Welcome to Term 2 2014
We've had an exciting Term 2 with the Lantern Walk, Book Fair, lunchtime sausage sizzle and the annual Quiz Night.
Our big fund raiser for Term 3 will be the "Athon".
Next PTA Meetings
Wednesday 30th July 7.30pm in the staff room. Prospective members welcome to turn up and see what goes on.
We had a very successful quiz night. Thank you to all our sponsors, our helpers, Mike Hudson our quiz master plus everyone who attended and bid generously for the prizes. Congratulations to the England table who won the quiz (some consolation for your early World Cup exit) and to the Africa table who picked up the best dressed prize.
New Parents' Morning Tea
Term 3 Morning Tea date is to be confirmed.
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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: email@example.com
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: firstname.lastname@example.org