Meet the Friends
Emma Gaudern – Chair
I am managing director of EMG Solicitors, based at the Arnison Centre. I specialise in working with clients who have a brain injury, and acting as deputy or trustee of their financial position.
My daughter joined St Margaret’s in 2016 and my son in 2018. I became Chair of the Friends in 2018 having been Vice Chair in 2017/18 and seem to have found my niche in running the school discos.
Victoria Cawkwell – Vice Chair
Having been involved in supporting the school via the Friends since my youngest joined Reception in September 2013, I accepted the role of Vice Chair in autumn 2018. I enjoy working as part of a team to provide enhanced facilities, equipment and events for all of our children to enjoy and benefit from.
My eldest has now left St Margaret’s and my youngest in Juniors so I can offer support and an insight from the older child’s perspective; particularly when planning events etc.
I am responsible for overseeing the twice-yearly book fair, which raises funds spent solely on books for both the infant and junior libraries and other literacy initiatives.
Carla Sayer – Secretary
I joined the committee in July 2019 as role of Secretary. I have two children in the school, in Year 1 and Year 4. I joined with the aim to support the school and the other committee members to help raise as much money as possible by helping organise and run events within the school. The money raised goes directly back into the school which supports the children via numerous avenues. I would really like to create a family feel within the school where there is a supportive network of helpers whilst also supporting the Friends Charity
Hannah Brown – Treasurer
I had wanted to get more involved with the Friends and the school community for a while and first volunteered to help at the Summer Fair. I really enjoyed it and getting to know other parents of children from other year groups. I attended the next Friends meeting which was the AGM and they were looking for a new Treasurer. I felt I had the skills to offer and I took on the role in September 2019. My eldest daughter is in Year 3 and my youngest daughter will start school in 2022. I really enjoy working with the other members of the Committee and find it very rewarding seeing the huge difference our fundraising makes to the school’s resources and experiences for the children.
Amanda Smallbone – Policy & Engagement Officer
It was whilst I was on maternity leave I discovered the Friends and decided I should ‘dip my toe’ into supporting some of their fundraising activities. Fast forward 8 months, to September 2018, and I became the Treasurer. After a rewarding year I stepped down as Treasurer but remained on the Committee taking on the position of Policy & Engagement Officer. It’s a busy role however the funds raised enhance my daughter’s school experience and I see immense value in providing my support. IPad, crackers for Christmas lunch, theatre performances and fixing the Safari (incredibly important when you are 5) are just some of the things the Friends have funded over the last couple of years. My eldest daughter Izzy joined St Margaret’s in 2017 and my youngest daughter Lily will start in 2022 so I anticipate I’ll be around (in some guise) for quite some time.
MINUTES OF MEETINGS AND OTHER DOCUMENTS
- Friends – Minutes 23rd February 2018
- Friends – Minutes 22nd September 2017
- Friends – Minutes 7th November 2016
- Friends – Minutes 23rd September 2016
- Friends – Minutes 22nd April 2016
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A lot of our parents use and recommend their products and now Stamptastic will give our school 15% cashback on all orders made using the code DH1 4QB at the checkout.
Please visit the Stamptastic website for more information.
Did you know that we’re registered with easyfundraising and you could help us to raise funds for school at no extra cost to yourself?
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- FOSM Newsletter Issue #1 Summer 2020
- Committee & Members Meeting Minutes 13.03.20
- FOSM Accounts 2018-19
- FOSM Accounts 2017-18
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