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 do speak to us or email us on

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 email, leave a note in the folder or speak to one of us.

St Mary’s School Association Newsletter – January 2017.

Dear Parents,

Happy New Year to you all! As it’s the start of a new year we thought this would be the perfect time to inform you of the latest news from the School Association. We plan to make this a regular communication to give you an insight into the funds we have raised to date and any funding requests we have received directly from the School. You will also be able to see what exciting events we have planned to raise vital funds to help towards our children’s learning. Alongside this please remember to take a look at our School Association Noticeboard, located at the side of the School by the gates as you enter the Foundation Stage garden.

Firstly, for those of you who don’t know, let us explain a bit about why we exist and what we do. St Mary’s is a Voluntary Aided, Church of England, Primary School which has a charity status. We do not get the full funding that non Church Schools receive so the School Association are responsible for raising much needed funds. Such funds go towards essential items such as laptops, smart boards and library books as well as many other different things.

We raise money in any way we can but this could not be achieved without the help and support from parents, as well as local businesses, and we thank you for this. Unfortunately, many members of the School Association stepped down last year and we are in desperate need of new members to join. If you are able to offer your time, services or knowledge, we would be delighted to hear from you. You are not obliged to attend every meeting and help out at every event but if everyone contributed just a little bit that would be amazing. As you can appreciate, many hands make light work!

Money Spent From Sept To Date

Every year the School Association provides funds for the following: –

* A contribution towards 2 x School trips for every class

* The Christmas Pantomime

* Crackers for every child at the Christmas Lunch

* Mothers Day flowers for every child

We have also lately purchased / contributed to: –

* A new St. Mary’s football kit

* T-shirts for our choir for their performance at the O2

2017 Wish List

The School has asked us to provide funds for the following: –

* 4 x re-chargeable Bee-Bots for the Foundation stage

* A contribution towards one year’s lease of a full class set of I pads

* 9 x Ukuleles

* A new Maypole

Upcoming Events

Please save these dates in your diaries. Details will be sent out, regarding each event, nearer the time.

* Non-uniform day – Friday 1st December

* Christmas Fayre – Saturday 9th December – 11am until 2pm

*Christmas Secret Room – Friday 15th December

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 YR4 and James in YR1) 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

Emily Turnball

Natalie Smith

Sally Kindell

Heidi Bolwell

Julie-Anne Turnham

Lisa Ralphs

Clare Brazil

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