Parent Teacher Association PARENT TEACHER ASSOCIATIONUS We enjoy the support of many amazing parents that actively participate in the school . We have a very keen Parent Teacher Association (PTA), who work closely with the school and wider community to organise events and provide feedback so we can keep getting better. Our PTA share information face-to-face, in monthly meetings, emails and a special noticeboard. We believe in a strong partnership between school and home, and we do all we can to involve you in your child’s learning experience. Frequently Asked Questions (PTA) What does the PTA Committee do? The PTA Committee holds monthly meetings with the parents and the school management to provide a forum for families to ask questions, voice concerns about school issues and promote healthy discussion on school matters, from quick updates on future school events and new school developments. Families are very welcome to mingle with the larger school community over coffee and cakes after the meetings. The PTA chairperson meets with the Campus Principal every week for quick discussions and updates while the PTA committee meets several times each term. The Annual General Meeting (AGM) for the PTA is usually held near the end of the last school term where the committee reports on their work in the past year. PTA committee members for the next academic year will be elected at the AGM. How to contact the PTA committee? Simply approach any PTA committee member in school (usually in the canteen at drop-off and pick-up times). Alternatively, you can also email the PTA via the Knewton Global Schools Miri portal (search for PTAsecretary under ‘Add Staff Recipients’ list). What does a Parent Event Organiser do? A Parent Event Organiser forms an event committee with two or three parents to organise a school event. Each event committee will lead in the planning, coordination and execution of the event activities with the support of the school management, teachers, PTA, class parents as well as the school logistics team. What does a Class Parent do? This is a role where one or two parents can be directly involved in the daily happenings of his/her child’s class by volunteering as Class Dad or Class Mum at the beginning of the school academic year. Key responsibilities of the Class Parent include: Providing efficient two-way communication between parents and school (e.g. conveying teachers’ requests to parents, raising issues from parents to teachers, etc.) Arranging coffee mornings to meet new parents Organising parent volunteers to assist in class or school events Getting Teachers’ Day cards/gifts and farewell cards/gifts for students leaving the school Collecting an annual class fund from each parent to be used throughout the year in class/school events, Teachers’ Day celebrations and farewell gifts for students How does the PTA contribute to the wider community? Through the active participation of parents, teachers and students in various school events such as the Garage Sale or Family Day, we supporting two local charities, The Ten Ringgit Club Bhd and The Sunflower Centre. By providing financing support, hosting fundraising basket sale events, inviting the beneficiaries to our school celebrations and sending our students to interact with the beneficiaries, we hope to maintain a long and meaningful relationship between Knewton Global Schools Miri and these charities. The Ten Ringgit Club Bhd (http://10ringgitclub.webs.com/) Established in August 2011 to address the educational needs of marginalised children in northern Sarawak. Many children are deprived of education due to extreme poverty and lack of proper birth documentations. Through appeals for RM10 donation per month from members of the public, The Ten Ringgit Club Bhd aims to provide these children with basic literacy and numeracy skills and to improve their standard of English. For more information, visit The Sunflower Centre Established in March 1982, The Sunflower Centre is a charitable non-governmental organisation under the umbrella of Malaysian Red Crescent Miri Chapter. The Sunflower Centre caters to children and young adults who are mentally and/or physically handicapped. The objective of the centre is to assist families, to educate the public to appreciate people with special needs, and to provide the handicapped with opportunities to contribute to the society at their full potential, both educationally and socially.