from the school and wider community, we raise significant amounts of money, raised in a fun atmosphere on the roof, with food and drink served all night. Our next Auction will be in June/July 2019 (TBC).
The Summer Fair (Friday 22 June 2018, 4pm-8pm) has turned into a very popular, great fun, family event incorporating much of the school premises.
This year you can expect to find a 35ft inflatable assault course, a helter skelter, mini golf and bouncy boxing, as well as more traditional fair games such as face painting, chocolate tombola, second hand toys, books and fancy dress, sweet tombola, photo booth, toy tombola, adopt a teddy, beanbag throw – and much, much more.
There is a well-stocked bar running throughout the evening, as well as various food stalls, including BBQ, chips and other hot food options, ice creams, snack bar, candy floss, soft drinks, and more!
Please start bringing in your unwanted good condition items for the stalls. There are collection buckets at the top of the Nutford Street stairs. If you would like to make a donation towards the cost of the bigger activities, please email the PTA and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
We also continually run smaller initiatives to boost the fund throughout the year. These include:
Parents can now access their favourite online shops through a tailored Hampden Gurney portal-based on a ‘Shop and Give’ fund raising model. Simply put...you shop, they give!
The scheme is powered by TheGivingMachine (TGM), a not-for-profit organisation. When you buy online via TheGivingMachine, a sales commission is received from the participating shop. 75% of this is converted into a donation on your behalf and sent to Hampden Gurney Primary School. 25% administration charge is retained by TGM.
This service is free to you, the shopper and giver. You’ll find more than 250 different shops at TheGivingMachine including all your favourite high street names such as Amazon, Argos, John Lewis and others.
The philosophy behind the ‘Shop and Give’ model is to give a little often. So, get shopping and giving!
Adjacent to the Nutford Street staircase on the ground floor is a small second hand book exchange. Have a browse and if you find anything you like you are welcome to help yourself! We ask that you put a minimum donation of £1 in the 'honesty' box for each book you take.