SMA - St Mary’s Association
The SMA is a voluntary group of parents and school staff dedicated to
• fostering positive links between parents and staff
• providing opportunities for parents and staff to work together in the service of the school and wider communities
• raising funds to provide our students with extra facilities and equipment to aid their education.
Thank you to everyone who has supported the SMA fundraising events over the past year. After another hugely successful Motor Show we have now reached our fundraising target to purchase a new minibus for the school.
A very warm welcome is extended to anyone who would like to be actively involved within the SMA. We realise that not everyone can devote time regularly but parents and staff can think about their skills and how they might be able to help occasionally throughout the year. If you would like more information please email us on firstname.lastname@example.org
CALLING ALL PARENTS/CARERS
The St Mary’s Association is looking for a treasurer to join our committee. We organise fundraising events to support educational opportunities for our pupils. Our outgoing treasurer, Christine, is happy to work with her successor to explain the accounting processes involved in running our activities which bring together our school and the wider community.
If you have bookkeeping experience, or know someone who does, and would like to join our merry band please get in touch via SMA@stmarys.net Committee appointments are for one calendar year, with elections taking place at our AGM, at which committee members are welcome to stand for re-election.
Help us to help your child.
There are lots of ways for you to support the SMA. Currently we are fundraising to equip St Mary’s departments with sets of tablets for pupil use.
• Help us organise or promote our events
• Attend an event
• Buy raffle tickets
• Sign up to thegivingmachine.co.uk
The reason I volunteer on the SMA is because I feel it's important to give back to the community, and in this case, the school community. It is also an opportunity to enhance the children's learning experience through the purchase of additional items, not available via the school budget. The more parents join the SMA, the more fundraising gains momentum, which is why it's so important to contribute in whatever capacity is possible for you.
Victoria Schimpf, Parent
Over time, a little bit of help from a lot of people goes a very long way. We will shortly be taking delivery of a brand new minibus thanks to the actions of parents and staff fielding quiz teams, baking cakes, running sweet stalls, attending shows, painting faces, updating websites, buying cups of tea (and the odd beer!), marshalling vehicles and putting up posters. Our annual motor show is a huge event and needs a team effort, in advance and on the day, to succeed. If you and your friends have a flair for designing programmes, putting up gazebos or recruiting exhibitors, please lend a hand!
Please email email@example.com to register your commitment to support.
The Giving Machine is a simple, fast and efficient way to support the SMA and other good causes. You need only sign up with your name, email address and a password - no financial details are collected from you – and it will not cost you a penny; all donations are made from the retailers you shop online with. Donations are collected from shops and passed to the SMA by The Giving Machine – we do not see any information about where people shop or what they buy.
A bit more detail on The Giving Machine registration process is:
1. Go to www.thegivingmachine.co.uk
2. Click the purple ‘join as a giver’ button in the middle of the page
3. Type ‘St Mary’s Catholic School’ in the search box and choose ‘Hertfordshire’ from the drop down list in County, then click the ‘Go’ button
4. Click on St Mary’s Catholic School in the Search Results box, and then click the ‘Join & Support’ button
5. You can join via Facebook, Google+ or just fill in your name, email address and password of your choice. Please choose the gift aid option if this applies to you.
6. Click ‘Join’ and…hoopla! You’re done! Please do consider this most pain free of ways of contributing to the funds for the education of all at St Mary’s Catholic School.
Thank you very much for your support.
Smart Uniform Shop - Second Hand Uniform
We now have a good stock of clean, smart, second hand uniform ready for sale, such as skirts, blazers, shirts/blouses and jumpers. In addition we have a range of PE stock that even includes shin pads and old style rugby shirts for years 10 & above.
We know that it is difficult for all parents to come in at a lunch time so we would like any interested parents to contact firstname.lastname@example.org detailing your requirements so we can check availability, after which a convenient time to come in to view can be arranged.
At present we are looking for someone to run the shop following the retirement from this role of Mrs Ellis who set it up on the SMA and ran it so brilliantly. The role involves
• Sorting new second hand uniform that comes in and occasionally washing a load (we have our own washing machine on site)
• overseeing the emails regarding second hand school uniform.
• Being available to open the shop to parents as and when required by mutual consent.
• Passing on monies to the SMA treasurer.
If you would like to run the Shop or perhaps job share, then contact email@example.com
Please ensure all your property is clearly labelled with your First name and Surname. When students lose property they should visit and look in the classroom or area where they believe the property was left. If you misplaces any PE kit in the Sports Hall they should first speak to a member of the PE staff to access “Lost and Found” in the PE department, lost footwear is contained in cupboards behind the Sixth Form adjacent to the Sixth Form Block. There is also a general "Lost Property" red wheelie bin opposite the staff ladies toilets by the main school hall. At the end of each full term the lost property at both locations will be emptied and the contents will be brought back to Reception, any named item will be returned, unlabelled items will be disposed of.
Review of the ST Mary’s Motor Show, Sunday 11th September 2016
The Show was blessed with glorious weather and was opened by the deputy Mayor, Holly Drake. Perhaps the glorious sunshine and the star attraction of the Batmobile, were key reasons why so many people attended.
We were very proud to be sponsored by Nockolds Solicitors once more who made the appearance of the Batmobile possible.
This year we had Toyota, Ford, Nissan, Fiat, Seat, Lotus, Suburu, MG, Volvo and Planet Leasing all feature at the Show with over 300 cars and utility vehicles and motorbikes on display. We welcomed Harlow Radio who did a splendid job of the public announcements and hit the right note in terms of their playlist.
Charities featured once more with a presence from Guide Dogs for the Blind, Herts Air Ambulance, the Jumbulance. And there was a collection for tour ex pupil Shaun Whiter, which raised £200. Children had a great time taking mini driving lessons courtesy of ExCel driving School. They also could take part in Archery thanks to the Stortford Archery Club which meets at St Mary’s. There were rides, a climbing Wall, Face painting and all the traditional fare for them to enjoy such as candyfloss and doughnuts.
Many thanks to St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, that once again lent us the use of their grounds for parking.