An Introduction to the PTA
The PTA exists for two primary reasons. Firstly, by putting on various events at the school, we raise much needed funds to support the school. This enhances the quality of the learning experience for all children, while they attend St Katharine’s. Secondly, we provide an opportunity for children and parents to get together with the wider school family, to develop and enhance relationships.
Very importantly, our PTA is all inclusive and as a parent at the school you are automatically a valid member. With the support of everyone we can and do make a real difference.
Current PTA Committee Members:
Sarah McNerney (Chair)
Katie d’Ath (Vice Chair)
Helen Eames (Committee member)
Emma Hookway (Treasurer)
Emma Wills Davies (Secretary)
Some of the events that are run each year include larger events such as Bonfire Night, Christmas Disco and May Fair, and other smaller events like cake sales, Ice Cream Fridays, cinema nights and social events. Another hugely important event in the school calendar is the ‘St. Katharine’s Fun Run’, when a 5 and 10 km course is plotted through Savernake Forest, starting and ending at the school. Now in its fourth year, this event has proved hugely popular, not only with the school but also with our wider community.
The PTA work very closely with the School to define funding priorities that are identified in the School Development Planning process. These change from year to year. However, every year, we support school trips for each class, enabling pupils to go on trips which support relevant areas of the curriculum, at a significantly reduced amount per parent and provide refreshed literacy material. These ensure that everyone benefits from the money we raise. In the past we have also funded items such as Lego robotics and new playground equipment. We are usually able to donate between £4000 and £5000 per year but in 2016 we were able to donate an additional £9000 towards the build of the 4th Classroom, something we are all very proud of and couldn’t be done without each and every volunteer and parent supporter. This year we are supporting further development of the outdoor space, as well as overhauling the IT equipment for the children.
What you can do to get involved
We hold an annual AGM where we discuss both the previous year’s fund raising and the coming events. It is also where we nominate new committee members and say thank you to outgoing members. We usually combine this with a social element as well. Please watch out for details, we always need new volunteers, or just come along to find out a bit more.
We need and welcome any support that our parent group can give. This might include helping out at any of the events that we run each year, attending meetings, canvassing support within the local community, putting up banners and handing out flyers to advertise our work. Any help of any kind is always warmly welcomed. If you are new to school and want to get involved, please don’t hesitate to approach on of our committee members to find out more about the work that we do.
The Facebook Page
The Facebook page is run by the PTA and endorsed by the school. It is a private group where we administrate members to ensure it is an appropriate and measured form of communication with our parent network. If you are a parent or carer, you can request membership to https://www.facebook.com/groups/friendsofstkatharines/