I have been a member for the Parent Teacher Association since 2015. In 2016, I was nominated and took up the role as secretary. I am a busy self-employed working mother of three children. Kobe Mack is in Year 4 in Ms Ryan’s class, Brock is in Year 8 at Matapu School and Jenna is in Year 10 at New Plymouth Girls’ High School. All of my children have enjoyed their years of being educated at Normanby School. Kobe loves attending school every day and never wants a day off!
I really enjoy the interaction I have with the students, principal, teachers and parents through my involvement with the PTA and with coaching various sport teams. I appreciate the mentoring received as I’ve developed into my role as secretary from our inspiring principal, Mrs Jones.
I get great satisfaction and joy from the reactions, not only from my own children, but from all students. It’s amazing how just a little effort can make a big difference. I want to make great fun memories for all students, so they can look back in years to come and say, “Normanby School days were the best years of my schooling - we had discos, sausage sizzles, family fun days, treat days, mufti days, Duffy books, swimming lessons and a lot of fun”.
The PTA would not exist without the active involvement of parents from within our school community. It is a vitally important association that also assists our dedicated and hardworking teachers with resources not funded by the Ministry of Education. Everybody is welcome to attend our meetings that are held once a month. More parents at meetings and joining the PTA creates a more dynamic, robust, social engagement of ideas. The sayings ‘many hands make light work’ and ‘working together is success’ are very true indeed! It’s an excellent opportunity to meet and mingle with like-minded parents coordinating current and future activities.
Students are at primary school for a limited time, so I believe we need to make these years the most memorable and enjoyable and that is why I’m a member of the Parent Teacher Association and I love it!