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Term 3 2014

The Athon was a great success. Thank you to our wonderful students, their supportive parents, school staff and helpers who got behind it and have raised a considerable amount. The weather was perfect for the cross country and the year zero to two confidence course. The exact amount raised is not known yet as money is still coming in but the school will be getting more than last year's event. If you haven't returned your form and money, please drop it at the school office ASAP.

Sausage Sizzle

The next lunchtime sausage sizzle will be on Friday the 12th of September. 

Bingo Night 

Friday 17th of October. If you were't there last year, get in early and book your tickets to find out what you missed out on. Hilarity guarenteed. Watch the school newsletter for details and tickets.

School Disco

Friday November 14th. 

Next PTA Meetings

Prospective members are welcome to turn up and see what goes on.

Wednesday 24th September 7.30pm in the staff room. 

Wednesday 29th October 7.30pm in the staff room.

New Parents' Morning Tea

23rd September, 9.00am.  

2014 Fundraising

The funds raised by the PTA go towards providing facilities not provided by the Ministry of Education. This year we are raising money towards creating an attractive outdoor environment around the new classrooms that are under construction. Money is also being allocated towards sports team uniforms, school band equipment and an AV studio.

About the PTA

The Parent Teacher Association (PTA) is an integral part of the St Thomas's School community. The PTA is responsible for fundraising and social activities within the school community. We co-operate with and support the Board of Trustees and teachers to ensure the best possible outcomes.

We would love it if you could get involved with the PTA either on the committee or as a helper. It's a great opportunity to get to know some of the other parents, help your children and have some fun. If you want to find out more about what we do, feel free to contact us or come along to a meeting. We have regular meetings during term time, check back here for dates and times.

Friends of the PTA

If you don’t want to be involved in the details of organising events you can join the Friends of the PTA, our friendly team that lend us a hand when required. We are also keen to hear from you if you have any ideas for events or have goods or services to donate for prizes.

If you would like to be involved with the PTA as a class representative, PTA member or Friend of the PTA please contact Mel  at

The PTA also operates a Class Co-ordinator System whereby one parent from each class co-ordinates class contact details for email and phone numbers. They then help to co-ordinate class social get-togethers, and information from the PTA.  If you are interested in helping with your child's class, please contact Mel MaKay at


2014 Committee

Chairpeople: Helen Stansfield and Mel McKay 

Treasurer: Justine Cavanagh

Secretary: Andrea Cleland

Julie Hancock, Mel Atfield (Teacher Representative), Hannah Page, Ruth Ward, Kelvin Holst, Roger Lacey, Yvonne Chittenden, Bronwen McPhee, Nicola Smith, Andy Pomfret, Natasha West, Helen McKinlay and Michelle Holmes.

If you would like further information please do not hesitate to contact: Helen Stansfield email: 



Through fundraising with our wonderful school community we were able to pass over $63,000 to the Board last year. This enabled the Board to provide refurbishment of our swimming pool changing rooms, a pool heating system, basketball hoops and backboards. Funds are also set aside for specific sports uniforms.

The Goal for 2014 is $55,000 which will go towards landscaping the new classroom area and providing outdoor seating.

The PTA would like to acknowledge the huge support we receive from both our school families and our local contributing sponsors.

A Note from the Principal  
Our wonderful PTA-working for all our students.
The Ministry of Education provide an adequate amount of money to operate the essential parts of schools, 
whether infrastructure or staffing. However when it comes to anything beyond the basics it is up to the 
Board and the community to fund the extras. We are fortunate at St Thomas’s to have a very dedicated 
PTA who work closely with the Board to raise funds for identified needs. In 2012, the PTA donated $63,000 
to the school. These funds either partially or totally funded the following: equipment for our new learning 
centre such as ovens and microwaves, basketball boards, court markings, swimming pool changing rooms 
upgrade, cultural festival, a freezer for PTA ice cream stock, sports equipment, sports uniform and a heat 
pump for the swimming pool. The heat pump is sourced and ready to be installed but was delayed due to 
the proposed relocation of some of our classrooms which housed the fuse board. The heat pump will be 
installed in the coming months and commissioned for term 4 of this year.
This year the PTA are fundraising for environmental enhancement for the areas around the classrooms. As 
the construction of our new classrooms commences later in the year, some of the pre-fabricated 
classrooms will be moved into new permanent positions. Though this will be funded by the Ministry, funds 
will still be required to enhance and beautify these areas to create a stimulating environment for our 
students. The PTA has a major fundraising Quiz Night coming up in June and we are asking the community 
to get behind this event just as it has every other year. By working together and supporting the PTA we end 
up with a school which improves year after year. So please book this night in your calendar, book a table 
with some friends and if you can help out the PTA please make contact with some of the team or co-chairperson Helen Stansfield: 
Kind regards
Michael Maher
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