I’m Liz Smith, Chairperson for the KECHGS AFS. I have two daughters at the school.
I decided to get involved with the AFS when my eldest daughter joined the school. I’d done a few things with the ‘PA’ at her junior school and couldn’t quite adjust to not being involved anymore!
The school calendar is packed so we don’t get to do too much but the little we do is very important.
The school is under constant pressure to expand but the funds are so very tight. This means the ‘niceties’ such as stage lighting are not essentials and therefore can’t be purchased by the school. We have been saving for several years now to be able to buy new lighting for the wonderful productions we all enjoy. There is a long list of other items we could buy.
I know we are all very busy parents and it’s hard to commit but can I please urge you all to just give the AFS a little thought and however little try and support us. We are quite subtle in how we ask for your support so maybe next time you are asked to pay for your cuppa at a concert add a little more to your donation! Or even better, ask if your employer does ‘matched funding’ – many large companies will support schools – they just need to be asked!
Or how about joining our 100 club – it’s only a £1 per month if every parent joined we’d make so much money!
I try to get to every event throughout the year – you’ll see me serving refreshments! Please feel free to say hello and I’d be grateful to hear any great fundraising ideas you may have. My contact email is L.Smith@kechg.org.uk
The PTA has changed from a PTA to an Association of Friends of the School (AFS) with a new constitution. The constitution was accepted at the Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 02 October 2012. Please click here to view the constitution. The AFS hope to update the remainder of these pages in the future.
King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Girls Parent Teacher Association has three main aims as defined by its constitution.
- To advance the education of pupils of the school by providing funds and facilities for the school which might not normally be provided.
- To foster the relationships between staff, parents, pupils and any others associated with the school.
- To support the school in any appropriate manner.
All parents/guardians automatically become members of the AFS on their daughters joining the school and there are several practical ways for them to support the AFS.
Firstly, the AFS constantly needs new committee members to replace those whose daughters leave the school or who stand down. There are approximately four to six events each school year where the AFS requires parental assistance such as car park marshalling, serving refreshments or simply providing a parental presence at a disco. Additionally, the AFS holds three or four committee meeting per school year as well as an AGM.
The second way parents can help is by becoming a volunteer. All new parents are given an opportunity to complete a AFS volunteer form which provides details which can be held on file and be contacted as and when required.
Thirdly, the AFS run a 100 Club which is their main income. All new parents are given an opportunity of joining the 100 Club by completing the requisite form and specifying the number of units required at £1 per calendar month (or £12 per annum). Each number they are allocated goes into a monthly draw with a £50 first prize and two prizes of £20.
For more information about the AFS and its work please contact the school in the first instance.
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