PA MEETING - Friday 10th May 2019
Our next PA meeting will be held in the staff room at 2pm. All attendee names will be added to a prize draw and there will be the usual array of goodies and refreshments. If you can't make the meeting you can still email any ideas or suggestions beforehand too which can then be added to the agenda. We hope to see you there!
Good Luck to our lovely year 6 children when they start their Sats w/c 13th May.
Ice-creams for sale after school every Friday (weather permitting) at the shed by the pond area. Don't miss out!!!
Fun family camping night - Saturday 8th June 2019. Our school field will be transformed into a pop-up campsite. Enjoy rounders, swimming pool sessions (small additional fee) and BBQ food will also be sold.
£15 for a standard tent or £20 for a six man tent.
NEW! Camping phobes can visit friends on-site with a day pass for just £2pp.
This event can only go ahead if people are kind enough to help us. Like you, we have children to look after so if just 8 parents offer to take a short turn of things like the BBQ then it is viable and there will always be a committee member on hand to help you.
Hope to see you there!
Tickets are now selling fast!! Don't miss out - get your tickets before they run out! All friends and (adult) family welcome.
Ever wondered what the PA spend their fundraising on?
Wonder no more........after the HUGE purchase of the school interactive whiteboards, one of their recent spends has been on plants to brighten and improve the look of the outside areas of the school to add a touch of Spring colour. Doesn't it look lovely?
RECORD FOR BAGS2SCHOOL!!!
We may be in for a record number of bags for our collection - wow! What an amazing number of bags from you all.
Many thanks to everyone that donated for our Bags2School fundraiser - amount raised to be revealed soon.
ST. GEORGE'S DAY FLAG RAISING
RAYLEIGH TOWN COUNCIL OFFICES
BAGS TO SCHOOL
Time for a Spring clean over the Easter break? Please bring your unwanted clothes, bedding, towels and soft toys to school when we return and leave them outside the swimming pool changing room door to help raise funds for your child's school.
Collection date: 24/4/19
Many thanks for your support.
Don't forget - discounted Adventure Island tickets are on sale at Blume in Rayleigh High Street!
Big bands £15.50
Small bands £12.00
Sea Life £6.00
Have some fun while supporting our lovely school - thank you.
......so much to all the lovely helpers last night at the school disco on Friday 5th April. We really can't do these events without you
Thank you to everyone who bought a ticket to support this event - the children had an amazing time.
Have a fantastic Easter break!
EASTER EGG HUNT
A massive THANK YOU to our Easter Bunnies (Louise, Sarah and Laura) for giving up their day to create and carry out another fantastic Easter Egg Hunt for all of the children in school last Wednesday (3rd April).
The children worked hard solving puzzles in order to be presented with a chocolate egg from the bunnies. We hope that everyone enjoyed this Easter treat from the PA. Happy Easter everyone!
......sooooooo much to all of our wonderful volunteers who helped to make the Mother's Day Plant Sale possible and such a lovely event for the children - we couldn't do it without you all! We hope that every child enjoys giving a special lady in their life something chosen just for them this weekend.
PENNY WARS PRIZES UPDATE!
The Penny Wars prize money is already being put to good use by the winning classes! KS2 winners, 5R, voted to spend their winnings on a class pet and welcomed their pet fish this week with great excitement!
Meanwhile, KS1 winners, Ladybird class, will be spending their prize money on goodie bags for the children when they visit Barleylands.
The school have passed on their thanks to everyone who kindly donated their pennies and to the EFPA for their support and have said how much the children loved taking part in this fundraiser. With thanks to our amazing Andrea for organising this event.
Our little helpers in Breakfast and After School Club have been busy making these little beauties to help raise money for Parkinson's Awareness. Please help support this cause by purchasing these from the school office for a minimum donation of just £1 each. Many thanks for your support of this very worthy cause.
Friday 5th April 2019
Lower school - 6.00 - 7.15p.m.
Upper school - 7.30 - 8.45p.m.
We will require parent helpers if this event is to take place and would be very grateful for offers of help please. If you are able to help, then please let us know what your availability is - even if it's just for half an hour, it really does make a big difference to our events being able to go ahead and run smoothly. Many thanks in anticipation of your support.
