Welcome to the Friends of St Mary's School section! We are the PTA for the school. We are a charity, run independently by parents and teachers, and we organise events to raise funds to buy equipment and other items for the school. Oh, and we have fun doing it, too!
Below you will find further details about the Friends - about what we have been doing and what we have been spending money on. You can see what events we have coming up on the website Calendar page. We would love you to get involved ad help us raise even more money.
If you have a connection with St. Mary’s School – as a parent, teacher, carer or grandparent – then you are a Friend. There is no need to join, be elected or subscribe – you already are one!
We would like as many of you as possible to become involved with the Friends. Involvement can take many forms: we need help with events, ideas for raising and spending money, practical support, donations of items for events … the list is endless. The more help we get, the more money we raise, the more our children benefit. Simple.
Anyone is most welcome to join the The Friends: parents, teachers, carers, grandparents, etc. Come to meetings, volunteer to help at events, or be elected as an officer or to the committee if you want to be more closely involved.
We try to organise a wide range of events, including the Christmas and Summer fairs, bingo and quiz nights, raffles, second-hand uniform sales, Christmas tree sales, race nights, wine tastings, music evenings, Dragon Boat racing, craft evenings, sponsored events and Easter egg raffles. We also run the weekly new uniform shop. If that is not enough, we would like to try and organise some new events this year. Do you have other good ideas? Let us know!
Decisions about what money is spent on are taken at Friends meetings which are held every other month. Our main priority over the next three years is raising money for the IT programme however, in addition to this, we are also funding themed weeks such as Science Week and Sports week and contributing towards the YR6 yearbook & end of year production
The best way, of course, is to come along. However, copies of the minutes from Friends meeting will be uploaded to this website, and also placed on the school notice board, alongside an agenda for the next meeting. If you register your contact details with the school you will also automatically receive update emails about Friends matters.
There are so many ways to get involved: come along to meetings; support our events – and offer to help us run them; email us or call us with ideas of events we can run or things we should fund; bring in donations of goods when we have collection days; collect supermarket vouchers, help to run the uniform shop on Tuesday afternoons, collect old mobile phones, sponsor your child, make refreshments at parents evening. If you have even one hour to spare, we can find a use for it!
We would love to hear from you! Please contact Andy Taylor on 07725306160, or via e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also visit the Friends of St Mary's Facebook page for more information.