The 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. The parents you see serving drinks and treats on open day are PTFA members, and you are warmly welcomed by them again at 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 Twilight Picnics and Meet the Makers. The PTFA are by nature a social bunch, so events are fun, well-organised and rewarding. 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 develop connections.
Help us in 2019
Year 13 Breakfast - Thursday 28 February, 2019
This special event is for all Year 13 students. It runs from 7.30am and we have a very special guest speaker this year.
St Mary's College Open Day - Thursday 7 March, 2019
We are pleased to confirm details for the next Open Day. It will be held over two sessions: 2.30pm and 6.30pm in the Paul Keane Gymnasium. It begins with a welcome followed by a guided tour from our Year 13 students. All welcome, including prospective students, parents, grandparents and whanau. A prospectus and enrolment pack will be available. Please note, there are stairs on the route.
Twilight Community Picnic - Friday 22 March, 2019
Our annual picnic is a fun afternoon of food, raffles and games. It is a relaxing event held on the school fields from 4pm. If you would like to raise money for your internal school group, let us know by filling in the registration form
Meet the Makers - Saturday 10 August, 2019
A real highlight is: Meet the Makers, a fantastic night of wine, beer and delicious food. In 2019 we will be showcasing boutique wineries, brewers and food exhibitors in our Paul Keane Gymnasium. All funds raised will be targeted towards the development of a playground to ease the transition to College for junior pupils. More details to come.
Movie Fundraiser 2019
Each year we aim to hold a community movie night with raffles, auctions and door prizes. We thank everyone who supported our 2018 movie 'Book Club' at The Lido. Our movie events provide an opportunity for parents, staff and families to mix and mingle at one of Auckland’s characterful cinemas. Our 2019 movie will be announced soon.
Years 7 to 9 Parent Evenings
The PTFA arrange food and drinks for these evenings. It is a chance for new parents to meet the Deans and Form Teachers, and talk to staff.
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
Would you like to be part of the PTFA?
We meet twice a term, with dates advertised below and in school newsletters. All parents, caregivers, staff, past pupils and people in the community are welcome to join.
“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 joining the PTFA was for my daughter. I found through past experience that when I am informed, 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's a great way of meeting people. Especially as SMC does not have a school zone and we started here not knowing anyone.” – Anna-Marie Arnerich
PTFA Meetings 2019
Tuesday 19 February
Tuesday 2 April
Tuesday 7 May (AGM)
Tuesday 25 June
Tuesday 30 July
Tuesday 17 September
Tuesday 22 October
Tuesday 3 December
Meetings are held in the Staffroom at 7.15pm.
For further information, please contact our committee members:
Please get in touch if you can offer your time, expertise or even raffle donations.
St Mary’s College PTFA