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.
An invitation to join
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.
All prospective students, parents and caregivers are invited to the annual Open Evening. They begin at the Paul Keane Gymnasium for a formal welcome, before going on a guided tour around the school. The PTFA provide 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 and was a huge success. Please watch this space for details of our 2018 Open Evening.
Year 13 Breakfast
This is a special event for Year 13 students. The PTFA run this event serving breakfast and helping to make it a special occasion.
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 $45,000 towards the fit-out of the new Mother Bernard Towers Science Centre which opened in October.
SMC Twilight Community Picnic
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. Details for the 2018 Twilight Picnic will be available shortly.
Winter Movie Night
Each winter 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 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
- $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 2017
24 October (7.15pm SMC Staffroom)
Dates for 2018 will be available shortly
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