What is a PTFA?
Most schools have a Parent Teacher Friends Association (PTFA), which is an organisation of parents, staff and associated people from the school and the community as a whole. Their role is to encourage closer links between home and school. PTFA's are best known for their fundraising work, but they have a useful social function too. Fundraising events provide an opportunity for parents, staff and pupils to get together.
How is OCESA organised?
As with most schools all parents/carers and staff are automatically members.
We hold our annual general meetings during the school year. At this meeting a committee is elected to run OCESA – usually consisting of a chair, a vice-chair, a treasurer, a secretary and ordinary committee members. These ordinary members would ideally include at least one, and often two, parents from each class.
How is money raised?
OCESA raise money through events and activities throughout the school year. PTFA’s are always looking for new fundraising ideas and anyone can submit them. Donations can also be made without any link to events.
How is money spent?
Funds raised by OCESA are intended to provide ‘extras’ not already provided by the school's main income – often 'fun things' that make learning more interesting and exciting. The PTFA committee decide how to spend PTFA funds following requests from the school. Common items include computers, trips, equipment and subscriptions to additional learning resources.
How can I be involved in OCESA?
There are many different ways you can get involved with OCESA, whether you have lots of time to offer or not. Some roles are more time-consuming than others but each role is vitally important and very rewarding. If you can’t commit to a big job, look out for things you can do less frequently (e.g running a stall at an event, baking for a cake sale or helping out with teas and coffees at the Christmas performance or donating prizes for school competitions, raffles etc).
Chairperson - Samantha Gray
Vice Chairpersons - Charlie Briant-Evans and Tia James
Treasurer - Justin Tigg
Secretary - Kathryn Thompson
Staff Representative - Cathy Martin