Parent Teacher Association

pta-carols[1]2015/16 AGM will be held on Monday 9th of November in the school library starting at 19:00

A dynamic Parent Teacher Association enriches life at Fyling Hall in every sense.  Money raised adds fun, facilities and equipment to common rooms and play areas, as well as underpinning major development projects.

The year-round calendar of PTA events also greatly enriches the social lives of both students and parents.  Activities include pupils bobbing for apples at an annual Halloween party, parents sampling wine and cheese and both enjoying carols and mince pies at West Lodge.

Want to join the Committee?

All Fyling Hall parents are automatically members of the PTA.  If you would like to take a fuller part in activities new recruits with every sort of skill, from baking to dreaming up fundraising projects are most welcome!  Alternatively, if you are too busy to join, but are interested in making a suggestion or finding out what we have been up to, please do not hesitate to contact our committee members.  Meetings are usually monthly on a Monday evening in the school library.

Halloween Party

The PTA is currently chaired by Angelique Russell (thorpehall@gmail.com), with Christine Archibald acting as Treasurer (brucw@archibald2009.orangehome.co.uk) and Emma Carpenter as Secretary (ejc41@tiscali.co.uk).

What is a Parent Teacher Association (PTA)?

A Parent Teacher Association (PTA) 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.

How is the PTA organised?

At most schools all parents/carers and teachers are automatically members of the PTA. At Fyling Hall, PTA fees of £5 per child, are invoiced with the Spring Term.

Fyling Hall PTA holds their AGM in November. At this meeting a committee is elected to run the PTA – usually consisting of a chair, a vice-chair, a treasurer, a secretary and standing members. For the past couple of years, the Fyling Hall PTA combines the role of vice-chair and secretary or treasurer. Committee members vary from those who are able to attend the majority of the meetings and functions to those who are particularly time poor, but help when they can.

The PTA usually meets once a term and sets up smaller working groups to organise individual events as needed.

How is money raised?

The PTA predominantly raises money through events and the sale of keepsake items. We often hold one event each school term whether that be a Winter’s Concert with Eliza Carthy at the local village hall, carols and mince pies and West Lodge, the Junior School Summer Fayre, a Race Night or a simple cake sale. You may have also seen us at Prize Giving serving tea, coffee and cakes as well as the keepsake tea towel which replaced the calendar and cookbook sold in previous years.

We are always looking for new fundraising ideas, e.g. school uniform sales, discos, international evenings – your suggestions are welcome!

How is money spent?

Funds raised by the PTA are intended to provide ‘extras’ not already provided by the school’s main income – often ‘fun things’ that make the students’ experience more interesting and exciting.

Over the past few years your Fyling Hall PTA has a funded number of items big and small . . .

  • recording equipment in the music room
  • benches throughout the grounds
  • tents used by those seeking to achieve the Duke of Edinburgh award
  • Fyling Hall banners used at and after the Tour de Yorkshire
  • Webcam in bird feeder
  • Easter Egg competition prizes
  • Bouncy castles at the Junior School Summer Fayre

How can I be involved in my PTA?

There are many different ways you can help with the PTA, whether you have lots of time to offer or not.

Some of the roles are time-consuming, although also rewarding. If you cannot 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 PTA events by simply turning up.

If you would like specific information, please do not hesitate to contact me, the current Chair, Angelique Russell on thorpehall@gmail.com or the school office can happily give you my number.

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