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Upcoming Events 2019


To purchase tickets to all of our upcoming events please visit our events website at


Friday 18th October 2019 - School Disco


Tuesday 5th November 2019 - Fireworks Night (in partnership with The Chantry) 


Friday 29th November 2019 - Christmas Wreath Making Workshop


Saturday 7th December 2019 - Christmas Fair (public event)


Saturday 29th February 2020 - Science & Engineering Fair (public event)

Welcome to the PFTA at St Mary’s


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 very welcome.


Who we are:


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. 


PTFA Committee 2019 - 2020



Katy Thain



Vice Chair

Mo Newton




Lucy Stevens




Lewis Sanders




Contact us at 


Committee Members and Active Helpers:


Selina Slater

Sarah Storer

Katie Yarwood

Joanna Ebbs

Laura Watkins

Cheryl Jenkinson

Emma Harley

Hannah Eastwood

Michelle Dodd

Hayley Lewis

Carly Rocyn-Jones

Aimee Winter-Tuck

Hannah Sanders

Ronnie Walters

Liana Dent


Events that we get involved in include:


Summer Fair Summer Social
Easter Egg Hunt  Silent Auction
Fireworks Night    Science & Engineering Fair
Ground Force Days Christmas Fair


All fundraising 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 fundraising 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. 


Successes so far! A summary of the last 3 years:


  • Contributed £7500 towards the new climbing frame on the school field.

  • £1000 towards updating the Thesauruses and Dictionaries in the classrooms.

  • £1500 towards the new website for St Mary’s.

  • Funding a new quiet play space in the playground, (artificial grass, fencing and benches).

  • Funding the Dick Whittington Christmas Pantomime.

  • Updating the Key Stage 2 Library.

  • New musical instruments for the music curriculum.

  • Funding the new stage on the school field.


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. We also have a PTFA group page on the School's Facebook page with regular updates on our events.

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 office, your class rep or email us at

The PTFA also has a post box in the school reception for any correspondence and there is a notice board on the KS1 building.


Fundraising schemes you can enter at home:
We take part in various fundraising schemes, such as, 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 and quote code SST3609 at the checkout. The school can receive up to 20% cashback.



Pictures from our events - Science Fair, Summer Fair, GroundForce day

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