St Michael's Parent - Teacher Association
When considering St Michael's JMI School
there is no doubt about the leadership, the dedication and excellence
of the teaching staff, the effective and high quality of the education
and the wonderful standards of learning and behaviour shown by the
children from the school. What more could any parent ask of the
school their child goes to?
Ideally - absolutely nothing! The Government pays
for all and the school does a brilliantly professional job of managing
the bountiful resources! Almost true - the school's management of
funds is indeed brilliant and extremely professional - sadly the
resources are not always bountiful - nor, it seems, does the Government
pay for all - no matter what they claim!
Which is where the PTA comes in - the shining knight
appearing at the moment of crisis who, with a wave of the fantasy
sword, produces the funds and solves all the school's little financial
problems! Ah ... sweet fantasy !
So - who or what is the Parent - Teacher Association?
It is exactly what it says - an association of all the teachers
and all the parents who have children in the school - you don't
join and you can't opt out - you are part of the association the
moment a child of yours dons the school uniform and walks in through
the school gate! How involved you become in the activities of the
PTA depends on you - your commitments, interests, free time and
abilities. At one end of the scale you can put yourself forward
and be elected onto the committee, help organise and run events
during the year or - at the other end - simply turn up and support
some of the events. Both roles are desperately important and, between
the extremes, something very useful happens - money is generated!
And money, when all the socialising, greeting, eating
and drinking, hard work, pride and pleasure is put aside - is the
bottom line. Money to provide the "extras" that can change
an "education" into a rich learning experience for our
children - books for the library, school trips to historical sites,
theatre and field trips. Sports equipment, transport to go swimming,
classroom assistants, white boards, black boards, new toilets, computers
- even school extensions!
To raise the money the PTA organises a wide variety
of events throughout the year (about once a month during term times)
- quiz nights, fashion evenings, discos, shopping evenings and the
"big" events - the Summer Fayre, the Christmas Bazaar,
an occasional "Pantomime" and in 2004 and 2005 even a
Summer Ball! All the events are "great fun" to organise
and great fun to attend - and they help, potentially, to involve
all the parents into the school activities - which in turn helps
make the school a wonderful environment for our children to learn
So - to all reluctant parents - join in - become
a little involved - everything helps. Why not stand for the committee?
Don't think you can't make a contribution - of course you can -
everyone's ideas are valued. Just because something has been done
in a certain way for the past ten years doesn't mean it cannot be
improved on - and your idea or suggestion may just raise the extra
penny that helps put a smile on all our children's faces ... and
what more could any parent ask of the school their child goes to?