Friends of the School

The Friends are a group of ordinary parents and teachers from St. George’s Catholic Primary School, who get together to do ordinary but good things for the school.

The principal aim of the Friends is to raise money to buy extras that the school budget does not support.  Every year each class will benefit from the fundraising that we do, through subsidised classroom activities.  We also organise a disco three times a year, a Christmas and Summer Fayre, and we invite in the Easter Bunny and Santa Claus to give small gifts to the children.  We also pay for every child in Year 6 to have a t-shirt as a memento of their time in the school, and organise cake sales throughout the year.

The Committee comprises a Chairperson, who is the first point of contact with the school and many parents, a Treasurer and a Secretary.  In addition, other members take on a variety of tasks as needed throughout the school year, generate ideas for new events and also decide how the money is spent on the school. Fresh faces and new ideas are always a great help. There is no big time commitment: members are free can do as little or as much as they like.

The things we need the most help with are, for example:

  • Selling cakes at morning break and after school
  • Helping with the Summer and Christmas Winter Wonderland Fayres: such as setting up the hall, running stalls, selling raffle tickets, and helping with refreshments
  • New fundraising ideas!

We are a friendly group and would appreciate your help and support, so please come along to our next meeting.

The Friends also run a Bonus Ball Lottery Scheme. There are 49 Lottery balls and these can be purchased for £4.33 a month, paid by cash or by standing order. If your number is lucky on the Saturday lottery, you win £25. At present we have 15 numbers still available: if you are interested in joining the Scheme, please ask at School Reception who will pass on your details to the Treasurer.

These usually take place at the end of each term, from 6-7.30pm. Come and stay for a dance, or leave your child/children. Entry costs £2 for your first child, and £1 for each additional child, and this includes a drink and biscuit.

Cake Sales are a great fundraiser, and parents are very generous in donating lots of lovely cakes for these events. The sale takes place at morning break, as well as after school by the main gate, and the children are invited to bring in 50p to buy a maximum of two at break-time (cakes cost 25p each).

Everyone is welcome to be a Friend of St George’s, whether you’re a member of the local community, or connected to children at the school. You could run or help out on a stall at an event, provide raffle prizes or sell raffle tickets, or just come along and spend some money: you know it’s all going to a good cause and you’re guaranteed to have fun.  So come along – get involved. Meet other parents, discuss ideas, or just see what goes on behind the scenes. There is no time commitment, and the more people involved the less there is for each individual to do. Meetings are advertised in the weekly newsletter and on the Friends’ noticeboard.

We look forward to seeing you soon.

Please contact any of the following people if you would like to help:
– Paul Mulholland (Chair),
– Jayne Clarke (Secretary)