Parents, Teachers and Friends Association
We are fortunate at our school to have a PTFA that is and has been an integral part of the school community for a number of years. In its time the PTFA has raised hundreds of pounds, which has been spent on equipment and resources to enhance our children's education experience and the school's facilities.
Our PTFA is about much more than simply fundraising. The PTFA exists to provide closer links between home and the school and is an excellent way to bring staff, parents and friends together socially in support of the school, working towards a common goal. It is fun too - just ask any of the committee members. Obviously, as in any organisation, we have experienced some challenges but with the continued support of parents and staff, our PTFA has all ways succeeded in its efforts.
All parents and members of the school community are encouraged to get involved, even if they only have a small amount of time available. All families are automatically members of the PTFA when their child joins our school.
The role of the committee:
Our PTFA committee consists of four Officers - Chair Heather Scharnhorst, Treasurer Mel Baggs and Secretary Debs Woodward. We also have ordinary committee members to make up the full committee, but we are always looking for new members to join.
The committee meet on a regular basis, usually once or twice per term, with smaller working groups meeting as necessary when we are planning larger events.
Annual General Meeting:
Our Annual General Meeting (AGM) is held in September and provides an opportunity for all parents to come along and hear in more detail about the work of the PTFA, the events we have run, the funds we have raised and how the money has been spent. It is also the occasion when we elect our new committee members.
How we raise money:
Like most PTFAs, the majority of our funds are raised through the events that we run. Some of our most popular events are the Christmas Fair, School Disco, Bunny Bingo and the Summer Fair. We also take an active role in Wareham Carnival and always have a PTFA float! So you can see there is always something going on. We always try and respond to the children's requests; it is great to see them having fun at the events or enjoying using a new piece of equipment that the PTFA has donated.
We raise money in other ways too. Donations from parents are extremely important. You can donate time, money, items for sale, raffle prizes and offers of services and skills.
If you would like to know more or get involved in the PTFA, please ask at the school office.