Welcome to St Mark’s PTA – the Parent Teacher Association for the school.
The PTA exists to support the school as they seek to make the educational experience of every child at St Mark’s the best it can be. We do this by working alongside the staff to raise additional funds for the school and by organising events to foster community among the families of the pupils. St Mark’s has a strong history of staff, parents and the community working together – bringing creative ideas to life to enhance the learning of the children.
Every parent is warmly invited to join us at our termly meetings, where we share ideas and hear about how the money we are raising is being used to support the children’s education. We are always happy to hear new ideas and our annual events greatly benefit from the skills of parents across the school. You can find the minutes from our most recent meeting by clicking here https://primarysite-prod-sorted.s3.amazonaws.com/st-marks-cofe-primary-school/UploadedDocument/38861bb688504af6a26db5f44ae5ebe1/pta-meeting-minutes-oct-15.pdf.
Money raised by the PTA always goes directly to the school and is currently being used to purchase learning tools for staff teaching the new curriculum. In the past, PTA funds have been used to refurbish the school library, provide playground equipment for lunchtime play and PE resources to support school teams, purchase food technology, staging and sensory equipment and expand the school’s online encyclopaedia system and other visual learning platorms.
The main events organised by the PTA are the Winter Fair and the Summer Fair, and the termly disco for the children. Other events have ranged from a wine tasting evening, to a quiz night, a cinema evening to a jumble sale. We also hold smaller events such as the popular cake sales and Ice Cream Fridays during the summer term. You can find out about recent events by clicking here https://primarysite-prod-sorted.s3.amazonaws.com/st-marks-cofe-primary-school/UploadedDocument/a63cb0ce541c488b92e944e74a3dd465/pta-recent-events.pdf and forthcoming events by clicking here https://primarysite-prod-sorted.s3.amazonaws.com/st-marks-cofe-primary-school/UploadedDocument/041b52d803064f16b3dfa596f3559a65/pta-forthcoming-events.pdf.
We stay in touch with all the parents via our termly newsletters and other updates sent out via Schoolcomms, but you can also follow us on Twitter @stmarkspta for regular reminders! To see our most recent newsletter please click here https://primarysite-prod-sorted.s3.amazonaws.com/st-marks-cofe-primary-school/UploadedDocument/78b4da266e1f4930a7abb5e6c28ae615/2015-3-autumn-term-1.pdf.
You can also raise funds for the PTA while doing your online shopping – this is at no cost to you and can raise up to 5% of your purchase for the school! Please visit www.easyfundraising.org.uk and search for St Mark’s to get going – it really is just a few clicks and every purchase makes a difference.
Every year group in St Mark’s has PTA representatives who can help as a first port of call and who organise get togethers among the class and is our point of contact for gathering support for events. However, you can get in touch with a member of the committee by emailing email@example.com – and we’ll get back to you ASAP. The black post box in the school reception area is also checked regularly should you need to send a message.
The PTA committee is currently: Steve Hurst – Chair, Kevin Prempeh – Vice Chair, Liz Weekes – Treasurer, Thanuja Balakrishnan – Secretary. All parents and carers with children in the school are automatically members of the PTA and able to vote at meetings.
The PTA depends on the creativity and support of all our parents – so if you have any ideas please get in touch!
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