Friends of Thomas Jolyffe (a Parent & Teacher Association) provide our school with invaluable support. We organise events and fundraise for the school. 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 2020 we purchased a further 24 iPads so that both the Infants and Juniors now have a set.
The association is organised and run by volunteer parents and teachers who willingly devote time and energy to our school. We are always looking for new members, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Our 2020/2021 committee is - Joint Chair - Katherine White & Laura Clark, Vice Chair - Amanda Wright, Treasurer - Emma Collins and Secretary - Ilona Kendrick.
Unfortunately, our Easter events and Summer 'TJ Fest' were not able to go ahead due to school closures. But that didn't stop FTJ members thinking of new ways to fundraise for the school. In May, we raised £851 via a Just Giving page and asked children to take part (at home) in a 'School Marathon' - run, walk, crawl, cycle, skip and to measure the distance they covered. Thank you to all the families that sponsored and supported this event - we donated half the money to SWFT NHS Foundation Trust.
In July we held the first ever Virtual TJ Family Quiz. What a fun event it was! FTJ members came up with the questions - we had a music round, a literature round, a food round, and many more. An extra special thanks to Faye Hampson for tech support! Families and teachers took part in the quiz live via the Quizizz website. Congratulations to Team Edwards who came 1st and won vouchers for the Clopton Catch. We raised £150.
The tinsel and baubles were out for the TJ Christmas Fair on Friday 13th December. Mr. Penn led the carol singing and Mr. Drummond donned his elf costume again as Santa’s helper. The were lots of games to play in the Kids Games Room - Reindeer Hoopla, Spin the Wheel, Find Santa’s Presents Map to name a few. Children were able to purchase surprise presents for their families members in the Secret Present Room. We had some wonderful prizes donated for the raffle - A Gin Tasting Tour from Shakespeare Distillery, A meal for two at Boston Tea Party, Family Bowling at Tenpin in Leamington. Congratulations to all the winners!
We raised just over £800 - thank you to all the children and families who attended and to all the volunteers for the time and efforts.
After some very disappointing wet weather in June, TJ Fest was sadly postponed to the start of the new term and was held on Friday 13th September. We were very thankful for the beautiful weather we had that day!
We had wonderful performances from TJ’s Zumba club and Mezzo Dance Company plus great music from Paper Planes and Alfonso’s Breakfast Pancake. A great selection of food was on offer too - Burgers and Burritos from the Bourbon Street Kitchen and Twisted Kitchen were back with their delicious wood fired pizzas. Cocktails and beers were supplied by the Tipple Tuk and our very own TJ Pimms Tent went down well with parents. Kids could make their own smoothie with Class Catering’s Smoothie Bike - even Mrs. Dunnico and Mr. Penn were spotted having a go!
Thank you to everyone who volunteered at the event, we are always looking for extra help and very grateful for those that can give up their time. And to everyone who attended TJ Fest a very big thank you from FTJ for your support. We raised a wonderful £2334.35!
****OUTDOOR EQUIPMENT DONATION FROM FTJ****
FTJ have given £4000 from funds raised at various events to the school to go towards the cost of developing the outdoor provision for pupils. This will help to fund projects including a Lego Wall in the Infant Playground, Table Tennis tables in the Junior playgrounds, a sensory garden area and to improve the green areas around school such as Corrine’s Meadow.
EASTER ACTIVITIES 2019
FTJ celebrated Easter with not one, not two, not three but FOUR Easter fundraising activities. We decided to hold a Sponsored Bunny Bounce on Friday 5th April and hired a bouncing castle. TJ pupils put on their bunny ears and FTJ members counted how many bounces they could do in a minute. Thank you to all the parents, family and friends who sponsored this event and well done to everyone who took part. That evening we held a School Disco and as usual lots of games and dancing took place. On Thursday 11th April we held an Easter Egg Tombola and Easter Raffle after school. Congratulations to Emma in RK who won a ginormous Easter Egg in the raffle! Thanks to all who donated chocolate and bought tombola and raffle tickets. The total raised from all 4 events was £3385.92 which is fantastic! We are so grateful to everyone that supports our events.
Friends of Thomas Jolyffe held another fun-filled Christmas Fair on 7th December. This year we decided to invite outside stall holders to sell Christmas themed crafts and gifts at the fair. They made an excellent contribution to the event and it was great to have such a wide selection of crafts for sale.
We held a ‘Decorate A Christmas Shoebox Scene’ competition and received some very artistic and creative boxes. Well done to the competition winners!
We were very lucky to receive a visit from Santa Claus. He was very impressed with TJ’s beautifully decorated grotto – Thanks to Sam Lloyd and her team of FTJ elves.
We would like to thank everyone who attended, donated, baked, supported and helped at the fair. We cannot run these events without the fantastic support of the FTJ members and the generosity of the parents and families. We raised just over £1000 which is terrific!
On 9th November 2018 the Friends of Thomas Jolyffe held it's AGM. After the official proceedings were completed it was time to go the circus! Flip & Dippy performed their hilarious ‘Clown World’ show for children and parents. It was a great evening, with some wonderful audience participation and a magical flying car! We raised just over £500 for the school, which is fantastic. Thank you to everyone who attended.
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.