Welcome to St Mary’s Catholic Primary School PTFA

What is the PTFA?

PTFA stands for Parents, Teacher and Friends Association. We organise social and fundraising events, working with parents, the teaching staff and governors to purchase items that the school would otherwise be unable to provide.

Who is a member?

You are a member! Anyone who has a child at the school is automatically a member of the PTFA. We have a committee of volunteers including a Chair, Secretary and Treasurer. We are always looking for new committee members and you can join at any point during the year.

What do we do?

Our main aim is to raise funds for the school to purchase equipment or facilities that the school could not otherwise afford. Last year the PTFA raised over £5000. The PTFA has held cake sales, family fun evenings, a sponsored walk, bingo and quiz nights and a family games night, as well as supporting school concerts and productions. We organize fundraising events together. You don’t to have any particular skills, just enthusiasm and a willingness to help. Being part of the PTFA is also a great way of meeting people and finding out what’s going on throughout school.

How is the money spent?

We decide at our meetings on how we are spending the money. Last year the PTFA paid for an outdoor classroom and in the last decade has raised funds for a sound system and other equipment for the hall; the school library, maths equipment, the annual Christmas trip to see a pantomime and the transport for the whole school summer trip. Recently we have bought items off the teachers’ wish lists, from trikes and a sandpit  to I Pads !

When is the next PTFA meeting?

The date and time is published in the PTFA section of the school newsletter and look out for a poster in the school playground.

How do I get involved?

We welcome anyone who wants to get involved. We need people with all types of skills: from pouring coffee, folding paper to blagging gifts for a raffle! Please come and talk to us in the playground if you are able to help or have any questions. Or just come along to one of the meetings.

Every event relies upon lots of help from volunteers both in terms of organisation and at the event itself. Even if you do not wish to attend our meetings, your support will always be appreciated. If you have any ideas for fundraising events, contacts or skills which can help in our fundraising we would love to hear from you.

The PTFA recognises how much the families of our pupils give to the school, from baking cakes to coming and supporting our fundraising events to name a couple. The PTFA would like to thank you all very much for your continued support.