Why do we have a PTA?
We started the PTA soon after the school started and it has become an integral part of the school community. The PTA has raised nearly £30,000 since the school started, which has been spent on equipment and resources to enhance our children’s education experience and the school’s facilities on the temporary site as well as saving towards larger equipment when we move the permanent site in 2020.
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 four years we have created some regular activities:- 100 Club, quiz nights (adults), movie nights (kids), cake sales, Summer Fairs in Richmond and St Margaret’s. We are still a small school but a 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). Our Nativity Drinks has already turned into a Christmas Fair!
Role of the Committee
Our PTA committee currently consists of 8 roles: Chair, Treasurer, Secretary, Ordinary Members (3), Ordinary Member (Digital Comms), Ordinary Member (Newsletter)
As a growing school we will seek to increase this as required 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 every half term.
Please click here to view the PTA Handbook.
AGM Summary of 2017/18
DPS PTA has gone from strength to strength this past year. Building on the solid foundations put in place in previous years, at the last AGM we increased the roles on the committee to now include a Secretary alongside the Chair and Treasurer as well as two additional ordinary members. I would like to thank the whole committee who have all worked extremely hard all year and led the majority of the fundraising to take our total for the last academic year to in excess of £10,000. As a committee we would like to thank each and every person who has volunteered their time this year and helped contribute to this success, we couldn’t do it without your continued support.
This year, as the school was growing, alongside the fundraising efforts, we put a lot of effort into trying to bring the school community together socially. We ended the year with a fantastic all school Summer party building on the success of the inaugural Christmas party. Last month we held the first successful informal pub drinks attended by mums and dads from across the all year groups. We hope this strong community with continue to help with PTA achieve its goal and help to enhance the education experience for all Deer Park pupils.
We have continued to build links with the local community. We have been working with The Property Partnership on building an ongoing sponsorship relationship after they approached us in early 2018. They are a small local estate agent and feeling their way in the fundraising/sponsorship arena. We had extremely positive feedback from the St Margaret’s Fair committee after running another successful Silent Auction at their fair in July.
One of our goals for the coming year will be to continue to forge relationships with organisation and businesses in the local community to benefit our fundraising efforts.
A strong calendar of events and fundraising initiatives were undertaken, with a view to organically growing and expanding without running before we can walk. The 100 Club has been an extremely successful introduction by Sally Prickett and alongside the donation from the St Margaret’s Fair is our biggest fundraiser. These sit alongside bake sales, movie nights, Bags to school, Christmas Cards, the Richmond Fair, the Staff Auction, Easy fundraising, bags to school and many others as well as our first child led fundraiser – collecting money in milk bottles in exchange for completing jobs over May half term.
After a busy year, one major change going forward, is that we are asking individual classes to take on responsibility for some of the smaller regular events, to allow to committee to concentrate of bigger events and coming up with new ideas and initiatives to continue to grow the PTA fundraising capabilities. These will start with bake sales, as well as some aspects of the in school fairs. Movie night, offering a choice of films, is also now run by classes. Crib notes are provided and the committee will of course be on hand to offer help and guidance when needed.
School requests for money
We have enjoyed receiving the lovely hand written requests from the school council (as well as Mrs Colenso) for PTA funds. They love their living eggs, as well as their new outdoor lego blocks. We were thrilled to fund the first whole school trip to the beach in July for KS1 children and are pleased we were able to make a big different to the extended temporary playground at the beginning of this year.
Overall we feel that we’ve continued to establish the PTA within the school and far exceeded the fundraising 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.
Donate to the PTA here:
The PTA raises funds at lots of events throughout the year which we appreciate can cost time, effort and money. However, if you would like to make a one off, or regular donation to the PTA, you can do this using paypal – just click the buttons below. (Also – did you know if you fill in a gift aid form and return it to the school office your donation can be increased by up to 25%!)