BBPS PTA: What is it? Who are they?

(PTA = Parent, Teacher Association)

The PTA is a team of parents, who work alongside the teachers, staff, parents and Board of Trustees of BBPS, to achieve common goals throughout the school. Our objectives include: encouraging all aspects of parental involvement, consulting on school policies as required, fundraising and social ventures, and to give parents/caregivers a voice within the school. Generally we meet the first Tuesday of each month at 7.30pm in the staffroom. All parents are welcome to join us. You don’t have to spend hours of time volunteering, but anything you can do to help is gratefully appreciated.

Please click on any of the links below to view the document September 2015 October 2015 November 2015 December 2015 PTA Minutes March 2016PTA Minutes May 2016PTA AGM Minutes May 2016PTA Minutes June 2016PTA Minutes August 2016

Our PTA Team

Ling Yang-MacKinnonTreasurer
My husband, Calum and I moved to Auckland at the end of 2014 with our kids. Our older one is in junior school at Bucklands Beach Primary, and our younger one is in daycare.

I was working as an Assistant Accountant at a Chartered Accountants Firm before I have my two kids. Now I am working as a Finance Administrator in a multi-national company.

I have the pleasure of being Bucklands Beach Primary School PTA’s Treasurer, being able to work hard together with our school community to provide the best for our kids.

Anna WatsonSecretary
Hi I am Mum to my two daughters who are in year 3 and year 5. I grew up in the area and went to Bucklands Beach Primary. My family have come back to the area after living in Australia. My work background is as a sales rep and in administration. I enjoy helping raise money and supporting Bucklands Beach Primary.

Our Fundraising

What has the PTA done for BBPS in the past?

Construction of: • Sun Shade for Pool • Adventure Playground • Gardens • Sandpit and Umbella • Junior Playground • Fencing • Rotunda

Purchased: • Sports Equipment • Electronic Whiteboards • Sunblock for each Classroom • iPads • Hall Lighting • Musical Instruments • Sports Uniforms • Digital Cameras • Jump Jam CD’s • Staff Winter Jackets • Solar Heating for Swimming Pool • Q Bears

Organise / Contribute to: • School Galas • Quiz Nights • School Discos • Family Fun Night • Major Raffles • Nearly Five Parties • Social Evenings • Movie Nights • Calendar Art • Art Nights • Father’s Day Brekkie • Chocolate Fundraiser • Entertainment Books • Parenting Seminars • Second-Hand Uniform Shop • Working Bees • Howick Santa Parade • Road Patrol Acknowledgement …plus lots more!

What is the PTA currently working on?

The PTA have had a huge couple of years working towards the implementation of an artificial turf to replace the forever closed muddy top field during winter. This will create an all-weather play/learning area for the children and teachers. This will become a reality over the 2015 Christmas break. Massive thanks to all the school families, local business and community for helping us make this a reality.

Future Fundraising Suggestions

We welcome suggestions for future fundraisers, come along to a meeting, we would love to meet you; or you could email us at or hand in your suggestions to the school office.

Looking Ahead – Asian Community Invitation

We would love some parents from our Asian community to join the PTA to help represent the large Asian population within our school. We wish to celebrate the Chinese New Year, and other such celebrations, but need guidance from within the cultures. We endeavour to translate our newsletters into Mandarin. These will be available at the office, online or could be emailed by request.

Why does the PTA undertake so much Fundraising?

BBPS is a Decile 10 school. The major implication of this rating is the amount of funding given to the school by the government. As a general overview, more money per child is provided to Decile 1 schools, than to Decile 10 schools. As a result, you will often find that parents of children at higher Decile schools will be asked to contribute more in terms of donations, trip fees, time, equipment and fundraising. TFEA is a resource to assist schools to lower barriers to learning faced by students from low socio-economic communities. • In 2015 a decile 1 school (lowest socio-economic rating) receives $905.81 per student for Targeted Funding for Educational Achievement (TFEA). • BBPS receives $0 for each student. The SEG is intended to assist schools to help students with moderate special education needs, such as learning and behaviour difficulties. • A Decile 1 school also receives $73.94 per student for the Special Education Grant (SEG). • BBPS receives $38.05 for each student. Based on a roll figure of 400 students this is what a Decile 1 and a Decile 10 school would receive: (Decile 8 for comparison) Decile 1 Decile 8 Decile 10 TFEA $362,324 $18,744 $0 SEG $29,576 $18,600 $15,220 As you can see, Decile 1 schools receive substantially more funding from the Ministry of Education than Decile 10 schools. The purpose of conveying this information to you is not to question the rationale that underpins this funding, but to inform you of the Decile rating funding scheme and the impact it has on BBPS.

We would like to continue our thanks all our wonderful sponsors, from our local community and beyond. Please show your thanks by supporting them: