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The children (and staff) are delighted with the books and resources.
This is what the children said:-
"I really like the way it is set out."
"The books show you have to work it out."
"It tells us exactly what we are going to learn."
"I like the books because they are colourful."
"I like the pictures."
"It is good because it is very clear - it has titles to help you."
Christmas Fair 2018
Thank you so much for organising this event and everybody for supporting it. Father Christmas really enjoyed visiting us and his elves worked very hard.
|Reception:||Natasha Holdsworth, Jill Osborne|
|Year 1:||Hannah Baird, Robyn Grundy|
|Year 2:||Claire Langley, Maddy Murdoch|
|Year 3:||Leann Dagley, Binita Kane, Deborah Lagar|
|Year 4:||Joanne Harris, Suzanne Cutler|
|Year 5:||Sam Atkinson, Sarah Philips|
|Year 6:||Louise Johnstone, Nicola Haworth|
PTA Golf Day
A HUGE thank you to Allan Murdoch for organising this increasingly popular event!
Allan's message to golfers ...
"A big thanks again for attending the golf day, I hope you enjoyed it and win in the Ryder Cup today. We had a few more teams this year which was great (47 players on the day) and this, coupled with your generosity in the raffle, means we have managed to raise £690 for the school which is more than the £500 we did last year. A massive thank for supporting the day and helping out the school, I know the PTA and the school really appreciates the help. The money goes into the PTA fund and then onto the school so it directly benefits the kids."
"Thanks to the sponsors 3T Safety Consultants (www.3tsc.co.uk) for the donation of the prizes and halfway house refreshments and the teachers and parents who helped out during the day (especially Robyn and Maddy)".
1st - Team 4 with 102 Points (P Mund)
2nd - Team 11 with 95 Points (M Gore)
3rd - Team 7 with 89 Points (A Murdoch)
1st - A Murdoch 45 points (25 on back 9)
2nd - M Gore 45 Points (23 on back 9)
3rd - Ed (from Team 4) 42 points.
Nearest the Pin (Hole 3) - N Scott
Nearest the Pin (Hole 9) - C Foden
Longest Drive - A ''Obscene'' Thomason
WALKING DAY 2018
A HUGE thank you for everyone's support in making this year's Walking Day such a huge success.
We raised in excess of £4,500, all of which will be donated back to the school to support your children.
St Matthew’s Annual Golf Day Friday 13th October
Save the date for St Matthew’s Golf Day which is due to take place at High Legh Golf Club on Friday 13th October 2017.
The event is open to all parents & friends….grandparents, aunties,
The PTA are needing some Face painters for the Summer Fair if you can help or know someone who can please email
Please can you consider sponsoring a stall / donating a raffle prize for the Summer Fair - if you would like to help in any way you can go to
for further details or again email
Walking Day Preparations
The PTA are busy gearing up for Walking Day on Saturday 15th July and currently are in need of Sponsors and Raffle Prizes. Please contact the PTA Committee or the School Office if you can help!
Next PTA Meeting is on Thursday 6th April, 2017, at 7pm at the Thorn Inn
The PTA raised a phenomenal £2246.15 through the Christmas Stalls, Christmas Raffle and the sale of raffle tickets at the KS1 Nativities. An amazing amount which will benefit the children and a special thanks to Debs Lagar and Lean Dagley.
Our Christmas Stalls have been fantastic! It was lovely to see so many people enjoying the mince pies, mulled wine and Christmas Stalls. Thank you to our amazing PTA who have worked so hard to organise and run the event.
The next meeting of the PTA will be held on :
We do still require a Secretary to join the 2016/17 Committee and if you are interested or would just like to know more, please do get in touch.
Email email@example.com, contact one of the PTA Members or the Head Teacher.
The PTA is only a success because of all the hard work put in by the committee members and parent helpers. All meetings are open to all parents/carers and everyone is welcome and indeed encouraged to join in.
