Parent Teacher Association
WELCOME TO MACKIE ACADEMY PARENT TEACHER ASSOCIATION
The PTA exists to assist the school to advance the education
of our pupils with the active support of parents and teachers
WHAT IS A PARENT TEACHER ASSOCIATION (PTA)?
Most schools have a Parent Teacher Association (PTA), which is an organisation of parents/carers 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/carers, staff and pupils to get together.
HOW IS THE PTA ORGANISED?
At most schools all parents/carers and teachers are automatically members of the PTA.
Most PTAs hold their annual general meeting at the start of the school year. 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 can include at least one, and often two, parents from each class as ‘class reps’. Their job is to pass on information from the PTA to other parents in their child’s class.
PTA committees usually meet as necessary in order to organise events and consider funding.
HOW IS MONEY RAISED?
Most PTAs raise money through events. They often hold one main event each school term – for example, a photograph opportunity in time for Christmas, a Murder Mystery Night in the New Year, a Talent Show about Easter and a Quiz Night in the summer. Other PTA events include fashion shows, Ceilidh, Race Night and many more. They’re always looking for new fundraising ideas.
HOW IS MONEY SPENT?
Funds raised by the PTA are intended to provide ‘extras’ not already provided by the school’s main income – often ‘fun things’ that make learning more interesting and exciting.
The PTA committee including the Rector decide how to spend PTA funds. Common items include sports and playground equipment, school diaries, support for travel to events e.g. Rock Challenge and many more.
HOW CAN I BECOME INVOLVED IN MY PTA?
There are many different ways you can help, whether you have lots of time to offer or not. Some of the roles are time-consuming, although also rewarding. If you can’t commit to a big job, look out for things you can do less frequently (e.g. helping sell tickets for events), and you can always support PTA events by simply turning up!
If you wish to join, then simply come to one of our meetings, dates for which, will be announced regularly.