Friends of Merry Hill is the Parent-Teacher Association of Merry Hill School.
A very warm welcome to our school and to our Parent-Teacher Association, the Friends of Merry Hill (FOMH). We realise it can be strange and a little nerve-wracking joining a school, and there always seem to be so many questions to ask!
Why do we have a PTA?
We are very fortunate at our school to have a PTA that is, and has been, such an integral part of the school community for many years. In its time, FOMH have raised many thousands of pounds, which have been spent on improving equipment and resources to enhance our children’s education and the facilities in school in general.
But it is much, much more than just fundraising. The PTA exists to provide closer links between home and school and it is an excellent way to bring staff, parents and friends together socially in support of the school. And it’s fun! Just ask any of the FOMH Committee or helpers. Obviously as in any organisation, there are times when it is more ‘challenging’ but, with the continued support of parents and staff, FOMH has always succeeded in its efforts.
All parents and members of the school community can get involved if they want to, even if they only have a small amount of time available, and all parents are automatically members of the Friends of Merry Hill when they join our school.
The Committee meets on a regular basis (usually once or twice per half term), with smaller working groups meeting as necessary to organise our bigger events.
How we raise Money
As in most schools, we raise the majority of our funds through the events that we run. Some of our most popular events are the Summer and Christmas Fairs. We have had sponsored events such as a sponsored slide. We have printed plates and mugs. We have had fashion shows and children’s discos and regularly have a ‘family photograph’ session. We have had children’s fun afternoons and, probably everyone’s favourite, the Mother’s/Father’s Day Secret Rooms.
So you can see there is always something going on! We always try to respond to the children’s requests for events and it is truly the icing on the cake to see them having fun at the events or enjoying using a piece of new equipment that FOMH has donated.
Donations are extremely important. These can be time, money, items for sale, donations for raffles or offers of services and skills etc.
We look forward to having you on board!