What is a Parent Teacher Association (PTA)?
A Parent Teacher Association (PTA), is an organisation of parents and staff. Its role is to encourage closer links between home and school.
The BSU PTA has several roles:
Fundraising for the school.
This is an important part of the PTA’s role as it enables the school to purchase additional items. The PTA do this by organising social events and by selling cakes and raffle tickets at events such as the Christmas Concert and Summer Fair. This has enabled the PTA to buy a one year subscription to Bug Club which has helped to progress the reading of over 300 BSU students and purchase the Cambridge pollution masks that we sell in school.
Promoting the school
Members of the PTA are always available at social events organised by the BSU so that they can answer questions for other parents. They also act as ambassadors for the BSU at events such as the Open Day.
The PTA represent the ‘parent voice’ of the BSU.
Who can join the PTA?
Anyone who is a parent or carer for any of our students are welcome to join the PTA.
How is the PTA organised?
The first meeting of the academic year is usually held in early September. Meetings are then held regularly throughout the academic year.
How can I be involved in the PTA?
Just attend the PTA meetings which are advertised on the BSU website! These are held at the school and are usually on a Wednesday evening however, if you can’t make that date we can be flexible.
At the first meeting of the academic year roles members can put themselves forward for roles such as Chairperson, Treasurer and Secretary of the PTA or you can be a general member. Be prepared to get involved and to offer your help, remember by being a member of the PTA you are supporting your child’s education.
Comment from PTA member
I have been involved with BSU’s Parent Teacher Association for just over a year now and I can honestly say that being part of a PTA empowers me as a parent by being actively involved with my children’s school and education. It’s a great way to support my child’s school and I can be a role model by demonstrating to my children the importance I place on their education.
It is a privilege to be part of BSU’s PTA. Meetings are once a month and most important it’s ‘FUN’ and there’s cake and coffee!!!
My son Benjamin thinks it’s quite cool his mum is on the PTA!!!
Regards Tina Terblanche
The Future of the PTA
Parental support for the BSU is very important to the growth and development of our school. One way that the PTA can help is to act as a conduit for constructive feedback on school events and school improvement.
If you would like to get involved then please come along to any of our regular PTA meetings.