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A warm welcome to the new academic year – 2019 / 2020 

Please click here for the Friends of St Martin's Welcome Letter for 2019/2020

 The Committee for the Friends of St Martin of Porres would like to welcome you and your children back to school. We hope everyone had a great break and are settled back into school life. We also welcome all new families who are joining the school for the first time. 

All parents of children at St Martin of Porres School are automatically members of the Friends of St Martin of Porres, a voluntary organisation whose aim it is to raise funds to aid the running of our school. We have chosen a Catholic education for our children and part of that commitment comes with a responsibility to do everything we can to ensure that the school is well maintained and financially sustainable so that our children can continue to benefit from the distinctive ethos that St Martin of Porres provides. 

Confirmed Events for 2019-2020 are -

Annual General Meeting

Tuesday 8th October 2019     7.30pm - 9.00pm 

Curry & Quiz Night

Friday 8th November 2019 at 7.30pm

Tickets available at -


Christmas Fair

Saturday 30th November 2019     1.00pm - 4.00pm

Christmas Fair Raffle Winners - Please click here

EYFS & KS1 Movie Night

Friday 7th February 2020 at 4.45pm

Key Stage Two Disco

Friday 28th February 2020 at 6.00 - 7.30pm

Ceilidh Night

Friday 13th March 2020 - Cancelled

International Evening

Friday 15th May 2020 - Cancelled

Easter Raffle

To be advised - Cancelled

Summer Fair

To be advised - Cancelled

Cake Sales

Thursday 17th October - Class 6 to organise

Thursday 21st November - Class 5 to organise

Thursday 16th January - Class 4 to organise

Thursday 27th February - Class 3 to organise

Wednesday 1st April - Class 2 - cancelled

Thursday 30th April - Class 1  - cancelled

Thursday 21st May - Nursery & Reception - cancelled

At present the Friends: 

  • Subsidise each school trip by nearly £3 per child 

  • Provide additional equipment and resources for classrooms, as well as the replacement of books for both KS1 and KS2 libraries. 

  • Pay for visiting workshops and groups into the school, for example The Magic Lantern, Story Tellers, Ten Ten Theatre Company, K.A.O.S. music group, Science workshops and entertainment for the EYFS – Nursery/Reception. 

We also fund much larger projects such as the refurbishment of the school playgrounds and in 2014 /2015 we funded the replacement of the schools computer system. In 2016/2017 we used some funds to help create the beautiful Sunshine Secret Garden, for the children to have an open and peaceful space to study the nature around them. Later in 2016/2017, funds were used to provide laptops for use by the children in each class, to further aid with their studies.  Last year, 2017-2018, The Friends of St Martin's paid for a complete overhaul of the school's WiFi, purchasing computer software, a massive replenishment of books for the school library and new picnic benches for the Junior Playground.

This year we are fundraising for 

  • Improvements for the KS1 playground

  • New blinds curtains for the School Hall

  • Visitor Management System

  • New external noticeboard for the Friends events                                                                                                        

The Friends of St Martins would like to thank everyone for their tremendous support in the last academic year and a record sum of money was raised from the effort and hard work of so many. 

The Friends Committee consists of a Chair, Vice Chair, Treasurer and a Secretary, plus 2 or 3 representatives for each class. These reps can take it in turns to attend committee meetings and to help to pass on communication within their class. There is usually one meeting per half-term depending on the events timetable. 

 Committee elected at the meeting of the 8th October 2019

Chair - Anna Borbely

Vice Chair - Roisin Sullivan

Secretaries - Maria Yiannikkou and Josie Caminiti

Treasure - Luisa Raimondo

Finance Team - Luisa Raimondo, Kuli Cardoso, Alice Mercanti

The Friends AGM took place on Tuesday 8th October 2019 7.30pm - 9.00pm in the School Hall. 

Next meeting is on Tuesday 29th October 2019 at 7.30pm in the School Hall to discuss the Christmas Fair.  All welcome.