Term 1 2015

Welcome to a new school year. With your help last year, the PTA has helped the school buy band equipment, AV studio equipment, sports uniforms, new trestle tables and contributed towards the cost of the $90,000 sport surface outside the new classrooms.

With the construction programme well under way and the future shape of the school taking shape, there are plenty more projects that have been proposed but not able to be fully funded by the Ministry of Education. This is where we need your help to supply the extra cash to improve St Thomas's learning and recreational resourses.

Please get behind our efforts by helping out and supporting our activities.

Thank you.

Sausage Sizzles

Friday 27th March lunchtime $2.00

Friday 8th May lunchtime $2.00

Lantern Walk

A St Thomas's tradition. An evening sausage sizzle followed by a walk from the school, around Madills Farm and back again. Entry by a food donation to the Glen Innes foodbank. Lanterns available to buy at the shool the week before.

Sunday 3rd May

Book and DVD Fair plus Cake Stall

Sunday 17th May

Please bring your book in term 2 and leave them in the hall. Thank you.

Next PTA Meeting

29th April 7.30pm in the board room.

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

Contact: Helen Stansfield email: charmed.angel@xtra.co.nz

New Parents' Morning Tea

Monday 4th May

Quiz Night

Saturday 20th June

Movie fundraiser

Come along and see the new Minion movie on its opening weekend.

28th June - time and details TBA

2015 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 band equipment and a minibus to help transport students to events.

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 craigandmelmckay@xtra.co.nz

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 craigandmelmckay@xtra.co.nz


2015/16 Committee

Chairpeople: Helen Stansfield and Mel McKay 

Treasurer: Emma Winsloe

Secretary: Andrea Cleland

Julie Hancock, Justime Cavanagh, Mel Atfield (Teacher Representative), Ruth Ward, Kelvin Holst, Roger Lacey, Yvonne Chittenden, Bronwen McPhee, Nicola Smith, Andy Pomfret, Natasha West, Helen McKinlay, Kathie Davies, Keri Brown, Sheetal Pradhan and Michelle Holmes.

If you would like further information please do not hesitate to contact: Helen Stansfield email: charmed.angel@xtra.co.nz 



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: charmed.angel@xtra.co.nz 
Kind regards
Michael Maher
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