The Parents, Teachers and Friends Association (PTFA) are a group of dedicated parents and friends of the school who donate their time to support the school. Parent participation aims to enrich the school community through the social events we hold. The parents you see serving drinks at events are PTFA members, and you are warmly welcomed by them again at other significant events as your daughter progresses through St Mary's College.
Community and fundraising goals
Our charter is to promote and provide opportunities for families to form a close community. We have fundraising goals, but the planning and preparation of these has a strong focus on community-building. The PTFA are 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.
We need your support in 2020
EVENTS TO COME:
St Mary's College Open Day - Thursday 5 March, 2020
We look forward to hosting you at our special Open Day again in 2020, we will most more information here when it is available. In the meantime please contact the office on (09) 376 6568 or click here to view our prospectus.
Twilight Community Picnic - Friday 20 March, 2020
Thank you to everyone who supported our 2019 picnic. We look forward to hosting you again for another fun-filled afternoon. More details to come soon.
Movie Night - Sunday 17 May, 2020
Our 2020 Parent and Community Movie Night will be held at Lido Cinema, more details and film selection to come.
SMC Home and Garden Tour - Sunday 15 November, 2020
More details about this unique event will be posted here soon.
Year 13 Breakfast - Thursday 28 February, 2019
Thanks to everyone who helped with our Year 13 Breakfast this year, it was a huge success. We were fortunate to be joined by Prime Miinister Jacinda Ardern this year. Please click here to read our event article.
Twilight Community Picnic - Friday 22 March, 2019
Thank you to everyone who supported our Twilight Picnic on 22 March, we are very grateful for your help. Thanks must also go to our amazing volunteers, without your support this event would not be possible.
Movie Night - 'Yesterday' at Lido Cinema - Sunday 30 June, 2019
Thanks to everyone who attended our film Yesterday at The Lido Cinema. This was a wonderful community event with auctions, raffles and spot prizes. These events provide an opportunity for parents, staff and families to mix and mingle at one of Auckland’s characterful cinemas.
Meet the Makers - Saturday 10 August, 2019
Meet the Makers was well supported by our parents and wider community again this year, we had well over 320 people attend on the night which was a great result. We wish to thank the amazing parents who went above and beyond to ensure this event was a huge sucess. We also wish to acknowledge our event sponsors and brilliant exhibitors for sharing their support and helping us raise funds towards the construction and installation of a school playground for our girls. Thank you to everyone who donated their time, expertise or products to make this a very special event for the St Mary's College community.
Fundraising to make St Mary’s College the best it can be
Our fundraising efforts go towards everything from large infrastructure projects to trips or resources. Here are some fundraising examples:
- 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 Van
- Branded umbrellas
- Shade Sails for new Playground
Would you like to be part of the PTFA?
We meet twice a term, with dates advertised below and in newsletters. All parents, caregivers, staff, past pupils and people in the community are welcome to join.
“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 my daughter 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 2020
Meetings are held in the Staffroom at 7.15pm.
For more information, please contact our committee members: