Parents and Friends Association (PFA)
St Mary’s warmly encourages a family environment as we know children learn best when there are strong relationships between home and school. The PFA meets regularly to discuss ideas that they can organise for our children, parents and staff. They provide support to the school in many ways and ensure the children have extra benefits and opportunities such as:
New books and subsidised creative learning activities
Outside play equipment
Resources for Early Years
Christmas buffet lunch and annual Christmas pantomime
Typically the PFA organise fundraising and social events including Christmas, Easter and summer fairs, auctions, barbecues, breakfasts and discos. Through their activities the PFA plays a key role in fostering the school’s relations in the wider community, for example: parent wreath making; participation in the ‘Angel Host Festival at St Mary’s Church; refreshments for inter-school Cross Country; and auctions at the village Sports and Social Club.
The PFA have continued to support St Mary’s throughout the Covid-19 pandemic including arranging an online version of ‘Jack & the Beanstalk’ pantomime and an Easter search for Golden Tickets to exchange for chocolate! New playground equipment helped to increase children’s activity levels at break times and Year 6 proudly wore their Leavers Hoodies in summer 2021. Each family received a copy of Captain Sir Tom Moore’s book, One Hundred Steps; a reminder of his outstanding achievements during the COVID pandemic and of his inspirational and hopeful words.
With easing of Covid protocols, we hope for more active PFA participation in school life for the 2021/22 academic year. New members are always very welcome to join the next PFA meeting for a friendly and worthwhile get together.