The Friends of St. John’s Beaumont (FSJB) is the parents association of the school and our primary objective is to raise funds for the school’s charities. Throughout the year, events and charitable initiatives embrace the school community, encouraging the boys and their families to be part of the school’s efforts to improve the lives of others.
The committee is made up of volunteer parents representing year groups throughout the school. Each member has individual responsibilities, based on previous or current career experience and has represented their year group as a former class parent. The current Friends of St. John’s are:
|Sarah De Vivo||Vice Chair|
|Kiran Hayer||Assistant Treasurer|
|Liz Mapletoft||Class Rep and Volunteer Liaison|
|Nicola Wetton||Secretary and Girls School Liaison|
|Clare Andrews||Disco Committee|
|Nicola Wetton||Disco Committee|
|Gill Johnson||Nearly New Uniform Shop|
|Harpel Keila||Nearly New Uniform Shop|
|Samar Ahmad||General Support|
|Yelda Hansen||General Support|
The FSJB merchandising team has expanded – new parents have joined the team and are very enthusiastic about exploring new merchandising ideas which we will share with you in the coming weeks. Have you any ideas of items you would like to buy for your family or boys with the SJB branding? If so please send those over to firstname.lastname@example.org and the merchandising team will contact you to discuss.
Each fundraising initiative encourages boys and their families to get involved. Mindfulness is a significant part of the school’s pastoral care and taking the time to support charity events enables the boys to bring it to life. In normal times termly bake sales and school discos encourage friendships amongst both students and parents and are supported by annual events including the Christmas Ball, summer fair and the entrepreneurial Giving Tree which challenges boys to initiate their own charitable events with surprising and successful results!
Look out for the events when we get back from Summer!
Charities are reviewed on an annual basis and whilst some remain constant others change yearly. Any family or teacher wishing to nominate a charity to become one of the schools chosen charities can do so via the Friends of St. John’s. Each nomination is discussed prior to the start of each academic year with Mr Delaney and charities are announced early in each academic year.
The FSJB team are working very closely with the school community to identify a ‘new normal’ way of supporting selected charities given that our opportunities to raise funds are limited due to social distancing. We have some ideas bubbling away though and very shortly will be sharing comms on how you can be part of the charity selection process for the coming term
Jesuit Missions works with poor and marginalised people around the world by promoting social justice, building bridges between communities and accompanying those working on the missions. Recent projects include: providing a clean water supply for a school in India; translating the New Testament into Wapishana for Amerindian people in Guyana for the first time; and supporting the work of Zambuko House, a refuge for street children in Harare.
Founded on the Roman Catholic principle of service and helping others, the St. John’s Holidays for Children Trust is a small charity that runs two annual holidays for children with special needs in the Thames Valley Area. Kids’ Week, as the holidays are known, give parents a break from childcare and the children a week of adventure and exploration. St. John’s Beaumont hosts one of the two week long holidays during the Easter break, with boys and their families invited to get involved and help out.
This year we have opted to share the funds raised for the teachers’ charity between three different causes.
Every week in the UK at least 12 young people die of undiagnosed heart conditions. Since its formation in 1995, Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) has been working to reduce the frequency of young sudden cardiac death (YSCD). CRY supports young people diagnosed with potentially life-threatening cardiac conditions and offers bereavement support to families affected by YSCD. CRY promotes and develops heart screening programmes and funds medical research. CRY publishes and distributes medical information written by leading cardiologists for the general public. CRY funds specialist referral, screening and cardiac pathology services at leading UK hospitals.
Encephalitis is an inflammation of the brain. It is caused either by an infection invading the brain or through the immune system attacking the brain in error. Anyone at any age can get encephalitis. There are up to 6,000 cases in the UK each year. The charity provides support as well as education to families and medical professionals to help understand and diagnose the illness as soon as possible. They also invest in research, encephalitis is a complex condition, but every project funded brings us closer to breakthroughs.
VICTA supports children and young people who are blind or partially sighted up to
the age of 29. VICTA was founded in 1987 by a group of parents who came together to support each other with the day-to-day issues of looking after a visually impaired child. They provided emotional support and worked together to ensure that their children were given the same opportunities as sighted children. VICTA have two main areas of focus - providing PGL/adventure holidays for blind and visually impaired young people, they also provide advice and legal support for families regarding EHCP (Educational Healthcare Plans) and Social Care provisions and equipment.
Thanda are a community-based organisation that provides innovative solutions for sustainable development. We aim to create safer, stronger communities by providing educational and skills-building opportunities to individuals. Our mission is to empower people to create positive change – change in individuals, change in their communities and eventually changes that impact the world. Thanda are currently raising funds for Thanda’s After-School Programmes, which provides a nutritious meal and hands-on, creative, & interactive activities to children ages 5-16 every afternoon. Through these activities, which are based primarily around stories and superheroes, children develop game-changing skills in creativity, critical thinking, empathy, self-esteem, perspective, literacy, numeracy, and science, enabling them to create change in their own lives.
At Christmas, MJ and Connor Healey from Blandyke and Reception had the chance to visit Little Angels, a school in Cape Town that benefitted from a £6,800 donation that the Demot Gogarty Trust sent to Breadline Africa. They went to see how your money had been spent. They also took their Mum and Dad, Sarah and Mark, along too.
Little Angels is a pre-school in a township area of Cape Town for children aged 1 -6. The children are all from families where drug and alcohol abuse is prevalent and where grandparents or other guardians have stepped in to remove them from the dangers imposed by their own parents. To help them start to get an education, grandparents are asked to pay an amount of R100 per month (£5.50) to the school.
In a space about the size of our reception area 90 children are cared for. The school used to consist of three small shacks where the water would pour down through the metal in the winter, there was no electricity and it was ridden with mice. In November, Little Angels used the money from the Dermot Gogarty Trust to build three new classrooms (from large containers) that are now supplied with electricity. Children at the school are now able to learn in an environment that is healthy, safe and warm.
MJ said “I had a really good time at Little Angels and liked playing with everyone, but we really are lucky to have so much space at St. John’s.”
Mum Sarah said “It is truly phenomenal to see what our fundraising can achieve. I cannot stress enough how unbelievably grateful both Breadline Africa and Little Angels are for the donation.”