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Parents, Teachers and Friends Association (PTFA)

Dear Parent

I am very pleased to advise that St Joseph’s College has established a Parents, Teachers and Friends Association (PTFA) which I hope will become an integral part of the school community.

Our PTFA is about much more than just fundraising. It primarily exists to provide closer links between home and school, and is an excellent way to bring staff, parents and friends together socially in support of the school. All parents and members of the school community are welcome to get more involved if they would like to – even if they only have a small amount of time available.

The PTFA will be established as a registered charity and consequently we must abide by Charity Commission rules/ regulations and are bound by a constitution. Being a Registered Charity will give us many extra benefits. We will be able to apply for Gift Aid, which can earn extra pence in every pound. We can apply for funds more easily from grant giving trusts, local businesses and can take advantage of charity matched giving schemes. However, this will take some time and will be a key priority for the PTFA.

In the interim we will try to develop strong links with the local community and businesses to raise much needed funds and will endeavour to spend funds in ways that will benefit all our children across all areas of the school and curriculum.

Our current PTFA committee consists of the following parents:

• John Napier (Chair)
• Colm Murray (Treasurer)
• Mary Grace Wilson
• Bronagh Griffin
• Judy Cunningham
• Anne Glover
• Christine L’Estrange
• Simon Atherton
• Aideen McLaughlin

We are keen to ensure that the committee reflects the rich diversity of our school community. The Committee will meet on a regular basis with smaller working groups meeting as necessary to organise events. Our Annual General Meeting will be held at the beginning of the academic year and will be an opportunity for all parents to come along and hear in more detail about events run, funds raised & how the money has been spent. It is also the occasion when we elect a new committee.

The easiest way to communicate to you all is via letters/flyers via your child. They will include information on forthcoming events plus any requests for extra assistance of which we are in need. The minutes of our meetings will give you more information on funds, payments & ongoing action points and further details of the work of the PTFA will be available on the school website.

There are lots of ways you can help and support your child through the PTFA.
Offering to help before/at events or at other times during the year is invaluable – it really is a case of ‘many hands make light work’. It doesn’t matter if you can’t help on a regular basis, or even if you can’t come into school. There are always little jobs that can be done from home if you have half an hour to spare e.g. wrapping gifts, preparing raffle tickets etc. We really couldn’t achieve what we do without the unseen ‘army of help’ that exists within the school community. You can of course, if you feel able, volunteer to be a regular Committee Member or you can simply support us at the odd meeting by just being there and voicing your opinion. You can also help by letting us know if you have any contacts or skills we could use – everything is potentially valuable to us. Everyone’s contribution on any scale is highly valued and we have seen numerous resources provided, which children throughout the school are able to use.

I look forward to working with many of you in the future and there is a form available in the office in St Joseph’s where you can register your interest.

Many Thanks

John Napier.