Thanks to every parent that has helped to raise funds through the PA. With your support we have been able to buy the children 4 more interactive whiteboards, totalling £10,000!! Now EVERY classroom in the school has one of these boards, enabling the children to engage interactively with their learning using advanced technology.
The school would not have been able to purchase these boards without the extra funds raised by our wonderful parents, so a big THANK YOU to everyone that has contributed their time and money.
On World Book Day the children took part in a World Book Day Quiz which included video clips from famous authors.
Don't miss out on THE infamous EFPA Summer party featuring local Rayleigh band The Trolley Boys and DJ Moley Lynham! Tickets now available! Book soon to avoid disappointment so that we can ensure we are able to cover the huge cost of the beautiful marquee for all the children to enjoy their end of year summer disco and so that the year 6 children can also have their Leavers Party in it at the end of their last term. It's the highlight of the year for the children and they all look forward to it and love to party in the marquee rather than the smaller school hall. Please see the flyer for full details. With thanks to our lovely Laura Maidment for designing this for us.
We will be holding our annual Mothers Day plant sale on Friday 29th March. Class Teachers will take their classes along during the course of the school day for children to have the opportunity to purchase plants and gifts for the special ladies in their lives.
Gift and plant prices vary between £1.00-£5.00 and children will need a named purse/envelope and named carrier bag for their purchases.
We would be very grateful for parent helpers from 9am onwards on the day please. Any time you can spare would be much appreciated as it's an all day event.
Please let us know what time slot you can assist with ASAP so that we can ensure that adequate cover is provided.
The children always enjoy this event and like to surprise people with their chosen gifts.
The results are in!!! Huge congratulations to Ladybirds class on winning the Penny Wars for KS1 and to 5R for bringing in the most for KS2! A grand total of £768.73 was collected!! A big 'thank you' to everyone that contributed to this fundraiser for the school and to our amazing Andrea Twomey for organising it.
Thank you to everyone who attended our Quiz Night - we made a record breaking profit of £792!!!
DRUM ROLL PLEASE......
This week's school lottery winner is Julia Barber! Congratulations!
We still have about 20 people that have signed up but have not fully completed their applications, so please check. It could be you next week......
We would like to thank the lovely Donna Prior and Tesco for supplying the 425 discounted eggs for our upcoming children's Easter Egg Hunt (to be carried out during normal school hours on Wednesday 3rd April - no parents required for this one, other than our PA Easter Bunnies : Louise Cummings, Sarah Halloran and Laura Mason)!
Thank you to Kat and Louise for collecting them. Watch this space for further details......
READY FOR A HOLIDAY?
Sign up to our School Lottery and be in with a chance to win £25k (local jackpot) and book your dream holiday sooner than you think!
It's not too late to join for our next draw on Saturday (& every Saturday).
Our amazing Kat has secured front stall tickets for £32!!! Tickets on sale soon! Watch this space....
NEXT PA MEETING
As requested by some of our working parents, our next PA meeting will be held on the evening of Wednesday 20th March, 2019 at 7pm in the school staff room. We hope you can make it and look forward to seeing you.
MATILDA.......8 tickets left and counting!
We are aiming to have a camping night on Saturday 8th June 2019. Provisional plans are as follows:-
* Set up on the field from 12pm on Saturday 8th June 2019
* Off the field by 11am on Sunday 9th June 2019
* Pitches are only £15 for tents that hold up to 6 people and £20 for larger tents
* Day guests can join in the fun from 1pm-7pm, only £1 entry per person, capped at £4 per family (day guest prices are provisional at the moment but will be confirmed asap)
* We are hoping to have fun swims too, which will need to be pre-booked (details to follow in due course)
* There will be a bbq in the evening and breakfast the following morning
* We are also hoping to have events/games on the field too - if you have any ideas, please feel free to let us know
PLEASE NOTE -- this event will NOT go ahead unless we have 8 confirmed helpers (mainly for the bbq and breakfast). In the past this event has had to be cancelled due to the lack of volunteers which was a real shame and we really don't want this to happen again, so please let us know ASAP if you are able to help - we promise it'll be fun!
Adventure Island discounted tickets are available from Blume in Rayleigh High Street! Adventure Island have lots of different themed weekends coming up over the next few months -- look out for our Adventure Island posters on the EFPA noticeboards and in the linkway window for further information.
