The 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 PTFA members, and you are warmly welcomed by them again at orientation and other significant events as your daughter progresses through our 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 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 staff 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.
Join us in 2018
Some of our events:
Years 7 to 9 Parent Evenings
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.
We had more than 950 people attend our two sessions of Open Day on Thursday 8 March. The feedback from students and families was fantastic, with many commenting on our wonderful new facilities, including our Paul Keane Gymnasium and Mother Bernard Towers Science Centre. The Open Day included a formal welcome and a guided tour of our school and facilities. We look forward to hosting you all again in 2019.
Year 13 Breakfast
The Year 13 Breakfast was held on Tuesday 13 February, and it was a great success! Our students, parents and staff thoroughly enjoyed the event, and the feedback has been extremely positive. Our PTFA worked tirelessly to provide a lovely breakfast and helped to ensure this was a very special occasion for our Year 13 students. We will post details of our 2019 event here later this year.
Twilight Community Picnic
The Twilight Community Picnic was held on the school fields on Friday 16 March. Thank you to everyone who attended, and all of our special helpers this year, we couldn't have done it without you. Watch this space for details of our 2019 Twilight Picnic.
Meet the Makers
One of our highlights is: Meet the Makers, a fantastic night of wine, beer and delicious food. In 2017 we showcased boutique wineries (Soho, West Brook, Odyssey and Volcanic Hills) and brewers (Hallertau), complemented by a wide range of original and delectable foods from local restaurants and suppliers. We had more than 350 guests attend this year, and we raised more than $43,000 towards the fit-out of the new Mother Bernard Towers Science Centre which opened in October. Please watch this space for details of our 2019 event!
Each year we aim to 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. We last ran an Absolutely Fabulous Movie Night at The Lido in 2016 where 200 people attended. Please watch this space for details of our next Movie Night.
We are Fundraising – to make St Mary’s College the best it can be
Our fundraising efforts can go towards everything from large infrastructure projects to trips or resources. Here are some examples of our fundraising:
- Outfitting the Student Café
- Technology (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
- $40,000 towards a new School Minivan
- Proposed shade sails and outdoor seating.
Would you like to be part of the PTFA?
We meet twice a term, with dates advertised here and 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 meeting people. Especially as SMC does not have a school zone and we started at the school not knowing anyone.” – Anna-Marie Arnerich
PTFA Meetings 2018
Tuesday 26 June
Tuesday 31 July
Tuesday 18 September
Tuesday 23 October
Tuesday 4 December
Meetings are held in the Staffroom at 7.15pm.
For 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