What is the PTA?
It is a formal organization composed of parents, teachers and staff with the purpose of providing a structure through which the parents/guardians of children attending St Michael’s School can work together for the best possible education and welfare of their children.
The objectives of the Parent Teacher Association are as follows:
- To represent the views of parents
- To promote a positive view of parents through liaison with the Parent Representatives on the Board of Governors.
- To develop partnership between the school bodies
- To network with other Parent Associations through involvement with National Parents Council
- To establish a forum through which parents can communicate their opinions and concerns regarding the school, to identify issues and possibly work towards a solution
- To establish a forum through which parents and teachers can exchange information and research in relation to education/welfare of children.
- To support parents, teachers and students to ensure that all children are treated in accordance with the ethos of the school.
- To elect a Committee and Sub-committees, e.g. Fundraising Committee, Ethics Committee.
- To ensure equal participation by all parents.
- To help plan and carry out a programme of activities for the year, in consultation with the Principal and Board of Governors and to run activities that involve parents and children.
- To help raise funds for the school and the Parents Association, in consultation with the Principal and Board of Governors.
- To keep parents informed about activities planned for the school
The role of the PTA is NOT:
- To get involved in individual complaints
- Day to day running of the school
- Appointment of teachers
- Carrying out activities without consultation with Principal and/or Board of Governors.
- Portraying the school, its staff, the Board of Governors and pupils in a negative manner.