Wood End School

Headteacher: Mr Richard Boulton

Yeomans Avenue, Harpenden Hertfordshire AL5 3EF

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15th October 2021:

PTA Trustee Roles - we need YOU!
Over the years Wood End School PTA has helped fund / part fund: Climbing Frames, Trim Trail, Author Visits, Playground Equipment (Big and Small!), Books, History off the Page days, ICT Equipment, Sports Kit, Workshops, Animal Encounters, Year Group Trips, Artist in Residence week, LED Screens in Classrooms, the Picnic Canopy, the list goes on and on!
Because Wood End School PTA is a registered charity, we are able to claim gift aid on many donations - a whopping extra £1,377 was generated from the Marathon Sponsorship alone!
=> BUT the PTA cannot run without more people joining the team this November!
The current team of Trustees are stepping down from their roles, as their term in office comes to an end in November. 3 parents have already expressed interest in the roles of Secretary, Treasurer and Compliance. The roles of Chair and Vice Chair (or Co-Chairs), and Communications will need filling as well.
Roles and examples of tasks include:
- Chair & Vice Chair / Co-Chairs - Run and manage PTA meetings, support the PTA events programme and those organising events, represent the PTA to the school.
- Treasurer - Prepare the annual accounts, and management accounts for each meeting. Manage floats, banking and expenses for events. Pay bills and invoices.
- Secretary - Prepare agendas for, and take minutes at PTA meetings. Share meeting documents with the PTA distribution list.
- Communication - Produce regular communications for the PTA, including the weekly newsletter. Share information via PTA Facebook page, Class Rep messages, school website etc.
- Compliance - Help manage our relationships with external organisations such as the Charity Commission, Parentkind, and VirginMoneyGiving, also help us manage obligations for events and activities.
A Trustee Role doesn't have to be filled by 1 person alone, why not share a role across 2 or even 3 people! Please do get in touch as soon as possible if you think you might be interested.
Our Annual General Meeting will be held at 7.30pm on Thursday 11th November 2021 - YOU are invited. Please come along, get involved and don't let this be our last!!!
Get in touch via email: pta@woodend.herts.sch.uk

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8th October 2021:

WELL DONE MR BARKER!!! 

ENORMOUS well done and thank you to Mr Barker for running in the PTA’s charity place in the London Marathon last Sunday!    Not only is running a marathon an absolutely inspirational achievement, he has smashed our fundraising target: over £7,600 has been raised for Wood End School in sponsorship (and gift aid).                             

Mr Barker provided an update after the marathon: 

How did it go?  

It was a long way round!  

How are you feeling now? 

I am pleased I finished the race and that we raised so much money. 

What is your favourite memory from the day? 

The finish line and all the people supporting. 

What was the hardest part? 

Running over Tower Bridge knowing you’re only halfway. 

Did you hit a wall and if so, how did you get through it? 

I knew I had to finish for our children. 

Do you have the marathon bug now or are you retiring?!  

Definitely retiring! 

Thanks again to Mr Barker for all his commitment to training and running the marathon, and to everyone who has sponsored him.  We’ll update once the books and equipment have been purchased!
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Second Hand Uniform Sale - Thank you!
A big thank you to Claire F. and the team for organising last week's second-hand uniform sale. It was great to be able to run the sale in person again, and we are delighted that it has raised the fantastic amount of £375!
We'd like to ask everyone to please give your support to the BBC's Kit out the Nation appeal with a one day only collection of outgrown good quality sports kit (e.g. clothing, shin pads, boots) and games equipment (e.g. bats, balls, rackets).  The initiative is collecting outgrown sports kit and equipment to improve access to sport in schools and clubs where affordability of kit is an issue.  Please bring any donations to the covered picnic area at drop off or pick up on Monday 11th October.  Thank you!  More information can be found at BBC - Kit out the Nation.
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PTA Trustee Roles - we need YOU!
As their term in office comes to an end in November, the current team of Trustees are stepping down from their roles . 3 parents have already expressed interest in the roles of Secretary, Treasurer and Compliance. We do need a few more people to join the team! The roles of Chair and Vice Chair (or Co-Chairs), and Communications will need filling.  Please do get in touch as soon as possible if you think you might be interested. 
Profile on PTA Chair Role
Hello, I’m Morven, one of the PTA co-chairs, Mum to 2 boys and cell therapy scientist. I’ve shared the chair role for almost 4 years and will be stepping down in November to let more people have a go! I wanted to get involved with the PTA when my oldest son joined the school to join the school community and to get to know a bit more about the way the school raises and spends money for the children. As co-chair I help run the PTA meetings 6 times a year, act as a liaison between the school and the parents, support other parents running events and try to attend and help at as many of them as possible. My children are often the first to arrive and last to leave and can be found ‘testing’ activities (bouncy castles, cakes stalls, beat the goalie…!), they’ve got a lot out of my involvement not just the enrichment activities and equipment we provide, it’s a very rewarding role and a fantastic school community to support.
Get in touch via email: pta@woodend.herts.sch.uk 

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1st October 2021:

GOOD LUCK MR BARKER!!!
It’s the London Marathon this weekend, and we’d like to wish Mr Barker huge amounts of luck!
Mr Barker kindly gave us an update in advance of the big day:


How are you feeling about the marathon on Sunday?
Excited and nervous at the same time!
How has all the training gone?
I would say it's gone well. Doing a half marathon was a great experience. The hardest part is finding two/three hours to train with school, family and all my football commitments.
How have you stayed motivated during training?
The motivation has been to raise as much money as possible for our children.
What's the longest distance you've run during training?
About 18 miles.
Do you have any strategies for the day, such as eating a specific breakfast or any tactics for the run itself?
I’ll just have a normal breakfast and to enjoy every minute.
How are you going to celebrate after the race?
I don't think I will be able to walk for a few days after so I don't think I will be able to celebrate too much!