"THANK YOU" - YOU'RE AWESOME!
The PA would like to thank these amazing parents for their support and funds raised:-
Maria Berwick -- gift match funding from her employer of £250!
Paul Ward -- for organising an up-to-date and bigger First Aid kit for use at our events
Annie Jones -- for her amazing efforts of making up and selling bags of sweets
Emma Kelley, Claire Cleverley, Laura Maidment -- for organising our upcoming summer party
Natasha Higgins and Vicki -- for taking on our secretarial duties and creating our fantastic newsletters
On Thursday 28th February 2019 we will be saying a very sad farewell to our amazing caretaker, Bob, as he begins his well-earned retirement. Bob has been a caretaker at EFPS for many years and has always been such a big help to the PA (setting up/putting away at all of our events and much more). He will be greatly missed by all and we wish him a very happy retirement.
Thank you to all that were able to attend the PA meeting this afternoon (27th February).
As is customary at our PA meetings, we have a prize draw for attendees or any suggestions emailed to us. Congratulations to Andrea Twomey for winning our prize draw today for two tickets to the upcoming Easter Disco (details to follow in the next newsletter - watch this space).
We've had our first winner of our school lottery! Thank you to everyone who is supporting this simple fundraiser and congratulations to Neely Westbrook - our very first winner!
There are still a few tickets left for Matilda, but be quick!!!
Don't miss out on the chance to see this amazing show! We have the last few tickets left to see it at London Cambridge Theatre on 28th March 2019. Tickets are £50pp and includes luxury coach travel to and from the school/theatre. The coaches will leave from outside the school at 4pm sharp.
If you're interested, please complete the booking form and post, with full payment, into the EFPA post box ASAP to avoid missing out. Hope to see you there.
You will hopefully be aware of the fantastic work the PA are doing to raise funds for our school. We wanted to take this opportunity to remind you about the Match Funding scheme and how a little bit of your time could raise double the funds for the PA - how fantastic would that be?
We are looking to harness support for future fundraising events by kindly asking you to check whether your employer operates, or is interested in running, a match giving scheme. Please take a moment to approach your boss or do a quick internet search, which will give you a list of companies or organisations that have beenknown to match fund. It's often just a case of asking your HR about it - it's not complicated and will cost you nothing other than some time to talk to your employer.
Your employer may be able to support your parents association in other ways too, such as providing raffle or auction prizes.
Please take the time to check with your employer and contact us if you are able to help. Many thanks in anticipation of your support.
The competition is hotting up, with one class having already filled their jar and about to start its second filling!!
Children have two more weeks before totals are totted up to see which KS1 and KS2 class has raised the most money for their school and a prize for their class!
With thanks to Andrea Twomey for organising this fundraiser and Mr Simms Sweet Shop in Rayleigh for donating the jars.
Check out our new upper and lower school noticeboards for all the latest news - with thanks to our amazing Andrea Twomey for getting these up and running.
Would your child enjoy getting involved with the PA? Maybe they'd like to make a poster or an eye-catching picture promoting an event or share their ideas for future fundraisers, why not drop us a line? email@example.com
We look forward to hearing from you.
Adventure Island tickets are now on sale at discounted prices from Blume and via the school office using an order form.
Big bands - £15.50
Small bands - £12.00
Sea Life - £6.00
Golf - £4.00
If ordered through school, they can be collected from the school office on Thursday 14th February. Please post orders into our PA post box (just before the doors into the school office).
Thank you for your support.
RAFFLE PRIZE DONATIONS
Our Raffle Prize Donation Box is ready and waiting for your goodies by the school office entrance. If you have any unwanted gifts that you would like to anonymously donate as a future raffle prize, please pop them in the box and a member of the PA will collect them.
Thank you so much for your continued support for our fundraising events.
COLLINS BOOK SALE
Looking for something to help your child's learning at home? Look no further than our Educational Book Sale preview - last weeks one in the linkway was a huge success so we'll be holding another one this Wednesday, 30th January 2019 by the shelter in KS2 after school - come and have a browse.
There's books for all stages including SATs support. To make it even better, a percentage of the book sales comes back to the school!
Come to collect your child/ren a bit earlier and have a browse at these lovely books.
As always, thank you for your support.
SAVE THE DATE!!
