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The Parents, Teachers and Friends Association (PTFA) is a registered charity which raises money for expenses which are not covered by the school budget with the aim of making learning experiences more fulfilling, exciting and fun. All parents and carers automatically become members of the PTFA when their children join our school. As well as raising money, the PTFA helps to build the community and success of the school.
The PTFA raises most of its money through big events like the Summer Fair, and the Family Fun Day, Comedy Night and the Christmas Fair. There are also regular cake sales, nearly new sales, and clothing collections. We hold termly Mufti Days which specifically raise money to fund visits from authors which are a big hit with the children.
Alongside coming to and helping at school events, there are some really easy ways to help raise money for the school such as buying Christmas cards and Christmas trees through the school, subscribing to Lucky Numbers or advertising in the PTFA Trader. Using the school shopping website www.henrycavendishschoolshopping.co.uk also which donates a percentage of the money you spend to the PTFA.
In the last couple of years, over £50,000 of PTFA money has helped fund the makeover of the Balham KS1 playground, play equipment for both sites, a set of Djembe drums, a set of xylophones, over 30 ipads, digital cameras, camcorders and portable music systems.
More recently our funding allowed us to offer some fantastic additional sport related experiences (e.g. Clip and Climb, Herne Hill Velodrome) for all children and funded pre-sports day coaching at Tooting Bec Atheletics Track. Parents have also set up and manage a running club, which takes place before school on the common. See links below to our P.E. and Sporting Events pages for further information on these opportunities.
In 2018 the PTFA generously funded a series of art projects, run by parent and specialist art teacher Ruth Jacob. Ruth worked with Year 2, Year 3, Year 6, and the Rights Respecting Steering Group on a variety of projects using a broad range of media, from batik to watercolours to photography. The children explored colour, texture and contrast in a series of preparatory activities before producing finished pieces, either individually or as a class, to display around the school. Please see the Art and Design page (link below) for information on the PTFA Art Projects and for photographs of the children's work.
In addition, the PTFA has committed to ongoing support which includes:-
- Year 6 and Year 4 school journeys
- Year 6 leavers disco
- Christmas entertainment
- Christmas discos
- Presents for every child from Santa
- Hardship fund
- School day trips