Carfield Friends

Welcome to the Carfield Friends PTA page.

Carfield Friends PTA is the Parent and Teacher Association for Carfield Primary School and a registered charity (charity number 1183465).  We fundraise and organize fun events throughout the school year to enrich the educational experience for every single child at Carfield Primary School.

As the parents of the children at Carfield we are all part of this supportive body however small or large the role we play.  Everyone is most definitely welcome in the PTA and there are many ways to help out (without fear of signing your life away!) from simply registering with PTASocial (an event organizing platform we use) or following us on the Carfield Friends PTA Facebook and Twitter pages and sharing our posts and tweets to volunteering at one of the school events for a short time, putting up posters, or sharing ideas at a meeting.

The money we raise goes towards upgrades and extras for the school.  Our current big projects are soundproofing the canteens, creating an inspiring library to be the heart of the school, developing the wildlife garden as an outside teaching space, and improving the playgrounds.  In addition to which, we also put on discos for the children, run the Christmas Fair, organize the Christmas cards drawn by the children, organise quiz and games evenings for adults, annually invite the Lempen Theatre to perform and do workshops for the whole school, not to mention the numerous bake sales and supplying refreshments for various external events within the wider community! You can also help raise funds for school by signing up to ‘Easy Fundraising’ and Carfield Friends will receive free donations when you shop online at over 4000 retailers. Click here to find out more.

We are also fundraising for Sheffield Children’s Hospital via The Bears of Sheffield.

It sounds like a lot of work but actually it’s a lot of fun and many hands make it easy.

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Who are we?

The core of the PTA is a committee of up to 12 parents, and includes at least one teacher and governor who regularly attend monthly committee meetings to decide on events, projects and how funds can be best spent.

None of us really knew each other before joining the PTA…. However, there is something about being descended upon by 1000 salivating children at a bake sale that is just an incredibly bonding experience!  We each bring a different skill to the table (sometimes that skill is just good snacks), listen to and respect each other, and have laidback but productive committee meetings.

Contact Us

If you have any questions not answered here or would simply like to contact us for more information, we’re available through the social media links below.

PTAsocial | Facebook | Twitter | carfieldfriends@outlook.com

Meetings

We are always looking for opportunities to give parents ways to share ideas, give feedback and generally dip their toe in. We are usually present at whole school events where you can come and chat with us.

Check out our Facebook page, Twitter feed or PTAsocial for the next upcoming meeting date or look out for the posters around the school!

Committee Meetings:
Committee meetings are held once a month during term time and is open to everyone. The meetings are from 7.30pm to about 9.30/10pm.  Committee members abide by a constitution and vote to decide how money is allocated and which projects are progressed.  The meetings follow an agenda and are minuted and whilst anyone is welcome to join us and all contributions are considered, committee members do get the final vote as this provides consistency and votes are based on long term knowledge.

We upload all of our agendas and the minutes from every meeting to our files on ourFacebookpage.

Easy Fundraising

As we are not able to run our usual fundraising events in school at the moment, we have signed up to ‘Easy Fundraising’

Whenever you buy anything online – from your weekly shop to your annual holiday – you could be raising free donations for Carfield.

There are over 4,000 shops and sites on board ready to make a donation – including eBay, Argos, John Lewis, ASOS, Booking.com and M&S – and it won’t cost you a penny extra to help us raise funds.

All you need to do is:

1. Go to https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/carfieldfriends/ and join for free.

2. Every time you shop online, go to easyfundraising first to find the site you want and start shopping.

3. After you’ve checked out, the retailer will make a donation to Carfield Friends at no extra cost to you whatsoever!

There are no catches or hidden charges and we will be really grateful for your donations.

Thank you for your support.

How to get involved

Volunteer: Register with PTAsocial or sign up to our Facebook page and volunteer for a shift (usually for as little at 30 minutes) at a school event.  We promise that all tasks will be time limited and clearly outlined on PTAsocial so there is no confusion or uncertainty as to what you’re signing up for. 

Without our dedicated volunteers we simply would not be able to do any of the events that we organize. Our wonderful volunteers, seasoned, brand new and yet to come are by far our biggest asset.

Event organizer: Have you got a fun event idea that could be a fundraising winner for Carfield Primary? Let us know, we are always looking to add to the PTA event repertoire. We can provide lots of resources and support throughout the organizing process and there’s always a seasoned member you can go to for help and advice.

Project organizer /contributor: We organize projects as a committee but sometimes these projects are one person’s special interest in which case the PTA supports that person and offers resources if and when they need them.  If there is a project you are especially interested in either helping with or perhaps a new idea you are interested in managing then please let us know, we’d love to hear from you! All projects are overseen by our Chair or another committee member.

Committee member: As a committee member you would be available to attend the monthly meetings, contribute ideas and be prepared to take on the odd organizing role. You would need to be respectful of everyone, able to listen and be open to other opinions. It’s also important to note that we are a non-political party and we do not enter into debates, disagreements or grievances regarding the running of the school, we are fundraisers and organisers only!