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 Liaison|
|Carolyn Scrivener||Communications and Merchandising|
|Nicola Wetton||Secretary and Girls School Liaison|
|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!
3rd November: Bonfire & Fireworks Party
24th November: Middle & Upper School Disco
1st December: Winter Ball
13th December: Family Panto Trip to Theatre Royal in Windsor
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.
This year we have opted to share the funds raised for the teachers’ charity between two quite different causes.
With over 850,000 people in the UK living with dementia, the Alzheimer’s Society supports anyone affected by brain disease. It is the only UK charity actively investing in research into dementia care, cause, cure and prevention and it campaigns tirelessly to ensure it remains at the forefront of the political agenda. Since launching Dementia Friends in June 2017 over 2 million people have signed up to a campaign that seeks to educate people about the condition and provides advice on the small things that everyone can do to support people with dementia in their community. We hope that this will provide a great opportunity for the boys to think about some of more mature members of their families and community.
Spencer is a 12 year old boy from Old Windsor with bilateral quadriplegic cerebral palsy. Spencer is unable to sit, stand or walk unaided and also has delayed learning and limited speech. He attends a specialist school in Maidenhead but his disabilities mean that it is difficult for him and his family to go out, meaning they spend a lot of time at home. With the help of the local community Spencer’s family has been able to adapt their home to maximise its effectiveness as a home for their particular suite of needs. Our funds will be put towards a robotic Neater Eater which will enable Spencer to become more independent at mealtimes.
Founded in 2007 by the Devine family following the loss of their 8 year old son Alexander to brain cancer, Alexander Devine is a local charity providing an innovative and dedicated children’s hospice service for children (age 0-19 years) with life-limiting or life-threatening conditions. With a dedicated hospice in Maidenhead due to open in early 2018, Alexander Devine also works with families across Berkshire and in bordering towns to support both children and their families in the home. Providing respite support, medical care, play activities and end-of-life care, the charity aims to create a safe, secure, calm and loving environment where families can ‘be’, with people around them that understand.
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.”