News Bulletin PTFA Oct 2021

What is the PTFA?

The Parent Teacher and Friends Association (PTFA) for Hemyock Primary School is a registered charity (no. 1070324). Our purpose is to raise funds to support all children attending the school to access additional equipment, resources, enrichment activities and experiences which would otherwise fall outside school provision. We also work to foster strong relationships between staff, parents and the wider community.

Successful PTFA Projects 2020/21

  • Full set of Chromebooks.
  • Chromebook Trolley.
  • Numbots, Time Table Rock Stars Maths Online Platform.
  • Accelerated Reading Programme.
  • New Library Books.
  • Class Gifts (see photo below).

Contact us: hemyockptfa@gmail.com ( general) or for finance: hemyockPTFAfinance@ventrus.org.uk           

We also have a page on www.facebook.co.uk/hemyockprimaryptfa

How You Can Support the PTFA?

The PTFA is reliant on the support from our school community. There are many ways our community can support the PTFA and here are some of ways you can get involved.

Committee Meetings

Attending our committee meetings is one of the best ways to support the PTFA. This is a chance to hear first-hand the great activities and initiatives the PTFA are planning. You can offer opinions, advice or volunteer for events or initiatives that interest you.

You do not need to volunteer for events or initiatives if you attend the meetings. We value your opinions and advice just as much. Consider joining our next meeting to check it out.

Meetings: Every 6 weeks during term time. Tuesdays. 7.30pm. Zoom meetings. Our next PTFA  meeting is Tuesday 11th May 2021.


Many of our parents and carers want to volunteer for small one-off events or initiatives, but don’t quite have the time to commit to the committee meetings or regular events.

Join our e-mail list and in the comments section, please indicate that you can volunteer for one-off events. We can then contact you when something suitable pops up. 

Join our Mailing List:

We communicate our activities and initiatives via the school newsletter.

However, by joining our mailing list you will be emailed the minutes after each committee meeting directly and occasionally notified of information that does not make it into the school newsletters due to time constraints. Reading the notes is also a good way to stay up to date on our activity.

Click here to join our e-mailing list: https://forms.gle/cRc6W8zRMKFvKYZs7

Amazon Smile

Amazon Smile is part of Amazon’s charitable giving activity, where it donates a small percentage (0.5%) of each eligible purchase made to the buyer’s selected charity, in this case to Hemyock Primary PTFA.

Click on this link and search Hemyock Primary PTFA, select us and away you go! https://smile.amazon.co.uk/gp/chpf/dashboard?ref_=nav_cs_smile

Amazon Wish List

The school also has a wish list available on Amazon. Click below to see items that have been requested by teachers.

You can purchase an item on the ‘wish list’ and that item will be sent directly to the school. If you wish to buy an item off the list independently, please email hemyockptfa@gmail.com and we will remove the item. You can leave the item at Reception with the class’s name on it.

Star Class (Nursery)


Sun Class (Reception)


Earth Class (Year 1)


Moon Class (Year 2)


Mars Class (Year 3)


Saturn Class (Year 4)


Mercury Class (Year 5)


Neptune Class (Year 6)


The Giving Machine

Anyone who regularly shops online can support us via a free and simple online fundraising scheme https://www.thegivingmachine.co.uk/

Almost anything you might purchase online – including insurance, telecoms, holidays and days out/events as well as clothing, household and tech goods – can be purchased from your regular favourite retailers via the Giving Machine site and will include a donation to Hemyock PTFA at no additional cost to you or to the PTFA.

Brands include eBay, M&S, Boots, Tesco, Waitrose, Argos, B&Q, Clarks, The Works and many many more.

When you make a purchase

  1. Visit: https://www.thegivingmachine.co.uk/sign-up/
  2. Join as a ‘Giver’
  3. Search ‘Hemyock Primary School’
  4. Sign up with a username & password.
  5. When shopping, sign into the Giving Machine which will then direct you to a relevant retailer. You can search by brand or product type.

Online Shopping via a Web Browser: After signing up, we suggest you install the Shop&Give Reminder for your browser. Once it is installed, if you search for a business or product that is eligible for Giving Machine funding, it will show you a Giving Machine symbol next to the search so you know you can use that business to support the school!

It does not spam you, and only appears when you search for the name of a relevant business/product.  


Online Shopping via Phone or Tablet: You can download the Giving Machine app. It’s called ‘Shop&Give’ when searching.



If you are looking to buy uniform labels, rubber stamps or a selection of other amazing products for children and families, consider buying them via Stamptastic.

Use the custom link below before purchasing items. If it promotes you for a PTFA code use: EX15 3RY.


Special Offer:     Every time an order is placed for a Name Labels Deluxe Bundle with your PTA code, the customer receives a FREE white fabric pen (worth £4.99) and your PTA receives 15% commission on the whole order (less VAT)

Join the 100 Club

We are launching a 100 Club this September 2021. A 100 Club is a monthly raffle for our community. Each month a winning ticket is drawn and the winner will receive a financial gift. Read more information here:

100 Club QA – 2021

To Book: https://tinyurl.com/t5bf3w8y

Eco Party Pack

Consider renting out the eco party pack next time you have a party.

The pack costs £15 to rent (plus £5 refundable deposit).

  1. Get in touch (via Facebook or email – hemyockptfa@gmail.com) with the date(s) of rental.
  2. Collect your party pack from the PTFA shed, usually the day before your party.
  3. Return the pack after your party – washed up.

Pack includes… cups, bowls, plates, jugs, sharing plates, bunting and table clothes.

Secondhand Uniform Shop

Second hand uniforms are available to purchase for a donation via the PTFA. You can join the facebook group to see an up-to-date list of items or email the PTFA for the list.

Uniform Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/138223480770949

Donations are always welcome and you can contact the PTFA to find your nearest drop off point.

Your Input & Ideas

We would love to hear any fundraising or event ideas you may have or thoughts on how we spend the money raised, whether or not you are able to be involved with the PTFA on an ongoing basis – we welcome your input so please do get in touch.


If you wish to support the school through a donation to the PTFA, you can do so by contacting the PTFA.

Please email us for details: hemyockptfa@gmail.com

If you are a UK tax payer you may be eligible to apply gift aid to your donation. Please download and fill out this form and send it to the PTFA.Gift Aid Form for Single Donation

Thank you for considering Hemyock Primary School in your philanthropic plans.

Contact us:


Facebook: www.facebook.co.uk/hemyockprimaryptfa

We are a charity and our charity number is: 1070324

PTFA Mission Statement 2020-21

Our PTFA Team 2020 – 2021

Our key role members are:

  • Mrs Emily Cairns – Chair
  • Mrs Catherine Willcocks – Headteacher
  • Mrs Elizabeth McNabb – Vice Chair
  • Mrs Gemma Gilbert – Secretary
  • Mr Sam Watts – Treasurer
  • Mrs Charlotte Smelt – Publicity Officer
  • Mrs Vicky Moss-Crump – Publicity Officer/Committee Member
  • Mrs Chelsea Mann – SEND Advisor
  • Mrs Rachel Barnes – 100 Club Coordinator (new)


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