My Name is Mel and I am the new chair of Portway PTA. I have a daughter in year 3 and a 3 year old son and am very proud the be your chair this year. Alongside our Secretary Justine Holmes and our Treasurer Lisa Hammond we would like to give you a warm welcome to the PTA.
The PTA has a mission to raise funds for both the Infant and Junior school. Our aim is to help buy resources, contribute to school trips, and anything that can help enhance the children’s learning journey. We do this throughout the year, holding multiple events that are very enjoyable for the whole family. Not only do these events raise vital funds but they really help to bring the school community together. We couldn’t do this without the tremendous support from school staff and parent volunteers. All parents/carers/guardians and teachers are automatically members of the PTA but how much you join in is completely up to you.
For the PTA to function we need the help of volunteers. Everyone has something to add and help make the school experience for the children better. You can help by volunteering at an event, helping with preparations, taking up a role in our committee or even just sharing your ideas -everything makes a difference. The committee is full of working parents and we know that life can be really full on but any time you can contribute will always be appreciated.
Our PTA is a warm and welcoming environment, and we work hard to work against the stereotypes. Younger siblings are always welcome to help out (my 3 year old as stuffed many sweet jars!). We are incredibly lucky to have 100% support from the staff at both schools.
The PTA can be contacted on the email firstname.lastname@example.org or using my number 07881388792. We have a great WhatsApp group (code below) which keeps you up to date with all of the events.
If volunteering is not possible, there are many other ways for you to get involved:
Amazon Smile - Did you know that Amazon will donate 5% of your purchases to a charity of your choice? Go to www.smile.amazon.co.uk to get started. Then you just follow the instructions and select Portway Schools Association, registered charity number 1100647 and get shopping!
Easy Fundraising - Register with Easy Fundraising and when you shop in any of its hundreds of stores online, earn money for Portway! Go to www.easyfundraising.org.uk and search for Portway Schools Association-Andover to get started.
My Nametags - order sticky name labels for all of your child’s things at www.mynametags.com and use code 104933 at check out and they will donate 20% of your order to Portway Schools!
Fund Match - do you work for a company that participates in fund matching? There are many companies that will fund match for your chosen charity, and we are a registered charity! Please find out the details for your company and see if you are able to help us out.
Your School Lottery - It’s simple—choose 6 numbers between 0-9 and if they match the weekly lottery draw, you win great prizes. One of our players will win a cash prize every week, maybe even the £25k jackpot! Tickets cost just £1 per week and the proceeds are donated to Portway Parent Teacher Association. You can buy weekly or even set up a Direct Debit! Good luck everyone….it could be you!! The Link is https://www.yourschoollottery.co.uk/lottery/school/portway-parent-teacher-association