How to get involved in the PSA

A warm welcome to St Mary’s Parent Staff Association (PSA) webpage where you can find out more about the PSA and the fundraising events we run throughout the year.

You don’t need to make a big commitment to be part of the PSA, and there are many ways to get involved, whether you’re a stay at home mum with very little time to spare, or a working parent who rarely makes the school gates. Some get involved throughout the year, some for a single event. You don’t need specific skills, and its a great way to learn new ones in a supportive environment where there’s always someone to ask. Even if the PSA isn’t for you right now, you can still make a much-valued contribution by coming along to the events and supporting the fundraising.

Why not come along to a PSA event and learn more? Everyone is welcome at the committee meetings whether actively involved with the PSA or not.

Speak to your Class Rep or email us at stmarysn8psa@gmail.com.

Introduction to the PSA

What is the PSA?

PSA stands for Parent Staff Association, and is a group fo people who work together for the benefit of the school. As a parent or carer at St Mary’s, you are automatically a member of the St Mary’s PSA.

How is the PSA organised?

St Mary’s PSA is a separate entity to the school itself. It is a registered charity, governed by a written constitution. This constitution sets out the PSA’s objectives and how it is run. The day-to-day running of the PSA is the responsibility of a committee which is made up of both parents and staff volunteers.

There are a number of official positions on the committee which are needed to fulfil the PSA’s obligations as a registered charity, including a Chair, Vice or Co-Chair, Secretary and Treasurer. Although these seem very formal, most roles on the committee are informal and involve running events and other fundraising activities.

What does the PSA do?

The PSA has two objectives: to raise money to improve the educational opportunities available to the children at St Mary’s, and to help foster a strong sense of community among the children, parents and staff. Everything the PSA does is for the benefit of the children. Every year, thanks to the parents, carers, staff and children who support the fundraising activities, the PSA raises money and makes a positive contribution to the school.

How does the PSA raise money?

Mostly through events. Some events are just for the children, some for adults and some for the whole family. The calendar of events is planned at the beginning of the school year and published on the school website. The PSA runs second-hand uniform sales and events that benefit other charities too.

What does the PSA do with the money raised?

The PSA has made significant improvements to the school, some of which are obvious, such as the playground equipment on both sites, and some less visible, such as new books for the reading areas, new SEN equipment, and funds dedicated to each class to spend as the teacher wishes. All the resources funded by the PSA are items that the school would not be able to purchase otherwise.

Why should I get involved?

Long-term research has shown that children of parents and carers who are actively involved in their school do better, socially, behaviourally and socially. Being part of the PSA is a great way to stay connected with your child’s school life, and sends a positive message to your child about how much you value their education and the environment they are educated in. It’s also a lot of fun and a great way to meet people.

You don’t need to make a big commitment to be part of the PSA, and there are many ways to get involved, whether you’re a stay at home mum with very little time to spare, or a working parent who rarely makes the school gates. Some get involved throughout the year, some for a single event. You don’t need specific skills, and its a great way to learn new ones in a supportive environment where there’s always someone to ask.

A really easy way to support our fundraising endeavours is to join the EasyFundraising effort here: once you’ve set up your account, it is a one-click process to increasing funds for St Mary’s each time you make an online purchase.

How can I find out more?

Come along to one of the PSA meetings that happen every half term with dates published in the school newsletter, or ask your Class Rep, or anyone behind a stall at a PSA event. Look out for PSA bulletins on the school newsletter.

How can I get in touch with the PSA?

You can email the PSA at stmarysn8psa@gmail.com or leave a message at either of the school offices.

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