Welcome to the Friends of Navenby School (FONS) section!
Registered Charity No. 512492
We are very fortunate at our school to have a PTA that is and has been such an integral part of the school community for many years. In its time the PTA has raised manythousands of pounds which have been spent on improving equipment and resources toenhance our children’s education and the facilities in school in general.
But it is much, much more than just fundraising. FONS 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 - and it’s fun!
Just ask any of the Committee or helpers. Obviously, as in any organisation, there are times when it is more ‘challenging’, but with the continued support of parents and staff, our PTA has always succeeded in its efforts.
Not all of our events are run as fundraisers. Our children’s discos and Christmas parties are run with the aim of giving the children a good time and as a way of thanking families for their continued support to the PTA.
The FONS Committee consists of 4 Officers (Chair, Vice-Chair, Treasurer and Secretary). We also have several other Committee members to make up the full Committee. The Committee meet on a regular basis (usually once or twice per half term), with smaller working groups meeting as necessary to organise our bigger events.
Our Annual General Meeting is held in the autumn term and this is an opportunity for all parents to come along and hear in more detail about events run and funds raised, and how the money has been spent. It is also the occasion when we elect our new Committee.
Our PTA belongs to NCPTA, which is the national charity that advances education and supports PTAs. We pay an annual membership fee to NCPTA which gives us lots of member benefits.
As in most schools, the majority of our funds are raised through the events that we run. Some of our most popular events are the Summer Fete, Ball, Quiz Night, and Christmas Fayre.
We always try to respond to the children’s requests for events and it is truly the ‘icing on the cake’ to see them having fun at the events or enjoying using a piece of new equipment that the PTA has donated.
Donations are extremely important. These can be time, money, items for sale, donations for raffles or offers of services and skills, etc.
There are lots of ways you can help and support your child through the PTA. Offering to help before events (or at other times during the year) is so valuable – it really is a case of ‘many hands make light work’. It doesn’t matter if you can’t help on a regular basis or even if you can’t come into school. There are always little 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 unseen ‘army of help’ that exists in school.