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 2019
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.
Year 13 Breakfast - Thursday 28 February, 2019
Further details about this event will be available here shortly.
Open Day - Thursday 7 March, 2019
We are very pleased to confirm the details for the next St Mary's College Open Day. It will be held on Thursday 7 March over two sessions: 2.30pm and 6.30pm in the Paul Keane Gymnasium. It will begin with a welcome followed by a guided tour organised by our Year 13 students. All welcome, including prospective students, parents, grandparents and whanau. A prospectus and enrolment pack will also be available. Please note, there are stairs on the route.
Twilight Community Picnic - Friday 22 March, 2019
Our annual picnic / fair is planned for Friday 22 March. Last year we had food from around the world, home baking, raffles and games. If you would like to raise some money for your internal school group or trip, let the PTFA know by filling in the registration form here
Movie Fundraiser 2018 - "Book Club"
Each year we aim to hold a community movie night with great raffles, auctions and door prizes. We wish to thank everyone who turned out in support of our most recent movie "Book Club" at The Lido Cinema on 19 August. Our movie events provide an opportunity for parents, staff and families to mix and mingle at one of Auckland’s characterful independent cinemas. Please watch this space for information about our next movie.
Meet the Makers
A real highlight 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 range of 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 Science Centre. Details of our 2019 event will be posted shortly!
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 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 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 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