Friends of Busbridge CofE Junior School
The school has a thriving and invaluable Parent Teacher Association known as the Friends of Busbridge CofE Junior School (BJS) of which all the parents at the school are automatically members. The Friends of BJS is a voluntary charitable organisation made up of an elected committee. The Friends organise numerous events throughout the year such as Fireworks, the Christmas Fair, a Quiz Night, a School Disco and the Summer BBQ which combine fundraising with opportunities to socialise with other parents and the wider community. Please scroll down to see the attached newsletters and flyers below for the latest information from the Friends of Busbridge Junior School and about events coming up....
Parents are encouraged to come to meetings but there is no obligation to take on a committee role. The Friends PTA are always looking for fresh ideas and the opportunity to introduce new events into their calendar.
Next meeting for the Friends of Busbridge CofE Junior School will be on Tuesday 4th May 2021 at 8pm via zoom - all welcome to join in.
The members of the Friends of BJS Committee 2020/21 (following election at AGM) are:
Co-Chairman - Sarah Speirs & Jackie Ahrens (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Vice Chairman - Lorraine Collins (email@example.com)
Secretary - Katherine Carter (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Treasurer - Steve Muir (email@example.com)
2nd Hand Uniform - Beckie (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Much of the co-ordination for the Friends of BJS is done through class representatives. There are 2 class reps for each class who help to keep in touch with parents and ask for help with events through the year.
Friends of Busbridge CofE Junior School Events:
We did things a bit differently for Christmas due to Covid,and on behalf of the Friends we would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone for their support with the various fund-raising activities we ran. We honestly could not have done this without you and we know the money raised will be put to very good use in the school. Amazingly, despite the fact that we weren't able to hold the Christmas Fayre, we made over **£3800** profit from the various activities we organised: Hamper raffle - £1343, Secret Christmas shopping - £1025, Wreath workshops - £630, Bottle tombola - £377, Bake off - £108, Christmas cards - £388, Tea towels - TBC. This really is incredible and we can't tell you how much we value your continued support and the hard work put in by all our class reps, volunteer helpers and committee members. Thank you.
EasyFundraising....WE NEED YOUR HELP!
All of us are shopping more online, particularly with the closure of many shops and the festive season approaching. Please help the Friends of BJS PTA to raise money by shopping as usual, just by going through the Easyfundraising app. Each retailer will give BJS a percentage of what we or our friends and families spend, and it’s free and easy to use. For instance, the recent online purchase by a parent of a washing machine from John Lewis raised £14.98 for the school! Every bit helps and if we all use it the pounds will soon add up, so helping us to buy things for school to benefit our children. Signing up is really easy and it takes just 5 minutes of your time.
• Go to www.easyfundraising.org.uk
• Select ‘Busbridge Junior School’ as your ‘Cause’
• Set up your account and tick the ‘Gift Aid’ box
• Download the Easyfundraising app and use it! (If you delete all your usual shopping apps you won’t forget to shop through Easyfundraising)
• Shop as normal. Once you click on the app, select the retailer you need and you will immediately go to their website.
Hundreds of your favourite shops are participating - such as John Lewis/Waitrose, M&S, Sainsburys, Boden, Gap, White Stuff, Joules, Sweaty Betty, Sports Direct, E-bay, Domino’s Pizza, Just Eat, Microsoft Store, Apple, Currys PC World, Sky, Waterstones, Interflora, DIY direct, Pets at Home, Expedia, Tui, Amazon Smile and many, many more!
Please click below for instructions as to how to use the Easy Fundraising website, and click on the following link: http://www.easyfundraising.org.uk
AmazonSmile donates to Busbridge Junior School PTA.
If you shop online via Amazon, visit smile.amazon.co.uk for the exact same shopping experience but with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to Busbridge Junior School PTA each time you shop. Simply: Go to smile.amazon.co.uk on your computer or mobile device. On your first visit you need to select Busbridge Junior School PTA as your chosen charitable organisation to receive donations. Go to Your Account > Your Amazon Smile >Change your Charity and choose Busbridge Junior School PTA. Visiting smile.amazon.co.uk via Easyfundraising will also gain additional donations at no extra cost to you!