To purchase tickets to and volunteer for our upcoming events please visit our events website at https://www.pta-events.co.uk/smt-ptfa/#.XjAuEm52s2w
Thurs 7th October 2021 - School Disco
Fri 15th October 2021 - Gin Tasting Evening
Fri 5th November - Fireworks Night
26th and 27th November - Christmas Wreath Making Workshops
8th and 9th December - Christmas Wreath Sales
Please continue to also support us via our online fundraising streams - Easyfundraising and Amazon Smile (details below) and through donating to our textiles recycling bank, sited in the staff car park. Thank you.
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.
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 2021 - 2022
Contact us at email@example.com.
|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.
Our focus for 2020 is to work closely with the OPAL Steering Committee and support the delivery of the programme through a staged approach over an 18 month period. Our fundraising will initially go towards some new welly sheds to house wellies for every pupil in the school and other priority OPAL purchases. Please see the OPAL section on the school website for more information on the project.
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 and seating on the school field.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The PTFA also has a post box in the school reception for any correspondence and there is a notice board on the KS1 building for the PTFA and the OPAL project.
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. https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/stmarysvaps/?fbclid=IwAR0Vf8fZVq8FQBFiXyGdoo1Cqn2N09rRBe7GJ1TiecKEEtmMGyI664LB1xU
When shopping on Amazon, you can raise funds for St Mary's by visiting https://smile.amazon.co.uk/ch/1038861-0.
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.