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PTFA Welcome Evening and AGM Outcome


THANKYOU everyone for yesterday's Welcome Meeting and AGM


We had some great ideas, enthusiastic people new and old, and a glass of wine!...


And a NEW COMMITTEE voted in for 2017-2018:

Chairperson: Zoe Adamson (re-elected)
Communications Officers: Natalie Mills/Emma Duerden (Job share)
Treasurer: Liz James (re-elected)
Social Media Officer: Daryl Hemsell
Committee Member: Sharon Kelby
Committee Member Meike Carvell (Deputy Head)


We also adopted a new Constitution and Code of Conduct which you can find on this webpage.


I'm really looking forward to some new ideas over the next few months and will be in contact with everyone who signed up very soon.


More information on the running of events, how you can help out and the AGM minutes coming soon!


See you around school


Zoe Adamson

PTFA Committee

St John's School PTFA Constitution and Code of Conduct

Welcome Evening

Wednesday 20th September 6.30pm-7.30pm

Drinks and nibbles with some PTFA volunteers


followed by the



Wednesday 20th September 7.30pm

Elections and Agenda for the year ahead

Why get involved with the PTFA????

Answer to the Time Detectives Belper Trail

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Please bring in any of the following items from now

until the Fayre (5-8pm Fri 16th June) & put them in the library:



þ Tombola items (toys/bottles/chocolate/ANYTHING!)

þ Cuddly Toys

þ Books & DVDS

þ Uniform items

þ Plants & home-grown items



Please fill up one or two plastic cups with as many sweets as you can!! (Cups in book bags soon)



Please get baking! We would like a massive cake stall this year! Biscuits, cupcakes, big cakes, flapjacks, muffins, cookies…. Please bring them in on the day of the Fayre (Friday 16th June)









We desperately need more volunteers to enable us to run all the stalls at this years Summer Fayre.

If you are able to help please let me know if can do 5-8pm or would prefer either 5-6.30 or 6.30-8pm and if you have a preference of what you help with.

Also anyone who can help with beforehand prep, lucky dip wrapping, sweet cups etc?


Please email us at or grab one of us in the playground.

Thank you....we can't do it without you 😀

Next PTFA Meeting - change of date 


Please note that the meeting scheduled for Wednesday 26th April has been cancelled.

The next PTFA meeting will now be held on Thursday 4th May 7.30pm at The Greyhound.


This will also include Summer Fayre planning.  


Everyone welcome and we hope to see as many there as possible.


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PTFA Meeting Minutes 27th February 2017

Some St Johns Windows for Spring

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Bring the family along to win prizes at our first Chip & Quiz evening.
There will be a pub style quiz with the usual favourites- like a music round, a sports round and a general knowledge round; these will include compulsary questions for the kids to answer and challenges for the kids.
Ticket price will include a Mini Fish & Chips, a Sausage & Chips, a Cheesy Veg Cake & Chips, or Just Chips from Georges Tradition served at 7pm. (Choices must be preordered when buying tickets)
There will also be a bar serving alcoholic drinks, cans, squash, teas and coffees for very reasonable prices.

TICKETS IN ADVANCE ONLY £6 per person (inc child & adult).
These can be bought via bookbag forms that will go out early March.



A great big thank-you to everyone that helped out at the film nights- last night was like clockwork and even I was home by 7.40pm thankyou! We had a large number of tickets sold and from my point of view they were yet again a great success. (....though I was cutting it fine getting the flaming film to work last night! Keep Calm and Wiggle the Wire! Thanks to Yvonne Byrne and Scott Kelby for the emergency back ups)


And MASSIVE thanks to both Marie Taylor and Yvonne Byrne for organising these events on the night for the first time. Hope the little noisy darlings haven't put you off in the future!


