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Welcome to Term 1 2014

Thank you to everyone who helped support us last year either by helping out, generously donating prizes or by turning up and getting into the spirit of our events. We reached our fundraising target for 2013 and you will see the money being spent on projects around the school this year. 

We have our first major event coming up this term with the School Picnic on the 6th of March. We will also be running our regular ice block Fridays after school during term 1 and holding a sausage sizzle on Friday the 11th of April. 

School Picnic

6th March 5.00pm to 7.30. Fun fair attractions, food, drink, the annual tug of war and lolly scramble. Students, parents, caregivers, relations and whanau welcome.

To help our volunteers, please bring plenty of small change. Thank you.

Next PTA Meetings

19th March 7.00pm in the staff room. PTA AGM. Annual report and election of executive. All welcome.

16th April 7.30pm in the staff room. Prospective members welcome to turn up and see what goes on.

New Parents' Morning Tea

11th March 9.00am to 10.15. All parents and caregivers of recently enrolled students are invited to meet the principal and find out more about the school. Tea, coffee and finger food provided.    

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. Our PTA men have started the League of Gentlemen to get fathers (and male caregivers) more involved in the School by organising events to appeal to men. If you'd like to find out more, contact Roger Lacey

We are also keen to hear from you if you have any ideas for events or have goods or services to donate for prizes.

New members are always welcome!

If you can't join the committee at the moment it would be a great help if you put your name on the Friends of the PTA.  If you go on the Friends of the PTA list you will be contacted from time to time when we need help at events like the school picnic.

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

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

2013 Committee

Chairpeople: Helen Stansfield and Mel McKay 

Treasurer: Justine Cavanagh

Secretary: Andrea Cleland

Julie Hancock, TBA (Teacher Representative), Hannah Page, Ruth Ward, Kelvin Holst, Roger Lacey, Yvonne Chittenden, Angela Babich, Andy Pomfret.

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 (to be installed), basketball hoops and backboards

The Goal for 2013 is $55,000 which will go towards environmental improvements.

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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