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 sma@stmarys.net

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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 sma@stmarys.net to register your commitment to support.



Fundraising

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 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 in accordance with our PE Uniform policy. Should you be interested in looking at items please email info@stmarys.net detailing your requirements so we can check availability, after which a convenient time to come in to view can be arranged.

 

Lost Property

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.

 

Motor Show 2017

The SMA regrets that we will not be holding a motor show in 2017 or 2018. This is due to logistical issues within the school – not least an exciting programme of refurbishment works which will greatly enhance the learning environment at St Mary’s. We’d like to thank everyone who has been involved in the Motor Show over the last 18 years – our dealerships, sponsors, exhibitors and the thousands of visitors who have all made the show so successful. We know the Motor Show holds a special place in your hearts and we hope to back with another fantastic show in the future.

 

Upcoming Events

13 Dec

School Christmas Lunch

12:30pm - 1:30pm
 
13 Dec

St Mary's Catholic School Advent Service

7:00pm