As a parent, as soon as your child joins St Nicholas School you automatically become a member of our Parent Teacher Association! And as parents, we are sure you will want to support the PTA in all that it stands for, principally to advance the education of our children by providing and assisting in the provision of facilities for education at the school which are not or cannot be covered by government funding.
As a body, we also strive to foster stronger relationships between staff, parents and others within our St Nicholas School community, whilst engaging in activities that not only support the school but also further the learning and achievements of all our pupils.
The PTA organises events throughout the year and has termly PTA meetings as well as our Annual General Meeting in July, when new members can be elected to key Committee positions (i.e. Chair, Deputy Chair, Treasurer, Deputy Treasurer and Secretary). If you would like to join the Committee, one of our sub-Committees or just have a new fundraising idea, please come along or talk to any of us or to your Class Representatives. This is your PTA, so please do get involved!
Our PTA is one of the oldest in the country and was established in 1943. We have records going back to the very early days with some very interesting fundraising events listed. For example, in May 1944 during a ‘Social at School’ a raffle of eggs raised 12 shillings! And on 20th November 1963, a ‘Bring & Buy’ raised £25 18s 6d.
Much more recently, our Spring Ball this year raised an unprecedented and incredible £13,000, whilst our Friday afternoon class cake sales added up to a contribution of more than £500 over the course of the year.
We run a wide range of events which regularly make in the region of £20,000 a year for our school - from quizzes, wine tastings and the regular cake sales, to our annual Ball and the Christmas Fair is usually held on the last Saturday in November. The Christmas Fair is a highlight of the year for the children and it also brings many members of the wider community into our school to share in the festivities. These successes are all down to the hard work and fantastic support of all the parents in the school.
Other fundraising activities include a recent Family Photoshoot Day with Ian Scott Photography in May, a ‘Community Stars’ award from professional services firm PwC, and a donation from the Waitrose ‘Green Coin’ scheme, plus parents’ contributions via fundraising websites such as www.easyfundraising.org.uk and www.easy2name.com. And do see below for our upcoming events!
With the money we raise we try to enhance the fabric and environment of the school and provide facilities that will benefit our children and those yet to join. In recent years PTA funds have become ever more important in supporting the school when budgets have been tight and additional or replacement resources have been needed.
This year the PTA has financed the refurbishment of the School Hall and is supporting the purchase of new laptop computers, as well as a whole range of new reference books for the school library. Last year we added new dining room tables and smartboards in the classrooms and on an ongoing basis the PTA funds African drumming teaching for the children and sports coaching.
As mentioned above however, the PTA also exists to enhance relationships between groups within our school community. Some occasions, such as our annual family picnic and barbeque, which takes place on a Sunday in September, are primarily social. This event is a lovely opportunity for all St Nicholas families to welcome new families to the school and for parents and children to get to know each other. We bring and share food, have a barbeque and the children enjoy the fun of bouncy castles and games.
We also organise film nights for the children each term and a much anticipated disco once a year, as well as an Easter egg hunt for all classes at the end of the Spring term and special treats for our Year 6 children after their SATs in the Summer.
We provide refreshments at class plays and sports days, as well as mince pies or hot cross buns after our end of term Christmas and Easter services. One of the children’s favourite events is the whole school Christmas lunch when the PTA decorates the dining hall, provides crackers for the table and arranges for a certain someone to visit with presents!
As you can see, parents giving their time for the children and each other can be just as rewarding as raising money, so please come along, get involved, have fun … and support our fantastic little school!
Mrs R Crouch, Headteacher
|Deputy Treasurer||Georgie Love|
|Secretary||Rachael de los Reyes-Churchill|
Please note that this list of Committee members is not exclusive. ALL parents are encouraged to become active members of the PTA Committee and/or sub Committees. Please come along to our PTA meetings to find out more, make new friends, get involved and have lots of fun doing it!