Friends Welcome Letter
Dear Parents / Carers,
The Friends of St Lawrence Primary School is a group of parents/carers with children at the school which organises the social and fundraising activities and aims to bring together the school community in many different ways. As a parent/carer of a child at St Lawrence you are automatically a member of the Friends and are welcome to join any meetings, fundraising events and social evenings.
Each year in September, the Friends have an Annual General Meeting (AGM). A Committee is elected by parents/carers to organise and run events for the academic year. The Committee comprises Chair, Treasurer, Secretary, two representatives per class, a staff representative plus other interested parties.
Currently these positions are held by:
- Chair – Emma King
- Treasurer – Emma Weare
- Secretary – Hedeel Munden
- Committee members - Lorna Ryan and Debbie Goddard
In 2018-2019, we were able to supply much needed laptops for the school and invaluable software, furniture and supplies for the library extension, and fund a new outdoor shelter and wellie area for Forest School. In 2019-2020, the school has identified a project to improve the outdoor space including a sensory garden and well-being area (details are yet to be finalised) and also new PE equipment. Previously, the Friends have financed the refurbishment of the Key Stage 1 and Year 3 outdoor learning areas, the Library refurbishment, purchased IT resources including 30 iPads and 20 laptops as well as providing each teacher with an iPad, and supported various science and arts workshops. As you can see the list is extensive and we are incredibly proud of all that we have been able to support the school with and the difference we have made to the children’s school experience.
We are always looking for new ideas to raise money and events to keep the children entertained and we always need help in organising and running the various events throughout the year.
The Friends currently meets every half term with the meeting typically lasting up to 1.5 to 2 hours, during which time we review past activities, discuss upcoming events, discuss expenditure requests and brainstorm new fundraising ideas.
In addition to our meetings, The Friends publish a monthly newsletter which is sent to you via school email and can also be found on the school’s website. We also have a Facebook page where we regularly post about up and coming events. This is open for current parents and carers only and is a closed group. If you wish to join the Facebook group in September, then please do find us by searching for 'Friends of St Lawrence Primary school' and requesting to join.
How can you support the Friends?
You can support the Friends in many ways including:
- Volunteering to become a class representative
- Supporting your class reps by participating in class rotas to “man” stalls at our Christmas and Summer fairs
- Donating gifts for raffles/auction prizes
- Encouraging your company to become a sponsor for one of our events or asking them to match fund
- By offering your skills to us i.e. face painting, cooking, etc. or
- By simply coming along to our events.
A couple of times a year the Friends hold a second hand uniform sale. If parents would like the opportunity to purchase second hand uniform in the meantime, they can speak to their class representative who can find out what is available. Parents are encouraged to place any good quality, used school uniform in the blue box outside the office.
We welcome any ideas you may have for fundraising and very much look forward to seeing you at one of the many events we hold throughout the year.
Finally, we have a weekly school lottery that you can take part in if you wish. Visit www.yourschoolottery.co.uk and search for St Lawrence Primary school. By using Amazon Smile you can also contribute towards our fundraising where every purchase generates a small percentage for our school and also via Give as you Live, another shopping website/app which donates a small percentage for St Lawrence (search for The Friends of St Lawrence Primary School). Alternatively, (or as well as!), you can make a monthly donation to the Friends. There is a separate ‘monthly donation’ letter for details of how to set this up.
Please do support us with our future fundraising, every little bit of help can make a huge difference.
The Friends of St Lawrence Primary School Committee
If you would like to be kept informed of social and fund raising activities by the Friends of St Lawrence, please sign below to give permission for your email address to be shared with the Friends and Class Rep, for circulation to other parents in your child’s class. When completed please post this slip into one of the Friends post boxes which you will find in the playground, or on the wall outside the front office.
TO THE FRIENDS OF ST LAWRENCE
I give permission for my email address to be shared with other class parents.
Child’s name ………………………………………………. Class …………………………………………………
Email address of parent / guardian:
Signed parent / guardian ………………………………………………………………………………
A couple of times a year the Friends hold a second hand uniform sale. If you urgently need any items of uniform do speak to your class representative who can find out what is available. Please place any unwanted school uniform in the blue box outside the office hatch.
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