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
Thank you to everyone who helped out with our Year 13 Breakfast this year, it was a huge success. We had a very special guest speaker this year, please click here to read the article.
St Mary's College Open Day - Thursday 7 March, 2019
We wish to thank everyone who attended our Open Day sessions on Thursday 7 March. We also thank our wonderful students and staff who worked hard to make this a great day for all visitors. We had hundreds of people turn out for the two event sessions, and our senior students and staff provided enjoyable interactive guided tours around our facilities for prospective students and their families. Don't worry if you missed the event, you can still get in touch or click here to view our prospectus.
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
Movie Events 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. In 2019 we will be running a Student Movie Night in the CM Hall on Friday 28 June and a Parent Movie Night at The Lido on Sunday 30 June (movies TBC).
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 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