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Welcome to the Friends of Coten End webpage!

Who are we?

‘Friends’ is the Coten End Primary School Parent and Teacher Association (PTA).

 

What we Do?

We are a registered charity who organise various events throughout the school year to raise money for school. For example the annual Easter Egg Tombola, discos and movie nights – to name just a few! We also hold regular second-hand uniform sales through our fabulous uniform shop, raffles and recycling collections through Bags2School. 

 

The money raised goes directly to benefit all the children at Coten End. It assists with the purchase of educational resources and activities, including subsidising school trips, not included in the school budget. We also provide class funds for every class that teachers spend on what is needed most in their class. This academic year some of the money raised will be going towards the purchase of new phonics and reading materials across the whole of the school. 

 

Parents of Coten End are automatically members of Friends so we would always welcome you at one of our many committee meetings that we have throughout the year.

 

Academic Year 2019-2020

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all the parents, teachers, children and local businesses who have been involved in the fundraising efforts to date this year.

 

Autumn highlights:

 

  • Autumn Discos - £722
  • Movie Nights - £324
  • Christmas Fair - £4261
  • Christmas Hamper - £855
  • Santa letters - £90
  • Second Hand Uniform Sales - £284
  • Bags 2 School - £154
  • Match Funding - £800

 

 

Dates For Your Diary

  • Coming up is our annual and ever popular Fish and Chip Supper and Bingo night to be held on Friday 13th March.

 

  • Spring raffle - 26th March (tbc)

 

  • Easter Egg Tombola - 27th March

 

  • Bag2School bags will be sent home at the end of March and the collection will be Friday 24th April.

 

  • This year our big summer event is going to be involving a circus as well as some other fun stalls – lock Sunday 28th June in your diaries!

 

Friends Needs You!

We are always on the lookout for parent helpers and ideas for new, fun events. ‘Friends’ is a great way to meet the teachers and other parents, both from your own and other year groups.

 

If you don’t fancy coming along to a meeting but you are able to help out with events, either on the day or in the run up, please do not hesitate to get in touch. It is impossible for us to run events without support from parents and families.

 

We really do understand that for some parents, keen to support us, giving up time to do this is not an option currently…here are additional ways you can help:

 
Shop using Amazon Smile.

AmazonSmile is website operated by Amazon with the same products and prices. The difference is when you shop using AmazonSmile, Amazon donate 0.5% to school!

The website is smile.amazon.co.uk and you need to select the charity ‘Friends of Coten End’.

Thank you for your support and happy shopping!

 

Match FundingIf you work for a company that offers a Match Funding programme you may be able to help donate hundreds of pounds to school without any cost to you! Match Funding is when companies offer to ‘match’ funds raised, pound for pound up to a certain amount, by charitable organisations such as ‘Friends’. The government actively encourages businesses to donate to charity by giving them tax relief on their donations. Lots of companies will match any fundraising event that their employees are involved in. To view the list of companies already involved please click on ‘Matchfunding’ in the ‘useful documents’ below.

 

Your continued support is much appreciated.

 

Team Friends

 

Updated  February 2020

 

 


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