Parent Teacher Association

Parent Teacher Association

Welcome from the PTA Chairperson

Hello and Welcome, Kia Ora KouTou,

The PTA is a really constructive way to get involved in your children’s school. We try and combine fun with fundraising and all our events and activities are designed to bring the community closer together.

The money we raise pays for a wide variety of items and has included such diverse items as computers, dictionaries and sports equipment. Each year the teachers give us a wish list of items they need but are NOT funded by the Ministry of Education. Fundraising to purchase the items on this list is always our first priority.

Additional projects and opportunities to help the school arise throughout the year and the PTA are pleased to help with these. They include welcoming new parents to the school, selling croissants and working with The Board of Trustees to achieve shared goals.

Our current plan of outlining our activities is on the school notice board outside the hall.

Everyone is welcome at the PTA and you do not have to be a member to help with our activities or to attend our monthly meetings. These are held on the second Monday of the month in the school staffroom and start at 7pm.

AIMS

  • Facilitate interaction and cooperation between parents, caregivers, school staff and the community.
  • Engage parents, caregivers and teachers by supporting and promoting opportunities for extending their knowledge of educational topics.
  • Raise funds to provide resources and facilities for the school.

Our fundraising efforts have contributed towards …

  • Library books and facilities
  • Wet day activities
  • New curtains for the classrooms 
  • Maths and science kits
  • Class computers
  • …and much more

Regular events the PTA organises include …

  • Magpie Lawn Picnic (February)
  • New Parents functions
  • Food & Drink Stalls at the Talent Quest
  • Raffles
  • Croissant Sales

We acknowledge that many families have busy schedules but even a small contribution will make a difference.

If you are interested in becoming a part of this group please contact the school office and ask them to pass your details to the PTA who will then be in touch.

Our meetings are usually held every second Monday of each month at 7pm in the staffroom.

Gully Project

Join the Gully Gang and help grow a resource for our children

Who are we?

The Gully Gang is a group of Kelburn Normal parents, supported by the PTA, with a shared passion for creating an expanded learning environment for children at our great school. We love getting our hands dirty, sharing some laughs and developing this wonderful resource.

What is the Gully project?

The valley that drops below the top playing area was once a neglected area that became a bit of a dumping ground. Over the past 10 years it has been cleaned up, an adventure playground built and the lower valley revegetated with thousands of natives. The aim is to recreate what the bush looked like here before European settlement.

“It’s a wonderful oasis of bush and birdlife, a peaceful place to escape to.” Mike, parent

What will it mean for our children?

The Gully will eventually be a fun play area for children to explore. Importantly, it will be a valuable learning environment that few other schools have. It will give children a taste of the richness of New Zealand’s bush and a glimpse into the fascinating botanic past of our area. We think there will be many learning opportunities. We hope each classroom develops nature lessons based on what is growing and living in the Gully and perhaps plant its own specimen native tree to nurture.

“I like going to see how my fern is growing in our family’s patch.” Isobel, age 8

What have we achieved?

In August 2008 our hard work was recognised when the New Zealand Plant Conservation Network presented the school with an award acknowledging the Gully as a school project of national significance. The award was presented by John Sawyer, an ecologist at the Department of Conservation. Since then, the wet and warm summer has been kind to all our natives from the rata to black maire, a local disappearing species. The growth has been staggering for some plants, including the many mamaku or black tree ferns that dot the shady south- facing flank. Many parents and children will also remember the very moving unveiling last October of the beautiful Waharoa – the symbolic carved gateway to the Gully. So we are making good progress and we are determined to build on this.

“It’s just nice to catch up with other parents and get some exercise in a beautiful environment.” Annie, parent

Our challenge now

We want to improve access so more can enjoy the Gully whether it is teachers and children or parents. Right now classrooms can’t easily access the Gully – it’s too steep and uneven in many places. So we are pricing the construction of steps as part of a phased project to build multiple walkways and we are looking at fundraising options.

How can you help?

Weeding: join the Gully Gang and help the natives shake off the weeds. It’s a good way to exercise in a lovely environment with great company.

  • Fridays: 1.30pm to 3pm,  Sundays: 4pm-5pm
  • Bring gloves, secateurs, a spade and sturdy footwear.
  • During school hours check into the School Office first.

Adopt a patch – escape to your slice of native bush and take over a Gully patch. Listen to the birds and feel a world away from the city

Each July we receive 500 plants from the City Council with extras donated by Otari Plant Museum. We hold a fun picnic day to plant these.

Every little bit helps, even the odd hour. No special skills required, so please lend us a hand when you can.

Contact the Gully Gang Annie Fischer Tel: 976 3564 Email: annie_fischer@yahoo.co.nz