Offord Parent & Teachers Association (OPTA)
What is a Parent Teacher Association (PTA)?
The PTA is an organisation made up of parents and staff. Its role is to encourage closer links between home and school. PTAs are best known for their fundraising work, but they have a useful social function too. Fundraising events provide an opportunity for parents, staff and pupils to get together.
How is Offord's PTA organised?
At most schools, including Offord, all parents/carers and teachers are automatically members of the PTA. An Annual General Meeting is usually held in September. All parents are invited and will be warmly welcomed. At this meeting a committee is elected to run the PTA – usually consisting of a chair, a vice-chair, a treasurer, a secretary and ordinary committee members. These ordinary members include at least one, and often two, parents from each class as 'Class Reps'. They are elected annually and their job is to pass on information from the PTA to other parents in their child’s class.
The OPTA (Offord Parent Teacher Association) committee usually meet once a term and set up smaller working groups to organise individual events. Any help, however small, is always appreciated and very much needed. We are currently looking for family members with practical skills to help wherever possible to undertake small tasks around the school.
This is a position that has proved a great success in giving families opportunities to get involved with the PTA and school life, without having to commit a more formal role. Each class, throughout the school (Wrens, Robins, Hawks, and Kingfishers) has at least 1 or 2 parents / family members, who represent the class and liaise with the PTA committee.
What is their Role?
The purpose of the 'class rep' is to ensure all ages of children at the school are represented by parents. As a 'class rep' you can be involved as much or as little as your time allows. All we ask is that you attend a committee meeting once a term and disseminate information to the parents in your child's class. We may, from time to time, ask for your help with events or ask parents from your child's class to volunteer.
How can I become a 'Class Rep?'
Anyone can be a 'class rep'. Please come along to any of the committee meetings or see a member of the committee in the playground. The OPTA notice board and newsletters will provide information on dates and venues for meetings and contact details of the OPTA committee.
The OPTA Committee
Chair - Claire Faux
Vice-Chair - Bonny Fountain
Treasurer - Charmane Collingwood
Vice -Treasurer - Hannah Johnson
Secretary – Sarah Brown
We appoint Class Reps each year at our AGM. These people will pass information from OPTA meetings to parents in their classes, as well as help seek any volunteers for events or wherever help is needed.
Wrens – Debbie Fish and Nikki Mitchell
Robins - Sarah Cutworth and Rebecca Smith
Hawks - Bonny Fountain & Charmane Collingwood
Kingfishers - Vanessa Sharpe & Lisa Riordan
How is Money Raised?
OPTA raises money through events. They usually hold one main event each school term – for example, a Christmas Fair in the winter, Easter Raffle and a Summer Fair. Other PTA events include school discos and book fairs. We are always looking for new fundraising ideas. Remember, the money raised directly benefits the children.
How is Money Spent?
Funds raised by the PTA are intended to provide 'extras' not already provided by the school's main income. In the past we have fund-raised for the Maypole, Christmas crackers for the festive lunch and play equipment, as well as subsidising school trips. The PTA committee and headteacher decide how to spend PTA funds.Smaller purchases include items such as presents for Father Christmas to distribute. We are currently raising funds to stock our new school library.
How can I get involved with OPTA?
There are many different ways you can help with the PTA, whether you have lots of time to offer or not. Some of the roles require more of a time-commitment but it is immensely rewarding knowing that your efforts are making a differencde to the school life of your child or children. It can also be a lot of fun for you! If you cannot commit to a big job, look out for things you can do less frequently (e.g. running a stall at the Christmas fair, baking for a cake sale), and you can always support PTA events by simply turning up.
Without the support of parents and family members, our children will miss out on fun and exciting experiences that enhance their learning and help to make Offord Primary School the great school that it is.
For more information please contact our Chair, Claire Faux, via the School Office firstname.lastname@example.org
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