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Dates for your diary for the 2016-17 School Year:
The PTA Team have planned a number of events for the next school year and we will be looking for parents of any age, nationality or background to come and join us in August 2016. One thing is for sure...new faces are always welcome!
Wednesday 24th August at 07:30 - Our first meeting will be combined with a presentation on ‘Tourist Opportunities in Zambia’.
Saturday 3rd September - PTA Community Picnic in conjunction with the Library Open Day
Friday 28th October 16.30 - 20.00 - “Trunk or Treat” Volunteer parents and teachers decorate their car boots to provide a scary, spook-tacular event. There are games, kids can go on a Candy Hunt, watch a movie and have lots of fun!
Friday 9th December - “Santa’s Grotto” Our children have an opportunity to shop for Christmas gifts for their siblings, parents, teachers and friends.
Here are some events from the 2015-16 school year:
* Welcome Back coffee morning - for new parents to the school and to welcome back familiar faces
* Cocktail reception at the residence of the American Ambassador
* Informative coffee mornings.
* “Trunk or Treat” – this is our major fundraiser held in October. Volunteer parents and teachers decorate their car boots to provide a scary, spook-tacular event. There are games and candy and lots of fun!
* Santa’s Grotto – held in December on the school grounds. Gives our children an opportunity to shop for Christmas gifts for their siblings and parents.
* Car boot sale – Held twice a year near the end of school terms, so that parents and teachers moving on have an opportunity to sell off low cost items.
* 1st Annual Worldfest/United Nations Day – held in April. This is a school event. The PTA supports the 'food fare' component and coordinates the food and enlists parent volunteers to assist.
* Teachers Appreciation Days - May - showing our appreciation for our teaching and Faculty staff. The PTA sent in biscuits on Monday, sweets and chocolates on Thursday, and arranged scrumptious snacks on Friday morning at recess for our teachers and staff. We also arranged for 52 sessions of 10 minute massages for our wonderful staff, as our way of saying “Thank You”!
Primary children were given the opportunity to make cards for their teachers, over two days in school with PTA volunteers. The High School Student Council made a video for their teachers, expressing their thanks; some Middle School students made cards for their teachers and brought in their teacher’s favourite things to eat; Primary school children were encouraged to bring in something edible, something from nature and something homemade! It was wonderful to see children walking in with their flowers, gifts and homemade items.
The PTA have also sponsored a number of activities this year:
- Ice cream party celebrating “A million pages read”.
- Making cakes for “100 days of school”.
- Sponsored containers for Christmas hampers.
- Sponsored a new shield for the “Poet Laureate” competition and monetary prizes.
- Provided Trophies and prizes for Spelling Bee 2016.
- Sponsored re-usable banners for ISSEA.
- Sponsored ISSEA Coaches room for swimming and STEM.
- Sponsored hoodies for our Grade 12 graduating students.
One of our aims this year is to work with the Primary School to encourage one or two parents in each class to become a 'Room Parent'. These parents are there to assist the teacher if they need any help organising school trips, outings, assemblies, parties. They also perform a vital role helping new parents to settle in if necessary and introducing them to other parents. You don't need any special skills to become a Room Parent, just be willing to help your class teacher occasionally and be a caring person. The 'Room Parent' network is also beneficial in identifying volunteers for PTA and school-led events and activities.
If you are interested in being a Room Parent in the ELC or Primary School, please contact your child’s teacher directly in August.
For further information or to be added to our mailing list for the coming year, please e-mail the PTA on firstname.lastname@example.org.
PTA Team 2016 - 2017
PTA Co-ordinator - Bridget Rathbone (Grade 8 parent)
Vice Co-ordinator - Mireille Yiweza (Grade 7 parent)
Communication Co-ordinator - Tracey Ogilvie (Grades 3 and 5)
New Member Co-ordinator - Nikki Zeravia (KG and Grade 3)
ELC Coordinator - Jenny Schepping (Pre-K and Grade 1)
Deborah Chibonga (Grades 4 and 7)
Karina Carrera-Mendoza (Pre K and Grade 4)
Mandy Yang Sun (Grade 3)
Lynsey Cumings (Grade 3 and 5)
“PTAs benefit everyone. Strong schools mean stronger communities. PTA membership is open to anyone who wants to be involved and make a difference for the education, health and welfare of children and youth. More than 85 rigorous research studies conducted over 40 years show that kids do better when parents are involved. Grades are higher. Test scores improve. Attendance increases".