“As elected representatives we often talk about schools being at the heart of a community and it is through endeavours of people like those here today which make this a reality.”
“The Gold Star Awards recognise and reward the everyday achievements of PTAs throughout the province,” said Jayne Thompson, PTA-NI Adviser. “The standard of entries was exceptionally high this year and PTA-NI commends all the applications received. Richmount PS PTA, Portadown received Special Commendation for their Afterschool Facilities in the Changing the Life of the School category and this I believe was a fiercely close group of shortlisted. Richmount PS PTA deserve much praise for not only their creative thinking in setting up the club but also for their committed voluntary contributions, managing it on a daily basis and planning a varied programme to stimulate and sustain the children’s interests. Without the genuine dedication of Richmount PTA volunteers’ families would not have this invaluable wraparound service. I applaud all of the volunteers for making a real positive difference and providing the benefits and service that they do. A working model for many others to consider.”
Ulster Unionist MLA and member of the Education Committee Jo-Anne Dobson said "I was especially pleased to be here today to recognise the excellence which exists within our school PTAs but also to congratulate the members of the PTA at Richmount Primary School which is located in my constituency of Upper Bann. They richly deserve their Special Commendation for their Afterschool Facilities because of the work they do to engage and involve their pupils and the local community in the life of their school.
“Richmount Primary School PTA are a Benchmark example of Parents and Teachers who understand that schools can offer so much more to their pupils and who, by working closely together, deliver fantastic results. I would also send my congratulations to the Principal and his staff who I met on a recent visit to the school where I saw first-hand the dedication and commitment to their pupils. People from across Northern Ireland who volunteer daily to make a real difference to the lives of pupils at our schools are all deserving of both our admiration and praise.”
Jayne concluded, “The PTA-UK Awards ceremony is an ideal way to showcase the depth and breadth of projects and activities that PTAs undertake on a day-to-day basis to enhance the education experience of many thousands of children in NI.”