Thank you for joining the PTA Blog. We’ve been running this page for just over 9 months now and we are slowly building on followers. With the help of social media, our commitment to providing you with more information continues to grow. We hope that our communication to you via the blog page, Facebook page and regular updates in the Banksia Bulletin has made you feel more informed of what we are doing and why we are doing it. Your feedback and support is important to our planning, so thanks!
As a little enticement for those who had not yet joined the blog, we ran a raffle with a small hamper as the prize, entry to the raffle was to join the blog. Thank you and welcome to the newcomers. The winner was drawn and it was Despi O’Connor! Yay! Despi is a Year 4 teacher at school and she has spent many hours outside of school helping to improve the school community. She is on the Travel Smart committee and is very active with Mt Martha Basketball Club. Despi is pretty good at running marathons so she recently spent her mornings running laps around the school with the jogging club, offering support and advice to the cross country runners. This training paid off well, as our school took home a lot of ribbons at district cross country level. A well deserved prize hamper has gone home with Despi for her contribution to the school and for being our lucky blog follower.
This year we’ve had a few new parents join the team, we’ve seen more involvement from dad’s and we’ve made a few tweaks to the calendar of events. Some new events have been thrown into the mix, with great success. Here is a recap of the first half of our year at PTA.
The Parents movie night was a fantastic opportunity for newcomers to break the ice with an event for the grown ups only. What a wonderful night with a perfect movie choice. This event was lead by our newest team members Ainslee and Caitlin, and the night was a great success. Well done to Ainslee and Caitlin, who are parents of prep students, for throwing themselves into the PTA from the get go. Thank you ladies!
Once again the Mothers Day stall was a huge hit with the children, this event was run by Jo. She made a few changes from the years prior with the raffle bringing in massive donations for huge rewards. The children had a great time selecting special gifts for their loved one’s and the volunteers helping on the day were rewarded with a cuteness overload. Great job Jo.
Hot chocolate day was run with military precision by Trish, delivering over 800 hot chocolates, of varying dietary requirements, to the entire school before the morning recess. Trish received a large number of volunteers for this event, which was amazing to see. Kudos to all who helped. Students, teachers and helpers were all singing praise for the comfort and enjoyment of their hot chocolates. Thank you Trish!
D.I.S.C.O night was the bomb! The PTA team made a tough decision earlier in the year to rest the “movie night” for the junior school and replace this event with a whole school disco. Success was made very easy with the 500 plus students rocking out to Gangnam Style on the night. Who knew that song was still pulling a crowd? Elle was the team leader for this event and she was flawless with her decision making. Karen Walker’s son Tim from DJ Walka was pumping out all the tunes along with enough smoke machine action to take me back to my night clubbing days…….yes I may have danced with my glow sticks and pretended I was still in my early 20’s. A great night for sure! Thanks Elle!
Trivia Night is the next event for the PTA and if you haven’t already heard….this event is SOLD OUT. Ticket Scalping is illegal and offenders will be caught, so lets all calm down if you hold the golden ticket! This event is so grand that it needs a “crew” of leaders – Elle, Michelle, Caitlin, Ainslee and Amy are the brains trust for Trivia night and I’m told that they have locked down a few great ideas! Scott Mackay will be hosting the night so we can all rest assured this will be an entertaining evening. There is a wait list for tickets, via cancellation, for those who were not fast enough to secure their seat. Speak to Lorraine in the office to get your name on this list.
Looking ahead we still have a few things on the calendar to organize and roll out. Term 3 will be an important one for the Carnivale committee, so if you’ve got any spare time, please consider helping our committee to make this event run smoothly with high success. We are running this event on Saturday 26th November for the entire day, so you could imagine the planning involve with this event. It’s going to be the biggest fund raiser for the year and we will invite the Mt Martha community to join in. Our school will be on show for all to see, and I’m sure we will host a great event. Please contact Elle Baker via email…….. firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to join the committee. Every minute of your time is helpful.
Fathers Day and Footy Day will be here before we know it. These events are always full of fun. Dates will be posted on blog, Facebook and Banksia Bulletin. We also have another Parents night on the calendar, so stay tuned for news on that.
Our school will be set up as a polling booth on Election Day 2nd July. There will be a sausage sizzle from 9.00am so if you are voting at school, bring some cash for a sausage in bread.
Thank you to all of the parent who have taken the time to stop and thank us for the events that we run. Your feedback is great, and it’s our pleasure to keep you all entertained. I hope you all have a wonderful winter break and spend precious time with loved ones. Rug up and get outside when the sun is shining, I’m told that kids don’t feel the cold (although I hate the cold). For those lucky enough to be traveling…..stay safe and enjoy your holiday. See you all next term when we hit the ground running.
Many Hands Make Light Work!