St Joseph's Catholic Primary School, Thame

Inspired to be our best.....

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."

Please find linked here the latest newsletter from the Friends.

 

2019/20 Events

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FUNDRAISING

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 Tweedie 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.

RECENT EVENTS

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 - Please see the link at the top of the page for a full list of events for this year.

Friday, 7th February - Ladies Only Bingo Night

Easyfundraising

A really simple way for you to help us raise funds for the School is by registering with easyfundraising:

www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/fostjosephsthame/

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. 

Totalgiving

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:

 www.totalgiving.co.uk

SPENDING PLANS

Our current focus is on the outside space around the school.  The playground and field areas have had a major overhaul during the recent summer holidays and an amazing amount of work has already been completed.

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.

HELP WANTED!

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 lbretherton@motorlux.co.uk 

 

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.com

 

CLASS REPRESENTATIVES

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    Louisa Woodcock

Y1       Donna Hearn/Kirsty Cunningham

Y2       Dawn Saunders

Y3       Maria Nolan/Emma Deasey

Y4       Lorna Waters

Y5       Louisa Woodcock

Y6       Catherine MacLennan

 

THANK YOU

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!