Our lovely Kat has worked her magic and managed to book a bundle of FRONT STALL tickets for this years Christmas pantomime at the Cliffs Pavilion - the high-flying Peter Pan!!
The tickets are for the 5pm performance on Sunday 15th December 2019 and will be for sale at £32.00 per person. All tickets will be released on a first come first served payment basis after Easter.
WATCH THIS SPACE!
Have you downloaded the app yet? This makes it so easy to donate - do it now! It's free money for our school/children. Order from all your usual online shops/pay bills/buy takeaways etc., but just do so via this app at no extra charge to yourself! This can really make a huge difference to the funds raised for our school each year and it takes no time/expense from our supporters.
AND THE WINNER IS..............Lisa Clarke .
A big THANK YOU to those that attended the PA meeting this afternoon, our prize draw winner has won a free plant from our upcoming Mother's Day plant sale (details to be confirmed soon). Congratulations Lisa!
**SOLD OUT -- school uniform**
We have cancelled Friday's uniform sale as all of our stock was sold this morning! Please continue to save your out-grown school uniform for us and we hope to gather enough stock to have another sale in the future. Many thanks for your support.
We've set up the lottery to specifically raise money for our school and to make a difference to the children. It's a fantastic way to bring parents, carers, teachers and the wider community together, in partnership with our school whilst also being able to give something back. We hope to raise funds that can support and enrich the education of our children.
First draw is set for 16th February 2019.
Just £1.00 per ticket, per week with 40% of all ticket sales donated back to our school!
A GUARANTEED cash prize to someone who plays our lottery every week and a further chance of wining £25,000 in a separate draw EVERY WEEK!
Draws are every Saturday at 8pm and results are posted online.
Just go to www.yourschoollottery.co.uk/play or click on the link at the bottom of this page.
Your support is greatly appreciated - GOOD LUCK!!
...to the lovely new Manager, Debbie, of Mr Simms Olde Sweet Shoppe on Rayleigh High Street for her very kind donation of a money box and chocolate money to add to our recent raffle prizes. She also very kindly donated lots of empty sweet jars to be used in an upcoming school 'Penny Wars' fundraiser - more details to come soon! https://m.facebook.com/mrsimmsrayleigh/
To the wonderful people at Squires Coffee Shop on Rayleigh High Street for their very kind donation of a voucher to add to our recent raffle prizes. https://www.facebook.com/SquiresCoffeeShop/
Also, to the lovely Claire Hartman of Waxy World for her very kind donation of a bath bomb to add to our recent raffle prizes. https://waxyworld.scentsy.co.uk
We rely heavily upon the goodwill of our local businesses for supporting our fundraising and appreciate all donations provided, so a very BIG THANK YOU to you all.
HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYBODY!!
Got any spare rolls of wrapping paper left over from all your Christmas wrapping? Don't despair, we can give them a very good home! We get through a HUGE amount of wrapping paper at our Christmas Bazaar when wrapping all your thoughtfully chosen gifts by your lovely children so please bear us in mind once you've finished your Christmas wrapping and donate any left over rolls of paper to us. Just pop them into school for the PA to store ready for use at our Christmas bazaar next year!
We also need the front part of your used Christmas cards when you're ready to recycle them as we recycle these as gift tags at our Christmas Bazaar, so please send these into us too.
Thank you for your support and generosity - we couldn't do it without you.
WANTED FOR OUR SCHOOL UNIFORM SALE
If you are having a sort out of old school uniforms during the holiday, please save them for the PA to sell!
We will only be selling uniform that is washed, ironed and in a sellable condition with no stains or rips. Please remove name labels or obscure the name if written or ironed anywhere on the clothing.
The photos below are a guide as to what we will be selling. We will accept PE kit but are unable to accept blouses/shirts, black trousers, pinafore dresses or skirts - sorry.
Please pass your donations to the school office where a member of the PA will be collecting them from Monday 7th January 2019.
Date of Sale: Wednesday 16th January 2019
Time: 8.30a.m. - 9.15a.m.
Place: Outside the swimming pool (inside pool area if the weather is unkind to us).
Cost: £1.00 - £2.00 per item - what a bargain!
Then again on: Friday 18th January 2019
Time: 2.45p.m. - 3.30p.m.
Place: Outside the swimming pool (inside the pool area if the weather is unkind to us).
