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Parent Teacher Association

Email us on [email protected] if you’re interested in joining, have skills/ideas or goods to help us in all of our planned endeavours

Big Night Out – Save the Date

Friday 15th September 2017 at 6:30 pm

The 2017 Parnell School silent auction website is up and running!!!

Please click on the following link and get cracking on your bidding:

What is the PTA?

We are a valued organisation within the school community made up of a volunteer group of parents, a Board of Trustees representative and members of the teaching staff. Our primary objective is to fundraise to provide resources and activities to support the needs of the school. These resources and activities sit outside of the school budget.

We also facilitate events to engage communication and foster closer relationships between the school, parents and our wider community.  Some of our activities are focused on building a stronger school community and are more child/family focused…others are organised with the sole purpose of raising money and are therefore more parent/adult oriented.

Tuesday Evenings Once a month @7pm in the Staff Room

Core members of the 2017 Parnell PTA

Steering Committee:      
Lucy Bowerman (President)
Bridget Fitzpatrick (Treasurer)
Sally Fairbairn (Secretary)

Board of Trustees Rep:
Sophia Quilian

Management Liaison:
Wendy Franklin-Smith

Teacher Reps:                   
Jill Bonniface
Class Rep Coordinator:
Sarah Lloyd

Parent  Members:
Michelle Ingram, Sarah Foley, Emma Oliver, Rowen Neville-White, Susan McKegg,  Piria Brown, David Findlow, Prim Moaveni, Paula Burke, Leena Worth   

Friday Cafe: Leena Worth, Lucy Bowerman

2017 Meeting Dates

Term 3

  • Aug 9
  • Sept 6

Term 4

  • Oct 25
  • Nov 22

Funding Requirements for 2017

While PDS receives some funding from the Ministry of Education, there is a significant shortfall between what the school receives and what the school needs to provide for all students.  In 2016, we had a fundraising target of $100,000 (we reached $93,000 in 2015).  This will fund additional teachers, new furniture for classrooms and the library as well as new teaching and IT resources.

Keeping Up to Date with the PTA

Please keep an eye out in the school e-newsletter, the school website, the PDS facebook page and any correspondence from your child’s/children’s class rep for updates re upcoming events.  We are all united by the same goal – to provide the best school experience possible for all students at PDS.


If this isn’t for you, why not try joining ‘Friends of the PTA’? Your only commitment is being on our e-mail database and when we request extra help for events, you simply help if you can.

We can be reached via the following email address:
[email protected]

Planned Events 2017

Flagship events:  “Big Night Out” Quiz . These are the events where we utilise the entire parent community to get involved!

Friday Cafe

Every Friday (or Thursday before public holidays/teacher only days), the Friday Café will be held in the courtyard – ice creams for sale at $1, $2 and $3.

Mufti Day and Sausage Sizzle (inc halal)

Held on every mufti day (Thursday of Week 4 and Week 8 of each term) – helpers are always required for this so do let us know if you are handy on the BBQ

School Disco

Junior and Senior Disco in the school hall. A fun night out for all students held in the school hall with separate sessions for junior and senior students. Parents can escape to the staff room while they wait for their child.

Bake Sale (click here for term 1 pta-bake-sale information)

Held once a term, each year group provides the baking (homemade or store bought) for the rest of the school to buy at morning tea (any leftovers are sold after school)

These are regular fixtures on the school calendar that the children look forward to.

New activities to trial:

• Children’s Movie Night (possibly in Term 3)
• Parent/Children breakfasts with interesting speakers in the school hall before the school day commences
• The “wine by the case” fundraiser will also be back – payment should be much easier with the introduction of a payment option via the school website.