Parent Teacher Association
Why do we have a PTA?
Edmund Waller PTA is a place where parents and teachers come together to organise school events and raise money for the school.
The PTA helps to promote closer links between home and school, bringing staff, parents and carers together socially, in support of the school, working towards a common goal. It is fun too – just ask any of our committee members or amazing parents.
All parents and members of the school community are invited to be involved, even if they only have a small amount of time available, and all parents and carers are automatically members of the PTA when their children join our school.
We try very hard when organising and planning events to respect the ethos, morals and diversity of our school to ensure that everyone can be a part of school PTA events. Not all of our events are fund-raisers - our Cultural Food event being one example.
Who are we?
The committee are elected annually at the AGM, which is held in January. Edmund Waller School PTA Committee for 2017/2018 is:
Chair: Paula Flack Vice Chair: Claire Stevens Treasurers: Tessa Devonshire Secretaries: Jodi Bradford Committee: Ema Felix, Fiona McCapra, Karen Staples, Katherine Perry, Penny Prodger, Sebastian Boyle, Ursula Llewellyn, Warren Kerr. Staff Reps: Ms Murtagh
Why Are We A Registered Charity?
As a Charity we must abide by Charity Commission rules and regulations and we are bound by a constitution. Our Constitution sets out rules about how we operate as a PTA and how we conduct ourselves.
What do we do?
We spend a lot of time organising school events during the academic year, with the aim of raising money for our school, socialising and having lots of fun. The Committee try to meet once every half term, at school.
Our PTA is a member of PTA-UK, which is a national charity that helps support PTAs throughout the UK. PTA-UK provides us with a range of support and advice on PTA and fund-raising matters as well as essential public liability insurance cover for all of our PTA events.
How Can I Be Involved?
You don’t have to be a Committee member to be involved. All our events rely upon the kindness, commitment and hard work of teachers and parents at the school and we are always looking for extra support. There are lots of ways you can help and support your child through the PTA, such as…
- Come along to our meetings and find out more about our work.
- Come along to one of our events and help out for 30 minutes (or more if you wish).
- Donate cakes, biscuits, vintage clothes or bric-a-brac to one of our events.
- Come along and have fun at our events.
Many hands make light work and offering to help before events or at other times of the year is so valuable. If you cannot help out on a regular basis or even come into school, there are always jobs that can be done at home if you have half an hour to spare, e.g. wrapping gifts, preparing raffle tickets, designing posters and so much more.
Look out for our PTA newsletters in book bags, as well as updates on the school newsletter and the Edmund Waller PTA Facebook page. If you would like to receive email updates, please sign up to our mailing list via firstname.lastname@example.org
How Do We Spend The Money We Raise?
All the money we raise is spent in line with school priorities, with the aim of advancing and supporting the education of children at the school. Applications for funding can be made by parents and teachers at Edmund Waller School, and should be sent to the PTA via our teacher representative: Ms Murtagh, who will then present them at the next PTA Committee meeting.
In 2014, Edmund Waller PTA held a number of events, which have, with the generous support of parents, carers and the local community, generated a fantastic amount of money for the school.
With this amazing support, we have been able to contribute almost £9,000 to the school which has been used to:
- help create a new resource library for school.
- purchase a whole class samba kit,
- fund a visiting pantomime for the children to enjoy at Christmas.
- repair the tree walk,
- purchase new picnic benches and outdoor games for the playground,
- fund dressing up costumes for theatrical productions,
- funded artificial grass in the nursery to ensure a muddy patch became useable year round,
- purchase orchestra t-shirts and music stands,
- fund book week author visits…and more!