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Welcome to the first PTA Talk. St Mary’s On the Hill PTA would like to use this newsletter to keep parents informed about events, fundraising activities and other issues relating to the school. We are hoping that parents would contribute to this by offering hints or information that would be of interest to other parents - recipes, good deals, fun days, sports clubs or activities etc. Parents can do this by emailing any suggestions to stmarysonthehillpta@ymail.com or sending a wee note into your child’s teacher marked PTA.

Our Aim

PTA Members Lisa McGuiness Brenda Young Louise McQuillan Julie McKearney Alison Gray Ciara Devlin Lisa Doherty Deirdre McAuely

Lisa McVeigh Leanne Murray Martina Toal Paula Martin Jamie McKinley Emer Lyttle Lynette Callow Teacher representative Miss D Lundy

The PTA aim is to provide support to staff and pupils of the school and to assist in raising funds for the school especially for 6 much needed interactive white boards. For this we need to raise around £20,000. So with everyone's help we should have this in no time!!!

School Disco is a Huge Success Help out PTA is always grateful to any parents wishing to help at any school functions. All volunteers are required to be vetted. Police Check forms are available from any PTA member or from Mrs Mason in the school office.

PTA would like to thank pupils, parents and volunteers for all the support given at our first fundraising event - ‘The School Disco’. A whopping £755.00 was raised and this is a wonderful start to our fundraising efforts. We hope our next event ‘The Valentines Disco’ is as successful. Current plans are for this event to take place on 10th February 2011 - so mark your calendars.


LOOK OUT FOR… Valentines Disco, Copper Coin Collection starting Feb 1st

(please help your child fill their class jar, just send in your coppers) Clothing Collection this Fri day, 28th January. Parent Night Out (April 8th Corrs Corner ) Summer Fair.

The school D I S C O was funded and supported by some local businesses and we would like to thank them all.

Attention all Tax Payers!!

Thank you to -

The PTA are in the process of registering as a charity and as a result we will be able to benefit from the gift aid scheme. If you are thinking of donating to the PTA then simply fill in the gift aid form ,which will be available soon. A single form can cover all donations from an individual. So if you are a tax payer then please take a moment to fill in this form. It really is as simple as that. EVERY PENNY COUNTS!!!!!

Tesco Carnmoney Jemsentertainment.com Asda Shore Road Dunnes Stores Park Centre Fastener Connections Spar Cliftonville Road Prestige Catering We are hoping to run a summer edition of PTA Talk . If you know a business or any summer scheme which would like to advertise please contact us.

WORD SEARCH - The Universe AEROBEE, APOLLO, CASSINI, CLEMENTINE, EARTH, EXPLORER,GENESIS, GIOTTO, HELIOS, HUBBLE, HUYGENS, IMAGE, JUPITER,KOSMOS, LUNA, MAGELLAN, MARINER, MARS, MERCURY, MIR,MUSES, NEAP, NEAR, NEPTUNE, NOZOMI, ORBITER,PHOBOS,PIONEER, PLUTO, RANGER, ROSETTA, SAKIGAKE, SATURN, SELENE, SKYLAB, SMART, SOHO, SPUTNIK, STARDUST, SUISEI, SURVEYOR, ULYSSES, URANUS, VEGA, VENERA, VENUS, VIKING, YOHKOH, ZOND.

Note from Mrs Gorman I am very excited that the PTA is up and running again. I have no doubt that it will further strengthen links with our parents, enhance the community spirit and raise much needed funds in order to enrich our children’s experiences here in St Mary’s on the Hill. Good luck to all! Maire Gorman

Company Top ups If any parents work for Tesco, Translink or Northern Bank, your company could help us out with extra fundraising. Please contact Louise McQuillan who can explain everything.

The Kids Hit the Headlines!!

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We are hoping you all saw the 2 page coverage of our School Disco in the Newtownabbey Times . It was printed December 30th, 2010.

PTA Contact Details Please feel free to contact the PTA with ANY suggestions or comments. Face book ~ St. Mary’s on the Hill PTA (Please join in) Or via email; stmarysonthehillpta@ymail.com

Mrs Mason PTA would like to thank Mrs Mason in the school office for all her help, time and guidance on many occasions over the past few months. THANK YOU!


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