The 2016/17 Elected PTA Committee
Ankar (Shadowed by Joanne Harris)
Hazel Fryman Debbie Chalmers
|Reception:||Anika Neill, Mike Robinson, Claire Langley, Maddy Murdoch|
|Year 1:||Leann Dagley, Binita Kane, Deborah Lagar|
|Year 2:||Joanne Harris, Suzanne Cutler|
|Year 3:||Sam Atkinson, Sarah Philips|
|Year 4:||Louise Johnstone, Nicola Haworth|
|Year 5:||Sue Martyn, Jane Whitmarsh|
|Year 6:||Nyree Hodgson, Sara Brogan|
PTA Meeting Dates 2016/17
The dates of the PTA Meetings and Coffee Mornings are to be confirmed, on the appointment of a new Chair, but the ones in the diary so far are :-
AGM / PTA Tuesday 27th September 3.30pm School Hall
Follow-on from AGM Thursday 6th October 7.30pm Staff Room
Follow-on from AGM Friday 7th October 9.00am School
PTA Wednesday 9th October 7.00pm Thorn Inn
Wednesday 18th January 7.00pm Thorn Inn
Wednesday 27th April 7.00pm Thorn Inn
Discos - Help Required
Each Term we support the Teachers in helping and serving refreshments at the School Discos. If you would like to help out at any of the sessions then please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your contact details.
Discos will be held on:
and on each occasion they are split into two sessions:
Volunteers are wanted to assist in the Mothering Sunday Assembly which is organised by school.
The Mothering Sunday Assembly takes place in the school hall for mums/carers from Year R, Year 1, Year 2 on Friday 24th March at 2pm.
We need a couple of mums, ideally from the upper years, to help with arranging the flowers and serving teas and cakes. If you have some free time on the morning of the 24th March or can help set up the teas/cakes from 1.30pm onwards then we would be delighted to hear from you.
Please send your contact details to email@example.com.
Dress Down Day for Easter Egg Bingo - Friday 31st March 2017
In return for, Friday 31st March being a non-uniform day, the children bring into school Easter Eggs which are then used as prizes for the Easter Egg Bingo Sessions.
The Easter Egg Bingo Sessions are held at 5.00pm and 6.30pm respectively on Friday the 31st March. Tickets will be available nearer the date from your Class Reps.
Volunteers are required for set up before 5.00pm, for clean-up at 6.00pm, for clean-up and tidy away at 7.30pm and for serving refreshments at each of the Sessions. If you can do a little of anything please do get in touch.
Please send your contact details to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sports Day - Friday 19th May 2017
The Refreshments Marquee is up and running on Sports Day which is held on Friday 19th May at 1.15pm on the school field. Lots of helpers are needed to serve sandwiches, cakes, teas, coffees and cold drinks to all those who have come straight from work, or just ambled along to watch our wonderful children give it their very best.
If you are able to help set up equipment from 12 noon or help serve refreshments, or indeed help to pack away at the end of the day, it would be so much appreciated. Please send your contact details to email@example.com.
The Father's Day Afternoon and Assembly for Year R, Year 1, Year 2, is great fun and the children just love to have their Fathers/Grand-Fathers/Carers around to show off their talents in class or on the sports field.
Please be aware that the Father's Day Afternoon is for all Fathers/Grand-Fathers/Carers from Year R to Year 6, but the Assembly is just for those associated with Year R, Year 1, and Year 2. All years are then joined together for refreshments once the Assembly has ended. Timings to be confirmed.
Help is required for set-up and running of the refreshments stall, and of course, tidying away.
If you are free on this afternoon then please again, send your contact details to firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is by far the PTA's and the schools biggest event of the year.
It is a fantastic day and enjoyed by many not just from St Matthew's School and St Matthew's Church but also from the wider community. There is much to be done!
More than ever, this is the one that requires 'all hands on deck'. It can't be done with just a few people, it needs volunteers right across the board. From setting up the marquees and tables in the early morning, setting up stalls, cooking in the kitchen, manning stalls and tidying away at the end of a very busy, exhausting and yet fun-filled day.
However, long before the day of Saturday 15th July commences, there is a whole list of things to be organised: raffle prizes and sponsorship to be sourced; raffle tickets to be sold; leaflets to be designed, printed and distributed in the area; newsletters to be composed; banners to be erected; food to be ordered; stall prizes organised; field activities to be booked... and the list goes on.
Most of those who have been involved in organising and running the events on the day ... wouldn't miss the opportunity to do it all again each and every year, as their children have moved through the school from Year R to Year 6. It is now time for a whole new set of parents to make this day their own..... have their input, bring in fresh ideas, make it a fun-filled special time for their children.
