Parent Community

Welcome to our Parent Community which is open to all parents and friends of the school. Our PTA, Friends of Manby Lodge, organise fun events for our children and social events for parents and carers. They also raise money to provide valuable extra funding for school projects. Examples from this year include: Buddy Benches/ Buddy Bus Stops, learning resources, classroom experiences such as ZooLab, School Councillor hats/ badges, 25% towards all school trips and more to come. Most recently Friends of Manby Lodge have raised funds to provide a noticeboard in the playground so parents have access to a variety of information communicated by the school.

Spring Term Update

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PTA UPDATE – from FoML Co-Chairs: Charlotte Dury, Emily McCormick & Treasurer: Elaine Henderson

Firstly, we’d like to thank all parents for their generosity and support over the past 6 months. We’re pleased to announce that we’ve raised around £17,300 since September 2021, which we think is a record breaking amount! The Christmas class fundraiser alone raised £11,884. We also had some incredible ‘ad-hoc’ donations totalling £4,235.

As always, the purpose of the PTA is to provide extra experiences or equipment to enhance the learning environment for all of our children. So far this year we have spent a total of £7,389. Money has been spent on:

• school online subscriptions, such as reading eggs, for every child
• a Christmas video production for each year group, ensuring no one missed their child’s performance.
• spending on an initiative to upgrade the school’s book provision and to support the promotion of reading, such as outdoor reading circle toad stools
• indoor play materials for children to use during staggered lunches or when its ‘wet play’

School is in the process of purchasing updated playground furniture and the school is also ordering more items too.

In terms of future spending, Miss Morris would like to replace the sheds at the back of the ball court with something more aesthetically pleasing, and fit for purpose (the current sheds are falling apart). Part of that plan is to hopefully create a second hand uniform shed / store which would operate as ‘shop’, making it far easier for parents to access second uniform throughout the year.

Lastly, the school is making a bid for ‘community infrastructure funding’ to finish updating the perimeter fencing, and to install an electric gate to the school car park. The PTA would contribute £1,000 to the whole project, which aims to further improve security and safety. The total project comes to closer to £32,000 and we hope that we’ll be successful in the bid. Due to Coronavirus we had to postpone the bid from February 2020. Ultimately we want to renovate Garage so that we can have an additional Learning Space (next to our forest School Area) / Meeting Room. Ideally it would be something that we could let out – for the community, or for extra After School Clubs. The Garage would be within the updated perimeter fencing, which of course would make it a secure. We hope that by sharing this parents will have a good understanding about our aims for the future and to know who we plan to spend the money that you raise.

November 2020 Update 2

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Fundraising Update

Wow! What an amazing first week of fundraising we’ve had. A huge thank you for all the effort and enthusiasm, it’s already led to over £2200 being raised for our wonderful school which is just incredible.

So at the end of week one, the top three classes are… 

 

– Duckling class with a whopping £765

– Hedgehog class with an amazing £572    

– Gosling class with a brilliant £302

 

Just under three weeks to go, and everything still to play for! We can’t thank you all enough for getting involved, FoML

Gosling class have kicked off with a ‘guess the number of chocolates in a jar’ event and will be launching a second event on Friday.

Leopard Class are having a virtual pizza party, and are also running a sponsored kindness challenge.

Squirrel Class are seeing how far they can cycle / scoot / walk as a class… they’re aiming for the North Pole!

Fox Class have a guess the name of the fox competition

(to win a cute jelly cat fox), a guess the number of pom poms

competition and a Christmas drawing competition to win

a personalised book.

Hedgehog class have also been scooting, cycling and walking to raise money. They will also be launching a ‘guess the number of hedgehogs in the jar’ competition this week.

Duckling class are getting ready for their ‘big waddle’ event this weekend. Each child will be scooting / cycling or running part of a circuit around Weybridge / Hersham / Byfleet, while carrying their giant Duckling!

November 2020 Update

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Manby Curry Club

Our first ever curry club was well received. We are hoping to do another one if you would like? The charity earned £70 commission from your orders so thank you very much for all who took part. Ruth from Cook Curry Surrey really enjoyed cooking for you all. She has always been a big supporter of our school – Thank you Ruth!

Future Events and Activities

• In the absence of a Christmas Fair, we are looking into other fun activities for our children to take part in. We are looking at launching sponsored class events or challenges that the children can take part in safely within their bubbles. More information to follow…

• 2nd hand uniform – we have so much uniform that we need to make available to you all. We are looking into ideas of how we can make this readily available to you. We have discussed buying a uniform shed with neat plastic drawers that people can access easily. If anyone has the time to run with this, or has any ideas to how we can make this more manageable, especially during these times, we’d be hugely grateful.

• With online sales shopping being so high, please ensure that you select Friends of Manby Lodge as your chosen charity when buying from Amazon Smile and always use Easy Fundraising before selecting your chosen online retailer to ensure the Friends of Manby Lodge receive the commission.

Tuck Shop and Craft Shop

We held an impromptu tuck shop in the playground on the last day of term where we told drink with a snack packs and craft kits. This generated profit of £218 which is brilliant. Thank you for your support and we hope you and your little ones had a lovely half term break!

Manby Masks, Headbands and Scrunchies

A local company, Made by Milly has always supported our school, so it seems right that we support her in return during these strange times. She gave use a taste of her wares by making masks, head bands and hair scrunchies for us to sell and they all sold out straight away! She is now working hard making more for us so watch this space!

Pumpkin Display 2020

We had an overwhelming display of pumpkins on Thursday 22nd October for our annual pumpkin display. Amazingly this generated profit of £333 which is twice as much as another other year usually raises. Thank you for your overwhelming generosity!

October 2020 Update

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Hello and Welcome

Welcome to all new parents and carers to our wonderful school from the Friends of Manby Lodge. All of us are automatically members of the Friends of Manby Lodge PTA. Our purpose is to fundraise for our school, to provide extra experiences or equipment to enhance the learning experience of all our children. We endeavour to raise money to enable Miss Morris and her team to spend, spend, spend in the same year so that our children immediately benefit.

Monies raised in 2019-2020

Thank you for your generosity in the last school year. You will see the breakdown of monies raised and spent last year in the minutes of the AGM which was help on Friday 9th October 2020. In summary, we were delighted to raise £12,867 in a tough year. Miss Morris used just over £20k of the PTA funds. Please see the AGM minutes for further information.

Facebook

We encourage everyone to join their class WhatsApp group and to subscribe to Facebook to communicate directly with the PTA Committee and to join our ‘virtual’ community.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/Friendsofmanbylodge

With COVID measures in place, our social media communication has never been so important.

How you can help

Lockdown Cookbooks we still have these to purchase from reception or by emailing friendsofmanbylodge@yahoo.co.uk for £8

Pumpkin Display 2020 is going ahead on Thursday 22nd October

Ensure that you use Easyfundraising and Amazon Smile and select Friends of Manby Lodge as your chosen charity

Manby Masks, Hairbands and Hair Scrunchies coming soon….