St Mary’s College PTFA is a group of dedicated parents, a representative teacher and friends of the school who voluntarily give their time to support the school.
Parent participation aims to enrich the school community through the many social and fundraising events we hold throughout the year. The parents you see serving drinks and treats on open day are members of the PTFA, and you are warmly welcomed by them again at orientation and other significant events as your daughter progresses through the school.
Community and fundraising goals
Our charter is to promote and provide opportunities for families to form a close community. We also have fundraising goals, but the planning and preparation of these also has a strong focus on community-building, with events like our Community Picnics and Movie Nights. The PTFA are by nature a social bunch, so events are fun, well-organised and rewarding for all involved.
These opportunities to meet other families, students and the teachers are especially important for a college. Students become more independent when they reach Year 7 and there isn’t the same access to classrooms and teachers as there is at primary school. PTFA events are a great opportunity to make and strengthen connections.
An invitation to join
We’d like to invite all new parents of St Mary’s College to join our group and lend support. You can be involved as much or as little as you like. It is a great way of getting to know the school and other supportive parents.
Some of our events:
Years 7 to 9 Parents’ Evenings – getting to know you
The PTFA helps with the presentation of food and drinks for these evenings. It is a chance for new parents to meet the Deans and Form teachers, and talk to sports and music staff.
Open Evening – a welcome to St Mary’s College
All prospective students, parents and caregivers are invited to the annual Open Evening. They start at the PK Gym for a formal welcome, before going on a guided tour around the school. The PTFA presents food, tea and coffee in the café afterwards. We can have as many as 1,000 people attend an Open Evening. This year's event took place on Tuesday 7 March.
Year 13 Breakfast – a special occasion
This is a special event held for our Year 13 students, their Parents/Caregivers. The PTFA run this event serving breakfast and helping to make it a special occasion.
Meet the Makers – and support the College
One of our bi-annual highlights is ‘Meet the Makers’, a fantastic night of wine, beer and delicious food. We showcase boutique wineries and brewers, complimented by a wide range of original and delectable foods from local restaurants and suppliers. This year's event will take place on Saturday 12 August, from 7-11pm. Tickets will cost just $55, more information will be posted here shortly.
All proceeds from this year's event will be put towards the fit-out of our new Science block which is scheduled to open in September.
Saint's Pop-up Cafe 2017 - brand new event
New to our events calendar for 2017 is Saint's Cafe, a pop-up cafe run by the PTFA as part of Rotary Westhaven's Art Mart at Freemans Bay Community Centre on Saturday 29 April. More details will be posted here shortly.
SMC Twilight Community Picnic 2017– fun and food
Thank you for supporting the annual SMC Twilight Picnic on Friday 3 March, the weather was beautiful, and it was great to see so many people there.
Movie Night – a mix-and-mingle fundraiser
Each winter we hold a community movie night with great raffles, auctions and door prizes. Timed for a popular new release, it provides an opportunity for parents and teachers to mix and mingle at one of Auckland’s characterful independent cinemas. In 2016, 200 parents, teachers and friends enjoyed Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie at the Lido.
Fundraising – to make St Mary’s College the best it can be
Our fundraising efforts can go towards everything from large infrastructure projects to school trips or academic resources. Here are some examples of successful fundraising:
- Outfitting the student café
- Technology such as computer suites and smart boards
- Donations for the library, Music, Dance and Drama departments
- $80,000 to resurface the tennis courts
- Curtains in the SM and CM halls
- A proposed new school van to transport students to sports or school activities.
- Proposed shade sails and outdoor seating.
Would you like to be part of the PTFA?
As a group we meet twice a term, with dates advertised in the school newsletters. Anyone who is a parent or caregiver of a current pupil, a member of the teaching staff or a past pupil, and wants to join us will be warmly welcome.
“The PTFA is a great opportunity to be involved with parents and staff at St Mary's College. Through the years I have heard many parent's reflections of their children excelling in such a professionally caring environment. I believe this reflects the Mercy Values of this College which have been upheld by the Sisters of Mercy and Staff.” – Lou Dowd
“My main reason for coming onto the PTFA was for my daughter. I have found through past experience that when I am informed with what is going on at school, and when I have an association with the teachers and admin staff, that Antonia feels more connected, with a stronger sense of security and belonging, to the school community. Also for me personally it is a great way of getting to meet people. Especially as SMC does not have a school zone and we started at the school not knowing any one.” – Anna-Marie Arnerich
PTFA Meetings 2017
4 April - AGM
Last meeting for the year - tba
7.15pm – St Mary's College Staffroom
For any further information please do not hesitate to contact members of our committee:
We look forward to hearing from you, for any help you might be able to offer, your time, your expertise or even raffle donations.
St Mary’s College PTFA