Friends of John Clifford PTA
The next FOJC meeting is Tuesday 16th March at 8pm. The meeting will be held using Zoom and details will be shared via the School Gateway app.
Any parents or carers can get involved, you don't need to register or have attended a meeting before. We hope to see you (virtually) there!
School Discos Are Back!
Christmas Book Appeal colour in poster - download, colour and display in your window
Christmas Book Appeal
FOJC gift aid claims - can YOU help raise more money?
The Superhero challenge which ran over the summer was the FOJCs first online fundraising event. At the time when the Just Giving campaign was launched we weren't able to claim Gift Aid but thanks to the hard work of our treasurer, Liz, we have now got this facility.
What does this mean?
Gift Aid allows UK charities to claim back the basic rate tax already paid on donations by the donor.
This means we can claim back from the government on your behalf 25p for every £1 donated, boosting the value of the donation by a quarter.
What do we need YOU to do?
Our JC Superheroes did awesomely well raising over £7,000 this summer but now, without anyone having to get on their bike, hop, bounce, bake read (or do any of their many crazy challenges) again, we have the chance to raise yet more money.
If your child took part in a challenge over the summer; if you sponsored someone who did or if you kindly made a donation then please download and print one of the Gift Aid forms (links below), complete it and return to the school office or email it to firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll be able to claim more money back from the government.
There's a form for a single donation, which anyone can complete and there's also a form to detail a group collection.
If your child was sponsored by a group of friends/family then please contact them to check their permission to claim Gift Aid and complete the form with their details.
If you would like to know more about Gift Aid then please visit https://www.gov.uk/donating-to-charity/gift-aid.
Thank you for your ongoing support.
Gift Aid claim forms
FOJC fund Outdoor Learning Treats
This is normally one of the FOJCs busiest weeks of the year as we prepare for one of our biggest fundraisers, our annual Fireworks Extravaganza.
We're disappointed that this year's event has been cancelled but so grateful that the wonderful JC team are giving the pupils something to celebrate.
Mrs Mitchell will be running outdoor learning classes building bonfires to teach fire safety and also the meaning of Bonfire Night.
The FOJC team are funding hot chocolates and marshmallows for toasting for all the children and we hope they all thoroughly enjoy it.
*All social distancing and Covid safe guidelines will be followed*
Next FOJC meeting: 3rd November at 8pm
FOJC Super Heroes become Super Stars!
Following the incredible amount raised by all the wonderful FOJC Super Heroes, Breeze magazine has featured your fundraising (and ice bucket) activities on the front cover of their latest issue and done a lovely article as well.
Click here to visit Breeze's website and download the issue.
Breeze Magazine - October issue
Introducing the FOJC Committee
However, due to the current lockdown situation we have put this short video together to give you an oversight of the FOJC.
If you have any questions the please do get in touch and we hope to see you soon.
Welcome to the Friends of John Clifford page
Who are the 'Friends of John Clifford'?
We are a group of John Clifford parents, carers and staff who work together for two main purposes:
1) to organise fundraising events to raise money for equipment and activities which will enrich the school experience for all John Clifford children from nursery through to Year 6
2) to encourage a sense of community within the school by organising events where families can come together and get to know each other
Who can be a 'Friend of John Clifford'?
Many people are familiar with the term Parent Teacher Association (PTA). The main difference between a PTA and a Friends group is that as well as teachers, parents, guardians or carers of children attending the school being committee members, a Friends group can admit any person over the age of 18 wishing to offer appropriate support or help.
If you have a child/children attending John Clifford School then you are automatically a 'Friend of John Clifford'. You don't need to know someone on the committee, send an application form or be voted on - you are welcome to come to our meetings and support our events.
If you are a member of the community that would like to get involved then please email the Friends of John Clifford with your contact details. The email address is email@example.com.
How do I get involved?
There are three main ways that you can support us.
Firstly, we urgently need more committee members to help us organise events and shape the way that we spend the fund we raise. This would involve attending the monthly meetings and help to run our events. We understand that everyone has busy lives and so we don't expect everyone to be able to attend every meeting so don't let that put you off.
You can join in at any time of the year and no matter which school year your child/children are in. From nursery to year 6, all parents and carers are welcome!
Secondly, if you don't have the time for a more regular commitment then you can sign-up just to support at an event by running a stall or taking entry money.
Finally, if you don't have the time to commit to the meetings and attending events then simply follow us on Facebook, like and share our events and, if you can, make a donation to our Just Giving page.
When do you meet?
The FOJC normally meet monthly and meetings typically last for 1 hour. Before Covid-19 we held our meetings in the Community Room but for the time being we will be holding our meetings over Zoom.
Our next meeting will be at 8pm on Tuesday 22nd September 2020. Details of how to join the video call will be shared via the School Gateway App.
How do I get in touch?
Please email any queries to firstname.lastname@example.org and a member of the committee will respond.
You can also message us through our Facebook page, search for Friends of John Clifford School.
Thank you Superheroes
BUT this fabulous video is to say a HUGE thank you for everything you have all done to contribute. We have rasied over £6500 which is utterly incredible. Well done everyone.
And a special thank you to Finn (Ms Bamford's son) who created this masterpiece for us.
JC Staff Become Superheroes
Miss Daniel's Ice Bucket Challenge
Giant JC Superhero Challenge Update
The one you have been waiting for...Mrs Waring's Ice Bucket Challenge! Enjoy
Mrs Bamford's Ice Bucket (and brolly) Challenge!
Miss Garforth's Ice Bucket Challenge!
Mr Barber's Ice Bucket Challenge
Mrs Pacey's Ice Bucket Challenge!
