A warm welcome to the Friends of St Peter’s Parent Teacher Association (PTA). The PTA is organised by a committee, but as parents of pupils at St Peter’s school, you are already part of our community!
Facebook group name and link:
“St. Peter's C of E School, PTA, Mill End, Rickmansworth” https://www.facebook.com/groups/364900426907015/ Email the PTA at: email@example.com
Why do we have a PTA?
Friends of St Peter’s PTA is an integral part of our school community and raises thousands of pounds every year through organised fun events. It provides closer links between home and school and it is an excellent way to bring staff, parents and friends together socially in support of the school. Our goal is to raise funds that will be invested back into the school to improve the education and development of our children.
What do we do to raise funds?
We run a variety of events throughout the year…..
Termly movie nights – after-school movie in the hall. Children bring their own snacks and cushions and are fully supervised. Christmas gifts - the PTA organise for children’s artwork to be turned into Christmas cards, gift tags, mugs and thank you cards that parents can buy in time for Christmas.
Christmas Fayre – an after school event
Easter Market – an intense after-school frenzy of stalls including chocolate, sweets and cakes!
Summer Fayre – the biggest fundraiser of the year, the summer fair is a great afternoon of fun. DJ, BBQ and lots of fun stalls, this is always popular and raises lots of money for the school.
After school cake and ice cream sales – always popular!
Bag2School – bring in your unwanted clothes/toys etc. and we are paid by the kilo. The more you can declutter, the more funds raised for us! Win win.
We also often we serve refreshments during productions in exchange for a cash donation.
We have also raised money from the help with our local community via the Tesco Bag of Help fundraising, which so far has contributed to the new play area and AV equipment in the hall.
How do we communicate?
There are several ways in which we reach our parent community.
School Gateway text/email system – for all school related emails from the head, the staff and the PTA alike. Please speak to the Office if you do not
have access to the School Gateway or do not receive these emails and texts.
Class representatives – each class has a parent who is the link between the school and the parents of that class, (Class Rep). The PTA ask for their help to communicate with individual classes, and rounding up event helpers and donations from their class parents.
Facebook – join our group on Facebook to keep up to date with events, discussions, reminders and any school related questions.
Please mention your child’s name and year group when you join so an administrator can check you are a parent. Search for “St. Peter's CofE School PTA, Mill End, Rickmansworth” or follow this link… https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=364900426907015&ref=ts&fref=ts
Noticeboard – there is a PTA noticeboard by the side gate that joins the front and back playgrounds which are regularly updated with the latest news and events.
Email – if you ever need to contact the PTA committee, our group email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
How can you help?
There are some really simple ways that you can help us.
Donations – we rely on our wonderful parent community to donate bottles, sweets and chocolate for our event tombola’s, and also cakes, items to sell, raffle donations, offers of services and skills and help with contacts to link us to our local community in Rickmansworth.
Volunteer to help at our events – we know how precious your time is so we are always grateful to our parent/grandparent volunteers! All our major events require setup, stall running and clearing up afterwards. Your commitment in advance of the event will help us to plan properly and run a successful fundraiser. Please speak to your Class Rep if you wish to let us know early of any commitment you can offer us.
Easyfundraising.org.uk – is one of the simplest ways to help raise money for us. One extra click every time you shop online with hundreds of major retailers will generate a donation of money to the school – at no extra cost to you! Companies including: Amazon, Argos, Tesco, Asda, Booking.com, John Lewis and MANY MORE will donate a percentage of your total shopping bill back to the PTA. We would be so grateful if all our new parents could take the time to register at: www.easyfundraising.org.uk/stpetersrickmansworth
Company Fund Matching – many companies offer a gift matching scheme, where they will match a donation that you give to the school or that the school raises through events. Each company has their own structure for this but if you could ask your HR department as a starter then we can help you with the rest! A list of all current companies enrolled in this scheme can be found here.
Join the committee – either as a class rep or as part of the organising team. If you enjoy making events happen then please do come and join our lovely team! We have a monthly meeting on the 1st Thursday of every month at 730pm in the school. We try to keep it to about 1.5hrs (depending on how close we are to a major event). Feel free to come along to a meeting to find out more and hear what is involved before you decide.
We look forward to seeing you at our next meeting or event!
Who are the current PTA committee and class reps?
The class reps this year (2019-2020) are:
Nursery – Rachel Bunce and Jodene Scott
Reception – Ali Jones and Katelynn Sturgeon
Year 1 - Victoria Burwell
Year 2 - Clare Brock
Year 3 - Valerie Dreyfus, Claire Mayo and Carla Sanghera
Year 4 - Hannah Sutherland
Year 5 - Carolyn Venn
Year 6 - Laura Waller
PTA Annual General Meeting (AGM)
Our Annual General Meeting is held once a year and provides an opportunity for all parents to come along and hear in more detail about the work of the PTA, 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.