Our PTA

The Fair Field PTA is a registered charity that exists to fundraise for the benefit of Fair Field Junior School. The PTA arranges social events for parents and children (eg, discos, and summer and Christmas fairs) to raise money that goes towards equipment, facilities and experiences for the school’s children. We are always looking for more people to get involved and for new ideas, so please come to the meetings or get in touch on fairfieldpta@fairfield.herts.sch.uk. Thanks for your support! 

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Sunny summer fair raises over £2,500!

The 2017 Summer Fair was full of sunshine and fun – and we raised over £2,500! This fantastic amount of money will be put towards the many different things that the PTA helps to fund (including equipment, trips, books and more). As an example, the PTA has committed to paying for essential repairs to playground equipment over the summer holidays. The day dawned slightly overcast, but went on to become gloriously sunny. This year, there were a number of new features (eg, photo booth and cream teas), as well as everyone’s old favourites (eg, tombolas, gift stall and crafts). We were keen to encourage people to enjoy the space fully, so situated the BBQ and bar on the grass, near the trees, with lots of seating in the shade, which worked really well. Everyone’s favourite compere, Steve Bowbrick, kept people alert to the new stalls and deals, the Borehamwood Brass Band provided a jaunty summery vibe, the gym club flipped their way impressively around the hall floor, and the school choir sang beautifully. There was a great atmosphere throughout and it was a wonderful example of how this lovely school community comes together. A huge thanks from the PTA for all the support from parents, staff and pupils in ensuring that the fair was a brilliant – and profitable! –... read more

Christmas fair raises nearly £3,000!

The 2016 Christmas Fair finished this year’s PTA events off with a bang! We raised £2,930, which is a fantastic amount and will be put towards any number of good causes that the PTA helps to fund (including equipment, trips, books and more). This year, there were a number of new features (eg, sweetie cones, candy floss, magic mirror, Thai curry, guess the crisp flavour!), as well as everyone’s old favourites (eg, tombolas, gift stall, crafts). We decided to rejig the layout, allowing for seating in the main hall, which seemed to be very well received. In another departure from the norm, we had Santa doing a “meet & greet”, handing out chocolates and drawing the raffle. Everyone’s favourite compere, Steve Bowbrick, kept people alert to the new stalls and deals (“everything 50p in the gift shop!”), the Borehamwood Brass Band provided a quintessentially Christmassy soundtrack, and the school choir sang beautifully. There was a great atmosphere throughout and it was a wonderful example of how this lovely school community comes together. A huge thanks from the PTA for all the support from parents, staff and pupils in ensuring that the fair was a brilliant – and profitable! – event. Our next event is the live music and curry night on Friday 27 January. Tickets go on sale the first week back in January, so save the date and then spread the word. It’ll be a great way to finish off the traditionally gloomy... read more

Disco delights and raises over £1,000

Friday 14 October saw the first big PTA event of the school year with the ever-popular Autumn disco. With around 180 tickets sold, the disco was one of the busiest we’ve had in recent years. Children were able to buy glow in the dark items (ranging from 50p to £4), glitter tattoos and raffle tickets. The kitchen did a roaring trade, with high-quality pizza and hot dogs on sale, as well as every kid’s favourite – the red pencil sweet! We raised £1,066, which we think is a Fair Field disco record and a great way to kick-off this year’s fundraising drive. As ever, it was great to see all the children having a fun time. Thanks to all the parents, teachers and staff who helped to set up and run the disco. Here’s to the next... read more

Fair Field smashes solar goal and installs panels

Our  school is educating students with renewable energy Pupils at Fair Field will now be able to learn about clean energy in an entirely new way thanks to their fundraising success to install solar panels on their school roof. A dedicated team of staff, parents and pupils at Fair Field worked together in a race against time to meet their funding target and install the solar panels before the government-imposed deadline of September 2016. But they did it. In fact they exceeded their £15,000 target and managed to bring in an amazing £20,000 in just nine months. The panels are set to earn the school thousands of pounds a year thanks to energy savings and the Feed in Tariff, which is guaranteed for 20 years. The panels will also offset tons of carbon and reduce the school’s eco footprint. Every penny saved by the solar panels will now be ploughed back into the school to buy extra resources for the students. The parent team raised the funds through a variety of events, including a big summer fair, sponsored bike ride, a jazz music event, as well as a “5 in 5 run” around the village. They were also supported by a number of businesses, including Giant Bikes, the Three Horseshoes pub and Watling St Beer. They also received huge levels of support from 10:10, the environmental charity which held their hand throughout. “It’s a great relief to have raised the money and have the panels installed just in time. A massive thank you to all who contributed, but especially to the charity 10:10 for their constant energy and support.”... read more

Summer fair success!