=> There’s still time to sponsor Mr Barker!
We’d love to smash our target that bit more and raise as much as possible for tablets, laptops and books for Wood End School! If you haven’t yet sponsored Mr Barker, please do so here, and don’t forget to leave him some words of encouragement: http://www.virginmoneygiving.com/fund/woodendmarathon2021

We look forward to hearing next week how it went!

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Disco update
Plans for a Halloween Disco had just been getting underway, but alas this event has had to be put on hold. A big Thank You to Taryn and the team from the Reception year group for all their work in preparation. We'll be in touch with anyone who had already bought a ticket on School Gateway.

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PTA Trustee Roles
Profile on PTA Chair Role
Hi! I'm Joanne, and I've been one of the Co-Chairs of the PTA for the last 4 years but am now standing down.
Being a Chair/Co-Chair/Vice-Chair really isn't as big a role as it sounds - we lead the 6 PTA meetings in the year, act as the main liaison point between Mr Boulton and the PTA, keep an eye on the smooth running of the events and generally help out as and when we can.
I got involved with the PTA when my eldest daughter started at the school and found it a great way to meet new people, raise money for the enrichment activities the kids love, and get involved with the school community.


Do get in touch if you would like to know more and are interested in being a part of the team helping to steer the PTA.

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24th September 2021:

London Marathon 2021 – just over 1 week to go!
Please keep the support coming in, we are now counting down the last few days before our very own Mr Barker takes part in the London Marathon. If you haven’t already there is still time to sponsor and share some words of encouragement:
www.virginmoneygiving.com/fund/woodendmarathon2021

PTA Meeting on 21st September 2021
The PTA held its first meeting of the academic year in the staff room on Tuesday evening this week. The meeting was well attended and it was lovely to see some new faces too! Recent and upcoming activities were discussed including the summer trail, an in-person second hand uniform sale and planning for Christmas cards.
The proposed new approach for fundraising activities was discussed, given the recent hiatus in in-person activities and the fact that many previous event organisers have left the school. It was suggested that ownership of a specific event be allocated to each year group. Class Reps are not responsible for organising these events, but ideally volunteer groups will come forward. Handover information is available for the events and groups are also welcome to propose alternative activities based on interest or capacity. It was agreed to try this new way, which is already successfully in place other Harpenden schools.
It was also agreed to commit available PTA funds towards enrichment activities for each class (workshops, class trips etc) as well as to fund Storytelling Week and Online Safety Training for the whole school. Mr Boulton also requested additional funds for DT equipment and updated that the main aim for PTA fundraising would be to support the creation of a new Learning Resource Centre, potentially in the next 18 months, but plans are still to be confirmed.
If you have any questions or feedback on what was discussed, please do email PTA@woodend.herts.sch.uk 


PTA Trustee Roles
In November, the Trustees will be completing their term in office. Please do get in contact if you are interested in being a part of the team helping to steer the PTA. Roles & examples of tasks include:
- Treasurer - Prepare the annual accounts, and management accounts for each meeting. Manage floats, banking and expenses for events. Pay bills and invoices.
- Chair / Co-Chairs / Vice Chair - Run and manage PTA meetings, support the PTA events programme and those organising events, represent the PTA to the school.
- Secretary - Prepare agendas for, and take minutes at PTA meetings. Share meeting documents with the PTA distribution list.
- Communication - Produce regular communications for the PTA, including the weekly newsletter. Share information via PTA Facebook page, Class Rep messages, school website etc.
- Compliance - Help manage our relationships with external organisations such as the Charity Commission, Parentkind, and VirginMoneyGiving, also help us manage obligations for events and activities.

Profile on PTA Communications Role
Hi from Kirstin !
I have been one of the PTA Trustees for the last 4 years and I have been managing Communication. My son is now in Year 6 so I will be stepping down as a Trustee this November.
Each week, I gather together any news and information from messages I’ve had from fellow Trustees and organisers of events/fundraisers, and then send an email to Gill in the
school office with what the PTA would like included in the school newsletter. As various events and fundraisers come up, I’ll get messages sent out to Class Reps and put posts on Facebook. I also keep our PTA pages on the School Website up to date. Looking after Communications has been a very flexible role that I can dip in and out of as time suits each week, and being part of the Trustee team has been really rewarding getting more involved in ‘behind the scenes’ and meeting so many of the fantastic parents and staff at the school!
Do get in touch if you would like to know more.

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Remember To:


Thank you!      PTA@woodend.herts.sch.uk

 
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Do read below for details on our upcoming dates, and have a look at our other pages on this site including: 

If you would like to make a donation to the Wood End PTA you can do this through Virgin Money Giving and choosing "Wood End School Parent Teacher Association", via the "PTA Payment" option on School Gateway, via the PTA Event Page  or contact us for Bank Details. - Thank you.

PTA DATES:  UPCOMING EVENTS, MEETINGS AND FUNDRAISERS     . .

    MR BARKER AT THE LONDON MARATHON FOR WOOD END SCHOOL PTA! - 3rd October

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    YOUR SCHOOL LOTTERY

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    PTA MEETINGS FOR THIS SCHOOL YEAR - 7.45pm 

    We normally run 2 PTA Meetings per term. All parents/carers/teachers welcome (you are already a member). Do join to share your views or just listen in. Everyone welcome. Please email us so we can send you the details.

    • Tuesday 21st September 2021
    • Thursday 11th November 2021 - 7.30pm start for AGM
    • Wednesday 12th January 2022
    • Tuesday 22nd March 2022
    • Thursday 19th May 2022
    • Tuesday 5th July 2022

     

    • Wednesday 21st September 2022  (1st Meeting of next school year)