We enjoy a strong partnership with parents of our students, particularly through the Matthew Arnold School Parent Teacher Association (MAS PTA), which is a very active, fund-raising group providing many useful ‘extras’ for the school every year. The MAS PTA makes a significant contribution to the facilities, which we can offer to our students by organising a variety of social events, which bring parents, staff and students together. New members to the MAS PTA are always welcome.
Who we are
The Matthew Arnold School Parent Teacher Association (Formerly HSA) is a group of parents and teachers who support the school by fundraising, organising events, giving support at school events etc.
It has been a very different year for all of us with the impact of the Coronavirus and the restrictions that brought with it. This also had a significant impact on our fundraising. Lots of the events were obviously postponed and we still await news of restrictions being lifted so that we can continue to plan our social events and also support the school's calendar of events. This includes the upcoming Transition BBQ and Rounders event for the September 2021 year 7s provisionally booked in for Thursday 8th July 2021. We will have a BBQ, a licenced bar, a stall with second hand uniform as well as information on our new enterprise the 100plus Club - a monthly draw. Fingers crossed everything goes according to plan and we are able to hold a full event for the new year 7s and their families. In the meantime, our fundraising for this year continues.....please see here for the latest update and news of our new 100plus club. We will also include other regular news on the MAS PTA in the school's weekly Student/Parent bulletin so watch out for that too.
In 2021, we did, however, have enough money in the bank to make a contribution to the school of £5,000. This went toward outside picnic tables and benches which have been set up in various areas of the school so that students have somewhere to meet and sit in their various year bubbles during break times.
Out biggest fundraising efforts so far were in 2019 when we were delighted that in total the MAS PTA (formerly HSA) donated £24,000 to the school which went towards the chairs and equipment for the new building (Sixth Form block). This was a fantastic achievement and we were very grateful for all the support we had particularly over the last few years. It’s all gone a long way to supporting the school and its expansion.
At the MAS PTA AGM held on 19th May 2021 we were delighted that the current Chair - Mrs Gonda Coetzee, our Treasurer, Mrs Mary Hull and Dr Paul Fisher, our Secretary were all re-elected. We thank them for all their hard work and commitment to the MAS PTA. We also have a number of parents who are Trustees.
How you can help
There are many ways to help us, you can:
We really need your help to make Matthew Arnold School the best it can be.
MAS PTA Chair: Mrs Gonda Coetzee
MAS PTA Secretary: Dr Paul Fisher
MAS PTA Treasurer: Mrs Mary Hull
MAS PTA – helping to invest in your child’s future