WELCOME TO THE VICTORIA PLUS PAGE!
We have a new PTA support group up and running with a fantastic new name – Victoria Plus.
We meet regularly to organise fundraising and engagement events for pupils, their families and the community. Our group aims to be an integral part of the school community and to raise money to help improve equipment, resources, support class visits and to enhance our children’s education.
We aim to be much, much more than just a fundraising body. We aspire to provide closer links between home and school, and to bring staff, parents and friends together socially in support of the school, working towards a common goal. Our group is fun too! Just speak to any of our committee members and you will realise how passionate, enthusiastic and creative we all are!
We hold regular meetings, usually on Thursday mornings. If you are interested in joining us, please get in touch using email address email@example.com If you feel you are able to help out in any other way, e.g. providing resources, manning a stand, suggesting a fundraising idea, being a helper at an event, donating a raffle prize, please get in touch. Although we are a strong bunch, we are a small group so all support is welcome!
VICTORIA PLUS STRUCTURE 2019/20
Heather Germany CHAIR
Elaine McWilliams VICE CHAIR & SECRETARY
Naomi Johnston TREASURER
Lynsey Hagen HEALTH & SAFETY CO-ORDINATOR
Who are we?
Heather Germany – CHAIR
Firstly I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for the support we have been given in our new venture as members of the PTA. Without you all we couldn’t have achieved so much in such a short period of time and I believe in the next few months we can encourage and develop our school community. I have two daughters, Alexis is in primary 4 and Jessica is 2 and will be heading to nursery soon. When the time of the new PTA was announced I believe it was the right time for me to give something back to the school and help raise some much needed cash to preserve the quality of extra curricular equipment and activities our school already provides so well. I have previous experience in organising large events in order to maximise profitability while keeping costs low. I look forward to meeting you all at our future events and if I can be of any assistance regarding events or any ideas you would like to pass onto us feel free to be in touch.
Elaine McWilliams– SECRETARY
Hi, my name is Elaine, I have one daughter, Lauren in P5. I work as a software developer in the day time and I’m a Girls Brigade leader in my spare time, I love BoxFit and Zumba dancing although Lauren claims I don’t get the dance steps right very often 😊 I’m involved in a couple of initiatives (cyber safety and Young Enterprise) through the company I work for, in various local primary schools. I really enjoy doing this kind of thing, so when the chance to help out on the PTA came up I decided to get involved.
FUN FACT: I’m a bigger kid than most of the pupils at VPS, I’m always the first one on the bouncy castle 😊
Naomi Johnston – TREASURER
I’m Naomi. I’ve two sons, Joel in P6 and Matthew in P2. I am from Scotland but have lived in Newtownards for 12 years. I work as a Care Assistant in a nursing home and I love it. I enjoy being creative and making birthday cakes for those close to me. I enjoy caravanning and spending time with family and friends. I have enjoyed being part of the group so far and look forward to raising more money for the school and building on its sense of community.
Lynsey Hagen – HEALTH & SAFETY CO-ORDINATOR
Hi! I’m Lynsey and I have one child, Lucas in P4. As a mum of an energetic and curious young boy, I am always on the lookout for potential accidents and hazards and, with my first aid training, I embraced the chance to use my skills to plan and organise our events. As Health & Safety Co-Ordinator, I will be helping with Risk Assessments, and helping to ensure that are activities are fun and safe!
However, our family are big fans of Elf on the Shelf and enjoy every December with our elves Buddy and Bella, who aren’t always cautious or safe in their antics!
Tanya English – COMMITTEE MEMBER
I am a past pupil of Victoria PS and my three kids are now in P3, P7 and Year 8. I was interested in joining the new parent group because I felt I would like to support the school that has been so good for my children and, with continued pressures on school budgets, I thought this was a way I could make a difference. I work as a designer from home so am fortunate enough to have flexible hours that allow me to be around at the times when meeting and events might be running at the school. I am used to event organising through my church and love being part of a team effort.
Fun Fact: I should have been born in 1950 as I love all things from that era!
Carla McCurry – COMMITTEE MEMBER
My name is Carla McCurry and I have three children; the two youngest are at Victoria PS – Capri in P2 and Troy in P7. I love family holidays and I enjoy crafting.
A couple of years ago I noticed that there was no Summer Fair at school, and when I enquired about it, I was told that there was no PTA in school. Mrs Moffett asked if this was something I’d be interested in rectifying and I said “Yes!”. Letters were sent home to parents and an interest meeting was held and that’s how our new PTA group was formed! I love being a part of this group and love helping to organise the different events we have planned. I feel I want to give back something to the school, especially as both my children will benefit from my support. I realise that our school needs a functioning PTA group to organise events and raise money within school and within the community and I look forward to continuing our hard work.