Parents and Teachers Association
The PTA is a very important part of school life here at St John's. The thing that sets this school apart from many others is its sense of community where everyone works together for the ultimate good of our children.
Originally PTA's were introduced to buy the 'exciting extras' that make the school special. But, like all other PTA's, our role is now less defined so that we are now also contributing towards items that directly benefit our children's education.
However, our role is not just fundraising. Our role includes encouraging all of us as parents and our children to socialise with each other and to enhance the community spirit within this school whilst trying to get people to part with their money for the privilege of doing so!
Every parent, carer and guardian of pupils currently at St John's Primary School is a member of the PTA.
A committee is a team of volunteers who are elected at the association's Annual General Meeting 'AGM' to manage the association on behalf of the members. There are two types of committee member, Officer and Ordinary or (Other) member.
Current PTA Officers are:
o Amy Ireson – Chair and Instagram Lead
o Kirsty Wild - Vice Chair and Facebook Lead
o Tina Heath - Treasurer
o Sarah Shoebridge - Secretary
Current PTA Committee Members are:
o Kirsty McCarthy
o Holly Basden - Secretary Deputy, Second Hand Uniform SPOC and Website Lead
o Sarah Pink – Bags2School and Christmas Card SPOC
o Katie Harvey
o Rebecca Truelove
o Tabitha Jackson
o Nadia Denton
o Lizzie Henderson
o Jade Mootatamby
o Misti Roberts
All committee members have equal voting rights, with the exception of the Chair who has an additional casting vote should this be needed. We try to meet every 8-10 weeks to discuss our plans for the year. This is very informal and we try to make it as relaxed as possible.
Annual General Meeting
This year's AGM took place on 22nd September at 2000 hours. Due to the updated Government guidelines and the rule of '6' we were unable to meet in person. Therefore the AGM was held virtually by way of Zoom. We were glad to meet and welcome some of our new parents and teachers.
Due to COVID-19, we have had to think a little differently about the types of Events we are able to hold to enable us to raise funds for our lovely school.
So far this year we have held a Virtual Balloon Race which concluded on 18th October 2020 and a Virtual 5k Walk/Run which took place over the October Half Term.
On 2nd October we held the first of our twice-yearly Bags2School Clothes Collection which saw us collect an amazing 840kg worth of goods raising us an amazing £252. Well done and thank you to everyone who donated.
On Friday 6th November the children attended school in their own clothes in exchange for a coloured donation which went towards amazing colour themed Christmas Hampers. The selling of raffle tickets raised approximately £1200 which is fantastic. The prize draw took place on 15th December and all winners are being contacted directly by the PTA and arrange delivery.
The Online Shop for the Christmas Cards designed by the children raised a staggering £571. We hope your family and friends enjoy receiving them over this Festive period.
For live events, tickets can be purchased directly from the PTA via this link https://www.pta-events.co.uk/stjohnscofepta/index.cfm?event=Shop#.X6k99mw5NPY
School Uniform is now available for purchase online by way of our PTA Events page. Please use the link below.
The Team aim to pick and deliver all items within 7 days of receiving orders.
Please note that we are not accepting any further donations at this time. We thank you for your generosity and apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.
St John's PTA, Markfield Road, Caterham, Surrey CR3 6RN
Registered with the Charity Commission as 1005758
How Can You Help?
5 easy ways to raise money for your child's school which don't cost you a penny!
- Do your internet shopping via cashback website www.thegivingmachine.co.uk.
- Match Funding - There are many companies that will match any monies raised when their staff volunteer for an event. If you work for or think you work for a company that provides this, please contact us.
- Recycle your old ink cartridges and mobile phones by placing them in the box just by the school office.
- Save old clothes, shoes, bedding, curtains etc. for twice yearly Bag2School collections.
- Give up the odd hour of your time to help with some of the fundraising events - it's good fun and your kids love seeing you take part. You can do this via the PTA Events page when purchasing your tickets.
During the past few years, the PTA have managed to raise well over £40,000. We try to spend it quickly after raising it to ensure the children benefit as soon as possible. Some of the items we have purchased in recent years include:
o Trim Trail
o Playground Benches
o Climbing frame for the Infant Classes
o Leavers Hoodies/Parties
o Football Goals
o PE Equipment
The sense of belonging to something good comes from us, the parents and carers, and the example we set our children. If we want to produce children who, as adults, will lead a full and varied life, who will care and contribute to their environment, and the people around them, then we, as adults, need to set them an example now. Children who see that their parents contribute by helping at the Christmas and Summer Fairs, or helping with refreshments at various events, are more likely to contribute to their communities when they themselves grow up. They like you helping. It gives them pleasure and makes them proud of their school, as we have witnessed in the working party days when the kids do so much in the grounds themselves. Nobody is asking for you to commit to more
When there are tickets for events, these can be purchased directly from the PTA via this link.