IMPORTANT - OSF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING, 10th October, 6.45pm
The Oldway School Fundraising Committee Members would like to invite you to the AGM this Wednesday 10th of October from 6.45pm. As you may know, the current committee will be standing down at this AGM and, although we have had some interest in the role of treasurer, we really need people to come forward to fill the roles of Chairperson and Secretary. Each of these roles can be done by two people, as Chair and Vice Chair or Secretary and Vice Secretary, and can be very rewarding as well as being a good way to be involved in your child's school community.
If we are unable to fill these vital roles at the AGM on Wednesday, we will be forced to take the steps towards disbanding the charity. This will also result in the events and fundraisers currently organised by the OSF being cancelled, including the KS2 discos, the Christmas Fair and Summer Fair, and the Princess Theatre pantomime tickets. The OSF also fund many things for the school such as the presents from Santa for Nursery and Reception children, books and play equipment, and donations towards the costs of school trips and extra curricular activities, all of which would very sadly stop. Please, please show your support.
I have attached the Agenda for the AGM, as well descriptions of all the committee roles and an application form. If you would like to find out more about any of the roles please do not hesitate to get in touch with myself using the contact details below. If you are interested in the role nut unable to attend on Wednesday, please get in touch and we can share your interest on your behalf.
Oldway School Fundraisers Chair
Meet the OSF Committee Members!
Chair - Gemma Endacott
I have been a part of the PTA and Oldway School for over seven years, and I have thoroughly enjoyed being involved in the school events, making many friends along the way. I have a son, Ethan, in Year 6 and a daughter, Bracken, in Year 4. I am really looking forward to my second year as Chair of the Oldway School Fundraisers.
Secretary – Faye Steele
I have a son Ashton, in Year 4 and a daughter April, who has just gone up to year 1. I first got involved with the PTA by helping with the occasional cake sale and realised very quickly how a little bit of help can go a long way and how much fun it can be. I'm looking forward to the events we have planned for this coming year!
Treasurer – Zoe Barlow
I am Zoe, I moved back to the area with my husband and four children last year. My youngest two joined Oldway in January 2015, Oscar is in Year 6 and Isaac is in Year 4. I organised and ran the ice-creams last term, as well as being treasurer. I am looking forward to a busy year ahead.
Events – Claire Sinclair
Hi I'm Claire, I joined the PTA when my son started reception in 2011. I took a bit of a back seat at first, but over the last couple of years I felt ready to do more. I now organise two of the main annual fundraising events of the calendar and hope to add to those two in the future. I'm hoping little Evie makes it into the school so I could be around for some time!
Becoming an OSF member
What does becoming a member mean?
We understand that some people may have concerns about joining the OSF, and we hope that by dispelling a few myths everyone will feel able to get involved in some way.
Do you have to attend all the meetings?
No you don't, you don't actually have to attend any. Whilst all of our members are of course welcome at any of our meetings, there are only a few members who are able to regularly attend. Joining the Fundraisers simply means you will receive regular e-mails or letters, which inform you of upcoming events, any help we are looking for, and how the funds that have been raised are being spent. It also gives you the opportunity to have your say, either through the meetings, or by contacting one of us by e-mail.
Are you expected to help at every event?
Definitely not, we really appreciate any help you are able to offer, and whether it is an hour at one event or a few hours spread throughout the year, it all helps us to provide more events and funding for the school and the children. We also, as working parents ourselves, understand how busy people’s lives are, and know that some members may find they are unable to help one year. We may ask for help, but we never expect it.
Do you have to be a school parent to become a member?
No, the main reason for changing our name from Parent and Teacher Association to Oldway School Fundraisers was to allow fathers, mothers, grandparents and extended family to join us. Do you know someone who would be interested in joining?
How can you help?
It is true that many hands make light work, and the more help we receive the more events we are able to hold. There are so many ways that anyone and everyone can get involved, either by helping us to organise an event, volunteering at the events whenever you can, or even helping us without leaving the house. Last term, a school Mum, secured £1000 in match funding from a bank, and a school Dad used his marketing skills to design our brilliant Christmas Fair poster. These things made a huge difference to our workload, and we are very grateful for their help.
We have also been lucky enough to have a small army of helpers, young and old, who came along to our events and leant a hand setting up, organising, selling, clearing away and everything else in between. We would not have been able to provide the children of Oldway school and their families with any of last year’s events without their help, and we would like to thank them all. I often get feedback from people who have volunteered to say they really enjoyed themselves, there is such a good atmosphere as everyone is there for a common cause.