Chanel College PTFA embraces challenges
The PTFA is always achieving and aiming high.
Our mission is to encourage family involvement in the College and to raise funds to improve facilities and opportunities for the school. We are proud to share our progress with you and warmly welcome new committee members.
Recent PTFA Projects
2016-2017 Buying a new Chanel College Van
In 2017, after much fundraising by the PTFA and donations from the Board of Trustees and local charities, the school received a brand new minivan. The keys were handed over to Grant Miles (former Principal) in front of members of the PTFA, BOT Chair Nicola Murray and former Chanel student Kieran McAnulty, one of the Members of Parliament for the Wairarapa.
Repainting our Wharenui, Hinerangi and restoring the carvings
The Government do not fund wharenui. In 2017-2018 the PTFA fundraised so that our wharenui, Hinerangi, could be painted inside and out, new kowhaiwhai panels were installed and the carvings were restored and repainted thanks to the dedicated work of one of our parents, Jason Paku, who received a civic award from the Masterton District Council in recognition of his voluntary effort in February 2019.
Chanel College Fitness Centre
In 2018-2019 the PTFA is fundraising to provide new Chanel College Fitness Centre which will benefit all students. The new facilities will complement the great sporting opportunities offered by the new gymnasium which was opened in 2014, named after Cardinal John Dew, Archbishop of Wellington, a former student of St Joseph’s College.
The Chanel College 40th Reunion in September 2019
This memorable weekend was organised by the Chanel 40th Reunion Committee, which was a subcommittee of the PTFA. We celebrated the repainting of the wharenui and the restoration of the carvings as well as organising a get together on the Friday night followed by the Reunion dinner on the Saturday night, a hangi was organised for three hundred people as part of the Cultural and Food Festival, and a display of memorabilia in the library attracted many visitors.
PTFA Working Bees In 2018
We catered for the Wairarapa Intercollegiate Speech Competition which was hosted by Chanel College, students, teachers and parents from nine colleges attended.
Restoration of the Brigidine Rose Garden: The PTFA has also painted all the seating in the Brigidine Rose Garden with a protective stain which has significantly improved the appearance of this important recreational area.
Food and Cultural Festival 2019: The Chanel PTFA organised the Food and Cultural Festival on 5 April, to raise more funds for the Fitness Centre.
How to join the PTFA Committee: To join our enthusiastic PTFA Committee or to offer your services for our working bees please contact our Chairperson, Kim Siemonek 027 457 5024, or the Chanel College office.
Future projects for the PTFA
The PTFA are looking to improve the environment around the school with more seating areas and undercover areas for the students during the school day.