All families are members of our PTA together with staff members. We exist to raise funds for school, run social events for the school community and work together for the benefit of our children. We are always looking for extra help so if you are interested in contributing please let us know.
Fun things we do
We run events throughout the year for the children (eg: discos, class parties, movie nights) and families. The big event each year is our Summer BBQ which is enjoyed by all our families, staff and governors. We also support school events and trips and run coffee mornings through the year.
We will give details of upcoming events in letters, the school newsletter, our Facebook Page and this website.
We are always open to new ideas. Please come along to a meeting or contact us by email here with any suggestions.
Would you like to be added to our volunteers list? It is a mailing list for people who would be willing to be asked to help out with/at events (but maybe can’t commit to a formal “role”). Volunteers are essential to what we do so any contribution is values, big or small!
Please contact us here. There is no obligation to do anything – you will just be on the first mailing list.
We are run independently of school and governed by a constitution. We are also paid members of PTA UK, a body providing support to PTAs across the country, which gives us public liability insurance and access to loads of ideas and useful documents. You can find out more here. We have our accounts audited by the Local Authority’s audit services team. The 2016-17 accounts are available here (not yet audited).
2017-18 Committee and Class Reps
- Chair Clare Swinhoe
- Secretary Angel Belle
- Treasurer Emily Martin
- Reception Angel Belle
- Year 1 Ramune Masri and Kath Carr
- Year 2 Amanda Lewis
- Year 3 Angel Belle and Angela Pye
- Year 4 Sheila McKeown
- Year 5 Amanda Lewis
- Year 6 Sarah Crawford
If you are interested in what these roles involve click here for details.
Meetings and Communication
We have an AGM in the Autumn term each year and then meet whenever it makes sense through the year. The meetings are an open opportunity for anyone to come along and contribute. We try to schedule them at times that can work for people but we recognise it isn’t always possible. Given the diverse and busy nature of our members, we make full use of email and other social media platforms to communicate and organise specific events. AGM 17 November 2017 – minutes
We currently run a private Facebook Group, St Teresa’s Catholic Primary PTA. If you are connected to the school you can request to join by answering a few simple questions. Again, we are always open to new ideas for how we can get communication right. Please do let us know any thoughts you have!
Easy ways to raise money
We have many ways to raise funds that involve little or no work! Have a look at these:
Whenever you buy anything online – from your weekly shop to Black Friday deals – you could be raising a free donation through easyfundraising.
There are over 3,300 retailers including Amazon, John Lewis, eBay, Booking.com and Sainsbury’s, ready to give a free donation every time you shop online.
It’s really simple, and doesn’t cost you anything.
All you have to do is:
1. Go to: https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/invite/86K5LH/1AEGDN
2. Enter St Teresa’s RC Primary School PTA – Newcastle upon Tyne in the search box
3. Click Join Us and enter your details and click on Create My Account
4. Choose from over 3,300 retailers, do your online shopping as normal and our cause will receive a free donation at no extra cost to you for every purchase you make.
Micro Scooters runs a Scooters for Schools scheme where we can receive a 10% cashback on any orders placed through their website http://www.micro-scooters.co.uk. Simply enter our unique code.
You can buy quality labels for your children’s school uniform, and school receives 30% commission at the same time when you click via this link! Our school’s unique code is 21918.
These labels are a great idea; they are really easy to use – no sewing or ironing – just stick them to the wash-care label. They are washing machine, tumble-dryer, dishwasher and even microwave-proof! Use them on coats, clothing, lunch boxes, water bottles, shoes, bags, PE kits, glasses’ cases, trainers, musical instruments, phones etc.
If you buy school uniform from Tesco you can choose to have it embroidered with our badge – and raise money for school!
Six times a year, Scholastic reveals a brand new Book Club selection of quality children’s books at discounted prices. The books on offer are carefully chosen to get children reading for pleasure – and to keep them reading right through their teenage years. Leaflets will come out in the children’s bags with instructions. Books are discounted, many by 50% and they are delivered FREE to school.
If you would like to browse and order it’s easy! Go to http://schools.scholastic.co.uk/st-teresas-ne6.
There is no obligation to order, but for every £1 that parents spend on a school’s Book Club order Scholastic donate 25p in FREE BOOKS back to school.
Each year we sell delicious plum and chocolate Christmas puddings to families. They are very popular and raise some funds for school … win-win! We also sell Christmas cards and other personalised gifts designed by the children each Autumn – an easy way to choose a present for family members!