What is the PTA?
The St. John’s School Parent Teacher Association (PTA) is a charity organisation run by a volunteer team formed each academic school year.
The team currently consists of: Chair, Treasurer, Governor representative, a Sponsorship and Fund-raising lead and PTA team members, made up from parents members from the school as well as a Teacher representative.
It is closely supported by a team of Class Reps - 2 in each year group.
The PTA brings together parents, carer's, teachers, and the local community to support the school. The main aims are to:
- Raise funds for the school to help provide additional classroom and playground resources.
- Run social events for parents and children.
- Help the school offer additional opportunities to the children e.g. by paying for drama workshops, fun activities and school plays etc.
- Help the school with small building and grounds maintenance improvement projects.
All events and activity contribute to the family feel that we have at St. Johns School.
Anyone can get involved and help on an adhoc or annual basis so if you do have some time, however little, let us know. We are always grateful for help.
Watch out for notices that go up on the PTA noticeboard in the main playground and for emails and newsletters that are sent out from the School.
Every event needs help so if you can, please offer but, just as importantly, every event needs support so if you can, please attend. We try to make events good value and great fun whilst raising money for the school.
Sign up for 'Give as You Live'. For more details see the fund-raising page of this website. Signing up makes a huge difference to the school at no extra cost to you.
What does the PTA do?
Every term is different but we try to run an event for the children, something for the parents and something involving the wider community each term.
In 2019/20 we will be helping with School Open Days, doing a 1p challenge, organising Christmas activities including a Christmas Fayre and Raffle, and then after Christmas we hope to hold a quiz night, the annual Bunny Fun Run, Pancake Day and a Summer Fayre. There might be a silent auction and summer social event again too.....
We work closely with the Class Reps to spread the word about our events so please ask them if you need information. There is also a list of current PTA team members on the PTA playground noticeboard – just ask us if you need anything. We are happy to help.
Raising money for our children
Funds raised by the PTA and parents have been used for many things at the School:
||Large new rugs for the classrooms, new buddy bench for the playground, Tucasi online payment system, a Christmas pantomime and a Chinese dance workshop for the children.
||Interactive whiteboards for each of the classrooms. Replacement of equipment in the outside areas, including a mud kitchen, tricycles and outside learning resources.
||Overhead projector, screen and sound system installed in the hall.
||Purchase of IT equipment - new teacher laptops and tablets for classroom use, colourful new playground markings.
||New computers purchased and provision of resources for Phase 2 of
new on-site field.
||Purchasing of new computers throughout the school.
||“Revamping” pond area into an on-site playing field.
||Bluebell Cottage Refurbishment of outside equipment “No mow” grass
||This was a big year for fund-raising to support the building project of an
extra classroom for the children, a new staff room, refurbished kitchen and admin office.