A picture or 3 pictures can paint a thousand (or 3 thousand) words. It can be seen what a great turn out we had for our Fund Raising Disco which went towards the terrific amount we raised. It was great to see the teachers getting involved and the children really enjoying themselves. Due to the huge demand at the sweet shop we will have to go shopping and stock up on our sweets, crisps and pop for the next Disco which will be around Valentines Day.
Monday, 14 December 2009
Thursday, 10 December 2009
In this case it was in front of you the cheque for £650 that is presented by the St. Francis PTA to meet half the cost of the tickets for all the schools children to visit the panto. This year it was 'Jack and the Beanstalk' and it proved very popular with the children and adults alike. Despite being in a hi-tech age of Xbox 360's, Nintendo Ds's, WII's, etc live theatre can still entertain the children. This was apparent as many came back hoarse after doing so much shouting! As well as donating towards the cost of the tickets we were able to supply helpers to assist on the five coach loads of children that went to the Red Brick Theatre. The photo shown above shows Simon Bennett - PTA committee member presenting the cheque for £650 to Mrs. Thomas Headmistress of St. Francis Church of England School.
Tuesday, 8 December 2009
Our ever popular Christmas Fair attracted scores of parents and children alike. They weren't to be disappointed as there was an array of stalls, games, tombolas for all. The event, as is the tradition was opened with two songs sung by all the infants classes (Reception, Year 1 and Year 2). They treated us to two songs 'Gloria' and 'Things about a camel' from their forthcoming nativity play 'The Camels Arms'. The funds raised from the fair will go towards purchasing stage blocks for the school which are used all year round. There's also the contribution towards the cost of school outing to 'Jack and the Beanstalk' as well as supplying helpers to assist with the outing.
This year saw a great response for donations as toys, gifts, bric -a-brac poured in and chocolate and alcohol was donated by grateful children in exchange for not having to wear their school uniform! Many of the stalls are becoming regulars including Derian House who to quote their website 'Care offered at Derian House Children’s Hospice is focused on specialist palliative respite and terminal care for children who may not live to reach adulthood.' selling their gifts, Christmas cards and calendars. Ruth Symonds of Phoenix Cards had a very impressive stall displaying a variety of goods including greetings cards, giftwrap, accessories, postcards, etc. An extra bonus was the offer if you mention St. Francis PTA when ordering online at their website: www.pheonixtrading.co.uk/web/ruthsymonds we get a 10% donation. We also had present a lovely array of wreaths from Ruth Marriner. The toys donated by St. Francis parents were on sale in the middle of the hall and some early Christmas presents were snapped up and there was bargains to be had as well. For those kids who love to read CJS Books for Kids was of interest with a fine display and plenty of different titles.
New this year was the stall selling handmade cards by Sarah Bernasconi and Shelia Wright. It drew many admirers and it was great to have something new. To emphasise the schools strong links with St. Francis Church of England Church, the St. Francis Guides were present which was popular with the children who attended. Also popular with the children was the stall manned by Miss Ryding (Year 2 teacher) and she was kept very busy. Busy was also the word to describe the chocolate and alcohol tombola as long queues formed and some were ready for a bit of chocolate or alcohol when they reached the front! Mrs Kennedy was selling staff Christmas cards and Emma and Lyn had a delicious selection of homemade muffins and cakes which had to be guarded carefully in the staff room to ensure they made it to the stall.
And if that wasn't enough there was our raffle which boasted some great prizes and helped add to the total. Father Christmas again took time out from his very busy schedule and fly in on his sleigh from Lapland to meet the children and hear what they wanted for Christmas. He was kept busy as many children went to see him in his grotto. Make sure you put Friday 3rd December 2010 in your dairies for our next Christmas fair.