Parents’, Teachers’ and Friends’ Association (PTFA)

Sacred Heart of Mary Girl’s School PTFA

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Registered Charity No: 312643

(The Upminster Convent School Parents’ Teachers’ and Friend’s Association)

Welcome to the Sacred Heart Parents’, Teachers’ and Friends’ Association (PTFA) page!

As secondary school parents, we all know how difficult it is to get involved in school life, particularly as we no longer meet at the school gate as we did in primary school. However, despite these difficulties, we are always seeking new ways of encouraging parents to get involved, be it in fundraising, volunteering your time or raffle prizes.

PFTA History

The PTFA was registered as a charity on 11th November 1973 as The Upminster Convent School Parents’ Teacher’s and Friends’ Association. The committee has been instrumental in raising funds for the maintenance of the minibuses, lighting equipment in the hall and other developments within the school in recent times.

Who are the PTFA

As the current PTFA, we are keen to keep the legacy alive by engaging with all parents, teachers and friends by raising funds for all the different requirements of the school, especially during the difficult financial environment in which schools find themselves.

We are a group of parents who currently meet at least four times each year (usually in the Staff Room), with an AGM taking place at the beginning of each school year. The PTFA Committee is currently made up of the listed officers below:

These roles ensure that a coordinated approach is taken in organising events and communication to everyone. We are looking to create a few more roles to allow more people to get involved, please contact us via email on if you are interested in taking part.

SHOM Christmas Ball – Saturday, 9 December 2017

Tickets are currently on sale for the SHOM Christmas Ball on 9th December 2017 to be held in the SHOM School Hall from 7.00pm onwards. Please contact Mary Redmond on 07926746401 or via the Sacred Heart of Mary’s PTFA email address on, if you’re interested in attending, if you’re unable to attend but would still like to get involved in other areas such as donating towards raffle prizes, event vouchers, etc., again, please contact Mary, she’ll be more than happy to hear from you.

SHOM PTFA Spring Fayre

Throughout the years we have raised thousands of pounds through the various events held in the school, such as the popular Spring Fayre held every year in March.

Come and join us on Saturday, 11 March 2017 for one of our biggest fundraisers! We’re keen to get as many people involved as possible, be it behind the scenes or on the actual day by selling our wonderful cakes donated by some of our very own parents and friends of the school. For more information on the next event, please contact Mary Redmond and Catherine Marima via the SHOM PTFA email address – ‘Sacred Heart of Mary PTFA’

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Match Funding

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If so, please contact us at to see how you can help!

Tea Rota

We are always looking for helpers to assist with serving teas and coffees at the various events held at Sacred Heart of Mary. Please contact Catherine Marima on 07704907830 or via email if you have an evening to spare or would like to be included on the rota.

How to Join the PTFA

Please email if you’re interested in joining the PTFA, this can be in any capacity, the more the merrier!

Suggestions and Comments

If you have any suggestions and comments, please contact us via email on We are always looking for new and innovative ways of doing things!