We are fortunate at St Anthony’s to have a PSA that is and has been an integral part of the school community for many years. In its time the PSA 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.
Our PSA is about much more than simply fundraising. The PSA exists to provide 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. It is fun too - just ask any of the Committee members or PSA helpers. Obviously, as in any organisation, we have experienced some challenges but with the continued support of parents and staff, our PSA 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.
The Committee meet on a regular basis usually once or twice per term, with smaller working groups meeting as necessary when we are planning larger events.
Like most PSAs, the majority of our funds are raised through the events that we run. Some of our most popular events are: Summer Fayre, School Disco’s & Fireworks display.
We raise money in other ways too. Donations from parents are extremely important. You can donate time, money, items for sale, raffle prizes or offers of services and skills.
How you can get involved
There are lots of ways you can help and support your child through the PSA.
Offering to help before events or at other times during the year is so valuable. It doesn’t matter if you can’t help on a regular basis, or even if you cannot come into school. There are always jobs that can be done from home if you have half an hour to spare e.g. wrapping gifts, preparing raffle tickets etc. We really couldn’t achieve what we do without the behind the scenes help that we receive.
If you would like to be more involved you can volunteer to be a Committee 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 can help by letting us know if you have any contacts or skills we could use, everything is potentially valuable to us.
How we spend the money we raise
Our Constitution commits the PSA to spending money on things that will benefit the children directly, we therefore endeavour to spend our funds in ways that will benefit all the children, across all areas of the school and curriculum and PSA funds are not generally spent on improving the fabric of the school building, as this is the responsibility of the school Governing Body.
Following a fundraising event the money is banked into the PSA account straight away and at the following PSA Committee meetings the decisions on how to spend the money is agreed.
The school will usually give the PSA committee a ‘wish list’ of items that the school would like the PSA to consider funding.
The money raised is usually spent fairly quickly, ensuring that by supporting our school, your child/ren will feel the benefit as soon as possible.
Of course there are times when we are fundraising for a large project (play equipment or learning area).
However, whilst saving for these large projects, we still endeavour to put funds aside for smaller items like reading book schemes, writing schemes and mathematic schemes.
Annual General Meeting (AGM)
Our Annual General Meeting is held at the beginning of the academic year and provides an opportunity for all parents to come along and hear in more detail about the work of the PSA, the events we have run, the funds we have raised and how the money has been spent. It is also the occasion when we elect our new committee members
St Anthony's Summer Fayre is to be held on Saturday 1st July 2017.
Fireworks Spectacular to be held on Saturday 4th November 2017.