Parents, Friends & Staff Association
What is the PFSA?
Here at St Joseph’s we are very proud of our fundraising achievements and our ability to create really fun events for everyone in the school community to enjoy. As the name suggests, all parents friends and staff at St Joseph’s are part of the PFSA and as a team we achieve great things.
We raise funds for the extras that the school needs, where allocated budgets just can’t stretch!
View the lastest Meeting minutes HERE
What do you do, exactly?
We raise money through events and social gatherings, for the school. These include our big Christmas Fair, our popular Glow Party and the famous Summer Fair which are our main events throughout the year, but we also run smaller events which are fun for the children such as film nights and discos! If you have any other fund-raising ideas – then let us know! You can email us, come along to one of our meetings, or just chat to one of our committee members in the playground and they can pass on your ideas.
How do I join?
It’s easy, because by being a parent of a child at the school, you are already a member! It would be great to have you on the committee, or just come along to one of our meetings. There is no pressure to take on the running of any specific event, just turning up and giving us a helping hand is great. Don’t fancy yourself as an event organiser? Not to worry – we need all sorts of other input too, such as copywriting, designing programmes and advertising material, pre-event ticket sales, shopping for stock for events, or even gardening/painting/sweeping at one of our Ground Force Days to make the school look lovely. It’s a great way to get involved and meet other parents too.
What happens at the meetings?
These usually take place in School, and we try to support local businesses in all our events and fundraising.
We discuss the next big events, and how the money raised should be spent. We need more parents involved so the PFSA can keep up the good work that it has done so far – so come along. (See the Headteacher’s newsletter for the dates of the next meeting).
How much money do you raise?
Some events, such as the Glow Party, Christmas and Summer Fair are hugely popular, so they bring in lots of money. But all the other small events add up too! Last year we raised almost £25,000 which is a fantastic achievement. At the meetings, we decide how to spend what we’ve raised, so if you have a particular suggestion or request we’d love to hear it. We liaise with Mrs Kemp Powell, who gives us her and the teachers’ wish list, but we also feedback what parents feel the school needs.
What type of things has the money been spent on?
PFSA funds paid for the amazing new playground equipment which you may have seen in the infant playground. We have also been able to pay for ipads in classrooms, and much needed additional reading books.
We’ve also been able to provide our sports teams with St Joseph’s branded kit, for example our swimming team now have lovely purple hats with the school sunshine emblem on. It makes the team members feel very proud and gives them a real sense of team spirit!
How do you keep us informed of events and where the money goes?
Good question, we put up posters of up and coming events .We also send out information in the School newsletter with dates for your diary and other info including meetings.
Please get in touch – you can email Alison Stafford, our Chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org
We look forward to meeting you.