Mr Oakland's DOUBLE Ice Bucket Challenge
Mrs Haywood's Ice Bucket Challenge
Mrs Gunn's Ice Bucket Challenge
Mrs McGrath's Ice Bucket Challenge
Mr Hibbert's Ice Bucket Challenge
Mrs Allcoat's Ice Bucket Challenge
Giant JC Superhero Challenge Update
Mr Morris's Ice Bucket Challenge
Mr Standen's Ice Bucket Challenge
Mrs Pounder's Ice Bucket Challenge
Mrs Mitchell's Ice Bucket Challenge ❄️💦💧💦
Mrs Bailey's Ice Bucket Challenge ❄️💧💦😂🤣
Mr Gooch's Ice Bucket Challenge
Giant JC Superhero Challenge
Can you scoot? Or hop? Or run? Or climb the stairs? Or sing? Or make your bed? Then we need you.
The Friends of John Clifford are calling all JC Superheroes to help us in our Giant JC Superhero Challenge. Our super important mission is to raise as much money as we can to restore the outdoor learning area and to provide new books and games for the classrooms damaged by the flooding.
Like many residents and businesses in Beeston, John Clifford School fell victim to the heavy rain on 17th June. The damage was extensive.
We know that many of you are keen to help and so we would love to encourage all the JC family to pick a challenge and get sponsored for it. What’s more for every fundraising target that we hit a member of staff will go under an ice bucket and record it for us.
Mr Gooch is first up when we hit £250...… Mrs Waring needs a bit more persuading so we need to raise lots more!
Your challenge could be:
Climbing the stairs multiple times- climb a mountain in your own home!
A roller skate-a-thon
A mini marathon run or walk
A trampolining challenge
Making your own lunch for a week
Making your bed for a week
Hundreds of laps of your garden
Giving up your Nintendo Switch for a week (ok, maybe just a day)
You can choose any challenge you fancy, or you can make your own up. You then need to get sponsorship and within the next few days details of our Just Giving page will be shared on our Facebook page and throughout school.
We’d love it if you could wear something a superhero might wear (a cape, a mask etc) when you do your challenge and perhaps you could take a photo and upload it to your class home learning blog.
So all JC Superheroes get thinking … what could you do as part of our Giant JC Superhero Challenge?
PTA myth busting
Thank you for supporting our Fireworks event on 7th November. We raised £1789!
Well done to everybody who took part in the
Robin Hood Mini Marathon on 29th September 2019
Thank you for coming!
Thank you for coming to our family Easter egg hunt on 3rd April🐥
We all had a great time and the weather was kind to us this year!
Thank you to everyone who came to our
on Friday 8th February.
Fantastic Fireworks! 🎆
What a great turnout we had for our Fireworks Night on 8th November. Many thanks to everyone who came along and to all the staff and volunteers. We raised an amazing £2013 and we hope you had a lovely time!
Mini Marathon 2018 - what a great team!
Thank you to everyone who came to our
coffee and cake afternoon on 28th September.
We raised £81.01 for Macmillan!
Easter Trail 2018
Thank you to everyone who joined in with our egg hunt on 29th March - a great turnout despite the rain!
Easy ways to fundraise for Friends of John Clifford PTA through yellowmoon.co.uk
If you need to buy party bag gifts or crafting bits, then why not consider using yellowmoon.co.uk? Use the special Friends of John Clifford PTA source code and we'll receive 10% cash-back (excl. VAT, delivery and sale items) on everything you buy. It's really easy by just following these simple steps:
1 Go to www.yellowmoon.co.uk and make a purchase
2 Quote our unique SOURCE CODE: FRI41774 when you check out
3 Mention to friends and family as they may want to add to your order
4 Yellow Moon will send your order direct to your home!
There are no hidden fees or promotional costs. We'll just get a cheque at the end of every year.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I become a member of Friends?
As a parent of a pupil who attends John Clifford you are automatically a member. If you'd like to get more involved at any level, then either come along to one of our regular meetings, or sign up to our email newsletter.
How are funds raised?
We hold a number of events throughout the year including school discos, a fireworks event, a school fair and a family fundraising evening.
How can I become involved with Friends?
Everyone is welcome to come along to any of the Friends meetings. These are usually held at least once every half term usually in the early evening. They are currently held at school, in the staff room. If childcare is a problem you can bring your children along and they will be able to play in the hall while the meeting takes place. There is no commitment to coming to every meeting.
I do not want to come to the meetings but would still like to help. Is there anything else I can do to become involved?
It's really easy. Just send us an email and join our register of helpers to receive our regular email updates.
What is the register of helpers?
We know that it can be tricky to commit to helping out on a regular basis. But by keeping in touch through our newsletters, you can keep in touch and offer to help without having to commit to meetings.
What kind of help could I give?
We need a wide range of help. There is usually something to suit everybody but the main areas are: -
Planning, advertising and organising events (usually discussed at Friends meetings)
Setting up events – setting up stalls, shopping for refreshments, prizes etc
Running events – running a stall, serving refreshments
Clearing away after events
How will I be able to help as I work during the day?
We need a range of helpers who are available at different times of the day either before school, during the school day, immediately after school, or in the evenings. It is a great way for those parents who aren’t available to help during the day to become involved in your child’s school.
What if I register as a helper and find I have other commitments when I am asked to help at an event?
Friends would contact volunteers in advance of any event to make sure they were available and willing to help. We understand that everyone has other commitments.
How many times would I be asked to help?
The more helpers on the register, the fewer occasions each volunteer will be asked to help!
How do I keep up to date with Friends meetings and events?
Our events will be included in school newsletters, on our facebook page and we have our own section on the school website www.johncliffordschool.com here!
Mini marathon 2016