Thanks for visiting the PTA page. If you’re a parent/guardian of one or more children at Upton Noble Primary School then you are automatically included as a member of our school PTA. Committee members are elected at the AGM by the members of the association, to represent them and run the association on their behalf. Presently, Thelma Hartnell is our Acting Treasurer. The roles of Chair and Secretary are currently vacant.
Money raised by the PTA pays for a variety of ‘extras’ to enhance the children’s learning experiences and as such it plays an important role in school life. In recent years, funds raised have contributed to outdoor play equipment, transport costs for school trips, books, outdoor storage, outdoor shelter/canopy, tables, the Queen’s 90th birthday commemorative coins, team sports clothing, and a Shakespearean workshop, among many other things. Our fundraising events have included cake sales, bingo night, disco, summer fair, fireworks display, Christmas fair, sports day refreshments, and a barn dance.
As a parent/guardian of a child/children at Upton Noble Primary School, we’d love you to get involved with our PTA. Meetings are currently held on a Friday morning, about once a half-term, depending on how much planning of events we have to do! Anyone is welcome to attend and if you come to a meeting, you do not have to commit yourself to anything – you can come along just to find out a bit more about us, with no pressure to do or say anything if you don’t want to (although we’d love you to join in the discussion if you’re comfortable doing so). There’s usually about 6 to 10 of us at each meeting and it’s quite informal. Those with children below school age are welcome to bring them along to the meeting and they can play while we talk – don’t let childcare difficulties put you off!
Many of you will not be able to make it to the meetings due to other commitments, or you may just not fancy meetings! But you can still be involved in a number of other ways:
- Volunteer to help at events
- Donate cakes and other items as required
- Volunteer your specific skills or useful equipment you might have for an event
- Suggest fundraising ideas
- Help organise events
- Put forward suggestions for school activities/items you might like the PTA to fund
Of course, we also need people to take part and enjoy our fund-raising events and that’s a valuable way to support us as well! However you get involved, in however big or small a way, together we can make a significant contribution to our children’s school experiences, and help provide further opportunities to reinforce their learning.