PARENT TEACHER ASSOCIATION

 

The Parent Teacher Association (PTA) welcomes and represents all BST parents in its work to foster a strong sense of engagement and belonging in both the school and the wider community.

The PTA is: 

  • Diverse: Membership includes families from all backgrounds, cultures, languages and ethnicities. 
  • Inclusive: Every parent is invited to get involved in whatever capacity they choose.
  • Engaged: Over the course of each academic year, the PTA collaborates closely with the school administration to organise monthly, termly and annual events. Every month, coffee mornings provide a casual opportunity for new and veteran parents to meet and mingle. Charity drives and fund-raisers to support causes in the local community take place every term, and on an annual basis, formal galas celebrate and support school initiatives such as the Annual Fund
  • Supportive: The PTA understands that BST families' needs extend beyond the school, and works to provide resources that will help them settle into or engage in a balanced, healthy lifestyle. These include seminars and webinars with external health and lifestyle experts, workshops on natural disaster preparedness, lectures on current events, and more. 

All PTA activities are entirely volunteer-based, led by an Executive Committee of parents who come forward based on their experience and time commitment. 

To learn more about the PTA, contact pta@bst.ac.jp.

 

 

PTA News

 

PTA - Jubilee Celebrations - Candy Floss - Fri 3rd Jun 2022 - Showa

BST PTA have organised a candy floss stand at Showa campus from 3pm to 5pm on Friday 3rd June as part of the Jubilee celebrations!

For ¥500 you can receive blue or red candy floss.  ¥200 will go straight to Save the Children Japan. 

 

PTA Term 3 Fundraiser for ’Save the Children’ - Webinar - Wed 1st Jun, 7pm

Save the Children Webinar: Wednesday 1st June 2022, 7pm

On 1st June, International Children's Day, we have invited a guest speaker from Save the Children Japan as part of our series of events associated with our Term 3 fundraiser for this charity.

The online discussion will centre around the work they do, how they do it, and how exactly our donations contribute. A portion will also highlight emergency and humanitarian assistance, in light of the ongoing crisis in Ukraine. This is a unique opportunity for parents and Secondary students alike to learn more and ask questions about this charity and its work.

Please register here to join!

Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83361619894?pwd=KzJVemRSMFpJQysycU9BWHpYSyt4UT09
Passcode:495856

A surprise gift worth ¥1,000 will be given to each attendee, to be revealed at the end of the webinar! In addition, two lucky attendees will receive a bottle of high-end Kisaki sake and one person will receive a craft version limited edition Lemondo!

 

 

PTA - Platinum Jubilee Coffee Mornings - 3rd June (Shibuya) & 6th June (Showa), 9am


Join us to celebrate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee! We will have special guests from our Senior Leadership.

Shibuya Coffee Morning, 3rd June 2022, Trunk Hotel, 9am: While our children don their finest red, white & blue for their non-uniform day 3rd June, and feast together for lunch on the Shibuya roof, we invite you to find a festive outfit of your own, and join us for our last coffee morning of the school year, at Trunk Hotel Shibuya, from 9am held at the Public Terrace at Trunk Hotel with complimentary hot coffee and tea. We will be selling merchandise and raffle tickets

Showa Coffee Morning, 6th June 2022, Blue Bottle Sangenjaya Cafe, 9am: For Showa parents, we will celebrate the following Monday, 6th June 2022, at Blue Bottle Sangenjaya. We will be selling merchandise and raffle tickets here!

We will have BST-branded water bottles, tumblers and masks on hand as part of our ongoing PTA fundraiser for 'Save the Children', so please be sure to bring cash, and donate generously!

PTA Term 3 Fundraiser for ’Save the Children’ - Mark Your Calendars!

As announced earlier this month, we have been raising funds to donate to Save the Children Japan with your generous participation and donations. We have a few more Save the Children-related events coming up -- so please mark your calendars!

