St John's C of E Primary School, Caterham

St Johns Caterham

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Parents and Teachers Association

The PTA is a very important part of the school life here at St John’s.  The thing that sets this school apart from many others is its sense of community where everyone works together for the ultimate good of our children.

Originally PTA’s were introduced to buy the ‘exciting extras’ that make the school special.  But, like all other PTA’s, our role is now less defined, so that we are now also contributing towards items which directly benefit our childrens’ education, such as the interactive whiteboards and leasing of a mini bus.

However, our role isn’t just fund raising.  Actually it’s encouraging all of us as parents and also our children to socialize with each other and to enhance the community spirit within this school whilst trying to get people to part with their money for the privilege of doing so!

How can you help?

5 easy ways to raise money for your child’s school which don’t cost you a penny!  

  1. Do your internet shopping using cashback website thegivingmachine.co.uk  - all the major retailers are signed up, even Amazon and Sainsbury’s groceries give 3.75%. It’s so simple to use and costs you nothing; just go to their website and click through to the shop you want to buy from. A great, easy way to raise money just for doing something you love – shopping!
  2. Recycle your old ink cartridges and mobile phones by placing them in the box just inside school reception.
  3. Give outgrown good condition school uniform to the school for the 2nd hand uniform sales.
  4. Save old clothes, shoes, bedding, curtains etc for the twice yearly Bag2School collections
  5. Give up the odd hour of your time to help out with some of the fundraising events - it’s good fun and your kids love seeing you taking part.

The sense of belonging to something good comes from us, the parents and carers, and the example we set our children.  If we want to produce children who, as adults, will live a full and varied life, who will care and contribute to their environment and the people around them, then we, as adults, need to set them an example now.  Children who see that their parents contribute to school life by helping at the Christmas and Summer Fairs, or helping with refreshments at various events, are more likely to contribute to their own communities when they themselves grow up.  They like you helping.  It gives them pleasure and makes them proud of their school, as we have witnessed in the working party days when the kids do so much in the grounds themselves.  Nobody is asking you to commit more time than you can afford but even a small effort occasionally leads to fantastic results.

Members

Every  parent, carer and guardian of pupils currently at the St John's Primary School is a member of the PTA.

Committee

A committee is a team of volunteers who are elected at the association’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) to manage the association on behalf of the members. There are two types of committee member, Officer and Ordinary (or Other) member.

Current PTA officers are:

Chair: Sarah Parker                                        Deputy  Co-Chair: Rebecca Hirst & Steve Wiskin                

Treasurer: Roxy Birch                                    Secretary: Georgina Robinson

All committee members have equal voting rights, with the exception of the Chair, who has an additional casting vote, should this be needed.

How the PTA raise money

Over the past few years our PTA has raised tens of thousands of pounds which has been spent on a wide variety of projects – some large,  like the whiteboards and funding one of the school minibus’s, some small like new digital cameras.  The PTA has also made it possible for our children to have had the opportunity to take part in experiences which they otherwise would not have had, for example, the Ancient Greek Day, Christmas Panto, the drumming and skipping workshops to name a few.

Apart from obvious fund raising we also support community based events where fundraising is not our priority, eg, by providing refreshments at the cross country competitions, inter school football tournaments, the mini Olympics.

The majority of our funds are raised through PTA events. These include the Christmas Fair, Summer Fair, school discos and quiz nights.

 

PTA Newsletter

Please click here to read the May PTA Newsletter.

 

PTA Committee Meeting Minutes

Please click on the links below to read the Minutes to recent PTA Committee Meetings:

April 2017

 

Annual General Meeting

On the 24th September 2015 the PTA held their Annual General Meeting.  During the meeting committee members were elected and a summary provided of the PTA’s income and expenditure in the 2014/15 financial year.   Please click here for the information that was presented during the meeting.  Click here for the Meeting Minutes.

The next PTA AGM will be on Thursday 14th September at 7.30pm.  Please click on the links below for further information:

 

Our PTA is a Registered Charity so we are able to raise money through Charity Matched Giving schemes.

If you would like to know more about how you can help, please email the PTA at:

pta@stjohnscofe.uk or contact us via our post box in the school office.

Support from the National Confederation of Parent Teacher Associations - NCPTA

Our PTA is a member of the NCPTA, which is the national charity that advances education and supports PTAs, throughout England, Wales and Northern Ireland. You can access www.ncpta.org.uk with our membership number, 19157.