PS (I have a Shopkins notebook that someone left behind)

PTFA Meeting Minutes 9th January 2017

PTFA Meeting - Monday 9th January 2017 7.30pm at The Greyhound, Belper - EVERYONE WELCOME :)

PTFA Meeting - Monday 9th January 2017 7.30pm at The Greyhound, Belper - EVERYONE WELCOME :)  1
Thankyou to everyone for helping raise money for the school yesterday evening. Every penny counts! Total and raffle winners to follow asap.

Christmas Fayre 2016 - Thankyou to everyone who gave up their time and volunteered. You're all wonderful! Merry Christmas!

Please bring in your donations as soon as possible!!

Reception/Year 1 - Sweet cups – cups going out this week

Years 2 and 3 - Chocolate

Years 4 – Cakes/Mince Pies

Years 5 and 6 - Bottles of any kind Wine/Spirits/Bubble Bath etc

All years – any school uniform /toys / cuddly toys 

Over 60 amazing prizes for the raffle tomorrow!!! More tickets available at the fayre

  • Alice in Wonderland Tickets for 2
  • 2 x £25 Voucher Rice Bowl, Belper
  • Midland Railway Family Ticket
  • Makeney Hall Afternoon Tea For 2
  • Belper Leisure Centre Family Swim Pass
  • Steeple Grange Light Railway Family Ticket
  • Impact Dance and Fitness Month of Classes
  • Ritz Cinema Tickets x 2
  • Wards Shoe Shop £10 voucher
  • Georges Tradition £10 voucher
  • King Street Fish Bar Mini Haddock & Chips x2
  • The Old Chic Boutique £10 voucher
  • Limes Hair Design £10 voucher
  • Baobab Tree Beauty £10 voucher
  • White Island Boutique £10 voucher
  • Beaurepaire Patisserie Afternoon Tea for 1
  • Morrisons £10 voucher
  • The Craft Studio Paint a Pot voucher
  • Dominos Pizza vouchers
  • A Kind of Magic £5 voucher
  • ………….Plus lots and lots more!

Our winning Christmas Poster! Well done Hannah!

Our winning Christmas Poster! Well done Hannah! 1

To be able to run the St John's Christmas Fair we desperately need more volunteers.


We are looking for volunteers for the following:-


Sell Santa Tickets - Monday 21st - Thursday 24th 9am or 3.30pm - if you could just do one that would help

Kitchen help - If anyone has kitchen experience or is willing to do the brief training please let us know - it is looking likely that we will be unable to have turkey cobs and muelled wine this year if we don't get more kitchen volunteers 

Face painting - anyone who is any good at this?

Stalls - help needed to man the stalls either 5-6.30pm or 6.30-8pm


If you are able to volunteer please either email us at or contact us on our Facebook page


A massive thank you to those who have already volunteered their help, we couldn't do it without you.

Christmas Fayre Poster Competition - Hand in date Wed 16th November

PTFA Meeting Minutes 7.11.16

Friends of St Johns Autumn Newsletter 2016




We are currently organising the Christmas Fair for Thursday 24th November and as always desperately need as many volunteers as possible.  


If you are able to help out on the evening, to set up or with preparations before the fair that would be great.


If anyone has any skills like face painting or would like to help out with a specific stall please let me know.  


We also need volunteers to bake mince pies and bring in on the day.


If you are able to help could you please get back to me with when you would be available and what you would like to help with, if you know otherwise we can allocate you a task. 


Please contact me at or on our facebook page



(PTFA Secretary)

Note from New Chairman 16/17 Zoe Adamson
Apparently in a fit of spontaneity I volunteered to be PTFA Chairperson! No I wasn’t dreaming!….. And so I thought I had better introduce myself.

I have two children. Lucy is 4yrs and started Reception this year and Alex is 2yrs. I have one husband, no pets and I now work from home as a silversmith jeweller.


I was born in and have lived in Belper most of my life. I am an old St Johnner, attending in the late 80’s (no I won’t be specific!) until moving to Belper School. I have a masters degree in Archaeology, worked as a secondary school science technician, then spent 9 years in the control room for East Midlands Ambulance Service taking 999 calls. I resigned last year to follow my dream to be full-time mum and part-time jeweller.

