What we do
Parents and Friends of Emmanuel School, also known as the PFE, is an inclusive organisation made up of parents and carers at the school that aims to:
- raise funds for the school to supplement the school’s main budget, and
- encourage a sense of community amongst Emmanuel staff, parents, carers and friends.
The PFE has charitable status and our Registered Charity Number is 1172507.
To achieve its goals, the PFE organises a number of adult and family activities and fundraising projects throughout the year. The proceeds enable us to fund school initiatives that enhance our children’s learning experiences. These funds have historically helped pay for items like field trips, IT equipment, a new library, Year 5 & 6 brass musical instrument hire and lessons, rainy day play toys and the end of school year disco.
How we’re run
The PFE is run by Emmanuel parents who generously volunteer their time, networks and skills. We organise ourselves through a committee and parent representatives, or class reps, from each class.
PFE meetings are generally held every half term, usually after morning drop-off. Evening meetings can be scheduled if there is sufficient interest. These meetings allow parents and carers to get together to organise events and to share ideas for future activities. The meetings also provide an opportunity to hear and decide upon which school ventures and projects should be funded by the PFE.
The 2018-19 school year was another very successful year of fundraising for the PFE at Emmanuel. With the support of parents, carers, staff and our generous local community, we were able to raise more than £22,000!
We warmly welcome the new Committee for the 2020-2021 school year:
Chair – Damini Kumar
Treasurer – Tina Young
Vice Treasurer – Madalina Serban
Secretary – Paul Kent
Communications Officer – Jacqui Dynowski
This year we have restructured the way the PFE operates. Events will now be run by event managers rather than directly by the Chair. If you are interested in helping to run an event, please contact us at email@example.com. Even if you cannot commit to a Committee role or to leading an event, we are always eager to have new members. If you can help in any capacity, please let us know.
How you can help
Volunteer and attend events
The most helpful thing you can do is to volunteer your time! If you can help in any way—before, during or after an event—even if it is just for one hour, we greatly appreciate it. The events are only as enjoyable as the lovely families that come, so please attend and show your support for the staff and children.
Use Easyfundraising when you shop online
The PFE has an account with an online shopping portal called Easyfundraising which can raise money for Emmanuel at no cost to you when you shop at your favourite retailers. There are thousands of retailers on board such as John Lewis, Debenhams, Selfridges, Argos, Currys, Etsy, Notonthehighstreet and Amazon. Registration is simple and takes no more than five minutes. To register, click here and follow instructions to create your account. Friends and family can register and earn on our behalf too!
Use Smile at Amazon
The PFE has now registered with Smile at Amazon. By logging into your usual Amazon account but using the Smile link instead of the main Amazon page, you are now able to select the PFE as your assigned charity and continue to do your Amazon shopping as normal. Using the Smile link will not alter your payment methods, delivery methods or anything else regarding your Amazon account but it does mean that with each purchase you make through Smile, you are donating 0.5% of your purchase price to The PFE. Any Amazon customers can choose The PFE as their chosen charity so please do spread the word! Please click here to register.
Inquire with your employer about matched funding
Many companies run schemes to support employees who are raising money for a charitable cause. As the PFE is a registered charity, monies raised for the school through the PFE’s efforts are eligible for such programs. A simple query to your company’s HR department about whether there is a matched funding programme in place could be enormously helpful to our fundraising efforts. Please read this PDF for more information.
How we communicate
The PFE keeps in touch with parents and carers in a number of ways:
- Classlist, a parent-to-parent private social network (app and web-based),
- Messages included in the School’s official weekly email newsletter and
- PFE meetings (and minutes of meetings circulated thereafter).
A word about the General Data Protection Regulation
The PFE is required to comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
The Classlist system that we use to communicate with parents offers high levels of security and privacy and is designed to comply fully with GDPR. The relevant documentation (including their privacy notice, terms & conditions, data protection agreement, FAQs and notes on their approach to data processing) can be found on Classlist’s website. By registering with Classlist, parents retain full control over the personal data they wish to share. Only the parent’s name and email and the child’s name are required to utilise the network. Parents wishing to keep their email address private to others within the school community can still register to use Classlist and receive announcements and parent posts.
The PFE holds some personal information on committee members, class reps, volunteers and auction and raffle prize winners. Should you have any questions about how GDPR affects you and the information the PFE holds, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.