What is ABPA?

Ark Byron Primary Association (ABPA) is a registered charity run, and supported by, the school’s parents and carers. Our mission is to support the school through fundraising and enrichment projects whilst creating and maintaining a thriving community network for everyone associated with the school.

Why and how do we fundraise?

Ark Byron is a state-funded school. All schools fundraise to supplement their budget for enrichment activities. Ark Byron staff aim to give our children an education rich in music, arts, sports and external visits which state funding does not always allow for.

We hold a number of fundraising events throughout the year from bake sales, to quiz nights or raffles, for the children and for our wider school community. We are always open to ideas though, so please get in touch if you want to discuss any with us!

How can you get involved?

As soon as your child starts at the school, you will automatically become a member of ABPA. The WhatsApp groups set up by the Class Reps are a great way to hear more about ABPA initiatives and ways to get involved.

There are 4 key things you can do:

Keep in touch – from termly newsletters, to flyers about upcoming events, the best way to keep in touch is to be on our mailing list. Send you details to abpacommitee@gmail.com to be added

Volunteer – everyone involved in ABPA is doing so voluntarily, and there is lots to do. Whether you can give a little or a lot – every hour counts!

Get involved – ABPA runs events throughout the year – from Bake Sales to Sporty Saturday and we need you and your families to come along and take part.

Fundraise – the projects we support the school with rely on the generosity of our parent/carer community. You can set up a monthly Direct Debit, talk to your employer about corporate sponsorship, donate directly, make your online purchases through our Giving Machine page, and by coming along to events and spending your £!

What is the ABPA committee?

The ABPA Committee is made up of volunteers who are keen to give something extra back to the school community.

Each class has Class Reps (ideally 2 per class) - this role includes keeping parents/carers up to date about activities and getting everyone involved to make our fundraising and events as successful as possible.

The committee is made up of a Chair, Secretary and two treasurers. We always need support so please email abpacommittee@gmail.com to join us in our mission.

How can I find out more?

Email: contact abpacommitee@gmail.com with your details to be added to our mailing list

Whatsapp: talk to your class reps to be added to the group

In person: members of the committee are often at assembly and parent forum so do come and say hello

Committee Members

Chairs Liz Keene

Secretary Birte Hacker Price

Treasurers Lucy Brewster & Marie Paiser

Key 2020 Dates for your diaries (edited)

Wed 29th Jan – ABPA Meeting (all welcome – we will be setting the agenda for 2020/21 events as well as discussing how the funds are spent, so please come along). Venue and time tbc (class reps will be in touch after Christmas break)

April (exact date tbc) – Easter Egg Hunt

April – Readathon

16th May – Sporty Saturday

June (exact date tbc) – Eid event