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UPDATE FROM KING EDWARD VI SCHOOL PARENT TEACHER ASSOCIATION – September 2016

A warm welcome to the new term from King Edward VI School PTA.

Our first meeting will be held on Wednesday 21st September at 7pm in Bader Bistro, adjacent to Bader Hall. Everyone is welcome and light refreshments will be available. The meeting will incorporate a short AGM. It’s an ideal opportunity to meet current PTA members and share any ideas you might have.

Our eye-catching, new, limited edition school water bottles, which we launched in the summer, are proving really popular. They are on sale from Bader reception and Bader Bistro, priced £4 for the large size and £3 for the small (cash only please). Every bottle sold will generate money for the PTA. KES PTA water bottles 1

Our first fundraising event of the new term is a ‘Shop to Drop’ ladies fashion show on Friday 14th October from 7pm in Bader Hall. Tickets, priced at £3, are now available from Bader Reception. This follows our inaugural event last year and promises to be another great evening, when you will have the chance to bag a bargain from a number of High Street outlets. It’s a fun and relaxing evening, with drinks and savoury snacks on sale as well as a raffle with the chance to win Shop to Drop vouchers to spend on the night.

 

On the 25th November from 6.30-8.30pm, we’ll hold our Christmas Fair, with stalls and entertainment in Bader Hall and the school gym, and seasonal refreshments on sale in Bader Bistro.

Looking slightly further ahead, we have a family race night lined up for Friday 10th February 2017 – more details will be available nearer the time.

If you shop online, please consider registering for www.easyfundraising.co.uk and making ‘King Edward VI School Lichfield – Parent Teacher Association’ your nominated charity. It’s easy and free to set up and use. By logging onto this website before starting your internet shopping, you’ll help the PTA raise much-needed funds to enable us to support a range of projects nominated by students and staff at school.

As a supporter and beneficiary of Lichfield Round Table, the PTA has been asked to pass on details of one of its forthcoming fundraising events – Oktoberfest – which takes place on Friday 16th September at the Guildhall in Lichfield. Information and tickets, which can be bought online in advance, are available from: http://oktoberfest.lichfieldroundtable.co.uk/

Whilst the PTA committee currently comprises a dedicated team of parents and staff, the future of the PTA is very much dependent upon us keeping the flow of new members coming through, as parents step down when their children leave the school. If you feel you want to get involved next year, please email the PTA at kingedwardspta@gmail.com or come along to our first meeting. Thank you for your ongoing support.

Emma Tennant, chair.

 

JUNE UPDATE FROM KING EDWARD VI SCHOOL PARENT TEACHER ASSOCIATION

I’m delighted to report that our previous total raised from our Christmas Fair has swelled to more than £3,300 thanks to a further ‘match funding’ donation from Barclays Bank, for which we are hugely grateful.

The PTA is continually looking at different ways to raise funds. With that in mind, we will soon be launching eye-catching new school water bottles, which will go on sale shortly. Every bottle sold will generate money for the PTA. Please look out for updates on the school website – we’ll keep you posted on when they’re available and how to purchase them.

We’ve also got several fund-raising events planned for the new academic year.

First up is our ‘Shop to Drop’ ladies fashion show on the evening of Friday, October 14, from 7pm, when mums, aunties, grandmas and female students will have the chance to bag themselves a bargain from a number of High Street outlets. This follows our hugely successful inaugural event last year. Tickets, priced £3, will be available from Bader reception from September onwards.

It might only be June, but we’ve already earmarked a date for our next Christmas Fair! It’s going to take place on the evening of Friday, November 25. This will be followed by a family race night on Friday, February 10, 2017.

Whilst the PTA committee currently comprises a dedicated team of parents and staff, the future of the PTA is very much dependent upon us keeping the flow of new members coming through, as parents step down when their children leave King Edward’s. If you feel you want to get involved next year, please email the PTA at: kingedwardspta@gmail.com or come along to our first meeting of the new academic year on Wednesday, September 21, at 7pm in Bader Bistro, next to Bader reception and the main school hall.

We’re always keen to hear from students, staff and the school council about how they would like PTA funds to be spent. As a result, the PTA has recently supported a group of students who wanted to launch an award scheme to recognise the efforts of King Edward’s volunteer helpers at Saxon Hill School as well as the youngsters they are helping. We’re also continuing to support various ongoing school refurbishment projects.

Thank you for your ongoing support.

Emma Tennant, Chair.

 

MARCH UPDATE FROM KING EDWARD VI SCHOOL PARENT TEACHER ASSOCIATION

Just a quick reminder that our next PTA meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 8, at 7pm in Bader Bistro. Light refreshments will be served – everyone is welcome, and it’s very informal.

Future meetings will take place on Wednesday, April 27 and Tuesday, June 7, both starting at 7pm in the Bader Bistro. Access is through Bader reception or the rear of Bader Bistro, opposite the music block. If you’re unable to attend but have any fund-raising ideas that you’d like to share or if you’re keen to get involved in some other way, please email: kingedwardspta@gmail.com Whilst the PTA committee currently comprises a dedicated team of parents and staff, the future of the PTA is very much dependent upon us keeping the flow of new members coming through, as parents step down when their children leave King Edward’s.

Thanks again to everyone who attended or supported our Christmas Fair – you helped us to raise more than £2,300. A special ‘thank you’ goes to Barclays Bank, whose staff fund matching scheme played such an important part in helping us to reach this fantastic total, as well as everyone who ran stalls and the Christmas café. Also thanks to those parents and students who helped us get ready – and tidy up afterwards – and to the pupils in the gym who had a terrific time raising an amazing £681! We hoped you enjoyed the wide-ranging entertainment provided by student musicians, Catalyst International Dance School and Lichfield’s Got Talent.

