There many different ways you can help with the PTFA; whether you have lots of time to offer or not.
Some of the roles are time-consuming, although also rewarding. If you can’t commit to a big job, look out for things you can do less frequently (eg running a stall at the summer fair, baking for a cake sale). And you can always support PTFA events by simply turning up.
Mattersey Primary has a Parent Teacher Friend Association (PTFA), which is an organisation of parents and staff. Its role is to encourage closer links between home and school. PTAs are best known for their fundraising work, but they have a useful social function too. Fundraising events provide an opportunity for parents, staff and pupils to get together.
At Mattersey all parents/carers and teachers are automatically members of the PTFA.
Our PTFA holds our annual general meeting in January, at the start of each year. At this meeting a committee is elected to run the PTFA – usually consisting of a chair, a vice-chair, a treasurer, a secretary and ordinary committee members. These ordinary members include at least one, and often two, parents from each class as 'class reps'. Their job is to pass on information from the PTA to other parents in their child’s class.
PTA committees usually meet once a month and set up smaller working groups to organise individual events.
Our PTFA raises money through events. We often hold one main event each school term – for example, a Christmas fair in the winter, an Easter raffle in the spring, and a summer fair. Other PTFA events include craft events, discos, non-uniform days, cake sales and many more. We are always looking for new fundraising ideas.
Funds raised by the PTFA are intended to provide ‘extras’ not already provided by the school's main income – often 'fun things' that make learning more interesting and exciting.
The PTFA committee and the headteacher decide how to spend PTFA funds. Common items include computers, playground equipment, books and other smaller purchases such as presents for Father Christmas to distribute, Easter eggs, or prizes for competitions.
Our PTFA was relaunched in September 2015 in order to advance education by encouraging the fullest cooperation between home and school and to act as a voice for the needs of the children and the school itself.
The vision of the PTFA, here at Mattersey, is to enhance the education and futures of our children.
- To be a voice for all parents, teachers and friends in strengthening our children’s education
- To provide credible, well researched and authoritative support to the school
- To enable our PTFA to achieve more and serve their community
- To innovate and inspire
- To be experts in all we do
- To act with integrity
- To support the school
- To be innovative
If you think you might be interested in helping out with our school PTFA, please get in touch and/or attend one of our monthly meetings (details below) and/or register as a member on the PTA.org website (www.pta.org.uk). Our membership number is 16038 (current certificate below).
Please contact the PTFA either via the school on 01777 817265 or via email on firstname.lastname@example.org