The St. Francis School PTA Committee

Our current list of Committee Members for the St Francis PTA are as follows:

Chairperson

Lisa Hollier

Vice Chairperson

Currently vacant 

Treasurer 

Anna Matthews

Deputy Treasurer 

Al Ryan

Secretary

Sylvia Wong

Non-Official Positioned Committee Members
 

Rachael Bond
Sue Matthews
Jessica Comper
Angela Young
Karen Canham
Louise Essery
Gary Essery

Primarily, our aim is to raise as much money as we can to advance the education of pupils, and assist in the provision of facilities for education at the school. With school budgets so tight, the additional finances make a huge difference.

As parents ourselves we understand that there is constantly something needing more money; we try to find a balance of organising events and activities that not only raise funds, but also enrich the experiences of the pupils and help parents where we can.

For example, we hope that events such as the Easter Egg hunt, Summer Fayre and Christmas Fayre are enjoyable family occasions. We hope the pre-loved uniform and nativity costumes help to reduce the financial burden on parents. And, let’s face it, parents need some adult time to relax and have like-minded adult company; we hope that the newer events, like the Chocoholics party and Quiz Night, provide an opportunity for that.

Membership is open to all parents of children attending the school. The main committee is made up of an elected Chairperson, Secretary and Treasurer. In addition there are several sub-committees which co-ordinate specific events, and many other volunteers. Many of the big events are successful because of parents doing smaller tasks as and when they can, often at home.

The School Association meets regularly to plan forthcoming events, with sub-committee groups meeting at other times to organise specific events. All parents are openly welcome to attend the meetings. The association is always looking for additional help through attendance at committee meetings; by supporting events; and through sponsorship.

Our main role is to organise fundraising events for the school. This involves some fun stuff (buying food and drink!) and some not so fun stuff (cleaning!) – because there are always a few of us involved in each event, although it can be hard work, we always have a laugh as well (and it’s very rewarding, of course!)

Planning, organising, running and clearing up after events. For big events, volunteers spend many hours planning how the event would be most enjoyable for all, deciding what is needed, buying/sourcing what is needed, preparing food and drink, decorating the room, advertising the event, advertising for help at the event, obtaining a licence, running the event, cleaning up after the event, returning unused bottles to shops, washing and returning crates of glasses, writing expenses claim forms, processing expenses claim forms, preparing floats and calculating income. We are always grateful for any help you can give; even half an hour or your time makes a huge difference to us!

Looking for external organisations to sponsor us. This could be in the form of event sponsorship, grants, raffle prize donations, or sources of matched funding. It makes a huge difference to our income, and is not reliant on the generosity of parents. Please do let us know of anything you come across that we could access, including any schemes your places of work might offer.

Communicating our work and promoting events and activities. This can be challenging as not everyone feels comfortable joining our Facebook group so we also send messages via the school office; the office staff are incredibly accommodating but already very busy and, let’s face it, we all have to prioritise which messages we have time to read! We could put handouts in book bags, but we want to avoid this in terms of the risk of spreading infection, wasting resources and money. We would be grateful if anyone can suggest a more effective method of communicating with parents!

Identifying and promoting other fundraising tools such as Stikins, Easyfundraising and Amazon Smile. These tools are great fundraisers and ask nothing more of parents than a few minutes of their time to set them up.

Working with parents and staff to find out how we can be more effective in our goals. Not just to raise money but also to support staff and parents, and to make our events and activities as enjoyable as possible. This also includes learning about activities or items we could fund to support the work of staff and provide some financial relief to parents. Please do get in touch with us if there are any school related activities you feel we could help with.

Our Chair is Lisa Hollier, a working parent from the school. Lisa is incredibly passionate about supporting the school, its pupils and their families as much as we can. She is always open to new ideas, and supporting others to make those ideas become reality.

Hazel Friar is our Vice-chair and also a working parent from the school. As a teacher herself, Hazel understands that staff are often brimming over with wonderful ideas to help the pupils learn and experience more, but that budgets do not always allow them to come into fruition; being part of the PTA feels like a great way to help with this.

Our current Treasurer is Albert Ryan, a working parent from the school. He is excellent at keeping the books and informing us of financial successes, as well as areas we need to look at improving. He is responsible for any monies we receive or pay out, a well as applications for licences and related tasks. Anna Matthews another parent at the school, is currently in training to take over Al’s responsibilities over the year.

Our Secretary, Sylvia Wong, is another working parent from the school. Like all of us, Sylvia is very enthusiastic about supporting the school to the best of her ability; whatever activity or event is happening, Sylvia will always dig in, helping out in whatever way she can.

Rachael Bond and Sue Matthews don’t have official titles on the committee, but are the rocks of our organisation. They put in an incredible amount of time to EVERY event, AND all the activities in between. Without them nothing would ever happen! To describe their roles individually is simply too difficult because they do so much. They are just awesome.

We are absolutely thrilled to have gained some new committee members over the last year: Louise and Gary Essery, as well as Anna Matthews, have already made great additions to our team and we are so glad they joined us. Gary has very kindly, and professionally, reviewed our accounts – a legal requirement for us – in preparation for our AGM.