St Mary’s School Association (SMSA) is a charitable organisation to which all parents and guardians of children at the school automatically belong. It is run by a committee of parents in their free time. It seeks to:
provide much-needed funds to the school by fundraising, primarily through running events at the school;
create fun activities, involving all parents and children, helping build the School community; and
work with the staff to decide how best to spend the money raised.
New members are always welcome as they bring fresh ideas and many hands make light work.
We now have a School Association booking/volunteering site http://www.pta-events.co.uk/northchurchstmarys-schoolassociation. This contains information about all the latest events, many of which can be booked through the website. You can also volunteer to help through the site. Information about upcoming events is also regularly included in the School’s weekly newsletter and publicised on the School Association’s Facebook page, please join if you haven’t already.
We hold a meeting about once every half term. The school is now paperless so, going forward, we will be moving the meeting minutes online. As they become available copies of the minutes will be found below.
The two main events in the calendar are the Christmas Fayre in December and the Spring/Summer Fayre, but we run many more events through the year, such as film clubs, cake sales, quiz night, discos and more.
Getting involved is a great way to meet other parents and you don’t have to become a committee member to help. The SMSA is always on the lookout for volunteers who are willing to help out at our events: even if you can only give a little time, it is always appreciated. If you feel you can help, please contact a member of the School Association, or take a look at the ‘Can you help?’ section of the booking/volunteering site.
The SMSA help fund various different things. Some examples within the last year or two are the school gates, updating the toilets and purchasing Chromebooks, as well as ongoing things like money towards school trips, cost of the Pantomime at Christmas and flowers for Mother’s Day.
If you need to contact the SMSA then please speak to one of us or email us on firstname.lastname@example.org
Each class has one or two Treat Fridays per year and the money raised, from the first of these, goes directly back into that particular year’s classroom. The second Treat Friday’s money goes into the School Association’s general fund. It’s a really simple way to support your child’s class, and the School in general, from as little as 50p.
If you purchase anything in Woods (excluding vouchers), please keep your receipt and put it in the School Association pocket. As soon as we have receipts that amount to £100, Woods will exchange these for a £25 voucher for our School.
Please give any unwanted mobiles phones (whether they work or not) to a member of the School Association. We can then have these recycled and a cash amount donated to our School.
You can easily raise funds for the school while shopping with Amazon. If you follow the link https://smile.amazon.co.uk/ch/1128150-0 you will raise money for the School Association every time you shop via Amazon Smile, and it all adds up! You can log in using your normal Amazon details, access the full site and raise money for the school at the same time.
EasyFundraising makes it really easy to raise funds for a cause. All you have to do, once registered, is to remember to visit EasyFundraising.org.uk before you shop online to keep collecting donations for your cause. Every time that you are going to make an online purchase, just visit the EasyFundraising site to see if the retailer you are using is part of their scheme – most are! Then a percentage of your order value will be donated to the school’s cause via EasyFundraising.
Register on the EasyFundraising website here to fundraise for St Mary’s:www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/stmaryssanorthchurch
We have a Supermarket Voucher scheme in place with Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Waitrose/John Lewis. It works by buying vouchers in advance to spend with the supermarkets in store (in some cases online too) and our School receives a percentage back of the voucher value as a donation. This is run by Rowan Bell (Mum to Emily and James at the school) and once set up you could raise up to £8 for every £100 you spend. A really great way to get involved this year is to save as little as £10 a month in the Christmas Club and receive vouchers just before Christmas. You can also get vouchers on a regular basis and even create a standing order to make things simple. If you would like to know more about how the scheme works please contact a member of the School Association or Rowan Bell directly.
Match Giving, or Match Funding, is a simple way of maximising your own individual fundraising efforts for our School. It is an arrangement between a company and their employee. Not all companies offer matched funding, but those that do will pledge a sum of money relating to the amount you raise or donate to a charity. Find out if your employer takes part in Match Funding and how they require proof of fundraising – most will accept a letter on headed paper which we can easily provide you with if you speak to a School Association member.
Twice a year you will receive a ‘Bag 2 School’ bag in your children’s book bag. We will publicise the dates in advance. Please fill it with good quality clothing, shoes, soft toys etc and return to School on the requested date. The School receives a donation based on the weight of the donations. Here’s a list of the items you can place in the bags: https://bag2school.com/what-we-collect
If you’re buying scooters or accessories from www.micro-scooters.co.uk you can earn money or scooters for the School by entering the code 117424.
Chair: Liz Keenaghan-Clark
Vice Chair: Krsna Denham
Secretary: Simone Legg
Vice Secretary: Alison Cheshire
Treasurer: Phil Quelch
Thank you for taking the time to read this and again for your continued support.
St. Mary’s School Association