We are fortunate at our school to have a PTA that is and has been an integral part of the school community for many years. In its time the PTA has raised thousands of pounds, which has been spent on equipment and resources to enhance our children’s education experience and the school’s facilities.
Our PTA is about much more than simply 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 Committee members or PTA helpers. Obviously, as in any organisation, we have experienced some challenges but with the continued support of parents and staff, our PTA has always succeeded in its efforts.
All parents and members of the school community are encouraged to get involved, even if they only have a small amount of time available. All families are automatically members of the St Clare’s’ PTA when their child joins our school.
How we raise money
Like most PTAs, the majority of our funds are raised through the events that we run. Some of our most popular events are: Bonfire Raffle; Christmas Raffle; Christmas Fayre; Summer Fayre; Easter Raffle and Cake Sales. So you can see there is always something going on. We always try and respond to the children’s requests; it is great to see them having fun at the events or enjoying using a piece of new equipment that the PTA has donated. We raise money in other ways too. Donations from parents are extremely important. You can donate time, money, items for sale, raffle prizes or offers of services and skills.
Current PTA Committee Members
Chair: Mel Allsop
Members: Genevieve Magbanua, Beata Furmanczyk, Lindsay Barnes, Irita Louie, Jackie Derbyshire, Jenny Pugsley, Christina Phillips, Kerry McGovern, Lois woodhead, Amy Bonsall-Redston and Danuta Cholewinska.
School staff: Mrs M Ryder
How we spend the money we raise
Following a fundraising event the money is banked straight away. It is at our PTA Committee meetings, that the decisions on how to spend the money are agreed. Usually, the head teacher and staff will have a ‘wish list’ of items that the school would like the PTA to consider funding. At other times it will be for resources to improve a particular area of the curriculum or school environment. The PTA funds are spent on the ‘extras’ that are not provided by the school’s budget, thus making our children’s learning experiences so much more fulfilling and exciting. We always endeavour to spend our funds in ways that will benefit all our children across all areas of the school and curriculum.
The money we raise is usually spent fairly quickly. That way, you can be sure that in supporting our school, your child/ren will feel the benefit, along with everybody else.
How we get information to you
All PTA letters we send home have their own letter heading. The letters include information on forthcoming events and dates plus requests for assistance, when we are planning large events. Following a PTA event, we always write to let you know how much was raised, and if we can, we tell you what the money will be spent on.
How you can get involved
There are lots of ways you can help and support your child through the PTA. Offering to help before events or at other times during the year is so valuable. It doesn’t matter if you can’t help on a regular basis, or even if you cannot come into school. There are always jobs that can be done from home if you have half an hour to spare e.g. wrapping gifts, preparing raffle tickets etc. We really couldn’t achieve what we do without the behind the scenes help that we receive.
You can help by letting us know if you have any contacts or skills we could use, everything is potentially valuable to us.
And finally, we are always extremely grateful to receive donations as mentioned before. Thank you for taking the time to read this letter. We hope you now know a little more about your Parent Teacher Association. On behalf of all the pupils we would like to thank you for your very valuable support which enriches their learning experience and makes their time in school so enjoyable. Please don’t hesitate to contact any of the Committee or Mrs Ryder, if you have any questions. You can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a note in the school office.
St Clare’s PTA committee