St Thomas More Friends Association supports St Thomas More Catholic Primary School through fundraising and social events. The role of Friends is to raise money to help our school provide materials, resources and facilities for the benefit of everyone who uses our school. Through our events and fundraising we aim to bring staff, parents, children and supporters together in the common goal of enriching the learning experience at St Thomas More.
Through our many fundraising events throughout the school year, the Friends have been able to support the school in purchasing much needed equipment and supplies, including the school mini bus, playground equipment, computer tablets, interactive white boards, library books, window blinds.
We are currently actively raising funds to provide playground equipment for the nursery and reception area as well as to pay for the next installment of equipment in the main playground.
The Friends organise fundraising events throughout the year to raise money and to bring the school community closer together. Some examples of our regular/past events include:
- Exeter Hall Craft Fair (Spring and Christmas)
- School Christmas Fair
- St Thomas More Day – Summer Fayre
- School Discos
- After school cafes
- Ladies Night / Bingo Night / Curry Night / Film Night
Our upcoming events are:
Thursday 8th February – School Disco (Year 1-3 @ 5-6pm and Year 4-6 @ 6.15-7.30pm)
Friday 23rd February – Non Uniform Day in exchange for donations for Craft Fair raffle
Friday 2nd March – Cake donations for Craft Fair
Saturday 3rd March – Spring Craft Fair at Exeter Hall
If you would like to help out at any of the above events please email us. Suggestions on new events are always welcome!
Please contact us if you are able to help, our email address firstname.lastname@example.org
Friends Committee 2018
- Friends Co-ordinators: Anna Capilli, Gill Barnes, Nicole Evans, Kristin Anderson, Clare Allen, Lisa Lord, Janice Relano, Becky Considine, Ally Greathead, Adina Talas & Hiroe Akasaka.
- Treasurer: Clare Allen
- Craft Fair Co-ordinator: Rachel Evans/ Anna Capilli
- Parish Rep: Anna Capilli
- School Rep: Helen Skertchly
- Committee General Members: Stephen Finn & Lisa Lord
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.
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How can I get involved?
You can support us in many different ways:
by ATTENDING our events,
by VOLUNTEERING your time, services or skills,
by DONATING ITEMS for raffles, events or prizes (or even donating money)
You can even support us while doing your online shopping when you register at Easyfundraising.org.uk (see the Easyfundraising section above for more information). The more we raise, the more our children gain!
All parents / carers are invited to become involved in and support the Friends. To find out how you can help please come along to our meetings. Our Annual General Meeting is held in September and provides an ideal opportunity for all parents (new or old) to come along and hear in more detail about the work of Friends. It is also the occasion when we elect our new committee members. The Committee meet about twice per term, with smaller working groups meeting as necessary when we are planning larger events.
Getting involved in Friends is also great way of meeting and getting to know other parents and families within the school community.
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?
If you are unable to come to a meeting but would like to get involved or have suggestions / ideas, please email email@example.com. We can add you to our e-mailing list and keep you posted on meetings, events, etc.