The Friends of John Fletcher of Madeley Primary School
We have an active and flourishing 'Friends' association who work hard to run fund-raising and social events throughout the year. We are always looking for volunteers so if you would like to join us please get in touch. Alternatively just come along to the events, have fun and help raise money to further enhance our pupils' education.
Message from the headteacher
Our PTA, sometimes known as PTFA, is called the John Fletcher of Madeley Friends Association. We shorten this to the “Friends”. This group organises the Christmas and Summer Fairs as well as the discos that are offered to the children during the year and other activities as appropriate. All money raised goes towards enhancing opportunities for children across the school and providing additional resources. It is certainly not a secret or closed society – we want and need as many people to be part of it as possible if it is to continue its success. Our first meeting of the year was very productive – the best turn out for years. Thank you to all those who attended or expressed an interest. We look forward to a bright future with this level of support.
Latest News: Thanks to all who supported our Summer Fair which took place on Friday, 22nd June. The fabulous total of £1461 was raised. This is a tremendous effort and we would like to thank all those who helped run a stall this year. It would be lovely to be able to run lots of different stalls in the future to provide more entertainment for the children (and adults). We can only do this if more people volunteer, so if you are able to, that would be greatly appreciated.
Last summer, we replaced the old canopy outside the Year 2 classrooms with a modern polycarbonate and steel structure, designed to match the new windows. The new canopy area is smart and practical and provides an additional outside learning area which the children enjoy using. The work was carried out by A&S Landscape, specialists in canopies and school shelters, and they have recently made a donation of £150 to the 'Friends'. Thank you A&S!
Our 2016 Christmas Fair took place on Friday 9 December. Many thanks to everyone who helped or attended.
Friends of JFoMPS Active Parents: This is an opportunity for parents to meet other parents, get some exercise and improve/maintain the school grounds for the children. A small group met regularly throughout the summer and they are keen to continue and to welcome new volunteers. Wellies and waterproofs are advisable, all tools and gloves are provided plus you are offered a lunch before you leave, normally fish and chips.
The Giving Machine: If you do any on-line shopping, the easiest way of helping us to raise funds is to register with The Giving Machine. There are hundreds of sites accessible through it, at no cost to you, and the school can benefit immensely from donations from the companies. It really is money for nothing! Go straight to our page at: www.thegivingmachine.co.uk
Active Mums: Click here for information and photos from last year.
Thank you: Here are some of the things we have managed to buy through your generous support:
We have now received the large screen for the hall, allowing children to have multi-media facilities in both halls. We are very grateful to the Friends Association for their sizable donation which has made this possible.
Summer Fair 2016
Thank you all for your support of the Summer Fair. The fabulous total of £1188.95 was raised which will go a long way towards providing the new screen and multi media centre in the North Hall. Special mention should also go to the Enterprise Club who made a profit of £82.10, all of which is being split between their chosen charities of Help for Heroes and make a Wish Foundation.
Christmas Fair 2015
Thank you to everyone who helped make this year's Christmas Fair such a success, whether it be by providing cakes, bottles etc, running or setting up a stall, or simply by visiting the Fair. The feedback from Santa was that all the children were extremely polite which was lovely to hear. In total, a profit of nearly £750 was made. In addition, the Enterprise Club raised an amazing £78.20 which they have decided to split between the RSPCA and Cancer Research.
The 2015 Summer Fair was a huge success raising a magnificent profit of £1390. Thank you to everyone involved in any way!
A very well-attended and enjoyable Christmas Fair was held in school on Friday 5th December. We raised a fantastic total of £872.93. Well done and thank you to all who made the event such a success!
A very successful Disco once again. Although the children’s enjoyment is the main focus for holding these events, we also managed to raise roughly £340. Unfortunately this time around there were not enough parent helpers and additional teaching staff kindly pitched in. It is vital that there are enough adults in attendance to ensure the children’s safety and enjoyment so if there are insufficient offers of help future discos may sadly have to be cancelled.
Another successful quiz was held at school on Friday, 11th July. The fish and chips were delicious (thanks Miss Wilkes, hope the 'chippy' aroma in your car is gone soon) and the questions ranged from the punchlines to bad jokes (What do you call a man with a seagull on his head..?...Cliff! (groan!)) to the only two countries where the sale of Coca Cola is banned (Google it!). Again, this was a social rather than a fund-raising event so it was agreed that the £46 raised should go to St. Michael's Church who were holding a fun day the following day. Many thanks to all who attended, quiz setter and question master Mr Gould and his glamorous assistant Miss Wilkes.
Summer Fun Day
After worrying that there wouldn’t be enough helpers to run a Fun Day this year, we were very grateful for the offers of help that enabled it to go ahead. Thank you all for your support on the day too – a huge total of approximately £1300 was raised which is fabulous. Special thanks also go to those who contributed prizes for the raffle – Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust, AFC Telford, Flare’s Hairdressing and Oakengates Theatre.
Tesco Bag Pack
Thank you to all the children and parents who gave up their time on Sunday, 30th March to pack bags at Tesco, Madeley. Their efforts raised an amazing £683.40.
The Fair was held on Friday, 6th December. Lots of people came along to enjoy the games, browse the stalls, eat hot dogs and, if they were lucky, visit Santa in his Grotto. The event raised approximately £850. Thanks to all who attended and everyone who worked hard behind the scenes.
Approximately £480 was also raised through the sale of Christmas Cards, another big thank you!
A very successful quiz night was held at school on Friday, 15th November with twelve teams battling it out fortified by a very tasty fish and chip supper. The rounds covered subjects as diverse as our solar system and much pondered questions such as "What do you call a fly with no wings?" (a walk of course!!).
In a closely fought, but extremely good humoured, contest it was University Challenged who were the eventual winners, closely followed by Super Squirrels and the Golden Girls.
The evening was intended as a social event rather than a Friends fund-raiser so it was decided to donate the money raised to Children in Need (being held on the same evening).
Huge thanks to all who attended and especially to Mr Gould and his family for hosting the night and setting such an interesting quiz - no mean feat for such a variety of participants!