The first half-term is always a busy one and this year has been no exception at Burton Joyce Primary School, with meetings aplenty and fundraising already well under way.
Our first pre-loved toy and book sale was a great success with people flocking – despite the miserable weather – to pick up a bargain this side of Christmas and our Halloween disco went down a trick and treat as usual.
We’ve also welcomed some new members and have voted in a new co-treasurer and co-chair, who will gradually take more responsibility as the year progresses with a view to taking over completely in 2019-20.
A huge thank you to those who stepped up to keep our highly successful PTA running.
You may have seen in last month’s issue the picture of the new play equipment that has been installed thanks to our fundraising efforts, and the library has also now moved into its new permanent position with a wonderful new selection of books.
Feedback from the children so far has been great and it’s lovely to see a love of reading being fostered right from the early years.
This academic year we will start fundraising towards a significant addition to the school grounds, an all-weather classroom.
Fully enclosed and heated, the cabin will provide an additional space for outdoor learning and forest school activities, as well as much-needed space for other extra-curricular activities such as music lessons.
Our focus is now well on the Christmas Fair on Saturday 1st December. One of our biggest fundraisers, this year is set to be a busy as ever with all the usual festive favourites on offer.
Attendance is by no means limited to those linked to the school, so please do come and support us on 1st December, we’d be delighted to see you.
We’ll also be selling raffle tickets in the Co-op on 24th November, so please come and say hello and be in with a chance of winning one of our luxury festive hampers.
And finally, we have an extra event planned for the Christmas term, which we’d be delighted to welcome you to.
The school choir will be performing carols by candlelight at St Helen’s Church at 6pm on Friday 7th December.
No tickets are required, simply turn up and enjoy the atmosphere – and a glass of something – to get your festive season started.
By Kate Bateson