A message from our RAFT Chairperson, Sarah Tate

29 09 2016
RAFT – Annual General Meeting
I wanted to take the opportunity to introduce myself, Sarah Tate, mum to Holly in year 3 and Willow in Year 1 and currently Chair of our PTA which we call RAFT (Roseberry Academy Friends and Teachers). It might sound incredibly formal but, in actual fact, we are a group of like minded parents, busy with jobs, kids and life in general.
The Annual General Meeting is the chance to elect the committee, appoint new members and discuss the needs of the school and how we can be of support.  We have membership roles to fill, specifically we currently have vacancies for a Vice Chair, Secretary and Minute Secretary. These roles are vital, so please consider whether you would be interested!  My role is to help build a committee that will continue to thrive so we need new members, new ideas, and contacts to help get things done.
We really want to support the school in being able to provide the best experiences they can for all the children that attend. We need to be able to come together to fund raise for all of the little extras that make a big difference, such as the school trips the kids love; Holly loved the trip to Fountains Abbey and was heard telling Willow, she dressed  up as a Monk which prompted Willow to query this “Chipmunks?” –  there’s never a dull moment with children!  We also help to fund the teachers to parents text service which helps everyone stay in touch and RAFT funded the new stage in the hall (with a very generous donation from Thompsons’ Schools of Ballet), and the transport for East Barnby. Our new library books will also be funded from the work we do together.
We had a wonderfully successful Summer FAIR in June 2016 and raised £2000 to go towards the new library but as we know in this day and age, this is not likely to go far and we really need to boost this figure this year.

Working together for the children of Roseberry Academy

26 09 2015

Roseberry Academy Friends and Teachers (RAFT) is a group of parents, staff and friends who work together for the benefit of every child within the Roseberry family.

We have a committee which plans events and activities and a great group of people who volunteer their time as and when they can. We understand that people lead busy lives and so are grateful for any time that people can spare to help us!

Throughout each year, we arrange fun activities for children and families. These include family bingo, discos, film nights, cake stalls, sponsored zumbathons and a superb summer fair for the whole community to enjoy, to name but a few!

We are a non profit making organisation and so all of the money we raise goes back to the children. We have just raised enough money, with a very generous donation from Thompson’s school of ballet, to buy a brand new stage for our school hall! We also provide enrichment funds for staff to spend on activities, resources and events which enhance the curriculum. This money is often used to subsidise visits so that the voluntary financial contributions requested from parents is kept to a minimum.

If you want to know more about RAFT, wish to join the committee or come along to help at events, please get in touch via our Facebook page or leave a message for us in the school office and we’ll get back to you. All parents are automatically members of RAFT when their children join the school – welcome aboard!


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