If this is something you wish to participate in, do get in touch - anything at all would be helpful.
It would also be tremendous to hear from you if you can donate raffle prizes or sponsor a stall.
Nearer the date, Rotas will be, as usual, put up outside classrooms - when they are up, please do add your name to a time slot. If there are no helpers, there cannot be any stalls.
However, I know that those parents/carers at St Matthew's will not disappoint, and the Summer Fair will be, just so fabulous (with sunshine!!).
YOUR CHILDREN NEED YOUR SUPPORT!
In 2015/16, together we raised an amazing £11,324.50 which couldn't have been achieved without the wonderful support of everyone in our school community. Thank you all.
The 2016/17 Committee will once again pledged to raise those much needed funds but cannot achieve this without your help but in order to take this forward the PTA requires a Chair and Treasurer.
As you will know the school budget is very tight and just cannot stretch to provide everything our children need to help them thrive in a happy learning environment.
The PTA reinvest, the funds raised, into school to buy the extras that really do make a difference to our children.
How Can You Help?
A lot of work goes on behind the scenes for all events and school support and we are always looking for new innovative fresh ideas, so if you would like to get involved in any way at all, it would be greatly appreciated. From serving tea and coffee, organising an event, locating raffle prizes, baking cakes, helping on Christmas Stalls, attending Summer Fair Meetings, shopping for refreshments etc. Every little helps and you would be more than welcome, so please do get in touch.
You can email: or speak to your Class Representatives or simply come along to a meeting or coffee morning.
How Can I Raise Funds?
There are some very simple and easy ways to raise funds:
PTA Calendar 2015/16
PTA Agenda 2015/16
PTA Meeting Minutes
PTA AGM Minutes
Please read our newsletters to find out more a bout what's happening.
To contact the PTA: Please speak with your class rep, or email email@example.com
St Matthew's Summer Fair 2016
The Summer Fair was held on Saturday 16th July and I hope, that the weather aside, you and the children had a thoroughly enjoyable and fun-filled day.
There are many of you to thank for making this event so special. To all those who came along for the day, for all your donations and sponsorships, the Friday and Monday helpers, for manning stalls, for helping in the kitchen, the BBQ guys, the Bar guys, for unpacking, packing and putting away, for erecting gazebos and taking them down again, to friends and family who came along to help and to everyone who turned up early and those who stayed late – you were all fantastic.
Special thanks go to Angie Stewart for coordinating the day; to Dave Tilley for the loan of gazebos as well as being the gate monitor with a huge smile and lots of banter; to all those on the field who stayed out in the rain throughout the afternoon especially Richard Hartland, Chris Rowson, Ray Lewis-Dalton, Tony Little, Mike Hough and Ian Moore. Not forgetting Mrs Fryman, staff, Julie Priestman and Charman. To Jon and his family for endless moving, lifting and tidying up. As well as our very own PTA - Ankar and Indy, Sarah Hartill and Jo Harris for their unstinting commitment this last year.
To Claire Whitlow and Emma for being so generous in donating the Daresbury Ice Cream, serving and donating all the monies raised to the summer fair – thank you so much.
It was the first time we had charged an Entrance Fee and I thank you for your co-operation in purchasing your wristbands in advance.
You can view photographs taken by Oculus Studios on: http://photos.oculusstudios.co.uk
Wishing you all a very happy summer.
Sports Day - Friday 20th May 2016
The Queen's 90th Birthday Celebrations
Thank you to everyone who came along to join the first ever Hog Roast/BBQ in celebration of the Queen's 90th Birthday. We would like to thank Ian our host for doing a superb job cooking the hog roast as well managing to cook over 100 burgers and sausages for the children. Also thanks go to our superb bar guys Mark Ball, Simon Mason, Nick Barnard, Jason Edwards and Brian Jamson for doing a sterling job serving those cold drinks and welcomed glasses of Pimms, as well as, our very own PTA team - Sarah, Jo, Ankar and Indy for manning the stalls.
Special thanks to the brilliant Mrs McClellan and Sarah who did a fabulous job serving all the food, and to Jon and Jordan for those much needed extra pair of hands.
We hope you all had a brilliant time, relaxed in the sunshine and enjoyed the hog roast/burgers and drinks.
