Welcome to the Friends of St Joseph's Page
OUR MISSION STATEMENT
“The Friends of St Joseph’s aim is to work with staff, families and the community to enhance the children's experience, fund valuable resources and help make our school family the best it can be."
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The FOSJ committee, led by co-Chairs Jo Dinnage and Kerry Lundy, with Catherine MacLennan as Treasurer, are a group of staff and parents who co-ordinate a wide range of fundraising activities.
We are responsible for ensuring that any monies raised are put to good use whilst liaising closely with Mr Roberts and all the teaching staff at the School.
We hope that by organising a wide range of activities across the year, for both children and adults, it gives everyone the chance to get more from their time at St Joseph’s.
Our current focus is on outside improvement and outside educational development. We have become increasingly aware that learning outside the classroom is highly motivating and that learning inside the classroom should ideally be replicated outside too. Some outside areas are already used well for this purpose, however, like all things, resources for further learning can always be improved.
Claire Harris and others, have been steadily building on our resources over the past year and are heavily involved in the Garden Taskforce and Ground Working Days.
An outside eco-classroom, wooden structure/shelter/canopy/dome/pod are all resources on our current wishlist but we also have current plans for:
- a large shed to store equipment for outside learning
- new covers for storage of outside equipment
- more prominent and welcoming signage at the entrances of the school
- clocks on the wall at both entrances
- colourful and exciting learning resources painted on the playground tarmac
- mud kitchens, bug houses etc.
We appreciate that when you have a young family time is precious, but if you feel you are able to help, even if it’s just an hour of your time once a year, it will make all the difference!
There are many ways in which you can get involved, whether it is baking a cake, manning a stall at an event, or just making a few phone calls – so if you feel that is something you would like to do, then please feel free to speak to a committee member, join us for one of our meetings, or
KEEPING YOU INFORMED
We have a notice board at the back of the school hall, outside on the wall between reception, the playground and on the EYU wall that will provide the latest news and information on events; we will also provide links on this page.
For a detailed breakdown on the funds raised you are welcome to come to our AGM Meeting in the Autumn term.
We want this to be a two-way channel, so encourage any feedback or suggestions you have, no matter how simple. These can be mentioned to a committee member, posted on our Facebook page or you can email firstname.lastname@example.org
We have been fortunate that a number of parents have agreed to take on the role of Class Representative again this year. This is a vital link between parents, the PTA and ultimately the School, so thank you to everyone who has agreed to take on this role. The list of current Class Reps will be displayed on both the indoor and outdoor notice boards and is currently:
EYU Claire Tilley/Marie-Carmen Burrough
Y1 Lorna Waters
Y2 Louisa Woodcock
Y3 Marigold Peters
Y4 Rachel Luckett/Zoe Cousins
Y5 Paula Collinge/Rachel Fisher
Y6 Claire Botelle
Finally, we want to say a heartfelt thanks for all parents, teaching staff, family members and the wider community for your ongoing support – we couldn’t do it without you!