Welcome from the PTA and Friends of Hever School
This section has been written by the PTA and Friends of Hever, especially for you, as a new family within our school community. We realise it can be a little nerve-wracking joining a school and there seem to be so many questions to ask. Here we aim to set out all the information you will need to know about the ‘Friends’, which is a major part of our school life. All parents are automatically members.
If having read it you would like to get more involved, or you have any questions, please get in touch with one of the committee members, or ask via your class teacher, or the school office.
Why do we have a PTA and Friends Association?
We are very fortunate at our school to have the PTA and Friends. They have been an integral part of the school community for many years. Over time we have raised many thousands of pounds, which have been spent on improving equipment and resources to enhance our children’s education and the facilities in school in general.
But the PTA and Friends is about much, much more than just fundraising. We exist to provide closer links between home and school, and it is an excellent way to bring staff, parents and friends together socially in support of the school, working towards a common goal. It is fun too - just ask any of the committee members or helpers. Obviously as in any organisation, there are times when it is more challenging, but with the continued support of parents and staff, we have always succeeded in our efforts.
All parents and members of the school community can get involved if they want to, even if they only have a small amount of time available, and all parents are automatically members of the PTA and Friends when their children join the school.
We are extremely conscious of the ethos of our school, and we try very hard when organising and planning events to respect it. Not all of our events are run as fundraisers. For example, our children’s film nights and Pancake Day are run with the aim of giving the children a good time and as a way of thanking families for their continued support.
How you can get involved
There are lots of ways you can help and support your child through the PTA and Friends. Offering to help before events or at other times during the year is so valuable – it really is a case of ‘many hands make light work’. It doesn’t matter if you can’t help on a regular basis, or even if you can’t come into school.
There are always little jobs that can be done from home if you have half an hour to spare e.g. wrapping gifts, preparing raffle prizes etc. We couldn’t achieve what we do without the unseen ‘army of help’ that exists in school. You can of course volunteer to be part of the committee. Or you can simply support the AGM and give us your ideas for fundraising events – this is also a great opportunity to ask questions or voice your opinion. You can help by letting us know if you have any contacts or skills we could use – everything is potentially valuable to us.
Please find details of the current PTA Committee below. We are always keen to hear from parents so please email firstname.lastname@example.org to get in touch. You can also visit https://www.pta-events.co.uk/heverprimaryschool/#.X7gHKRaZSUm to book tickets and pay for items.
Elected - 5 November 2018
Event Manager and Director of Eden Valley Woodland Burial Ground
Amy has been in the events industry for over 13 years and currently works for a national teaching charity whose mission is to end educational disadvantage. Amy also runs Eden Valley Woodland Burial Ground with her husband Martin. Amy is a qualified homeopath and dance teacher and has a passion for flamenco which has been slightly put to one side by having kids. She has one son at Hever who is in Elderberry Class.
Angie Moore - Co-Chair
Elected - 5 November 2018
Pilates/Personal Trainer & Forever Living business owner
Bio - Angie is a Personal Trainer and Pilates Class Instructor. Angie is passionate about sport, healthy living and maintaining a balanced lifestyle. She believes that through her work she can help and change people’s lives, guiding them to reach their personal goals. Her love and passion for this industry has always been fuelled by her own participation in sport, which grounded her knowledge in how important it is to maintain fitness and health from a young age.
As well as fitness, she runs a Forever Living business, growing a global organic aloe Vera business and helping others in her team to do the same! Her daughter is currently in Elderberry Class.
Jenny Alexander - Treasurer
Re-elected - 5 November 2018
Jenny is a qualified bookkeeper and currently works for both Leith’s at Hever Castle and Accounts Action in Edenbridge. She lives in Edenbridge with her husband and two children. She joined the PTA in 2017 inspired by her own experience at a small village school and her memories of her parents helping out with fetes and school trips. Her daughter is currently in Elm.
Karen Ellwood - Secretary
Elected - 1 October 2020
Project Manager and Director of Client Services
Karen has been in the Construction Industry for over 15 years working internationally alongside her partner Rob. Originally from London, she has spent a lot of recent years in Bath or abroad either in the Middle Eastern Desert or the Mountains of Southern Spain working on various building projects. Karen is a trained Classical Guitarist and her daughter is in Acorn Class.
Our charity number is 287136