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 12 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:
|Henrietta Thornton||Vice Chair|
|Liz Mapletoft||Class Rep and Volunteer Liason|
|Clare Andrews||External events|
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. 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!
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
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.
Filia School is a special needs school helping children with barriers to learning. Teaching in Afrikans, English and Xhosa, the school supports children with both physical and intellectual disabilities.
Mercy Ships provides the world’s largest charitable floating hospital. Bringing free medical care to some of the world’s poorest communities, it is almost entirely staffed by volunteers, including doctors, nurses and surgeons. Since its launch in 1978 it has helped transform the lives of more than 2.5 million people. With 82 beds and five operating theatres, the charity has helped to correct deformities to enable children to go to school and removed cataracts allowing people to see their children for the first time.
Remap is a UK charity that helps disabled people to live more independently. Working with skilled volunteers, Remap designs and tailors equipment to each person’s individual needs enabling them to go about their daily life without assistance or take part in sport that would otherwise be impossible. A nationwide network of engineers, carpenters and technicians have helped disabled people to care for their children, pursue their passion for art and even adapt a boat fit for the Paralympics!
At the beginning of term, HRH Princess Basma bint Talal of Jordan visited the school and spent time talking with the middle and upper schools. The boys were captivated by her story, with many eager to get involved. The Jordanian Hashemite Fund for Human Development (JOHUD) was founded in 1977 and seeks to support communities through learning, community development, social support and participation and rights. The organisation focuses on working with the most vulnerable groups in Jordan such as women, young people, the elderly and the disabled. It often partners with local communities, NGOs and the United Nations.
New Generation is a partner charity of Street Child, a UK charity that aims to create educational opportunity for some of the world’s most vulnerable children. Founded in 1998, New Generation runs a wide range of programmes with children and young people focused on supporting, rehabilitating and preventing the occurrence of street children in Burundi’s capital Bujumbura. Through leadership training, health programmes and skills training it seeks to build self esteem and confidence so street children can find an alternative to street life.
This term’s events
26 May - Bake sale
09 June – Upper and middle school discos
Every Friday after half-term Lolly Friday’s
22 June – NOB Family picnic
07 July – Mufti day
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.”