Parents, Carers, Teachers, Staff and Friends Association of St Jérôme
Bienvenue à tous les nouveaux parents de la part de votre PTFA Committee!
Welcome to all new parents from your PTFA Committee!
It’s very exciting to welcome you as part of the St Jérôme school community and we are very much looking forward to meeting you and your children during the Michaelmas (Autumn) term.
We all have taken on our roles in the PTFA Committee just prior to lockdown in March 2020 and are now looking forward to realising our ideas when schools are fully open again.
We would like to start by introducing ourselves to you in a bit more detail.
Just before we get on to that, we would like to tell you what our PTFA is about.
In brief, the purpose of our PTFA as stated in the Constitution is to “advance the education of pupils in the school in particular by:
- Developing effective relationships between the staff, parents and others associated with the school
- Engaging in activities or providing facilities or equipment, which support the school and advance the education of the pupils”
So this is our focus. You will see from our introductions that we are all working parents and hence our promise to you is that we will always try to keep it simple, make it as easy for you to get involved, listen to your ideas, and be grateful for any support you can provide; no matter how small, it will be most welcome and make a real difference. We will not always get it right, but we’ll give it a good go.
Normally, when joining a network or association, you would typically be asked to formally sign-up. But not with the PTFA, by being a parent of a child at St Jérôme, you are automatically considered to be a fully-fledged member of the PTFA. So, whilst our Committee is a team of 6, in reality with all of you, we are a team of at least 300!
We genuinely can’t do this without you. If you have any questions, suggestions or would like to be involved with an activity, please do get in touch. [email protected] We thank you in advance for your support.
6 reasons why your PTFA matters for you:
Introducing your PTFA Committee team
So this is what we look like on a Friday morning at 8.50am after dropping our kids off in the rain..with no prior warning. Thank to everyone for being such a good sport.
Left to right – Silke – Kaps – Julie – Raisa – Michelle – Dharmesh
Silke Fernandes – PTFA Co-Chair
I am one of the parent founders of St Jérôme school and have been involved with this school or its idea long before it even existed. Building and strengthening of healthy and vibrant communities has always my personal and professional passion and is my main reason for joining the PTFA. I have three children – our oldest daughter Anouk is 11 years old and hence sadly too old for St. Jerome, Miles will be in Year 4, most famous for his long curly hair and cheekiness and our youngest, Grace, will start Year 1 in September. I look forward to building on the amazing work the previous PTFA has done.
Kapil (Kaps) Kara – Treasurer
Hi, my name is Kapil Kara. I have two children at St Jérôme. Dhruvi my daughter, 7, now in year 4 was part of the first group of children to be admitted to our fabulous school. The pride with which they wore their uniforms from that first day, and the manner in which they have carried the school values through their development has been immensely rewarding.
Our son Kush still shows the same enthusiasm since his first day in Reception. He still smiles everyday as he goes to school to join his classmates. This is testament to the amazing staff who make our children’s days in school a pleasant, engaging learning environment. This is why I have decided to become a member of the PTFA, to make our children’s time at school as memorable as possible.
Julie Dyson – PTFA Chair
I am a dual national (French and British), mum to Scarlett (Year 4) and Axel, who is joining Reception in 2020. I am also a Parent Governor and I chair the Resources Committee (which oversees School Budget and Premises), and the Audit Committee.
I chose to stand for PTFA Chair to enable closer ties between the Governing Body, all school staff, and the parent community; and to help prioritise fundraising efforts where the need is greatest.
Raisa Saley – Co-Secretary
Bonjour! My name is Raisa. I am the mother of Adam S in Year 4 and Alisha in Year 1. I am a Barrister specialising in Family Law. Friendship and community spirit are very important to me. I hope to foster and develop these qualities for all of us at St Jérôme through being an active member of the PTFA.
Michelle Harris – Secretary
I recently resumed my career as a freelance project manager following a four-year career break to raise two wonderful boys. I am mum to Harrison Williams in Year 2, and Leo Williams, who is starting with your children in 2020. My primary motivation for volunteering as the PTFA Secretary is to help raise the much-needed funds to support the children’s well-being at St Jérôme, and enhance their overall educational experience during their studies.
Dharmesh Patel – Co-Treasurer
Dad to Maya (Year 4) and Kaylan (Year 1). I decided to join the PTFA to be able to be more involved in my kids’ learning environment.
How we support our school and our children
Here are some examples of the type of activities keeping us busy:
- Launched our very own School Lottery –https://www.yourschoollottery.co.uk/lottery/school/st-jerome-cofe-bilingual-primary-school
- Raised over £2,500 through Crowdfunding to build a library for KS2
- Partnership with Bags2School – an organisation that recycles unwanted clothes and accessories
- Partnership with IQ cards – to create that extra special Christmas card for family and friends
- Easter Parade and Arts & Crafts competitions
- Support the school’s Christmas events for each Year Group, including raising money for Great Ormond Street Hospital through sponsorship of the Daily Mile
And as lockdown eases, we hope to be able to welcome you to our Summer Fayre to celebrate Bastille Day (planning in progress!); and Autumnal Movie Nights tailored to each Year Group.