Welcome to the PTA section.
The PTA is run by a group of parents and teachers from the school. We raise much-needed funds, which go to the improvement of the school and the education of the children. Although our aim is to raise money, we also like to hold fun events for the children, for example a Royal Roller disco, Halloween Party, Junior Disco and the a roller skating disco.
The amount of money we raise each year would not be possible without the hard work and support of everyone involved. Everything we do is for our children and future generations of children at Arnett Hills School.
We are a friendly team of people and if you have any suggestions please come and let us know. We all look forward to seeing you at our next event. Please look out for further details in newsletters, on our playground display board, letters in book bags, via parent mail or on the website.
Recently the PTA funded some new playground equipment to add to the exisiting set of play equipment. This has created extra climbing frames and cargo nets to give more choice and challenge to older children. This project was requested by the children through their representatives on the School Council. Children voted on the choice of equipment they would like and presented this to Miss Ali.
In the past money raised by the PTA often contributed a substantial amount towards the funding for our ICT suite and Library. This area has been one of our biggest projects, it is a valuable resource for the school and is enjoyed by all members of the school community.
A few years ago the PTA purchased this fantastic PE frame, which the children in all the classes use to extend their gymnastic skills.
The PTA also purchased interactive whiteboards and projectors for the classrooms. The Y3 children shown in this photograph are using the whiteboard during a Numeracy lesson. The PTA have also purchased a screen, projector and speakers for the hall.
Other ways in which the PTA have contributed to school life include:
- paying for tickets for every child to go to the Christmas pantomime at the local Watersmeet Theatre.
- paying a contribution towards cycling proficiency for our Y5 and Y6 pupils
- providing a sports day lolly for hot and tired children
A word from our Chairperson – Sally Page
I joined the PTA in 2007 to design the poster for the Christmas Fayre. I enjoyed it so much I stayed. There is no pressure to do anymore than you want to and so I started off doing one thing and gradually got more and more involved. Being on the PTA makes you feel a part of the community and I have made many new friends and met lots of people in the local community through my work as a PTA member. My children have grown in confidence with me and now love coming along to help set up and run events. Everyone is welcome to come along to meetings and join in with whatever contribution you can make, whether it be new ideas, your time or a donation to help make one of our fundraising events even more successful
A word from our secretary – Mandi Simpson
My name is Mandi, mum to Luke who is currently in Year 5. Luke joined Arnett Hills in Year 1 when we moved to Rickmansworth. I am currently secretary on the PTA and have been a member of the PTA for quite some time now. Its wonderful to see how we can improve the children’s educational environment raising funds for their school. The smile’s on their faces seen at many an event is enough to show how happy they are and that we are contributing towards this, after all….they are the future generation!
A word from our Treasurer – Donna Treen
I joined the PTA last year and agreed to act as treasurer as I am a Chartered Accountant. It is great to be able to use my professional experience to benefit the school. I have two daughters at Arnett Hills, one in Year 1 and one in Year 4. They love getting involved in PTA activities and helping us set up for events. Although every event we run has been profitable, it is just as great to see how much the children and families have enjoyed them.
Halloween disco – October 2012
The annual disco never fails to scare!
Summer fayre – June 2012
On Friday June 15th, the PTA was faced with a dilemma – whether to hold the summer fayre indoors or out. The torrential rain made their minds up for them!
What a great decision it was as the very blustery Saturday morning would have played havoc with any bouncy castle or inflatable. Luckily it was a bright, if somewhat cool day so the crowds ventured out!! There was a constant stream of people through the door: current families, former pupils, neighbours, governors and even the local police lady.
There was something for everyone at the fayre: face painting, hair plaiting, BBQ, refreshments, sand crafts, raffle hampers, plants, bottle and jar tombola – the list is endless. We were even treated to a display by the cheer leading and street dance clubs.
There was a wonderful atmosphere throughout the day from start to finish. Thank you all for coming along to support this event which was organised so well by our hard working, humorous PTA and their ever expanding group of volunteers.
Your collective commitment and boundless energy are invaluable to our school and are much appreciated.
Easter Egg Hunt – 2012
The grand tradition of the Arnett Hills PTA Easter Egg Hunt took place on the last day of the spring term.
Each child was provided with a bag in which to collect the multitude of foil covered eggs expertly hidden all over the school grounds.
Once counted, totals were recorded in order for each child to collect their promised sponsorship money from their very kind family members and friends.
The morning didn’t end there. There was the important matter of judging the decorated eggs. What a feast for our eyes. The creations brought in by the children were quite fantastic from individual eggs to whole scenes! “The Royal Wedding” figured greatly.
Taking advantage of the dry weather the school went back outside to enjoy egg rolling and egg and spoon contests.
In the afternoon parents set up a mini fayre in the hall – a delight for anyone with a sweet tooth. At the end of the day parents and children were able to indulge in the chocolate tombola and a wonderful array of beautifully decorated cupcakes and other homemade baking. Not a crumb was left at the end!
Everyone enjoyed another fun day of fund raising from our hardworking PTA.