The PTA plays an active role in the life of the school and we are blessed to have a strong committee and many Friends of the PTA that regularly contribue and volunteer to help make our events and initiatives a success.

Our roles in the school community include:         

  • Supporting communication between families, teachers, management, staff, and the Board of Trustees
  • Building a sense of community at our school, through school events and pastoral care initiatives
  • Raising funds, through school events and promotions, to supplement those received from school donations and MOE grants

The 2024 PTA are:

Chair: Kirsty Perrett

Secretary: Lauren Johnston

Treasurer: Rebecca Hardy

Communications Officer: Anna Higgins

Pastoral Care: Abbie Garland & Helena Gilder

Events Coordination: Anna Walker, Pip Livesay & Claire Chisholm

Assistant for Comms & Events: Michelle Goldfinch

Uniform Shop: Felicity Morgan & Stephanie Noble

In addition to committee members, the PTA works with a parent representative from each class.  These Class Monitors co-ordinate the teacher/parent help for the class, highlight pastoral care needed for a student or family in their class and are the contact person for any new parent in the class.

PTA Meetings

Every parent in the school can be a Friend of the PTA and we welcome you to attend meetings and become involved in PTA events.  It takes a community to build a community and we would love to get fresh ideas and viewpoints that will help our school flourish.  Attending a meeting can help you understand what we do and what we are trying to achieve and is also a great way to meet other parents.  We actively support the teaching staff, our pupils, parents and the community and value your input and time. Meetings are scheduled at least once per term.

Pastoral Care:

A part of what makes Marist Catholic School, Herne Bay an incredibly special community, is the Pastoral Care available to the Marist families. From time to time we all have struggles, whether that be ourselves or a family member. If you or one of your family members are in need of assistance or are struggling, then there is a variety of support available to you.

The support available includes:

  • Fresh meals and baking provided to your family daily from the Marist Community
  • A check-in call to families in need to see how everything is and what support is required. This call may be from the principal, your child’s classroom teacher, a parent or whoever you choose.
  • Second-hand school uniforms are available, free of charge, if you are financially struggling
  • Prayers at Mass
  • Financial Assistance for
    • School Fees
    • Sports Fees
    • Camp Fees
    • Extra-curricular activities

The type of situations where you may require assistance include:

  • Injury
  • Sickness 
  • Death
  • Mental Health/Wellbeing
  • Financial Pressure

Please remember that this support will be provided with as much privacy as required, if it is preferred.