Parent Teacher Association

Hello and welcome to the Bangor Grammar School's PTA webpage. Membership is open to parents of all boys attending the school.

We have had another very busy and successful year organising events and continuing to raise funds for much needed (but non-budgetary) items for the school.

Each year, the Parent Teacher Association sets itself a goal of providing assistance to the school, which will benefit as many pupils as possible. Over the last couple of years, we focussed on providing a number of items in various departments, including:

  • Maths Department: £1,010
  • Literacy Initiative: £785
  • Art Department: £762
  • SENCO: £500
  • Hockey: £330
  • Parent Power Project: £294
  • Music Department: £250
  • English Department: £150
  • Bridge Club: £150
  • History Department: £147
  • Horticultural Club: £67

Even though we are in a relatively new school, we must remember that there are still likely to be many areas where the school may require some additional support. Therefore, the PTA, with the support of all parents, needs to be ready to help meet these needs as they develop.

The why and how

The Parent Teacher Association is helping to:

  • Promote co-operation between Parents and Teaching Staff
  • Help improve the amenities of Bangor Grammar School
  • Advance the prestige of the School and to help maintain a high standard of Grammar School education

 This year we will achieve these goals by:

  • Working directly with and supporting the Teaching Staff to identify areas of much needed support
  • Providing funds to support the purchase of non-budgeted items
  • Sponsorship of special ties for Service to the School
  • Presenting the Award for Good Citizenship, which will continue to promote community support and involvement by the pupils of Bangor Grammar School

 

Our activities and events

To help achieve our goals, the Parent Teacher Association organises a series of events throughout the academic year - Wine and Gin Tasting Events, Years 8 and 9 Discos (joint with Glenlola Collegiate School), a Quiz Night and 3 second-hand uniform sales.

During the winter term 2017, we will be organising:

  • Gala Ball at Clandeboye Lodge Hotel on 7 October 2017
  • Second-hand uniform sale on 13 October
  • Year 8 Disco (Joint event with Glenlola Collegiate School) on 20 October 2017
  • Wine and Cheese Tasting on 18 November 2017

During the spring and summer terms 2018, we will be organising:

  • Craft Beer Tasting in January 2018
  • Year 9 Disco (Joint event with Glenlola Collegiate School) in February/March 2018
  • Table Quiz in March 2018
  • Gin Tasting in June 2018
  • Two second-hand uniform collections & sales

 

Over the past years, these events have proved to be great social events, and long may that last.

These events are successful for a number of reasons - from parents and friends attending, donation of raffle prizes and the support from local businesses.

Therefore, the Parent Teacher Association would like to express its thanks to all the parents, friends and supporters that attended the events throughout the year.

In addition, we would also like to thank the following for helping to support the events in the year 2016/17:

  • for the Wine Tasting event in 2016, we were supported by Neill Wines and the Kerry Group
  • for the Gin Tasting event in 2017, we were supported by Neill Wines

We always need your ideas and support

The events held by the Parent Teacher Association are a great way to make contact with other parents of new boys, which will provide each of us with mutual support for your son’s journey through Bangor Grammar School. The interest that all of you have shown over the years is very much appreciated, as the Parent Teacher Association strives to create a community of friends.

The Committee can organise a host of events through the year, but it is only through the support of the community of parents and friends that we will all achieve our targets. Therefore, please continue to come along with your friends and families to our events, and please help to spread the word of the work that we do.

Everyone is welcome. 
 

If you do feel throughout the years that you would like to take a more active interest and become a member of the committee, please contact us via email and come along to one of our meetings, where we guarantee a warm welcome.

The main aim of the Parent Teacher Association is to achieve their goals through a community of supporters. With this in mind, we would ask that you consider the best way for you to support the activities of the association. This support may be provided by:

  • Becoming a committee member
  • Supporting events by either helping to organise or attend events
  • Donating raffle prizes

The Parent Teacher Association is always looking for new members with fresh ideas.

As a Committee, we meet on the first Monday evening of each month at 7.30pm. Yes, we will ask for some of your own time. However, by spreading the tasks, as we do, this will only be for a couple of hours per month.

As a supporter, we would ask that you become actively involved by attending our events.

Even if you find that you cannot attend on the evening, you can support the events by donating raffles prizes. These prizes help us to raise funds through selling raffle tickets.

Come along to the events and bring your friends – the events are not just for parents.  Your support, whatever form that may take, will be gratefully received.

Should you wish to join the committee, help organise or attend events, or donate raffle prizes, then please contact us via: ptabgs@gmail.com

And finally:

By supporting your son’s school’s Parent Teacher Association,
you will be supporting your son’s school,
and supporting your son.

Thank you!

John Bell
Chair
Parent Teacher Association

Sep 2017