Cost: £1.00 - £2.00 per item - what a bargain!
If these sales prove successful, we will do another one after half-term.
Thank you, as always. for your continued support.
Thanks to your support in raising funds for our fabulous school, we were able to treat all of the children to the brilliant 'Bubble Wizard' as an end of term Christmas treat!
The children were fascinated by the giant Star Wars bubble 'dancing', Harry Potter 'magic smoke' creations and bubbles big enough to hold people inside!
The children cheered to vote for staff volunteers to be enclosed in the giant bubbles and then a boy and girl from each show were chosen to do it too! Lots of extremely noisy and bubbly fun was had by all!
Wishing you all a Very Merry Christmas from all the EFPA!
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!
OUT NOW! My Christmas Memory performed by our very own Edward Francis Primary School Choir, written by Nathan Timothy and produced by the Songwriting Charity.
Download on all sites, including iTunes
Also on all streaming platforms including Spotify and Applemusic.
Let's have a big festive cheer for the EFPS choir
Book your tables now for our infamous EFPA Quiz Night on Saturday 19th January 2019.
Only £5.00pp, bring your own drinks and nibbles.
Doors open at 7.00pm - quiz starts at 7.30pm
We have upped the ante with our raffle and have some fabulous prizes for you, including an Echo Dot and lots of other amazing prizes! See you there!
We have a poop spectacular in store for you all (& loads of it!)!
All only £1 a bag - bargain!!! Go on, treat yourselves - it's Friday!
LAST FEW TICKETS REMAINING!!!
We still have a few tickets remaining to see Matilda at London's Cambridge Theatre. £50pp which includes your ticket to this fabulous show and luxury coach travel from/to the school/theatre on 28th March 2019. The coaches will leave the school at 4pm sharp. Please complete the booking form and post (with payment ) into the EFPA post pox.
What another fabulous turnout at our Christmas PA meeting! Was it the lure of festive mince pies and chocolates, or free entry into the prize draw to win two tickets to our infamous Quiz Night on 19th January? Or maybe, just maybe, parents wanted the opportunity to have their voice heard when voting for the entertainment at our next Summer Party and school discos, what to spend our funds on within the school and what block of seats to choose for our next pantomime booking next year?
A big THANK YOU to all that attended and for your ideas and suggestions to continue to help improve our children's school.
Back by 'poop'ular demand -- New flavours!!! On sale again this Friday (7th December) - we've made loads so we won't run out this time!
Available outside the linkway and also outside the gate of the upper school.
Allergy information available if you need to take a look.
Now available every day at the school reception desk....correct money only please! Go on, you know you want to.
Christmas card orders have been handed to staff in classes this week (w/c 3rd December).
Thank you to everyone who placed an order to support this fundraiser enabling you to have a special keepsake of your child's artwork.
DRUM ROLL PLEASE........We're thrilled to announce that Edward Francis Primary School has been crowned WINNER of the Christmas Tree Festival Competition!
This is our fourth victory in a row and it's ALL THANKS TO YOU AND YOUR LOVELY CHILDREN. The cork decorations your children created were full of imagination and made with love and care.
Our winning tree is now proudly displayed in the school office for you all to admire.
A huge WELL DONE to all the children.
Your decorations can be collected from Monday 17th through to Wednesday 19th December.
At last months meeting we had yummy doughnuts, this month there might just be some delicious Christmas treats in store as well as every attendee being entered into our fabulous Prize Draw to win a pair of tickets to our quiz night in January . If you can't attend but have a fundraising idea you'd like to share, then just email your idea to firstname.lastname@example.org and you will still be entered into the draw. Come along to our friendly committee meeting on Wednesday 5th December at 2pm in the staff room if you can - it would be lovely to see some more new faces and share some fundraising ideas together. We look forward to seeing you there.
Step into a magical world as the annual Christmas tree festival begins at Holy Trinity Church on Thursday 29th November through to Sunday 2nd December.
We are astounded by the sheer number and quality of the children's cork decorations this year and thank you all for your creative cork decorations and support - we couldn't do it without you. Please take a moment to pop into the Church to see the beautiful forest of Christmas trees and vote for our schools tree. All monies raised help support the Church charity and EFPA have purchased our tree out of our funds raised so that we can enter this fun, festive competition. Can you spot your child's decoration?