PTFA

Parent  Teacher  Friends  Association
 

WHO WE ARE:

Natasha Ramsay:
Chairman
Miranda Fraser:
Vice Chairman
Emily Stevens:
Treasurer
Mike Gale:
Senior Master
Sophia Aboyne
New Parent Mentor
Lavinia Burnett
New Parent Mentor
   
Niall Donaldson
Governor
Andrew Watson
Form 3 Parent
Lizzie Stodart
Form 2 Parent
Shirley Mack
Form 3 & 2 Parent
Cathy Moray
Form 1 & 2 Parent
Roz Bruneau
ex-Parent
Melanie Holland Bosworth
Form 3 Parent
Aliona Eardley
ex-Parent
Mimi Stansfeld
Form 2 Parent
Claire McCorquodale
Form 2 Parent
Iona Tomlyn
Form 1 Parent
Lesley Townshend
Parent and Teacher

 

NEWS BULLETIN!!

The PTFA have raised over £4000 and we need YOUR help in allocating these funds. Please pop any ideas for how you think the children can benefit, or the school community enhanced, into the Suggestions' Box which we will bring to the Front Hall on Saturday, 9th December whilst serving you drinks and mince pies.


So far we have received the following requests:

  • Floodlighting for main pitches
  • Monkey bar rings/assault course
  • Air rifle/clay pigeon shooting
  • Stage and stage seating
  • Roof for swimming pool 
  • Slide for swimming pool
  • Sound system in the Sports Hall with wireless microphone and speakers 
  • Cappuccino machine in Front Hall for parents’ use
  • More comfortable chairs in Boys Common Room with better posters
  • Furniture for Boys House
  • Lacrosse specialist for weekly tuition for Forms 1 and 2 


HAVE YOU ANY IDEAS?  If yes, then please don’t forget to pop it in the Suggestions' Box on Saturday!
 

The objectives of the PTFA are:

  • To harness the enthusiasm and energy of parents, teachers and friends for the greater benefit of the school and its community
  • To focus energy on enhancing the social community of Belhaven as a whole and to make it more accessible to everyone, whether they be current or former pupils, prospective parents or staff
  • To organise frequent events for the benefit of the school, its community and those seeking to join the school
  • To provide regular and diverse opportunities for parents and children to gather in a fun, informal setting
  • To provide a forum for easy communication with current and former parents, prospective parents and staff
 

RECENT EVENTS:

Sunday, 17 September 2017:  Belhaven Hill Dog Show, held at Belhaven. Thank you so much to all those who came to school to support this. What a fun afternoon! The feedback has been brilliant, with the Dog Poop Bingo and terrier racing being particular favourites. These will definitely be repeated next time. Well done to all those who entered their pooches for some or all of the events – what a wonderful demonstration of canine ability and delightful manners.  Great to know that Belhaven’s animal husbandry proficiency cannot be questioned. The general consensus is that some sort of family event should be organised for this September weekend every year  – watch this space and we’ll keep you posted …
 
If you have any photos of the Dog Show that can be put up on this PTFA webpage then please forward them to mirandafraser73@gmail.com  If would be lovely to have some visual reminder of what an entertaining day it was.  Thank you very much
 

GOING FORWARD …

Here are some dates we have organised for the next few months.  As a Committee we believe that the introduction of ‘Journey Breakers’ – specifically for when long (or short) journeys are imminent - would be beneficial to the social hub of the school.  Instead of milling around on the gravel, the PTFA is looking forward to providing tea, coffee and a selection of homemade cakes in the Front Hall.  These are scheduled for each Out Weekend with just enough time for a quick drink and slice of cake.  We are hoping this will encourage parents from across all year groups to regularly gather, instead of only meeting one another on the sports field and/or at intermittent school events.  Please refer to ‘Confirmed Dates for 2018’ for details of when these Journey Breakers are scheduled. Hopefully they will become a fun and popular addition to the PTFA calendar.
 

