What is the HMFA?
What does the HMFA do?
Why does it do it?
All parents of pupils at the School are automatically members of the Association, and the Committee is made up of a cross-section of those parents together with parents of past pupils and also the Head Master, his Deputies, Governors and other members of staff. If it were simply called Hall Mead Parent/Teachers’ Association, it would exclude many parents who retain an active interest after their children have left school and whose experience and ideas are invaluable.
A Welcome Meeting is held at the School in September with further meetings on the 1st Tuesday back after each holiday break.
The Committee’s main aim is to raise helpful extra funds. To do this, we organise various events including jumble sales, quiz evenings, draws and raffles as well as offering refreshments at parents evenings. In the last five years we have raised over £60,000. Meetings are not a forum for complaints or criticism, personal or otherwise, but matters of concern to parents are discussed from time to time and the Head Master keeps the Committee informed about developments within the School.
The need to raise additional funds for the School is clear. Members are concerned only for the best interests of the pupils and their education. The Committee tries to provide extras that are not available from Education Authority funds - greater comfort, more and better teaching aids and equipment to benefit pupils and help staff to provide an ever-improving service.
There are many examples of the HMFA’s support for the School, but fundamental is the fact that the range of purchases should be of benefit to as many pupils as possible through the different departments at the School.
New members are needed each year, and whilst we appreciate that not every parent has the time to attend our meetings, many parents may like to be involved in some way to assist the Association.
The HMFA is affiliated to the National Confederation of Parent/Teacher Associations and is a registered charity.