Suzanne has two daughters at Woodcote in Years 11 and 8. She also has one child at primary school in years 6 and 3. Suzanne has been involved with the PTFA since her eldest daughter joined the school.
Suzanne is also a parent Governor and an active member of the Parents Think Tank. When she is not busy with school, she enjoys reading, cooking sewing and spending time with her family.
Sally has been a member of the PTFA for two years. Her current role means that she is responsible for the Bar (or in school speak, Drinks Monitor) – in many respects her dream job!
Sally has one son currently in Year 10. His younger sibling has just joined in September 2015.
I decided to join the PTFA in 2016, when my son joined WHS, as I believe these few years are the most important in our children lives as they slowly entering adulthood and more so need our support and attention. The PTFA enables parents to establish a symbiotic relationship with the school and teachers to provide a happy learning environment where children could develop their abilities and knowledge. Although I trained as an architect being a mum of 4 is most rewarding and my main endeavor is helping them develop a noble and upright character, not always easy as I work at Hansett.com as a quality control officer maintaining ISO 9001 standards, while running a local virtues class "The Friends Club" for the 4 to 11 years old for the past 6 years and a Junior Youth group "Chipstead JY group" for the 11 to 15 years old, both as a voluntary service project. Making sure my children learn about respect, unity in diversity and the importance of service to community.
This year I took the post of treasurer of the PTFA, and see first hand the benefit our fundraising provide to the school. I.e. Recently helping purchase 200 books for the maths department or keyboards for music, donation for the drama and "Billy Elliot" show or recently the renewal of the lighting system in the main hall.
But all this aside come and join us and meet some wonderful parents who once a months meet to plan as best they could fundraising events and fantastic shows that strengthen our WHS community. "For what pleasure can compare to the pleasure of bringing joy and hope to other hearts."
Probably a bit too enthusiastically, I joined the PTFA the week my stepdaughter got in to Woodcote. Being a step parent can sometimes mean you’re quite remote from the day to day education of the child in your life and as someone who was blessed with a great education, I wanted to become more involved and give something back. I was also painfully aware that state school funding is at crisis point with many schools incapable of affording even the basics needed so as well as wanting to contribute to the larger school community, I was also keen to see if my commercial background at work could bring new ideas to fundraising.
I had intended to get involved slowly. Help at events. Meet a few people. No doubt gradually getting more and more involved as time went by. And then at my second meeting someone suggested I stand for chair at the AGM in January 2017. And then the chair as she then was stood down and I realised that suggestion was serious! It’s been a bit of an initiation by fire. But 90% of the time, it’s the most rewarding thing I do after spending time with my family.
We’d love for you to join us. (I promise I won’t ask you to stand for chair J). If you can help out at events – that’s wonderful – we always need more helpers. But there’s no minimum contribution. If you can help at just one event a year, we still want you on board. But if that’s not something you can contribute to either now or in the future, there’s still a huge amount you can do. Join the Giving Machine and have your Amazon shopping and shopping at hundreds of other online shops raise money for the PTFA without any cost to you. (Imagine it – guilt free late night Ebay buying J). Follow us on Twitter – share and like our posts. Follow us on Facebook – do likewise. Come as a guest to PTFA events. Make donations for events or raffle prizes if you can. But above all else, join the community. When our kids leave junior school, we lose the playground banter at the end of the day and we often stop making new friends. This is a great opportunity to continue to enjoy that social aspect. Because believe me, when the PTFA event is done, and all the kit is neatly packed away – it’s definitely Prosecco time.