Dartford Primary Academy Friends’ Association is a registered charity (Charity Number: 289836) which is dedicated to raising additional funding for the school by organising extra-curricular & fun activities.
The Friends’ Association meet at the beginning of every term, and anyone is welcome to come along to see what we do. We are always looking to add new fundraising events and activities to our calendar and would welcome any new ideas.
We need help with ideas, organisation and planning, volunteering at events, attending events. Or do you work for or run a company that could donate raffle prizes or offer us a discount on items we need to buy?
We also need help with practical things – are you at good at drawing? Could you help design something for us? Could you build a stall for the summer fair? Do you have time to wrap Christmas gifts, lucky dip prizes or fold raffle tickets? Every bit of help is appreciated – even if you can only help for one hour a year it all adds up!
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Friends’ Association fundraising activities include:
The Christmas Craft Fair
Children’s Christmas bazaars
Junior school discos
Infant film nights
Story time for nursery and reception children
Infant after school summer fun event
Christmas cards and the school calendar
Refreshments at school events
Ice cream Fridays and Cake sales
Easter Bonnet competitions
Christmas and Summer raffles
Donations to the school have included:
Book bags for new starters
New starter gifts to Reception children
Reading den for Reception playground
Christmas gifts for all the whole school
The junior school grotto (with cheeky elves tip toeing round the school collecting the children!)
Mother and Fathers’ day presents
Ice poles after sports days
Donation to the leavers party
Funding the Christmas Pantomime
Funding Purple Mash.
If you’d like to join the Friends’ Association, would like to help out occasionally at events or think you can help in any other way (e.g. artistic talents, access to discounts, printing etc) please send us a message via our Facebook page DPA Friends Association or via the school office – pop in or email: email@example.com.
You can also help raise money for the school via Easy Fundraising (www.easyfundraising.org.uk and search for Dartford Primary Academy). If you visit the site before you do any online shopping, the school will receive a donation – at no extra cost to yourselves. Unlike most cashback sites, with Easyfundraising you can earn money for the school on Amazon purchases – every penny helps! Please take a moment to look and sign up.
Matched Funding Scheme
There is a fantastic scheme whereby many companies will match their employers fundraising efforts for organisations such as our Friends Association. As part of their Corporate Social Responsibility programs, many companies encourage staff to get involved in community projects, including Summer Fairs, Christmas Bazaar, school discos, cake sales, sponsored event etc, by offering to match any funds they raise.
The idea is that you are assigned to one particular aspect of a fundraising event (e.g. a table/stall, raffle etc) and then your employer will match the amount you raise in that area. In most cases the company will match your fundraising efforts pound for pound up to a specified amount.
It is worth contacting your HR department to find out if they run a matched funding scheme. If they are willing to take part in this scheme, please contact us via the school office by email: firstname.lastname@example.org. They may ask for our details to register – our organisation details: Dartford Primary Academy Friends Association and our Registered Charity Number: 289836.
Matched funding will make a huge difference to the funds we raise for our school. It is a way we can maximise our fundraising with minimum extra effort and at no extra cost to parent.
Pupils are given many high quality opportunities to develop their curiosity and creativity. They are encouraged to use their imagination, for example when thinking of ways to praise a friend, and are taught to respect the feelings and viewpoints of others.Ofsted
Pupils are engaged and motivated by the way teachers present and teach the well-planned curriculum. This not only ensures that good learning takes place but makes a strong contribution to pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.Ofsted
Teaching assistants make a strong contribution to the good learning taking place, especially when pupils with special educational needs are taught in small groups outside the classroom. They work in very close partnership with teachers and bring an additional range of helpful skills and experiences into the classrooms.Ofsted