Bourn School Association
Bourn School Association (BSA) is the name of our Parent Teacher Association (PTA). The BSA is made up of parents, carers and teachers who meet regularly to plan the fundraising and social events that help to build and strengthen links between families, the school and the local community, as well as raising money to provide extra facilities and opportunities for the children.
PTAs are best known for their fundraising work, but they have a useful social function too. In the last couple of years we have held adult-only Quiz Nights and Bingo Nights.
For the children there are school discos, film nights and treasure hunts, as well as seeing Secret Santa in his amazing grotto and the present rooms for Mother’s Day. Plus, of course, there are the summer and Christmas fêtes which we all – children, parents and staff – can enjoy.
We also organise smaller events and initiatives such as a gardening project, second-hand uniform sales, Freeze-Pop Fridays, 100 Club and themed non-uniform days. A separate volunteer committee organises Bourn to Run, an annual 10k race, which raises substantial funds for the BSA, as well as providing a popular event for runners. To learn more about Bourn to Run, please follow this link:
The BSA also likes to support the school by regularly serving refreshments at events such as Bourn Proms, the Christmas Plays, Sports Afternoon and the Grandparents’ Tea Concert.
Who Can Join?
All parents and carers of children at the school are automatically BSA members and are warmly invited to monthly BSA Committee Meetings and to offer help and ideas whenever they can. Pre-school children and babies are always very welcome. Meeting dates will be announced by email and are usually held straight after assembly in the group room.
What Commitment is Required?
No formal commitment is required. Parents are encouraged to help as and when they can. Requests for help may be made in the newsletter or by email, especially around the time of our fêtes (our major fundraising events). Some parents are able to come into school during the day to help with the set-up; others are able to take things home to fold, number, wrap up or prepare in the evenings; some are able to offer their expertise by producing banners or promoting events, for example.
What Do We Spend our Funds On?
The BSA works with the Headteacher to provide finance for areas not covered by the school’s standard budget. The main criterion is that areas to be funded should benefit as many children as possible.
Some of the more recent purchases and projects that have been supported or financed by the BSA include:
- Playground markings, friendship benches, drums;
- Outdoor wooden stage;
- 6 PCs and a laptop trolley with 16 laptops;
- Musical garden;
- A new library.
We also fund annual projects such as:
- Class outings and visits – an annual allowance for each class every year;
- Maintenance of the swimming pool;
- Year 6 leavers’ party and gifts;
- Nature Reserve and gardening project funding.
Oak Room Project
This year (2018-2019) the majorty of the money raised by our amazing Fundraising Team, with your support, will be going towards building the Oak Room. It has been estimated that a total of about £35,000 will be needed for the new building. We are very excited about this project and we now have a ‘totaliser board’ in the foyer so everyone can see how much we have raised as we go through the year.
Each class has two parent representatives who provide a communication channel between the BSA committee, the school and parents on the playground. Their role includes:
- passing on information from the BSA to other parents in their child’s class;
- encouraging parents to support the BSA;
- co-ordinating volunteers to help with fundraising activities (e.g., for a class stall at fairs, they have the responsibility for recruiting volunteers who will set up, run the stall and clear up);
- seeking feedback from parents on BSA events or funding requests, and then passing this on to the BSA committee;
- attending a Rep Meeting once a term (Lead Reps also attend the final BSA meeting of the term);
- recruiting a new class rep towards the end of the summer term to take over in the new academic year.
How Can We Keep Updated About BSA Events?
A BSA Newsletter is produced at the end of each term to keep everyone informed of forthcoming events and recent monies raised / expenditure. We also have a noticeboard at the school gates advertising all forthcoming events.
After each Friday morning assembly, BSA volunteers serve complimentary tea and coffee to parents and carers. Please join us for a coffee and a chat and let us know about any ideas you may have to raise funds for our school, or if you would like to help in any other way. We can also be contacted via the school office or by email at email@example.com.
BSA Committee 2018-19
At the AGM in March, the following committee members were elected:
Helen Garrad and Louisa Harvey (Co-chairs)
Ian Cunningham (Treasurer)
Vicki Gregory (Secretary)