My family traditionally have been heavily involved with school associations. My dad was on the board of governors at St Johns, my mum a dinner lady, and both were very active with fairs, discos, the teacher/parent pantos, and the Bonfire Night. It’s something I am very proud of.

I will say that my experience is limited, and therefore this will take some getting used to and I shall probably require plenty of support and a little bit of patience from all of you that have been with the PTFA for a while. I have chaired more informal meetings whilst at EMAS and consider myself a bit of a party planner! I am admin for the Facebook page ‘Belper Parents Network’ and try to involve myself with local activities and events whenever possible.

My intentions for this half term are to have the handover from Sharon Kelby and hopefully to have discussion with Yvonne Byrne (Secretary) and Liz James (Treasurer) about our roles after their respective handovers. And I’m very sure Marie Taylor will have a few tips too.

I am happy to see how positive the AGM was with so many people willing to help out. I am feeling anxious, however excited and enthusiastic to get started.

The events at school during my time with St Johns were my very happiest memories, no doubt fuelled by my family’s involvement and I hope the same will be said by my children, and indeed your own.

I look forward to getting to know you better individually and how you like to be involved with the PTFA.

Roll on the 2016/2017 school year!

Zoe x

Our Latest Newsletter March 2016

Become a Committee Member - a description of what we do! The current committee will be standing down at the end of this academic year and so the PTFA needs you! If you think you may be interested in finding out more, have a read of the attached description of the various roles within the committee - you'll see our 'job' isn't as daunting as it may first seem! The best way to find out more is to contact Sharon and Fay using the contact form on this page and come along to one of our meetings - you'll be able to get a feel for what we do and how much fun we all have raising money for the school!

Update - 10th March 2016


We have a vacancy for a treasurer on our committee. If you feel you are able to help the school and take up this role we would really like to hear from you. No experience is necessary, but a knowledge of finance and accountancy would be a great benefit.

If you want to find out more please use the contact form at the bottom of this page. Thank you.

Christmas Fair Friday Nov 20th 

Thank you to everyone who attended and volunteered their help at the Xmas Fair Friday November 22nd.  The event was well attended and raise a fabulous total of £1825.  Many, many thanks to you all.

Christmas Disco Friday Dec 11th 5.15-6.15 Infants 6.30-7.45 Juniors. tickets go on sale Dec 7th. 

We hope all the children who attended the October Disco enjoyed themselves. Many thanks to all those who helped out. We raised a fantastic £1118. 

Thank you to everyone who attended and volunteered their help at the Summer fair on Saturday June 20th.  The event was well attended and despite a gentle splatter of rain in the middle we still managed to raise a fabulous total of £1830.  Many, many thanks to you all.

Bouncy castle was very popular as always, as was the Fire truck, Smoke tent and the Firemen!

Bouncy castle was very popular as always, as was the Fire truck, Smoke tent and the Firemen! 1
Bouncy castle was very popular as always, as was the Fire truck, Smoke tent and the Firemen! 2
Welcome to the St John School PTFA

Our primary aim is raise funds so we can provide the school with educational items and extra curricular activities that are of benefit to the children at the school, but outside the remit of current government funding. We need  your help to do this as a parents, grandparents, carers, teachers and even ex-pupils!  You can be get involved with the PTFA in whatever capacity suits your time and availability. It can be as simple as baking cup cakes for us to sell, donating a raffle prize to just spending an hour wrapping lucky dip prizes or folding raffle tickets up to being a full time committee member. Or even helping up us to update the PTFA section of this website. We are always open to new ideas and volunteers. Please get in touch, we’d love to hear from you. Please use the contact form at the bottom of this page to send us a message. Thank you.

*****Next PTFA meeting Wed 13th January 2016 - 7.30pm Greyhound Pub, ALL WELCOME*****

Contact the PTFA

Use this form to send us an email.