DATES FOR THE DIARY - UPCOMING EVENTS

2017

Friday, 24 November 2017 : AGM.  An opportunity for Committee members and volunteers to come along and hear about what we have planned over the next few months. All welcome. Soup and light refreshments will be served.
Time: 11am in the Music School

Saturday, 2 December 2017 : OB Dinner, to be held at Belhaven Hill School.  Old Belhavians up to and including year 2000. Please spread the word
This event has been POSTPONED until SUMMER 2018

Saturday, 9th December 2017 : Tea, coffee and a selection of home made cakes to be served by the PTFA committee in the Front Hall. Just what you need to garner some Festive Spirit. We may even have some Christmas Carols to send you on your way. And don't forget the Suggestions' Box!
Time:  After Carol Service so approx. 12.15pm – Ipm.
 
 

2018

An effort will be made to have a PTFA presence at all Home Matches in 2018 in some form or another.  Details to follow ...
 

Confirmed Dates for 2018:

Friday, 19 January 2018 : Journey Breaker in the Front Hall prior to the term’s first Out Weekend.  Tea, coffee and baked treats served by the PTFA.
Time: 12.15am – 1pm

Friday, 2 February 2018 : Journey Breaker in the Front Hall prior to the term’s second Out Weekend.  Tea, coffee and baked treats served by the PTFA.
Time:  12.15am – 1pm

Saturday, 17 February 2018 : Journey Breaker before the MANSFIELD MUSIC CUP.  Please come and join us in the Front Hall for tea, coffee and a selection of cakes and treats baked by the PTFA.
Time:  10.15am – 11am
   
Friday, 9 March 2018 : Journey Breaker
in the Front Hall prior to the last Out Weekend before the end of term.  The PTFA will be serving tea, coffee and a delicious assortment of baked delights for you to enjoy before whisking your child away.
Time:  12.15am – 1pm

Saturday, 5 May 2018 : RACE NIGHT.  ALL PARENTS WELCOME.  It’s going to be the best year yet, so definitely not to be missed. Clear a space in your diary. Details to follow ...

If you are interested in helping with serving drinks and/or making cakes for the PTFA Journey Breakers, then please email Miranda on mirandafraser73@gmail.com


Furthermore, please come and join us at the AGM should you wish to get more involved with the PTFA

Music School: Friday, 24th November at 11am

 

 

What kind of events and activities are the PTFA going to run?

  • Events that will enhance the community at Belhaven and provide a social hub accessible to all
  • Regular opportunities to share refreshments with parents from all year groups
  • Creative activities for our children and their siblings to enjoy
  • Regional drinks parties for the wider Belhaven family and friends
  • Activities, mainly at weekends, hosted by parents who are happy to share their facilities
  • Gatherings for the benefit of OBs, both in Scotland and further afield
  • Charitable events which are part of our diverse programme for public benefit
 

  Calling All Parents, Teachers and Friends of Belhaven

Would you like to get involved with the PTFA in any of the following ways?

  • By contributing brilliant ideas for events and activities
  • By volunteering to help coordinate and organise any events
  • Being willing and able to offer your facilities at the weekends for the benefit of our children. These could include opportunities for sailing, archery, clay pigeon shooting, quad biking, camping or culture (ideally, based within 2 hours drive of Belhaven)
  • By volunteering to be included on the PTFA Committee when spaces become available
 
If you would like to help us in any of the above ways, please contact Natasha Ramsay, the Chair of the PTFA, by email.  We would be delighted to hear from you!
 

THE PTFA AND SOME OF OUR EVENTS TO DATE:

The PTFA was launched in the Summer of 2016 and since then we have organised several happy events which have include a gathering of OBs at the New Club to say a fond farewell to David and Jacquie Peek, and a wonderful tea party to say thank you and goodbye to our former Headmaster and his wife, Innes and Sandy MacAskill.

Please help keep this webpage fresh!
Do you have any photos that you would like to share from recent school events?
Any contributions would be great as we are restricted by Data Protection as to what we can post
Please email any photos to mirandafraser73@gmail.com

We are aiming to keep this page as up to date as possible and filled with interesting news

Thank you for your help with this