New Treasurer needed: Our fantastic Treasurer is moving on now that her daughter has left the school. If you are able to assist the PTFA in this capacity please let us know urgently at; St.email@example.com
Any parents/friends or family interested in participating on the committee, or wanting to meet us to discover what we do are welcome to come along. We are always keen to hear new ideas and to receive feedback to help us do the best we can for the students.
Draft PTFA Event Calendar 2018
Each year the PTFA has two goals. Firstly, to raise money for the school and secondly, to provide opportunities for families and friends of the school to gather as a community.
We are finalising dates for our significant events over the next month and will let you know once the dates are set.
March: Fundraiser Donation scheme request sent out
March- August: Fundraiser Entertainment Book available to purchase
Mid June: Community Event
Parent/Daughter Breakfast at Parliament
August/September: Major Fundraiser and Community Event TBC
December: Fundraiser Parking for the Thorndon Fair
How can you help the PTFA to help the school?
We are looking for an inspirational speaker for our Breakfast at Parliament this year – let us know if you have a contact that might be of use.
We are developing a database of contacts that might be useful for sponsorship and donations for our raffles and auctions. If you think you can help or know someone that might fit into this category, please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Join the PTFA as a committee member, or a helper (to be called upon to help with events).
Support our Hill’s Angels initiative. This is a small group of people that provide meals to be distributed to School families in times of challenge. It’s a way of providing support and care to our community.
Come along to fundraising events and bring your friends!
We look forward to opportunities to meet with you at events during the year. We will do our very best to ensure we keep you up to date with what we have planned. Upcoming events and information can be found on our Facebook page www.facebook.com/SMC.Wgtn.PTFA/ or on the school website. Please make sure to ‘Like’ our page.
During Term 1 we provided the school with $10,000 to be used for the purchase of Chromebooks. This ensured there were devices available for students across the school as the Year 9’s began BYOD. We also purchased a BBQ that will be used for school community events, such as the beginning of year Powhiri, and for the students to use for fundraising during the year. We were pleased to see it used for the recent sausage sizzle for Daffodil Day.
In March we held a Quiz Night at the Shepherds Arms. It was a great night, with a bit of banter and lots of spot prizes. In conjunction with a small auction on the evening, the night raised $2300. This money has been allocated, along with some other funds raised this year, to purchase 100 beanbags for use in shared spaces around the school. We have finally had them delivered and it has been particularly satisfying to have them available for the students to use!
The highlight of Term 2 was the Parent Daughter Breakfast at Parliament. It is such a special St Mary’s tradition where we celebrate and acknowledge our wonderful school community. SMSAO and Schola performed for us and we had our very own SMOG, Fran Wilde as our MC. The Banquet Room of Parliament was almost full and were fortunate to have Stacey Shortall as the guest speaker. Her personal story and initiative, “Who did you help today?” was an appropriate topic for the year of Mercy and we have had fantastic feedback from families. She was inspiring.
In Term 3 PTFA decided to branch out and try something new…we held an Auction on 18th August. Despite a shaky start selling tickets, the school community came together to support the evening and it was a HUGE success. By designing the night as a mixture of entertainment and auction people were able to come just to enjoy the music girls performing and our speaker and MC Stephen and Gerard Vaughan. A final figure of $9146.49 was raised and we now have the pleasure of identifying the best use of the funds around the school. Although some will be used for IT equipment, we are also hoping to improve the outdoor seating for the summer months.
As Term 4 approaches we are putting the final touches on our ‘Hills Angels’ support network. We will be asking for families to let us know if they are keen to be part of the pool of ‘Angels’, supporting families in our school community in times of great need with meals. We are sure that many of you will want to be involved.
We meet the first Tuesday of each month in the Staffroom and welcome new members. We also value your opinions and ideas, so please do not hesitate to get in contact if you have something you want to share: email@example.com
The PTFA are conscious that the support of our community is essential to our success fundraising for the school. We would like to thank you all for your contributions (however big or small) to our fundraising initiatives.
We hope you all have a safe and blessed Christmas.