Easter Egg Bingo - Friday 18th March 2016
Thank you to everyone who brought in an Easter Egg on the non-uniform day for the Easter Egg Bingo.
Whether you were in the first session or the second session, we hope you thoroughly enjoyed the night, and haven't eaten all those eggs yet! The event raised a fabulous £729.86. Our thanks go to everyone who helped out on the evening but in particular to: Angie and Paul Stewart for organising the event, our newcomer hosts this year Richard Dinsdale and Paul Lagar, as well as to Laurie, for stepping in to support her dad Richard. Also to Sam and Stefan Spiro for snapping all those funny face photographs.
Not forgetting our support team Joanne Griffin and Claire Mann, bingo adjudicators!! Alex Hartland, Leann Dagley and Debs Lagar and our wonderful refreshment team Liz Morrison, Sarah Hartill and Lynne Humphries.
We are already looking forward to next year.
Wishing you all a fabulous Easter.
Sports Relief Refreshment Team
Thank you to Joanne Griffin, Claire Mann, Binita Kane, Alison Hookins and Miss Miller for helping run the refreshment stall at Sports Relief. Also thanks to Louise Johnstone, Mrs Iles and John for coming to the rescue to get us all set-up and running!
LET'S GET FIZZY EVENING
A MAGNIFICENT TOTAL OF £2,695 WAS RAISED AT THE LET'S GET FIZZY EVENING ON
SATURDAY 6TH FEBRUARY 2016
SPECIAL THANKS GO TO:
Class 3 Mums: Louise Johnstone, Nicola Haworth, Indy Dhillon, Caroline McEleney, Rachel Moore, Sally Crotty, Wendy Hough, Kate Ging-Rowson and Rachel Roberts.
Caroline McEleney did a fabulous job organising the attendance of the unforgettable Cole Page who entertained and hosted the evening beautifully. Caroline also arranged an array of prizes for the Auction which in itself raised a total of £1,720. Additional prizes were donated by Rachel Roberts and Christina Chinnock.
Thank you to everyone who helped make the Let's Get Fizzy Event so special and hope you all had a very thoroughly enjoyable evening.
Christmas Stalls - Friday 4th December
A huge thank you goes to Julie Dagnall, Louise Crawford, Year 1 mums and all those who helped in any way to put on the Christmas Stalls. The cold damp afternoon wasn't going to put anyone off coming along and having fun. The mulled wine certainly helped to warm a few hands along the way, and the children made straight for the chocolate tombola which went down a storm raising an incredible £302.85.
The Christmas Stall together with the raffles on the Nativity days made a whopping total of £1,714.99.
It couldn't have been achieved without the generosity of so many, so thank you to everyone who came along to support the event and to all those who donated raffle prizes, cakes, chocolates, wine, manned stalls, set-up and tidied away again.
Special thanks go to Jim, our DJ, who volunteers his time so readily each year and adds to the occasion with his Christmas songs.
Quiz Night - Friday 20th November 2015
Angie and Paul Stewart once again ran and compared a fun-filled Quiz Evening for 60 parents and staff on the 20th November raising a fabulous £603.57 for PTA funds. The evening commenced, just to break the ice, with the stand-up heads and tails, won by Paul Jameson, followed by the mixed quiz rounds, and Play Your Cards Right challenge which always brings out the competitive streak in everyone!
Congratulations to the winners, the Cono Sur Team - Samantha Atkinson, Mike Johnson, Helen and Paul Jameson who stormed ahead with 75 points.
Runners up were:
2nd place - About the Wine - 70 points
3rd place - Pointless Friends - 68 points
4th place - Spectre Taculars - 66 points
5th place - Ringer Roses - 64 points
Well done to everyone else for taking part.
Many thanks go to Angie and Paul Stewart for organising the evening, to all Class Representatives for helping to sell tickets and of course, to all those who came along to support the event.
PTA Golf Day - Wednesday 7th October - Raised an amazing £498 for school!
Golfers joined in the PTA Golf Day on Wednesday 7th October at Warrington Golf Course. It was a great day for golf... weather was good, the course was in fine condition and the players enjoyed the challenge of the competition.
Our next Golf day is booked for Friday 7th October 2016 (Tee off @ 1:30pm) so save the date in your diary now!