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Friends of St Martin's Information Sheet 2018/2019

A warm welcome to the new academic year – 2018 / 2019 

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 2018-2019 are -

Annual General Meeting

Thursday 4th October 2018 @ 9.05am

Curry & Quiz Night

Friday 16th November 2018 @ 7.30pm

Christmas Fair

Saturday 8th December 2018     1.00pm - 4.00pm

EYFS & KS1 Movie Night

Friday 1st February 2019    4.45pm - 6.45pm

Easter Raffle

Friday 22nd March 2019 @ 3.20pm

Summer Fair

Saturday 29th June 2019     1.00pm - 4.00pm

Cake Sales

Please see News & Events for Class Cake Sales


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 the school library and new picnic benches for the Junior Playground.

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. 

This year we are excited to announce that we are looking for a new Chair and Vice Chair to help lead the team through this year events. It’s a fantastic opportunity to learn how events are put together and a great way to meet other families within the school. If you would like more information please ask in the school office and come along to our first meeting of the year.

The Friends AGM on Thursday 4th October 2018 at 9.05am in the school hall. Refreshments will be served. ALL WELCOME.