Inspired to be our best.....
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."
Please find linked here the latest newsletter from the Friends.
Please find linked here the minutes of the latest Friends committee meeting
The FOSJ committee, led by Chair Lynette Bretherton, 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 Ms Gowers 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.
Unfortunately, due to the Covid -19 pandemic we are all currently living through, there are no Recent Events to highlight. However, below demonstrates the activities we have held and how fantastically successful they have been:
Festive Season - A massive amount of fundraising takes place in this part of the year and has again shown fantastic results. Thanks to all who supported in what is a very busy time. The results are in:
Santa Sleigh - £560, with thanks to the Thame & District Round Table
Christmas Fayre - £1620 - a fun filled family day
School Disco - £400, loved by all the children
Xmas cards - £360, a fantastic contribution
Fireworks Night Saturday, 9th November - sadly, the weather was not on our side this year but despite this £1320 was raised for St Jo's - a great result. The date for next year has been set as Saturday, 7th November and we have booked better weather!
January Movie Night where we showed Toy Story 4 raised £270
UPCOMING EVENTS – We are working hard to construct a Covid-19 secure plan for our fundarising for the 2020-21 year. Please check back for updates.
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 participate, please register with easyfundraising and tell them you want to support Friends of St. Joseph's Thame.
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 the outside space around the school.
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.
We would like to contribute as much as possible to equipment to really enhance this space as much as we can.
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;
Email Lynette on email@example.com
KEEPING YOU INFORMED
We have notice boards at the back of the school hall, outside on the wall between reception and 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 lbretherton@btinternet.
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 Kate Markham
Y1 Luci Watson/Rachel Lowe
Y2 Donna Hearn/Laura Bowler
Y3 Dawn Saunders
Y4 Emma Deasey/Lottie Price
Y5 Lorna Waters
Y6 Louisa Woodcock
Finally, we want to say a heartfelt thanks to all parents, teaching staff, family members and the wider community for your ongoing support – we couldn’t do it without you!