Chairs Report 2017/18 Academic Year

I begin this year's annual report by thanking our previous Chair Nicola Duke for her fantastic work in leading the PTA; her enthusiasm and dedication to the PTA over the years has benefited the school and our children tremendously.  As a former pupil of St Mary’s, I am grateful to have the opportunity to continue with Nicola’s vision for our PTA.

It has been another successful year of fundraising, with our biggest event the 2017 Summer Fair raising almost £4,000 for our school! The annual fair brings together our wider communities and parishes and it was lovely to see so many pupils, parents and members of staff, both past and present.  From donations of raffle prizes, unwanted gifts or a tin of hot-dogs, to those who helped out on the day, your generosity is invaluable and much appreciated. Without this support, the fair would not be possible.  Preparations are already underway for the 2018  Summer Fair!

Other PTA events that took place during the 2016/17 academic year included Christmas movie nights for KS1 and KS2, Reception Christmas crafts night, a Snowbola and raffle, Mothers’ Day gift sale, World Book Day sponsored read and KS1 and KS2 Spring term discos. Funds have also been generated by selling refreshments at school events throughout the year.

Following our PTA AGM in October 2016, our new committee and members scheduled a programme of exciting events for our Autumn term; including KS1 and KS2 movie nights with Empire cinema vouchers up for grabs, Reception Christmas crafts night and a Snowbola featuring our talented school choir, music clubs and Action Team. The Snowbola has been arranged to coincide with Christmas Jumper Day raising funds for Save the Children.  At our KS1 Harvest Liturgy, whilst raising money for CAFOD, a successful raffle also contributed to the funding of much needed waterproof painting aprons and tablecloths for KS1. It was agreed that the PTA will continue to contribute towards transport costs for school trips to keep parent contributions to a minimum. In addition to funding KS1’s new painting aprons and tablecloths, this term PTA funding has been approved to; replace nativity costumes for Reception and KS2, purchase a portable music system and other materials for the music department and also contribute £1,000 towards new school books. We are in the process of a school Christmas Card project (with IQ Cards) and are in the early stages of establishing a ‘100 club’.  There are many other projects in the pipeline for the New Year, watch this space! 

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank previous and current members of the PTA who have organised and supported our events and given up their time in recent years; our PTA has been fortunate enough to rely on a dedicated committee and group of volunteers consisting of parents/carers and staff.  As pupils leave the school, it is essential that we engage new parents in continuing the important role of the PTA in our school.  Our PTA is always welcoming new members, if you would like to get involved or assist at any fundraising events, please leave your contact details with the school office.
Many thanks for your continued support.

Sinead Thurlbeck