Save the Children webinar: Wednesday 1st June 2022, 7-8pm
Where do our donations go? How exactly are they used? Which projects do they fund? 
On our first day back from half-term break, this webinar is a unique opportunity for parents and Secondary students to learn directly from a Save the Children Japan speaker about the work they do, and how our donations help children all over the world not just survive, but thrive. There will also be a discussion dedicated to emergency and humanitarian assistance, in light of the ongoing crisis in Ukraine. Please register here to join!

Platinum Jubilee Coffee Mornings: Friday 3rd June at Trunk Hotel Shibuya, and Monday 6th June at Blue Bottle Sangenjaya Cafe, from 9am
Join us for our last coffee mornings of the school year, celebrating the Queen's Platinum Jubilee! 
We will have special guests from our very own Senior Leadership Team, as well as Save the Children Japan -- so please be ready to make generous donations. 
Kindly note the dates and locations for these coffee mornings, since they are different from our usual.  

End-of-Term Picnic: Sunday 19th June 2022, Setagaya Park, 11am-3pm
Let us all get together to celebrate the end of the term, the end of the year, and our upcoming summer holidays!
We will have free Domino's Pizza, as well as Costa coffee and raffle tickets for sale -- all proceeds go to Save the Children Japan.
The raffle will include fabulous prizes from our partners in the BST and wider Tokyo community. The list of prizes will be posted on our social media ahead of the picnic. 

Every Monday during dismissal until 20th June: 1-coin 'Happiness for Help'
Every Monday during dismissal, we are hanging out treats to the children on both Shibuya and Showa campuses in exchange for ¥100. Donate a coin, pick a treat! 
Please make sure your children have coins on them on Mondays. 

Throughout the term, there are also donation boxes in the Showa and Shibuya lobbies. At the Shibuya reception only, we will have BST-branded water bottles, tumblers and masks available in exchange for your larger cash donations. Please check our social media for details: you’ll find us on Facebook  and Twitter.

If you’d like more information, or want to volunteer to help, email us at pta@bst.ac.jp.

PTA Term 3 Fundraiser for ’Save the Children’ - A Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal

As the daily news reminds us, there are so many who are less fortunate than we are, who face terrible hardship every day from conflict and war, natural and climate disasters, and poverty.  At times, it can be challenging to figure out what we can or should do to help, and how. But in the end, what matters is that we engage, that we come together and help wherever we can, however we can, with kindness and generosity. 

Principal Paul Tough has written in his weekly addresses about the strong tradition of altruism that is such a defining characteristic of the BST community. As an example, our Mums and Dads group on Facebook is bustling with calls for support for causes as diverse as providing relief to refugees, raising LGBTQ+ awareness, and setting up a sanctuary for animals. And our students are constantly showing such ingenuity and initiative in support of those in need: our Head of Primary, Eleanor Loran, has summed up just some of them here

As your PTA, we, too, have been inspired to follow your lead and take meaningful action. Our mission has always been to help children — our children, of course, as well as those in need. We already have a tradition to raise funds to support the local Seykoro orphanage every Christmas. And this term, with your help, we are proud to launch a new tradition in support of children all over the world, with Save the Children. 

Save the Children works with dedication and compassion to protect children so they not only survive but thrive. Over the course of this term, you will see donation boxes set up on both Shibuya and Showa campuses that we have decorated these with our children. 

These next weeks, we are also organising a series of events for all of us to engage, educate and empower each other in support of this cause. 

This is a cause very dear to us. If you'd like to know more about Save the Children, please see their website here

We know we can rely on you to help us help, and are grateful for your donations and time. 

If you’d like to get involved, please email us at pta@bst.ac.jp.

PTA Newsletter - Term 2 2021-2022

Dear BST Community,

In Term 2, the PTA continued to adapt activities to a continued state of emergency, with virtual coffee mornings and a webinar, but also some in-person events such as the second-hand uniform sale and Salvation Army Drive. 

Term 3 will see the launch of the PTA's fundraiser for Save the Children Japan, to help children all over the world suffering from conflict and war. More details to come! 

View the full newsletter here => https://tinyurl.com/54ujvz29