Meet the Friends
We are fortunate at our school to have a Friends PTA that’s an integral part of the school community. We are a registered charity run by volunteer parents and staff from our school with the aim to raise money to enhance and enrich the children’s school lives and education. Over the years we have raised thousands of pounds, which has been spent on equipment and resources to enhance our children’s educational experience and the school’s facilities.
Our association is about much more than simply fundraising. Friends of St Margaret’s Durham exists to provide closer links between home and school and it is an excellent way to bring staff, parents and friends together socially in support of the school, working towards a common goal.
All parents and members of the school community are encouraged to get involved, even if they only have a small amount of time available. All families are automatically members of the Friends of St Margaret’s Durham when their child joins our school.
Our Committee consists of Chair, Vice Chair, Treasurer, Secretary, Engagement Officer, Communications Officer and the Head Teacher as our Patron.
The Committee meets on a regular basis with smaller working groups meeting as necessary when we are planning larger events.
The Committee also holds open PTA members meetings, all parents, carers and grandparents are automatically members and any member can come along, find out what the association are planning, share ideas and get involved.
Victoria Cawkwell – 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 is in the 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.
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 – Secretary
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. IPads, 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.
Vice Chair – Vacancy
Communications Officer – Vacancy
Engagement Officer – Vacancy
Current Fundraising Project
We are currently raising funds to refurbish and restock our three library spaces.
To make a donation please go to https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/stmargaretslibraries
We will update you with progress in September 2021! Many thanks for your continued support
Constitution, Policy & Information Documents
- FOSM Committee Roles
- FOSM New YR Starters Welcome Booklet 2021-22
- Friends Safeguarding Policy
- FOSM Constitution Adopted 29-04-21
- FOSM Conflict of Interest Policy
Minutes of meetings
- Minutes – 29th April 2021
- Minutes-18th January 2021
- EGM Minutes – 19th November 2020
- AGM Minutes – 8th October 2020
- Minutes- 13th March 2020
- Minutes – 23rd February 2018
- Minutes – 22nd September 2017
- Minutes – 7th November 2016
- Minutes – 23rd September 2016
- Minutes 22nd April 2016
- FOSM Newsletter Issue 4 – Summer 2021
- FOSM Newsletter Issue 3 – Winter/Spring 2021
- FOSM Newsletter Issue 2 – Autumn/Winter 2020
- FOSM Newsletter Issue 1 – Summer 2020
- Friends – Accounts 2019-20
- Friends Accounts 2018-19
- Friends – Accounts 2017-18
- Friends – Accounts 2015-16
- Friends – Accounts 2015-16
Fed up of ironing-on/sewing name labels onto school stuff?
The Friends of St Margaret’s are pleased to recommend Stamptastic Limited, which supplies personalised name stamps for use on fabric, wood, metal and some plastics.
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?
This is a great opportunity to keep raising much needed funds for the school. When you shop online, with over 4,100 of your favourite retailers, including John Lewis & Partners, Amazon, eBay, notonthehighstreet, you will raise FREE donations for the Friends of St Margaret’s School, Durham.
If you’re not already signed up, it only takes a few minutes, then you can begin using the easyfundraising website or app straightaway – simply shop online as normal. This will be an enormous help to the school, at no extra cost to yourself.
Visit our easyfundraising page to get started:
AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support the Friends of St Margaret’s C E School Durham every time you shop, at no cost to you. AmazonSmile is available at www.smile.amazon.co.uk on your web browser and can be activated in the Amazon Shopping App for iOS and Android phones.
When you shop with AmazonSmile, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as amazon.co.uk, with the added bonus that AmazonSmile will donate a portion of the purchase price to your selected charity – Friends of St Margaret’s C E School Durham.
You can use the same account on amazon.co.uk and AmazonSmile. Your shopping cart, Wish List, Wedding or Baby Registry, and other account settings are also the same.
If you have access to Facebook, please join our Friends of Durham St Margaret’s C of E Primary School page.
For security and safety this is a private forum so if you would like to join please send a private message to the page’s admin team.
Or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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