The Whitecross Hereford PTFA supports the school and its students by providing and assisting in the provision of facilities for education. By helping with and co-ordinating events, the PTFA raise funds which are distributed throughout subject departments each academic year. We welcome new members and if you are interested in joining please email FriendsofWhitecross@whitecross.hereford.sch.uk
Since 2017, the PTFA have supported the school each year by paying £1200 for the cost of transport for all Year 11 students to attend "Dying to Drive". This is a fantastic initiative run by the Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service who deliver a range of road safety initiatives including reconstructing a road traffic collision and offering practical interactive workshops. The PTFA acknowledge the importance of this initiative for all of our students looking to drive and would like to be able to provide the transport for all Year 11 students in the future.
The PTFA was delighted to support two students when they were selected to take part in the English Schools’ Athletics Association, Track and Field Championships at Alexander Stadium Birmingham in July2019. We are extremely proud to have them reach this level and the donation was a contribution towards their entry fees.
There were two requests made to the PTFA in May 2019. The Whitecross Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme requested £300 of PTFA funds for a variety of equipment. This is an excellent use of funds as it supports a fantastic extra-curricular activity open to all students. The scheme is run on a voluntary basis and each year, students fundraise to help with buying new equipment to replace anything that is worn out and also to increase equipment as the scheme grows. This donation has helped to buy items such as rucksacks and tents. Compliant Materials requested £120 to buy foil containers for Food Technology. Surprisingly, students often arrive ready to cook at school but without a suitable container to take the food home in! The department has been happy to lend out dishes but over the years their stock had become depleted as dishes were not been returned. School has put out a dish amnesty in newsletters and also asked if families are clearing cupboards to send in any unwanted dishes to help keep the supply buoyant but these extra foil containers will go a long way to supporting students.
Following a request from the Student Council in 2017, the PTFA provided £600 to set up a Peer Listeners group called S.M.I.L.E. This venture enables students in Year 10 to become a Peer Listener offering them a huge development opportunity whilst supporting other students in the school community who may need help. The money has been spent on buying in professional training by a counsellor and enabling a fortnightly supervision meeting to take place. This supports student safety and well-being whilst providing a great development opportunity for the Year 10 students.
The PTFA have also committed to supporting the "Shared Freedom - Shared Future" project with a donation of £300 and £600 for the PE department to bring in "Bounce" for the Year 11 girls.