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About the Parents and Staff Association (PSA!)
Welcome to PSA, the Parents and Staff Association. We hope this gives you more information about who we are and what we do.
What is PSA?
Do you keep hearing people talking about the PSA? Wondering what it is? It is simply a collective name which stands for Parents and Staff Association. PSA is what is often called a PTA or Parent-Teacher Association. These are groups of parents, carers, and other friends of the school who work together with teachers and other staff to support their work for the school in a number of different ways; including providing those additional things that enrich children’s experiences at school but which cannot be covered by the school’s budget. We do this through fundraising, organising events for adults and/or children to socialise and have fun!
Who is PSA? – You are!
Everyone who is part of the school community is automatically a member of PSA. So all parents and carers belong to PSA are welcome at all meetings, the AGM and our events. We welcome all parents and staff members (men and women from every year) are encouraged to join the PSA Committee to ensure we achieve a good representation across the school.
We ask for parents and staff to attend our meetings (either as committee members or guests) which are held on average once each half term and we try to alternative days and times. The purpose of these meetings is to develop ideas and plan fundraising events for the parents, staff and children of our School. It is also at these meetings that we agree how best to use the funds we raise.
If you would like to support your PSA and get more involved do come along to our next PSA meeting.
As a group with charitable status, we have a Chair, Secretary and Treasurer, each with specific roles:
Chair – Jane Scanlan
Vice Chair – Position Vacant
Secretary – Victoria Leamon
Vice-Secretary – Allie Stopler
Helpers Co-ordinator – Position Vacant
Donations Co-ordinator – Maddy Thrower
Treasurer and Vice-Secretary– Rebecca London
Vice-Treasurer – Hannah Muir
Facebook admin – Gemma Harrison
Website admin – Lindsay Bowen
When we meet and how to get involved.
Meetings take place a couple of times per term to discuss events for the coming months. Parents or carers of a child at St. James’ are automatically members of PSA. Everybody is welcome, please come along and say ‘hello’. We can offer you tea, coffee and maybe even biscuits! If you can’t make meetings but would like to help out at school events please e mail Victoria at firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the ‘helpers list’.
To contact PSA committee please email us email@example.com or leave a note for us via the school office.
Being involved with PSA is a great way to get to know other parents at the school and feel part of the school community – as well as making a real contribution to school-life for our children.
What do we do?
PSA activities usually include the September Activity evening, Film nights, Christmas craft, Christmas Parties, Winter wonderland, Discos, Easter events, Mother & Father’s Day stalls, Summer Fair, Table top sales, Ice Cream sales, Cake sales, Summer Picnic to welcome new families and social events for adults and for children.
Fundraising is a vital part of our role. The PSA organise events to raise valuable funds for our school and fun activities such as those listed above for the children’s enjoyment. Funds that we have raised over the last few years have contributed to an upgrade to the school PA system, new iPads to support learning in the classrooms, a big investment to uplift the school’s reading scheme books, the annual Christmas Tree, Classroom Christmas gifts and parties, Yea 6 leavers’ bibles and a pantomime for the whole school.
If you have any ideas about social events or fundraising activities all suggestions are very welcome. Or if you would simply like to contact us please complete the form below.
The PSA are also requiring donations for the activity night: • New/ Nearly new Toys and Books • Teddy bears (for one of the games) • Party filler toys for the lucky dip • Large Jar of Sweets (for guess how many sweets in the jar) • Bottles of Prosecco / Wine Please leave your donations under the tree every morning at drop off and the PSA will gather them up or alternatively drop into the school office
Deadline for ticket requests: Friday 20th October
Get party ready by hiring your party essentials from your very own PSA! We're offering great quality IKEA products all for just £5. 30 x plates 30 x bowls 30 x cups 3 x serving trays 3 x serving bowls 3 x plastic jugs To order simply email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The PSA will be holding an activity night this Friday 27th September at 3.15-6pm. This year it will cost £2 on the gate and then children can play on as much as they like (previously named 20p games). They will receive a hand stamp to be able to play. There will be a bouncy castle, face paints, nail paints, glitter tattoos, craft activities also to get stuck into for small additional costs. For 50p children can join in the basketball and football games on the bottom playground for as long as the children want. The second hand uniform shop will also be there! We will also be introducing a new 'Party Pack Hire Scheme' so please go and visit that table to see what it's all about on the day! Finally, we will also be running a book stall so donations for that would be gratefully received on the morning of the activity night and can be left under the tree on Friday 27th September. Volunteers are still required so if you can help out for just half an hour please see your PSA class rep asap or email Victoria on email@example.com. We look forward to seeing everyone there and we thank you for your support. The PSA
New committee members desperately required. Please join us.
“PSA’s Schools Out Disco” Friday 12th July 2019 *** Mufti Day - £1 donation *** Note: if you are purchasing a disco ticket, your mufti charge is incorporated into the ticket price so you don’t pay twice Year Reception and 1: 2.00 pm to 2:45pm £1.00 per child Years 2 and 3: 3.15 pm to 4.30pm £3.50 per child Years 4 and 5: 4.45 pm to 6:00pm £2.50 per child (+Tuck shop ££) Mufti Day for all children, this enables the YR to Y3 children to wear their party clothes. Sensible shoes only though, as children will be going out to play as normal. The Disco for Y2 to Y3 will include a pack of Sweets, Crisps, and a Drink The discos for Years 4 - 5 will have a Tuck Shop but we would ask that children come with a maximum of £3.00 to spend. We strongly suggest you remember to place their tuck shop money in a named purse or wallet to avoid disappointed children not being able to purchase snacks on the night! To order tickets, please fully complete the form attached and enclose with your payment in an envelope clearly marked FAO Jane Scanlan, SCHOOL DISCO through the office post box FORMS NEED TO BE IN STRICTLY BY MONDAY 8TH JULY 2019 TICKETS WILL NOT BE ISSUED AFTER THIS DATE!
Year Reception: 2.00 pm to 2:45 pm £1.00 per child Years 1, 2 and 3: 3.15 pm to 4.30 pm £3.50 per child Years 4 and 5: 4.45 pm to 6:15 pm £2.50 per child (+ Tuck shop ££) Year 6 will be having their own leavers disco on July 16th
Save the date. Further details and poster to follow soon.
Deadline for ticket requests: Friday 1st February. To order tickets, please fully complete the form below and enclose with your payment in an envelope clearly marked FAO Allie Stopler, SCHOOL DISCO through the office post box.
Please join us for games and refreshments and a visit to Santa's grotto!