A very warm welcome to our new 2020 Reception Class parents and children. We are delighted you chose St Aidan’s Academy in Skelmanthorpe .
Starting school is an exciting time for the whole family. By taking part in your child’s school life you can make a big difference to how well they get on. Studies show that children with involved parents are more likely to: Be well behaved – Be confident and resilient – Attend school regularly – Enjoy learning – Get better results .
There are lots of ways you’ll engage with your child’s education over the coming years, and they’ll all count. To find out how you can get stuck in right from the start speak to a PTA member, ask your child’s class teacher, check the school’s website and newsletter, be inspired at parentkind.org.uk/BeSchoolReady and follow Parentkind on Facebook @Parentkind.org.ukParentkind
6 Reasons why your PTA really matters
Welcome to St Aidan’s Academy
This information has been put together by St Aidan’s PTAespecially for you, as a new family joining our school community. Starting school is an exciting time for the whole family. Studies show that there’s a direct link between parental involvement and how well children do, so why not get involved from the start! This booklet provides you with information about St Aidan’s PTA and lets you know how you can join in.
Why do we have a PTA?
We are fortunate at our school to have a PTAthat’s an integral part of the school community. Money has been raised to support the funding of equipment and resources to enhance our children’s educational experience and the school’s facilities such as:
- Outdoor learning environment
- Outdoor climbing equipment
- Musical instruments
- Culture Week
- Art Week
- Science Week
St Aidan’s PTA exists to provide closer links between home and school and it is an excellent way to bring staff, parents and friends together socially in support of the school, working towards a common goal.
Role of the Committee
Our Committee consists of a Chair and a Vice Chair, Treasurer, two joint Secretaries, one Committee Member, one Teacher Committee Member and the Deputy President (Acting Head Teacher).
We welcome any help from parents, teachers and friends, and have a growing list of volunteers who commit some of their time to helping the PTA. Every little helps, so just one hour of assisting at an event or wrapping lucky dip prizes or folding raffle tickets these are just a few examples, would be invaluable. If you would like to join us please speak to a committee member, come along to our next meeting or email us – firstname.lastname@example.org.
Annual General Meeting (AGM)
Our Annual General Meeting is held in September and provides an excellent opportunity for all parents to come along and hear in more detail about our work, the events we have run, the funds we have raised and how the money has been spent. It is also when we elect our new committee members.
Support from Parentkind
Our PTAis a member of Parentkind, which is a national charity and membership organisation providing support and guidance to over 13,500 parent associations in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Membership includes comprehensive insurance cover by Zurich Insurance plc for all our association runevents and gives access to support and advice on running the association plus fundraising ideas and good practice hints and tips
Parentkind also provide resources for Parents, if you would like to sign up to their Parent e-Bulletin please visit https://www.parentkind.org.uk/Signup
How we raise money
Like most PTAs, the majority of our funds are raised through the events that we run. Some of our most popular events are:
- Breakfast with Olaf
- Family Disco
- Festive Fairs
- Film Night
- Frozen Friday
- 100 Club
- Nativity Raffle
How we spend the money we raise
Funds are typically spent on the ‘extras’ that are not provided by the school’s budget, thus making our children’s learning experiences so much more fulfilling and exciting. Funds are not generally spent on improving the fabric of the school building, as this is the responsibility of the school. Our Constitution commits the association to spending money on things that will benefit the children directly.
How we keep you up to date
The PTA send updates via the School Jotter, Parent Pay, emails sent from the school, our Facebook page, our website and our PTA notice boards.
We have two PTAnoticeboard situated outside of the school on the street and as you walk down the side of the school, this is whereyou will find all our posters and news.
If you have access to Facebook, please join @ PTA – St Aidan’s Skelmanthorpe.
Miss Ford will pass on our New Parent Pack on to you which includes information about who we are, ways to help us raise funds for your school. Samples of Stikins with your child’s name, a first day survival pack for you and a little gift for your little one.
We look forward to welcoming you to our school!