What is the PTFA? It stands for Parent Teachers & Friends Association. The PTFA is made up from an enthusiastic group of people including parents, teachers, governors and friends of St Mary’s who help to organise events, both fund raising and social. We are a dedicated team of volunteers and new members are always welcome.
Our current officers are:
Chair: Selina Slater
Secretary: Katy Thain
Treasurer: Emma Blackham
Vice Chair: Alex Craig
Committee members: Marie Iles, Andrea Lane, Sarah Storer, Cheryl Jenkinson, Colette Jackson, Kate Dent and Mo Newton
The PTFA is made up of elected officers who are voted for during the AGM held in October each year. We also have a number of active helpers and members who assist with the running of events. The committee meets every six to eight weeks to discuss forthcoming events and how the funds raised might be spent.
Events that we get involved in include: Summer Fair, Summer Social, Science and Engineering Fair, Easter Egg Hunt, Fireworks Night, Quiz Night, Christmas Fair, Ground Force days and many more.
All fund raising events are aimed to benefit the children and school directly and to help with purchasing additional resources for the school or new equipment. The PFTA consults with the head teacher, teachers, TAs and children to see what items are most urgently required to set the aim for the next fund raising events. We also think it is important to help subsidise school trips so that all children can benefit from these. We do this by setting up regular after school cake sales and all funds raised are put aside to enable this to happen.
We try to hold all events with minimal expenditure therefore maximising our fundraising opportunities. We have done this by utilising our own skills, time and effort and the various contacts and business links we have thanks to the generosity of parents, and by approaching local businesses for support.
Contributed £4,500 towards the refurbishment of the KS2 library: £4,000 towards the cost of replacing books. £500 towards new shelving and decoration.
Contributed £500 towards the Christmas Pantomime.
Contributed £113 towards new recorders for the school.
Contributed £7500 towards the new climbing frame in the playground.
£1500 toward the new website for St Mary’s.
Aims for 2017 and beyond:
Raise funds to update the key stage 2 library.
Raise funds to develop a quiet play area on the main playground.
Bought new instruments for the music curriculum.
If you would like to be part of this active group:
Updates on our activities and our meeting dates are announced in the school newsletters. In the meantime, if you would like to get in touch with us or offer some help with any of our events, please contact us through the school, your class rep or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The PTFA has a post box in the school reception for any correspondence. There is also a notice board on the KS1 building.
We take part in various fundraising schemes, such as Easyfundraising.org.uk, which enables money to be raised for our school through online shopping. Each time you shop with a retailer that is part of the scheme, our school automatically receives a donation. This is a great scheme to be part of, as it involves no effort and we are hoping to expand it further to get local businesses as well as private individuals involved.
Amazon Wish List We have recently set up a wish-list of new books for the school library. This is a really easy way to help donate books; all you need to do is click through the link below and select the button to remember the wish list. If you would then like to make a donation, just chose the book you would like to give. If you are shopping for Christmas gifts on Amazon and are close to qualifying for free delivery, why not choose a book from the school wish list to top up your order! Link for St Mary's C of E VA Primary School Amazon gift list.
Yellow Moon Catalogues
The new yellow moon catalogues are available from the stand in the school office. Please use the source code on the front of the book when placing your order as this helps to raise money for PTFA funds. Or go to www.yellowmoon.org.uk and quote code SST3609 at the checkout. The school can receive up to 20% cashback.