Just like a family....
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.
A really simple way for you to help us raise funds for the School is by registering with easyfundraising:
Easyfundraising work with over 2000 retailers who have all agreed to pass a donation to St. Joseph's when you shop online with them. The donation is usually a percentage of how much you spend with them but it can also be a set amount.
Retailers include Amazon, M&S, Boden, John Lewis, Argos and 2000 other well known names.
To raise money, instead of going directly to the retailer website, log into easyfundraising first and click on the retailer you want to shop with. You’ll then be taken to the retailer’s website where you shop as you would normally. But because you visited easyfundraising first, St. Joseph's receives a donation.
Another way of helping is to make a donation directly via TotalGiving. This could be through specific fundraising efforts for the School or for one-off donations. Please see the website for details:
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:
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 Dawn Saunders
Y1 Claire Tilley/Marie-Carmen Burrough
Y2 Lorna Waters
Y3 Louisa Woodcock
Y4 Marigold Peters
Y5 Kate Edinburgh
Y6 Paula Collinge/Rachel Fisher
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!