School Association

Help to raise money for the school

The 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 and staff in their free time which seeks to

  • provide much-needed funds to the school by fundraising primarily through running events at the school
  • involve all parents and children in events and activities creating fun for all
  • work with the staff to decide how best to spend the money
  • New members are always welcome as they bring fresh ideas and many hands make light work.

We hold a meeting about once every half term, you can see copies of the minutes in the School Association folder next to the office. A newsletter with main events and information about fundraising is produced regularly and is sent out with the weekly update.

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, camping on the field, discos and more.

Getting involved is a great way to meet other parents and you don’t have to become a committee member to be involved. 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.

The SMSA help fund various different things. Some examples within the last year or two are classroom smart boards, books, IT systems upgrade, refit of the cooking room, as well as ongoing things like money towards school trips, cost of the Pantomime at Christmas, flowers for Mother’s Day.

If you need to contact the SMSA then please speak to one of us.

Please see link below for the latest School Association newsletter :

School Association Newsletter 2018 

Please see link below for the minutes of the 2018 AGM :

School Association AGM – Minutes – 2018

Matchbox Challenge

St Mary’s School Association’s first Matchbox Challenge proved to be a great success.

There were some very well decorated matchboxes which made it difficult to choose the winners. The children had great fun finding the items to go in their matchboxes and a lot of weird and wonderful items were selected. The highest number of items in a single matchbox was 100!

Overall the challenge raised £588.90 for the School Association funds. A huge thank you to the children for taking part.

The winners of the Matchbox competition are as follows :

Alice (Y4), Harry (Y2), Jessica (Y1), May (Y3), Pippa (Y1), Poppy (Y2), Samuel (Y4) and Sienna (R)

Winners are for the best decorated, most sponsorship raised and the most items in the matchbox.



How You Can Help With Fundraising?

Treat Fridays

Each class has 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.

Woods Garden Centre, Berkhamsted

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.

Old Mobile Phones

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.

EasyFundraising makes it really easy to raise funds for a cause. All you have to do, once registered, is to remember to visit 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:

Supermarket Vouchers

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 in YR5 and James in YR2) 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 or 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.

Company Match Funding

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.

Bag 2 School

In week commencing 6th February you will receive a ‘Bag 2 School’ bag in your children’s book bag. Please fill it with good quality clothing, shoes, soft toys etc and return to School on the 9th March. 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:

Scooters for Schools

If you’re buying scooters or accessories from you can earn money or scooters for the School by entering the code 117424.

Know Your School Association Members

Chair: Laura Evans

Secretary: Elena Draper

Treasurer: Ellen Stead

Social Media: Zoe Greenall

Tracey Davies

Clare Sidebottom

Amy Goss

Donna Walker

Sally Kindell

Heidi Bolwell

Karol Freeman

Lisa Ralphs

Clare Brazil

Katie Quaite

Alex Hammond

Mikaela Pavlovicova


Finally, please join the School Association Facebook page so you can keep up to date with all the latest information .

Thank you for taking the time to read this and again for your continued support.

Kind Regards,

St. Mary’s School Association