Why do we have a PTA?
We started the PTA soon after the school started and although small it has become an integral part of the school community. The PTA has raised over £6,000 since the school started, which has been spent on equipment and resources to enhance our children’s education experience and the school’s facilities.
However, our PTA is about much more than simply fundraising. The PTA exists to provide 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, working towards a common goal. It is fun too – just ask any of the Committee members or PTA helpers (or the children!).
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 Deer Park School PTA when their child joins our school.
In our first two years we have created some regular activities – nativity social, summer fairs, 100 Club, quiz nights (adults), movie nights (kids) but we are a small school but growing school so there is plenty of opportunity to do new things and the PTA is keen to hear your ideas (and seek your support). For example this year we held the first ever Deer Park Disco for the children.
Role of the Committee
Our PTA committee currently consists of three Members: Chair, Treasurer and one Ordinary Member.
However, as a growing school we will seek to increase this and there will be an opportunity to put your name forward for any positions at the AGM. The Committee meet on a regular basis usually once or twice per term.
Please click here to view the PTA Handbook for 2017/18.
End of 2016/17 Summary:
Following a great end to 2015/16 we were able to hit the ground running and get busy raising funds for the school as soon as the 2016/17 school year started. Our first task was to quickly engage with our new parents, showing them all the great work we had done and encourage as many as possible to get involved in raising funds for the school. We had a great response when we organised a welcome event, which was well attended by both old and new parents.
One of the highlights of our year was being selected by the St Margarets Fair as one of the local schools to receive funds raised through their annual summer fair. This has firmly put us on the map alongside the other local schools receiving funds. In return Deer Park School ran the Silent Auction at the fair.
Our goals for the year were:
- Engage with the new parents and recruit new active members to the PTA.
- Create a calendar of social events for parents to create a strong community.
- Double the amount of funds raised in the first year.
- Increase the awareness of Deer Park School in the local community.
- Invest money raised back into the school.
We are really pleased to say that we achieved all our goals for the year. In fact we surpassed our goal of doubling the amount of money raised in the first year. Before receiving our donation from the St Margarets Fair, we had already doubled our funds raised.
New Committee Members
At our annual AGM we decided to add another member to the committee. In addition to a Chair and Treasurer, we now also have one Ordinary Member. Jessica Persson Conway was re-elected as Chair and Sally Prickett as Treasurer. One of our new parents, Cathryn Kielczyk, was elected as Ordinary Member.
How we raised money
We continued to raise funds through; 100 Club, Richmond May Fair, Christmas cards and Mufti days. In addition we collected money through Easy Fundraising, Parents Quiz Night, Movie Nights for the kids, School Disco (!), donation from St Margarets Fair (amount tbd), Staff Auction and Matched Giving. These are all great activities that have been run by a group of very enthusiastic parents. Next year we will work on promoting Easy Fundraising and Matched Giving, as they are very easy ways of raising money for the school.
How we spent our money
The Children and Staff were very good at identifying areas for the PTA to invest in. We received very nice letters from the children with their requests. This year we were able to buy new playground markings, new outdoor toys, Cubettos, living eggs and plants for the garden. It’s so great to see the little faces light up when they see how all our hard effort allows them to invest in their school.
Overall we feel that we’ve continued to establish the PTA within the school and comfortably achieved the goals we set out at the beginning of the year. We recognise how important it is to engage with all the parents, and will work very hard to bring the new group of parents on board.