The PTFA is a group of dedicated parents, a representative teacher and friends of the school who donate 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 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, with events like our Twilight Picnics and Meet the Makers. 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 you in 2019
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.
St Mary's College Open Day - Thursday 7 March, 2019
Thanks to all who attended our Open Day sessions this year. We also thank our wonderful students and staff who worked hard to make this a great day for visitors. Hundreds of people turned out for the two sessions, and our senior students and staff provided enjoyable guided tours around our facilities for prospective students and families. Don't worry if you missed the event, you can still get in touch or click here to view our prospectus.
Twilight 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, Lido Cinema. We will also be running a special Student Movie Night at the school in late August, details are just being finalised.
Meet the Makers - Saturday 10 August, 2019
Meet the Makers was very 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 would also like 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.
We are pleased to confirm our beerage exhibitors have kindly agreed to extend their event pricing until 31 August. If you would like to view the order forms for each winery and brewer and take advantage of this amazing offer please email us
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, Form Teachers, and staff.
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 Minivan
- Branded umbrellas
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.
“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 17 September
Tuesday 22 October
Tuesday 3 December
Meetings are held in the Staffroom at 7.15pm.
For more 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