Hello. You may know that a group of parent/carers and staff have come together to re-start the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) for Calder High. Between us we have children in all years.

The role of the PTA is
a)      to raise additional funds to enhance school development and the day to day experience of its students
b)      to run social events that families can enjoy
c)       to generate the support of and donations from the local community
d)      to promote engagement between parent/carers and teachers

We want to hear from parents and carers about how the PTA could best support the school community, and how parents might better connect into school life.

* 1. What should we fundraise for?

Following advice from the School Council, we’ve already committed to an outdoor seating area to include all-weather tables, chairs and a covered area. 

Which of the other following suggestions do you think are most important to fundraise for next? Please number in order of priority:

* 2. Your ideas - we’d love to know about other items or ideas you might have that could potentially be funded via the PTA

* 3. Are you up for actively supporting the school? 

We think there is considerable untapped expertise and support amongst our parent community. We know how busy life is but if you’re interested in getting more involved in wider school life, and can offer anything from a one-off couple of hours or a more regular commitment then we’d love to hear from you.

Please indicate your interest in actively supporting any of the following areas:

* 4. Sharing and learning groups

Would it be useful in your opinion, to bring together parent/carers and key staff around issues that affect some of our children? Whether for mutual support or informing school policy, discussion groups might help parent/carers work through issues like disability, LGBTQI?, ethnicity, parenting teenagers, substance misuse, sex etc.

Please let us know your thoughts:

* 5. Please provide your contact details: 

If you choose to give us your contact details, it means we can follow up on suggestions you make. Your information and survey responses will remain confidential to the PTA. 

Thanks for your thoughts.  We’ll feedback a summary of the survey responses via the school newsletter. And don't forget our fundraiser on the 10th November (7.00 - 9.30pm)  THAI CURRY AND RACE NIGHT. Tickets available on ParentPay at the cost of £5. Hope to see you there!

All best, Calder High PTA
Polly Thomas, CHS PTA chair and Chris Washington, Assistant Head

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