PTA speech – "We need you!"
When Julie Hartell, co-chair of the Friends of Beacon
Rise Primary in Bristol, gave a speech to encourage more parents to
show their support, they had a great response. She has kindly
shared this with us...
Julie told us: 'I wrote the speech just before Christmas
and delivered it to parents five times at each Christmas
Production. I cleared the words with the head first and would
definitely advise doing this. In fact, the head was concerned about
me suggesting 'NO SANTA' as the kids were listening and he didn't
want them upset, but I wanted the shock factor. I wanted the kids
to say "NO!" and the parents hearts to "eeek!".
It worked. As a result, 5 parents approached me in the days
after and made reference to the speech. They offered their
assistance with volunteering at events and also showed interest in
attending meetings. In fact, even more parents stopped me in the
playground just to say thank you for making them aware of who we
were! They had no idea!
We also left an A4 leaflet on each chair which we urged the
parents to take home, which gave parents more information about
what we do, why we do it and how it helps their children. We also
outlined our promises to enhance the PTA group. The next day, we
received an email from a parent who was in attendance at one of the
Christmas productions when the school's CD player failed. This
parent bought a brand new one, with his own money, and gave the
head the CD player of his choice. The parent's reasoning for doing
this was because he was unable to offer his time, but felt he
wanted to help in some way.'
Read the speech below or download it
as a word document:
I have a few minutes to tell you something very important…
- Your child is in this school - FACT
- The teachers and head are responsible for ensuring every child
receives the same level of education, and their current
performance? Well, it's outstanding - FACT
- As parents, you have a direct influence on the experience your
child has whilst at this school - FACT
However, not all of us take that opportunity.
I understand some of us:
- Work full time
- Work part time
- Some of us are full time parents
- Or single parents
I work 3 days a week in [town] as a [profession].
I also started my own business to help make ends meet.
Lastly, I am a Mum to one little Angel who attends and one
little 3yr old NIGHTMARE who I look after.
We all have different pressures in life, but we all share the
same objective. The importance of the education of our
We all know it's easy to leave the educational bit it to the
teachers. We know how easy it is to leave the PTA bit to those
parents who you see in the playground with a pen, paper and purpose
in their eyes! I know some of us think they just pester! But RIGHT
NOW, the bottom line is if we do not get more parental support,
there will be NO [PTA name].
- NO [PTA name] means NO additional funds
- NO additional funds means no new playground or state of the art
- It also means no more events such as discos, secret rooms,
summer fairs and Christmas fairs.
- NO FATHER CHRISTMAS!!!
We can continues to churn out the safe events like the tombola,
discos, fairs, and raffles but why not think outside the box? As I
am new to this school, and new to the role of Co-Chair, we have
identified NEW ways to improve our children's experience. I hear
parents say they don't know what the PTA actually does, who they
are, when they meet and whether YOU can attend. They appear to be
like this invisible force that just 'make things happen!' Unless
you are involved, you are unaware of the amount of work that is
involved. All that is about to change.
In an effort to re-launch the [PTA name], we will be asking all
of YOU to help us to:
- Redesign the logo
- Create a strapline (I love kids but I couldn't eat a whole
one!). A strapline which identifies with what we believe
- Redesign the 'parent' section of the school's website, bringing
it into the 21st century, including adding LOADS more content about
- Implement a Suggestion Box located in Reception where you can
leave your ideas, suggestions and your contact details
- We also have our NEW mailbox address which is printed on the
back of the leaflet along with our mobile contact numbers
We will provide you with dates, times and venue of our meetings
12 months in advance. These are informal meetings and anyone can
attend. You don't even have to say anything. You can just listen!!
You don't have to be confident or outgoing. But maybe YOU can bring
something to the table. You just need to have a desire to want MORE
for your children.
I hope you enjoy watching the Christmas School Production as the
children are raring to go! But please could I ask you to take home
the leaflet which has been left on your chairs. I asked my husband
to read this and rolling his eyes, he took the leaflet and walked
off in the direction of the little boys room, mumbling he would
read the first few lines. After 20 minutes, he returned and said
'WOW. We need to do MORE'. We hope you feel the same.
- Download the speech as
a word document.
- If you have any advice you'd like to share with other PTAs,
please drop us an email.
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