friends of st margaret's lee
?Raising money to benefit all
Who are we?
The Friends St Margaret’s Lee C of E School, known as the Friends, is a charity run by parent volunteers to raise funds for the school. We were originally set-up to collect the Capitation (Repairs and Maintenance Fund) but we have expanded our role to organise social events and fundraise. For more info on the Repairs and Maintenance Fund please see the separate paperwork included in the welcome pack.
We raise several thousand pounds each year which is used to support the school in many ways. Much of our school playground has been funded by the Friends and we help subsidise school trips and before and after school clubs. We also give the teachers an Enrichment Fund which enables them to buy in specialist support such as theatre groups, artists and historians to give talks and make learning more interactive and fun. Our social events include (but not limited to) an adult’s disco, family disco, quiz night, summer BBQ with kids entertainment but our biggest fundraising event is the annual May Fair where everyone gets involved. We also organise lolly sales in the summer, cake sales every half term including an Easter egg raffle, wash and prepare fruit daily for Nursery – Year 2 children AND organise all the food for the Christmas parties.
What is a class rep?
We aim to have at least two class representatives for each year group from Nursery through to Year 6. The class reps collect contact details for parents (usually an e-mail address) and keep them up to date with events throughout the year. Class reps ideally need to be able to attend evening meetings but if they can’t they need to catch up through the Friends coffee morning or by liaising with the chair. Each class will be asked to organise one cake sale and one event (such as the school disco) during the year. Reps also organise a social evening for parents, co-ordinate a thank you collection for teachers at the end of year and a leaving book when children leave before year 6. It might sound a bit daunting but it’s not too much work and it’s a really great way to meet other parents and help support the school. If you are interested in the role ask one the teachers to point out one of the existing committee members and have a chat with us.
Keeping in touch
Our letters and paperwork are usually sent out on yellow paper. We send out a couple of newsletters a term and you will receive flyers in book bags for events throughout the year. If you give your contact details to your class reps you will also be e-mailed with event information and reminders about important school dates like class photos, class trips etc. We also have a dedicated Friends noticeboard which we will keep up to date with events