Who we are and what we do

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We support the staff and pupils at St Thomas More School by fund raising and arranging events for the children. The money we raise is used to fund “extras” for the children but also to support large projects which are undertaken by the School. The reason for this is that the School is voluntary aided, so 10% of any capital expenditure (including IT equipment) has to be raised before the 90% funding is made available to complete the project.

In previous years Friends contributed £10,000 to purchase the School minibus. Over the summer holidays of 2011 work to the play area in the main playground and in the nursery was carried out thanks to £18,750 contributed towards the redevelopment of the playground.
In 2012 money raised by Friends helped with the installation of the Astro Turf in the playgrounds.
This year (2014) Friends of St Thomas More are contributing money towards the Foundation Stage refurbishment project, including the purchase of paving stones (approx.. £5000). Moreover, money was given to buy laptop trolleys for the entire school use (£1500), as well as to buy 8 digital cameras, New Curriculum topic books (approx.. £700 per term), and finally Friends will be paying for the School Library upgrade.
We would like to invite all parents to become involved and support the Friends, to find out how you can help please come along to our meetings.
If you are unable to come to a meeting please email friends.stmore@gmail.com and we can add you to our mailing list.

There are also other ways to get involved:
• Offer your help with running of the events. Join an event committee.
• Volunteer your support during the events and man a stall of your choice.
• Donate items / cakes we could sell at our events.
• Come to our events, invite family and friends.
• Let us know if you have skills that can be useful: Can you DJ a disco? Do you play in a band? Can you run a workshop for children? Can your business offer a donation to our charity? Can you help with advertising of our events?

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