Parent Teacher Association

What is The Ryde Parent Teacher Association?

The Ryde School has an active Parent Teacher Association (PTA), which is an organisation of parents and staff. Its role is to encourage closer links between home and school and it has raised a considerable amount of money. The Ryde PTA does not only do fundraising work, but also arranges social functions too. Fundraising and social events provide an opportunity for parents, staff and pupils to get together. 

How is The Ryde PTA organised? 

At The Ryde School all parents/carers and teachers are automatically members of the PTA.

The Ryde PTA holds its annual general meeting in the first half term of the school year. At this meeting a committee is elected to run the PTA –it consisting of a chair, a treasurer, a secretary and ordinary committee members. Ideally the ordinary committee members include at least one, or even two, parents from each class. They would then pass on information from the PTA to other parents in their child’s class.

The Ryde PTA committee meets once every half term at the school to discuss future fund raising and social events and the success of past events. It also aims to set up smaller working groups to organise individual events, but this can only happen if there are enough volunteers. 

How is money raised? 

The Ryde PTA raises money through events and sometimes donations and grants. It holds at least one main event each school term – for example, a Christmas fair in the winter, a film night in the spring, and a summer social. Other Ryde PTA events include discos, Apple Day, Bag 2 School, plant sale and many more. It is always looking for new fundraising ideas.

How is money spent?

Funds raised by The Ryde PTA are intended to provide ‘extras’ not already provided by the school's main income – often 'fun things' that make learning more interesting and exciting.

The Ryde PTA committee and the headteacher decide how to spend PTA funds. To date this has included: playground improvements and equipment, an outdoor story telling chair, a living willow tunnel, the staging system and the pantomime coaches.

How can I be involved in The Ryde PTA?

There are many different ways you can help with the Ryde PTA, whether you have lots of time to offer or not.

Some of the roles are time-consuming, although also rewarding. If you can’t commit to a big job, look out for things you can do less frequently (eg running a stall at the summer fair, baking for a cake sale). And you can always support The Ryde PTA events by simply turning up

Who wants to join our school PTA? 

Who wants to join our school PTA?
What is it for? You say, backing away.
The short answer is fundraising, pennies and pounds –
The school’s tight stretched budget can’t always go round.
We buy extra resources, for learning and play,
To enrich and enhance our children’s school day.

Who wants to join our school PTA?
What do you do? You gingerly say,
Well, we run discos, a Christmas fair, a summer date.
Cake sales, Easter events, we’ve lots on our plate!
We serve teas and coffees at most school events,
On baking cakes, decorating biscuits much time is spent.
Christmas Pantomime, is for us the best bit,
Providing coaches for the panto visit.

Who wants to join our school PTA?
Is it all mothers’ meetings? You nervously say.
It’s true that we chatter at the school gate,
Lots of business gets sorted around half past eight
But we really are a very mixed bunch,
Business people, professionals, and ladies that lunch
You don’t have to be female to be part of our club…

So, who wants to join our School PTA?
I’ve heard it’s quite cliquey, as a last ditch you say.
No, not in the slightest, we welcome everyone,
There’s a lovely team spirit, its hard work but fun.
Between staff and parents, we strengthen the link.
Are you interested? Will you join us? What do you think?

If you’re convinced or just curious about what we do each year
Come along to the meetings, there’s more to see and hear.

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