St Mary’s Parent Teacher Association (PTA) an Introduction
We are very fortunate at St Mary’s to have a really active PTA that is and has been such an integral part of the school community for many years. In its time the PTA has raised thousands of pounds, which have been spent on improving equipment, buildings, resources, supporting class visits, all to enhance our children’s education.
But our PTA is about much, much more than just fundraising. The PTA exists to provide closer links between home and school, and it is an excellent way to bring staff, parents and friends together socially in support of the school, working towards a common goal. It is fun too – just ask any of the PTA committee members or helpers.
Role of the Committee
Our PTA committee currently consists of parents and members of the School staff, the Headteacher, elected Co-chairs, Treasurer and Secretary. Meetings are on a regular basis once or twice per term, with smaller groups meeting as necessary to organise larger events.
The Welcome Walk, Christmas Fairs, quiz nights, children’s discos, movie nights, Mothers and Father’s Day and Christmas pop up shops, cake sales, craft fairs, Hawkshaw Gala, sleepovers for KS2 and small after school events including ice cream Fridays and hot Vimto Fridays.
How You Can Get Involved
Offering to help before events is so valuable; it really is a case of ‘many hands make light work’. It doesn’t matter if you can’t help on a regular bases, or even if you can’t come into school, there are always little jobs that can be done from home e.g. wrapping gifts, preparing raffle tickets etc. We really couldn’t achieve what we do without the unseen ‘army of help’ that exists in school.