So firstly “What is Coastlands PTA?!” – An account by a current member:
Well it isn’t a secret society or exclusive membership club. When my daughter first started school I heard the phrase “PTA” fairly regularly but didn’t really know what it was, and thought it wasn’t relevant for me as I hadn’t applied to join or been selected. Gradually I gained a little more info about it- you don’t need to apply, everyone is welcome and it’s not just for Mums – Dads and Grandparents etc are also welcome!
The Parent Teacher Association (PTA) is a group of parents and teachers working together for the benefit of our children’s education. This can be planning and implementing fundraising events for extra resources or providing hands on support for some activities.
The PTA meetings are normally held at school, at the moment we are trying early mornings at 8:15am as children can be brought to breakfast club and it gives some parents the chance to come along before work. We have tried various days/times/venues and are always open to suggestions! If you have younger children not yet attending school, please don’t feel put off, a lot of us have been there, our meetings are very relaxed so a few toys and crumbs won’t interfere. The PTA can be a great way to get to know other parents and staff, and to feel a bit more involved in school life. It can be a way to voice suggestions if you feel something could be improved, or to say how well you feel something is working in your child’s class!
The PTA can be as much or as little as you would like your involvement to be, willing hands will never be turned away and new ideas are always welcome. If you would like to come along to a meeting please watch out for a letter home from school or an alert on the school app with the details of the next meeting, we would love to see you there- no application forms required!