The Parents', Teachers' and Friends' Association is a registered charity which aims to raise funds for the benefit of the school. As a parent of a child in the school, you are automatically a member of the Association, and, as such, you are welcome to attend PTFA meetings which are held approximately twice a term.
We also have representatives for each class (class reps), who liaise between the PTFA and parents in each year group. Please see one of your class representatives or join our helpers Facebook group if you are able to help out at any events, even if it is only for an hour. We couldn’t raise the amount of money that we do without the contribution of everyone at the school: parents, staff and children alike.
From 2015 the Infant and Junior PTFAs joined forces to become one committee overseeing events for both schools. The current committee is busy planning and organising some fun and exciting events for this academic year.
Last year saw the PTFA arranging school discos, our termly Movie Magic screenings and a highly successful Summer Fair. Thanks to the PTFA, children have designed Christmas cards which have been printed and sold to parents, enjoyed discounted Everyman Theatre tickets and created lovely Mother’s Day gifts to surprise mums on their special day.
Already this year we have many exciting events planned to run alongside our regular discos and cake sales, including a workshop run by the Everyman Theatre and a second visit from Happy Circus which was such a success last time.
Money raised previously has been allocated to buying the ICT equipment in the hall, supporting the memorable ISingPop event and installing the colourful scooter racks by the entrance. We look forward to having another successful year of fundraising so that we may continue to provide the children with additional facilities, including an outdoor play area, and help enhance the school environment – the children are currently working alongside a local artist in the creation of a mosaic in the school hall to represent the school’s core values.
The PTFA needs you! We are always looking for parents to get involved – be it offering ideas or sponsorship or simply volunteering for an hour to help at an event. Our group is very informal, friendly and great fun. To get in touch, please contact Laura Dixon (mum of Woody in Red Class and Annabel in Green) or Louise Boulter (mum of Ivy Wightman in Blue Class) or join our St Mary’s PTFA helpers Facebook group.