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PTA Chairman’s Report

Roedean School (SA) has a very active PTA committee made up of parents from the Junior and Senior schools, and a representative from the Old Girls’ Association ( SAORA).

The PTA serves as a communication link between the parents and the school and works to support the school in various ways, particularly in raising funds for projects that fall outside of the school’s operating budget.

The start of 2013 saw a number of changes in the PTA, some members, having served their five-year term, were replaced with a new committee members. Dina Maree was elected as the chair of the PTA, assisted by Vida Saayman as Senior Deputy, Thobeka Swana as Junior Deputy and Tracy Chalwin-Milton  as Secretary.

Emmie Kruger our Treasurer, was appointed to the Roedean School Board her replacement., Varsha Dayaram (Gr 2 ), has been appointed to the Treasurer Portfolio of  the PTA .

Other PTA members include Rose Antrobus, Pippa Smith, Lizelle van Huyssteen, Tanya Challis, Mariette Theron, Marion Schaer, Louise Grantham, Birgit Bothner, Catherine Burns, Adrian Steven, Helene van Rhyn, Bronwen Bantock, Samantha Moon and Jyonita Patel and Sally- Ann Niven .

In January, the PTA hosted its annual cocktail party to welcome parents and staff. The PTA AGM was held in March and it included a presentation from architect, Sarah Calburn, a parent and Old Girl, on the new Rene & Fred England Maths Centre which is currently under construction.

The committee takes responsibility for hosting Roedean’s teas at sporting events throughout the year, as well as assisting at events such as St Margaret’s Day, the Grade O Orientation Tea, the Yamaha/Lovemore Music Competition, the annual Music Picnic and with pouring tea at teacher parents’ evenings.

The PTA hosted its wonderful Mother & Daughter Victorian Tea during the second term which gave the Roedean community a chance to see the Matric girls showcase their dance dresses and to acknowledge the prize winners from the MDC fashion show.

Large fundraising activities include the Golf Day, the enormous task  of organising the supply of stationery and textbooks for the school as well as running the Project Club, and co-ordinating the MySchool card funds for the school.

With the funds raised the PTA has undertaken a number of projects around the school – some of which include the  refurbishment of the Senior School locker-rooms, remodelling the climbing wall, purchasing a new PA system for the school, installing better lighting  for the Senior School pool as well as improving the catering equipment for the sports pavilion. In addition to these small projects, the PTA has undertaken to pay for the construction of the changes-rooms for the Jan Mallen Learn- to- Swim  Pool. As in the past,  a generous portion of the funds from the Golf Day are pledged to the School Bursary Fund.

The PTA would like to thank  Emmie Kruger and wish her well in her new position as Chair of the school board and also to thank Marianna Katz, who has recently resigned,  for her hard work in creating the greatly admired Mother and Daughter event.

The Roedean School  PTA would like to extend their sincere gratitude to the entire school and community for their unwavering support of all our projects.

If any parents would like to join the PTA please contact Tracy Chalwin-Milton

We would love to have you on board.

Dina Maree – Chair of PTA