This close-knit family community is what gives St Martin’s such a warm feeling – and never is it more apparent than when parents and carers come together to help raise money for our school.
The St Martin’s School Association, often known as the PTA, plans events for children and adults to enjoy – all focused on raising funds for the school. Every parent is automatically part of our PTA, which is led by a small team of co-chairs, secretary and treasurer, and everyone gets a chance to put forward fundraising ideas and support activities that ultimately benefit our children.
Generating income via PTA events is crucial, but the smiles on the children’s faces are equally as important as the money raised. From Movie Night where children enjoy a film complete with popcorn and sweets, to Dare to Be Different Day when pupils can display their personality through wacky hair or funky outfits, the children at St Martin’s benefit just as much as the school.
Other regular PTA events include a Secret Santa Shop, where pupils can buy and wrap Christmas presents for their loved ones, and the School Disco, when they get dressed to the nines and show off some groovy moves – plus our Summer Fete with stalls, games and entertainment for the whole community to enjoy.
As a relatively small primary school, it can be challenging to raise money through School Association events compared to a larger school with a bigger pool of parents. However, the enthusiasm and generosity of our school families always ensures that fundraising events are well supported, and there is never a shortage of willing volunteers who are happy to help.