Welcome to our Friends Page
If you would like to help, please contact the school office
St Thomas More Friends Association supports St Thomas More Catholic Primary School through fundraising and social events.
The role of Friends is to raise money to help our school provide materials, resources and facilities for the benefit of everyone who uses our school.
Through our events and fundraising we aim to bring staff, parents, children and supporters together in the common goal of enriching the learning experience at St Thomas More.
Through our many fundraising events throughout the school year, the Friends have been able to support the school in purchasing much needed equipment and supplies, including the school mini bus, playground equipment, computer tablets, interactive white boards, library books, window blinds.
We are currently actively raising funds to provide playground equipment for the nursery and reception area as well as to pay for the next instalment of equipment in the main playground.
Latest PTA Newsletter November 2020 (Under Review)
The Friends organise fundraising events throughout the year to raise money and to bring the school community closer together. Some examples of our regular/past events include:
- Exeter Hall Craft Fair (Spring and Christmas)
- School Christmas Fair
- St Thomas More Day – Summer Fayre
- School Discos
- After school cafes
- Ladies Night / Bingo Night / Curry Night / Film Night
Exeter Hall Craft Fair (Spring) – Cancelled due to COVID 19
Craft Fair Co-ordinator
In previous years Friends contributed £10,000 to purchase the School minibus.
Over the summer holidays of 2011 work to the play area in the main playground and in the nursery was carried out thanks to £18,750 contributed towards the redevelopment of the playground.
In 2012 money raised by Friends helped with the installation of the Astro Turf in the playgrounds.
(2014) Friends of St Thomas More are contributing money towards the Foundation Stage refurbishment project, including the purchase of paving stones (approx.. £5000).
Moreover, money was given to buy laptop trolleys for the entire school use (£1500), as well as to buy 8 digital cameras, New Curriculum topic books (approx.. £700 per term), and finally Friends will be paying for the School Library upgrade.
During this Academic year (2017-2018) we funded the Lego day, new blinds for the hall, laptop/iPad trolley chargers, new books for the library and a day at Chessington World of Adventures for year 6.
How can I get involved?
All parents / carers are invited to become involved in and support the Friends. To find out how you can help please come along to our meetings.
Our Annual General Meeting is held in September and provides an ideal opportunity for all parents (new or old) to come along and hear in more detail about the work of Friends.
It is also the occasion when we elect our new committee members. The Committee meet about twice per term, with smaller working groups meeting as necessary when we are planning larger events.
Getting involved in Friends is also great way of meeting and getting to know other parents and families within the school community.
You can support us in many different ways:
by ATTENDING our events,
by VOLUNTEERING your time, services or skills,
by DONATING ITEMS for raffles, events or prizes (or even donating money)
Let us know if you have skills that can be useful:
Can you DJ a disco?
Do you play in a band?
Can you run a workshop for children?
Can your business offer a donation to our charity?
Can you help with advertising of our events?
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If you are unable to come to a meeting but would like to get involved or have suggestions / ideas, please email email@example.com
We can add you to our e-mailing list and keep you posted on meetings, events, etc.