Friends of Thomas Jolyffe (a Parent & Teacher Association) provide our school with invaluable support. We organise events and fundraisers for the school and the money we raise is used to enhance our children’s education and school environment. Items that FTJ regularly provide funding for include coaches for the annual pantomime trip and Year 6 residential PGL trip, book bags for the new reception pupils, reading diaries for Key Stage 1 pupils and Year 6 leaving gift sweatshirts. In 2018 we donated £13,000 to purchase 30 iPads.
The association is organised and run by a committee of volunteer parents and teachers who willingly devote time and energy to our school. Our Chair is Lucy Cooper, Vice Chair Amanda Wright, Secretary Katherine White, Treasurer Emma Collins, with social media support from Laura Clark.
Find us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/FofTJ/
On 8th June 2018 the Friends of Thomas Jolyffe held the first ever TJ Fest. We wanted to make a change from the typical school summer fete and decided to create a mini festival. We also decided to hold the event after school on a Friday rather than the weekend in the hope it would increase turn out and it certainly did - although the weather may also have had something to do with it! As well as the usual stalls - tombola, face painting, hook a duck, bouncy castle - we invited outside caterers in to add to the festival vibe. We had wood fired pizzas from Twisted Kitchen, locally sourced hot dogs and ales from Bar.BeCue, Prosecco and Peroni on tap from the Tipple Tuk and delicious waffles and ice cream from Waffleicious. These vendors were a welcome addition and some even sold out of produce!
We had live music from local bands and young musicians from Stratford High School, as well as a performance from TJ school choir and staff band. Scratchy Beard www.scratchybeard.com entertained us with gypsy jazz and a song or two in French. Alfonso’s Pancake Breakfast http://www.pancakebreakfast.co.uk delighted the crowd with well-known funk and rock covers.
It was a fantastic evening and we raised £2,400 for the school. A massive thank you to all those who helped behind the scenes, on the night, ran a stall and of course to all the families that attended.
On Friday 13th July 2018 FTJ held a fundraising School Disco. We held separate events for Key Stage 1 and 2. Our DJ was Sam from Glo-Ball https://www.facebook.com/GloBallParties/ and as well as some fantastic tunes he also played some great party games with the children. It was a super evening and thanks to all those who helped and thank you to the children (and parents) who attended. We raised a magnificent £600 and some of this money has been spent on gazebos to be used at sports day and other school outdoor events.
The Easter Extravaganza took place on Friday 23rd March 2018 and we raised a wonderful £600 for the school. The Chocolate Tombola was a great success as always and there were plenty of happy and chocolatey faces from those who won! Children also decorated Easter biscuits and made Easter chicks and bunnies. There was an Easter themed word hunt in the playground. Many thanks to all children and families who attended. We cannot run these events without your support!
***IT FUNDRAISING NEWS***
We are delighted to announce that FTJ have now donated £13,000 to the school who have purchased a class set of 30 iPads, covers, storage and charging trolley, security set-up, Apple server and a full day’s training. This is the culmination of two years of fundraising and we could not have done this without the children and parents’ support. All children throughout the school will benefit from this much needed technology upgrade.
On 1st December 2017 FTJ celebrated Christmas at Thomas Jolyffe School with a festive fair. The choir, expertly coached by Mrs Fletcher and Mrs. Nayar, entertained us with Christmas carols. There was mulled wine and a wonderful array of cakes – thanks to all those who baked or brought donations.
Father Christmas came to visit and he had some wonderful Year 6 elf helpers. Thanks to Sam Lloyd for creating a fabulous grotto. The chocolate tombola sold out within 45 minutes and the secret present wrapping stall was a great success. We hope all the mums and dads were happy with their surprise Christmas presents! We raised a whopping £800.