In a round and about way, the recent wintery weather also reminded me of the evening that we supported the Round Table Santa sleigh ride. A group of volunteers made up of PTA members, sixth-formers, a governor and other friends of the school, joined together on the most miserable evening just before Christmas – when the weather was far from festive! – to bring some seasonal cheer to the residents of Lichfield and help the Round Table to raise money for local good causes. The amazing efforts of our intrepid group helped Lichfield Round Table to a record year of fund-raising, and in turn we received £455 for the PTA, for which we were really grateful.

We were disappointed that this year’s Burns’ Night supper and dance was not able to go ahead after all. We apologise for any inconvenience caused and look forward to updating you on future fund-raising events in due course.

We’re always keen to hear from students, staff and the school council about how they would like PTA funds to be spent. As a result, the PTA is once again making a donation towards the specially-made Record of Achievement folders for Year 11 students, as well as contributing towards the running costs of one of the school mini buses. We’ve also agreed to support various school refurbishment projects, including some new classroom carpet, because these sorts of improvements benefit such a large number of pupils and staff alike, and are increasingly difficult to fund entirely from the school budget in the current challenging financial climate. In addition, we’re supporting the school to become a licensed centre for the prestigious Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme.

Thank you for your ongoing support.

Emma Tennant, Chair.

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NOVEMBER UPDATE FROM KING EDWARD VI SCHOOL PARENT TEACHER ASSOCIATION

Welcome to this latest update from the PTA.

Thank you to everyone who supported our first fund-raiser of the year – our ladies fashion show.

We hope you had an enjoyable evening and managed to bag a bargain or two! You helped us to raise just over £400 for PTA funds.

Our next fund-raiser is our annual Christmas Fair which this time takes place on Friday, November 27, from 6.30-8.30pm.

As usual, students will be running an array of stalls in the school gym. Bader Bistro will be transformed into a Christmas Café where you’ll be able to enjoy a turkey bap supper, hot dogs and chips, Christmas biscuits, as well as mulled wine and other refreshments.

Meanwhile, Bader Hall will be a hive of activity, entertainment and more stalls, including the grand raffle organised by six-formers.

This year we’re privileged to be joined at our Christmas Fair by some of the stars of Lichfield’s Got Talent, including last year’s winner and former student, Chloe Whitelaw. During the evening the organisers will also be signing up entries for the next competition.

Also taking to the stage will be student musicians and members of Catalyst International Dance School.

As we get closer to the fair, we’ll be asking for donations of unwanted gifts, bottles and chocolate for our PTA stalls. Students will be awarded points in return for bringing in a donation after half-term.

Looking further ahead, our annual Burns’ Night supper and dance takes place on Saturday, January 23. Tickets, priced £20, will be on sale shortly. For more information please email: rslater@kingedwardvi-lichfield.staffs.sch.uk

Whilst we’ve been busy fund-raising, we’ve also been responding to requests for funds. The PTA will once again be donating £1,000 over 12 months towards the running costs of a school mini-bus. We’re also helping to pay for new carpet in Kings Hill House following a request from students, as well as covering the cost of prize giving awards and folders for outgoing Year 11 students, whose presentation evening is in November.

We have our next PTA committee meeting on Tuesday, November 10, at 7pm. As usual, light refreshments will be served and anyone is welcome to join us. In the meantime, if you have any queries or ideas please email us at: kingedwardspta@gmail.com

Emma Tennant

PTA chair.

 

PTA Meetings take place on the following dates this year in Bader Bistro at 7.00pm. All welcome.

Tuesday 10th November 2015

Wednesday 6th January 2016

Tuesday 8th March 2016

Wednesday 27th April 2016

Tuesday 7th June 2016

 

LICHFIELD STUDENTS INVITE U.S. VISITORS TO ‘HAVE A NICE STAY’! Published July 2015

A Lichfield school is preparing to fly the flag for Anglo-American relations next month.

Students from King Edward VI School are looking forward to welcoming around 50 visitors from the USA as part of an initiative inspired originally by President Dwight D Eisenhower.

The People to People Ambassador Programme dates back to the 1960s and was created by him to inspire young Americans to develop better communications and relationships with their counterparts around the world.

Students from the city school will be hosting around 50 visitors, aged 11 to 15, and their leaders from Thursday, July 9 until Saturday, July 11.

During their three-day stay, as well as giving them an insight into historic Lichfield, the aim is also to give the visitors a taste of English family life.

The Lichfield leg is part of an exciting three-week UK-wide tour for the travellers, who hail from Alabama, Colorado, Indiana, Kansas, Iowa, Illinois, Oklahoma, Missouri and Wisconsin.PTA USA exchange

The project is co-ordinated locally by the King Edward VI Parent Teacher Association, which has supported the initiative for several years, and every time the visitors come from a different part of the States.

Emma Tennant, chair of King Edward VI School PTA People to People, said: “Most people who get involved find it a great experience and often forge long-lasting friendships.

“Although the Americans’ tour will take in some of the most beautiful and historic parts of the UK, if previous years are anything to go by, the stay with an English family usually turns out to be one of the most relaxing and enjoyable parts of the whole trip.

“As well as experiencing some lessons in school, they will also be taken on a tour of Lichfield. On the last evening, we’ll all get together for a barbecue, with entertainment by the school’s musicians – and cheerleading team, to hopefully make them feel at home!”

  • Pictured preparing to fly the flag for Anglo-American relations are year 8 students Jemima Green (right) and Rhiannon Stone, both aged 12.

 

 

 

 

 

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