This information has been compiled by SMIF especially for you, as a new family joining our school community. We realise it can be strange and a little nerve-wracking starting at a new school and there always seems to be so many questions to ask. This information aims to provide you with information about St Mary's Infants Fellowship (PTA), which forms a major part of school life. If you have any questions that remain unanswered, please contact one of the committee members.
Chairperson: Ms Rosie Corriette
The Core PTA committee can be contacted through the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
We are fortunate at our school to have a SMIF Committee and parent volunteers that is and has been an integral part of the school community for a number of years. In its time SMIF has raised thousands of pounds, which has been spent on equipment and resources to enhance our children's education experience and the school's facilities.
SMIF is about much more than simply fundraising. SMIF exists to provide closer links between home and school and it is an excellent way to bring staff, parents and friends together socially in support of the school, working towards a common goal. It is fun too - just ask any of the Committee members or helpers.
All parents and members of the school community are encouraged to get involved, even if they only have a small amount of time available. All families are automatically members of SMIF when their child joins our school.
SMIF is extremely conscious of the Catholic ethos and diversity of our school, and we try very hard when organising and planning events to respect this. Not all of our events are run as fundraisers. For example we host a fun night for all children who attend St Mary's Nursery and Infants' School. They can bring their brothers, sisters, cousins and/or friends, to come along and have fun playing beat the goalie, see who gets the most hoops, have their faces painted or nails decorated and hair braided. Join in with all the fun and activities.
Charity law requires voluntary organisations such as ours with an annual income in excess of £5,000 to register with the Charity Commission for England and Wales. As a charity we must abide by Charity Commission rules and regulations and we are bound by a governing document referred to as our constitution. Our constitution sets out the rules about how we operate as a PTA and how we conduct ourselves.
Being a registered charity enables SMIF to:
We have, over time, developed strong links with the local community and are always well supported by both residents and businesses, for which we are very grateful. Many of our local shops are very generous providing donations for raffle prizes, auction items etc and some have taken part in our Christmas and Summer Fayres this has made a huge difference to our fundraising efforts.
Our Annual General Meeting is held at the beginning of the academic year and provides an opportunity for all parents to come along and hear in more detail about the work of SMIF, the events we have run, the funds we have raised and how the money has been spent. It is also the occasion when we elect our new committee members.
SMIF is a member of the NCPTA, which is a national charity and membership organisation providing support and guidance for all home school associations in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Our association is one of over 13,000 members in current membership of the NCPTA. We pay an annual membership fee to the NCPTA which gives us lots of member benefits including comprehensive insurance cover for all SMIF run events, support and advice on running SMIF plus fundraising ideas and good practice hints and tips.
The majority of SMIF funds are raised through the events that we organise. Some of our most popular events include:
As you can see there is always something going on. We always try and respond to the children's requests; it is great to see them having fun. We would also invite all parents to get in touch with any other fundraising event ideas.
Letters/flyers will be sent out via Parentmail and bookbags. These will provide information for up and coming events, dates for your diaries or general information. Please check your e-mails regularly to avoid missing something exciting. Following a SMIF event, we let parents know how much was raised, and if we can, we tell you what the money will be spent on. When SMIF requires volunteers for up-coming events we will put letters with slips in bookbags for you to complete and return if you are able to help.
A copy of the minutes from all SMIF meetings will be sent out via Parentmail and a copy will be available in a file in the foyer of the school.
Following a fundraising event the money is banked straight away. It is at our SMIF Committee meetings, that the decisions on how to spend the money are agreed. Usually, The Head Teacher will have a 'wish list' of items that the school would like SMIF to consider funding. At times it will be for resources to improve a particular area of the curriculum or school environment. The SMIF funds are spent on the 'extras' that are not provided by the school's budget, thus making our children's learning experiences so much more fulfilling and exciting.
We always endeavour to spend our funds in ways that will benefit all our children across all areas of the school and curriculum. The money we raise is usually spent fairly quickly. That way, you can be sure that in supporting our school, your children will feel the benefit, along with everybody else.
As parents, you are AUTOMATICALLY a member of SMIF so your voice counts.
SMIF relies on a continual cycle of parent involvement. As children reach their final year and leave, so do their parents. The teachers and Head support us when possible, but without all your support, we have no SMIF - WE REALLY DO NEED YOU.
SMIF is a mixture of parents that work together for the benefit of St Mary's. Some are full-time parents, some work part-time or work full-time. NONE of us are specialists in fundraising.
Taking an active role within SMIF organised events is critical to your children's success, so we've compiled a list of 10 reasons why helping SMIF will greatly improve your child's time at St Mary's:
Our children are only at school for a relatively short time. Hopefully some SMIF events will be remembered fondly by our children for a lifetime. The equipment and resources SMIF helps fund, make learning even more engaging. Help us continue to create lasting memories for our children.
Thank you for taking the time to read this page. We hope you now know a little more about St Mary's Infants Fellowshp (SMIF). On behalf of all the pupils and staff we would like to thank you for your very valuable support which enriches their learning experience and makes their time in school so enjoyable.
Rosie and the rest of the committee