Saturday 2 July saw Fair Field’s annual summer fair again fill the playground with stalls, people, music and fun. The Borehamwood Brass Band delighted crowds with their signature tunes, the gym squad leapt about energetically, and the choir sang beautifully. In addition, this year there were a range of cycle related games to add a new dimension to the festivities. The cycle obstacle course, the slow race and Giant’s “virtual velodrome” all proved popular, and offered something new for people to try. There was a short display from two champion BMX riders, who also then gave children a chance to try their hands at a bit of BMX riding. The great news is that we raised just over £2,400! An impressive total and something everyone who came to the fair and spent their money, and donated goods and time, can feel very proud of. As most of you will know, the main project we have been working towards this year has been raising £15,000 to pay for the installation of solar panels on the school’s roof and, combined with other events over the past year, we are delighted to announce that we have now reached that target! The panels will both save the school money on their electricity bills and generate an income for many years to come. In addition to the solar panels, in 2015-16 the PTA has also paid for new stage lighting in the hall, monkey bars in the playground, subsidised trips and many other enhancements to the school. The money raised by events such as the fair make a significant contribution to pupils’ experience of this... read more

Soul for Solar raises £2,500 and Lizzie Deane wows Fair Field audience

Friday 29 January saw the transformation of the Fair Field school hall into a live music venue, with the wonderful Lizzie Deane and her band performing hits spanning several decades. Just over £1,500 was raised from ticket sales and on the night itself, and that figure has also been generously supplemented by a further £1,000 of matchfunding from Barclays (thank you Julia Jameson for arranging!), so the solar fund now finds itself heading towards £5,000. Lizzie sung hits to suit all tastes, from classic jazz through to Prince and Michael Jackson, and the crowd couldn’t help but hit the dancefloor. Timing the event to coincide with what is traditionally a very long (and gloomy) month certainly put people in the party mood – for many, it was also the end of Dry January, so another reason to let their hair down. The PTA moved into the 21st century with the addition of a portable card machine at the bar, meaning that the old “I’ve run out of cash” excuse no longer worked! And special guest, Mr Capellina, took to the stage in the interval and blew everyone away with his incredible talent on the guitar. We never knew! Thank you to everyone who came, helped and donated. It was a brilliant night! To learn more about the Fair Field solar project and to donate, go to http://www.solarschools.org.uk/fairfield/. 20 March – “5 in 5” The next event is a little different. The challenge is to run between five pubs and have a drink in each! We’ll be releasing details shortly, so save the date 20 March daytime. Watch this... read more

Mr Cherrington runs for solar scheme; please donate!

Below is a message from Glynne Cherrington (Excel Youth Academy), who is running a half marathon and asking for sponsors, with all funds to go to the Fair Field Solar Scheme! Read on for details of why he’s running and how to donate: Hi all,  A little while ago I was challenged by my son and daughter to join them and run a half marathon.  The last serious running I did was back in the late 80’s – yes I know, some of you weren’t even born then!   Having accepted the challenge in a fit of bravado, I duly forgot about it (as people of a certain age often do) but was reminded that I have now only a couple of weeks before the event.   Anyway, to give me some extra incentive to complete the full 13.1 miles (that doesn’t sound too far if you say it very quickly) on Sunday 21 February I wondered if you could spare a small amount to sponsor me.  All the money raised will go towards the Fair Field School Solar Energy Fund. Donations can be made via www.solarschools.org.uk/fairfield/  Thanking you in advance  Mr Cherrington – Glynne  PS Does anyone know a good cure for blisters... read more

An evening of live music… Friday 29th January

As you know the PTA has committed to raising funds for solar panels on the roof of the school and we are so close to our first thousand pounds. The next big event will be an evening of live music here at school by the Lizzie Deane Band.  The band play at the Three Horseshoes in Letchmore Heath and come thoroughly recommended – http://www.lizziedeane.com.  Ticket price includes a light supper. It promises to be a great evening and by coming along, you’ll be adding to our fundraising total for the solar panels! Get your tickets from the school... read more

Fair Field Goes Green

We are pleased to announce the launch solar power project. We hope to raise enough money to install solar panels on the roof of the school by Summer 2016. Solar power is a clean form of generating electricity with a range of benefits for our school and children including: • learning how energy is made and understanding energy efficiency; • reducing school energy bills, so more money can be focused on education; • providing income that will pay for more books, computers and school trips, every year for the next 20 years; and • reducing our carbon footprint to do our bit for the environment that our children will inherit from us. We have set up a dedicated website where parents, kids and friends can donate. You can create a customisable virtual solar tile for every £5 you donate. www.solarschools.org.uk/fairfield/ FAQ Why is it worth doing? Solar provides a sustainable, long term income for the school, guaranteed for 20 years. How much does it cost to set up? The more we make, the larger the installation. We have set an ambitious target of £15,000. What does it pay out? Income comes from the ‘Feed in Tariff’, selling excess power back to the grid and reductions to school energy bills. Depending on the size of the installation, the panels can provide thousands of pounds every year. How long do we have? We must raise the money to install the solar panels on the roof of the school within 12 months to qualify for the scheme – so that means by September 2016. Who is 10:10 Solar Schools and why are... read more

What a great Christmas Fair

A huge thank you to all the wonderful staff, parents and children who gave up their time to help make this year’s Christmas Fair so successful. Thank you also to all those who donated prizes for the raffle and stock for the stalls, and to the school choir and Borehamwood Brass Band who entertained us during the fair. As well as having a fantastic time, the fair raised an amazing £2600 towards school trips and curriculum... read more