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 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.
Fireworks Night Saturday, 7th November 2021 - a sell-out event, total amount raised to be revealed...
Saturday 12th March - Garden Workforce 9am-1pm
Friday 18th March - Cake sale and Book sale
Friday 1st March - Cake sale and Mufti day
Friday 6th May - Mufti Day for donations for Spring Fair
Saturday 21st May - Spring Fair!
UPCOMING EVENTS – See calendar here
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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: Rachel Luckett
Yr1: Kate Markham
Yr2: Rachel Lowe/Clare Hooper
Yr3: Donna Hearn/Laura Bowler
Yr4: Kyla Weller/Abi Margetts
Yr5: Emma Deasey
Yr6: Lorna Waters
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!