Welcome to Mandeville! We are delighted that you are joining our amazing school.
All parents and carers are automatically members of our PTA (more affectionately called Friends of Mandeville!) but we realise that you may not be able to commit to everything we do. We welcome any amount of involvement, after all, many hands make light work.
Our mission is to create a nurturing community for our families and also to raise money to support this fabulous school and provide much needed extra resources that benefit all the children.
Through the support of our families, the children have benefitted from fantastic outdoor musical instruments, a Reading Hut, external lighting, dictionaries and reading books for every class and most recently the audio visual equipment and new seating for the school hall. We also pay for Marvellous Me communication platform, and are really proud that every Year 6 child is given a Leavers Hoodie as they leave the school, sponsored purely by the PTA. Our current fundraising project is to buy new class set of iPads, much needed in these changing times.
There are lots of ways to keep up with what is going on at school. Firstly the school website https://www.mandeville.herts.sch.uk/ this has all the up to date information of every element of the school and also a PTA section.
We have 2 Facebook pages, a closed group www.facebook.com/groups/friendsofmandeville, you will need to ask to join this group and once we have checked with the school office that you are connected to school, we will accept your request. This page is for reminders of events, co-ordinate volunteers and a forum for a sense of community amongst parents. We also have https://www.facebook.com/MandevillePTA, which is a public page, mainly used for spreading the word on our events! Just click to like this one!
You can follow us on twitter too - @PTA_Mandeville1
Or email any questions to PTA@Mandeville.herts.sch.uk
However, there are a couple of ways you can start fundraising for Friends of Mandeville before you even start here!
Do you shop online? If so, you can also help us raise funds, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week! You can do your online shopping and support Friends of Mandeville fund without any additional cost to you.
You will need to go to https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/invite/JEP996/ and register for Mandeville PTA – St Albans. Once you have registered, you can download the Easyfundraising App or go via the Easyfundraising website, select the retailer you want to shop at and the site will show you the commission the PTA earns from your shopping basket.
We won't know who shopped or what you bought, but we will get a percentage of the costs into our fund. The prices are the same as if you bought "normally" - in fact, there are sometimes special offers that could even save you money! It's easy, so why not help us raise much needed funds.
All uniform needs to be named and stamping your children’s name on everything is a really easy way of doing this! We receive a 30% cashback for all orders placed at https://stamptastic.co.uk/ Quote AL12LE when checking out.
Following on from parent suggestions, we launched the opportunity for monetary donations to be made directly to Mandeville PTA. There is a payment item on School Gateway for donations direct to the Friends of Mandeville bank account. This is a voluntary option for anyone wanting to donate in this way.
Does your workplace have a match funding scheme? Find out whether your time or contributions can stretch even further.
So, that is a little bit about us! If you would like to get more involved please come and talk to one of the helpers, leave a message in the school office or drop us an email.
Our AGM will be in September, and all parents and carers are invited and encouraged to come. We are a really friendly group and always welcome new parents to come along. We realise it can be daunting joining a PTA, and you can help as little or as much as you would like to. This year, we will be looking for new committee members as some of the current committee will be leaving the school as their children move on.
We look forward to hearing from you soon.
Kate, Jahida, Lizzie, Kelly, Jo, Mary and Vicky