Richmount Primary School  
105 Moy Road - Portadown - BT62 1QP l Tel: 02838 357929 

PTA for Richmount Primary School 

PTA AGM will be held in school on Wednesday 21st September 2016. The meeting will now start at 7.30pm. 
We are running a clothing collection in conjunction with Bag2School. 
By getting involved in our Bag2School collection you have an opportunity to sort through your cupboards and wardrobes and donate any unwanted textiles in the bag provided. 
Please NO Duvets, Pillows, Curtains, Bedding, Towels or End-Of-Life Clothing. 
Please try to fill as many bags as you can, don’t forget to ask grandparents, friends and neighbours to have a sort out as well! You can return clothes in any kind of bag. 
Filled bags can be left in school from the end of the school day on Thursday 14th April 2016 for collection on Friday 15 April 2016. 
Please help us have a good collection! 
Many thanks indeed for helping us with this unique fundraising opportunity. 
PTA Coffee Morning 
The coffee morning in aid of Macmillan Cancer Care on Friday 10th October was a tremendous success with just over £500 being raised. 
We would like to thank all those who baked buns and cakes and those who came along to enjoy the food and fellowship. It was lovely to see so many parents, relatives and friends enjoying our new multi-purpose hall. 
Thank you once again! 
Dear Parent/Guardian 
I would like to say a really big thank you to all our pupils and their parents for making 'Mad Hair Day' a great success and raising a whooping £280.35 for Children in Need. 
Many thanks! 
Mr S. Clyde 
PTA Fundraising 
The PTA has recently donated money to school to pay for new outdoor seating and bins for the school playground. Diane Parks, PTA vice-chairperson, hands over the new equipment to Mr Simon Clyde, teacher and PTA chairperson. Also pictured are pupils Adam Capper, Zoe Whitford and Thomas Parks. 
PTA Buy Kindles for the Library 
P6 and P7 pupils Rachel McMinn and Ross Newport enjoying reading the 2 new Kindles supplied by the PTA in the school library. 
At the PTA-NI Gold Star Awards Ceremony held at Parliament Buildings, Belfast on Wednesday 2 May, PTAs from all over Northern Ireland gathered to hear which associations were to be selected as the local winners of the PTA-NI Gold Star Awards 2012. 
Wendy Osborne OBE, CEO Volunteer Now in her opening address gave inspiration to all present and highlighted how this event recognised excellence, best in the class and what she believes is a building block for good relations - the value and respect of an effective partnership between the school and the PTA. 
Michelle McIlveen MLA, Committee for Education representative stated at the event, “It gives me great pleasure to be here today at the PTA-UK Gold Star Awards where we have the opportunity to recognise and reward the achievements of PTAs and PTA Volunteers around the country. PTA volunteers make up a huge percentage of the UKs volunteering workforce which is integral to the fabric of our society and these awards provide a means to acknowledge those tireless and invaluable efforts.” 
“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.” 
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