Parents, Teachers, and Friends Association (PTFA)
I would like to welcome you to St. Joseph’s Catholic Primary School and introduce the school’s Parents, Teachers and Friends Association (PTFA). As the name suggests, all parents and teachers are members of the PTFA. The PTFA is guided by a committee comprised of a representative (rep) and deputy representative/s from each class. The purpose of the PTFA is to support the management, staff, parents and most importantly, children at St Joseph’s. To achieve this goal, we have set out four initiatives:
- Involved Parents – Developing a closer relationship among parents and the school fosters community. A shared commitment to the school promotes the well – being of our children, which improves student achievement. The classroom rep encourages the involvement of parents through socialising and regular communications.
- Communication – The PTFA promotes the sharing of information to the school community keeping members informed of current events, issues and accomplishments. Likewise, the PTFA can collectively communicate constructive feedback to the school at large. The classroom rep enables the sharing of appropriate information through individual classroom arrangements via email and Whatsapp.
- Leverage Volunteer Power – The PTFA organises involved parents as dedicated volunteers, whether it is for regular or one-off, small or large functions. The classroom rep invites and maintains a list of parents ready to assist the rep and PTFA in fulfilling its responsibilities.
- Tap Into More Resources – With education experiencing decreasing budgets and increased workloads, the PTFA can aid the school by seeking value – add programmes and fundraising. The PTFA can identify resources amongst both the parent and wider community to support school programmes, building improvements, and educational events. The classroom rep enables this by helping to identify those resources that can benefit the school.
In order to be successful, we need the support and involvement of the parents of our students, and the management and staff at St Joseph’s. We encourage each of you to show your commitment by joining in.
Please do get in touch if you have any queries or ideas: PTFA.StJosephs@gmail.com
Ryan Yap – PTFA Committee Chair