Friends and Parents
Welcome to the Friends of St Anne’s page. If you are a new parent and finding us for the first time – a BIG warm welcome from the Friends of St Anne’s Committee.
Friends of St Anne’s is a small charity constitution that was started in September 2011 by a few parents of the school in conjunction with Kay O’Neill, Residence Child Care Manager.
The Committee is made up of parents who have children in the school: Sue Larter (Chair); Mary Moverley (Vice Chair and Treasurer); Saima Binning (Vice Treasurer); Sarah Thornham (Secretary) and Trustees: Sophie Claybourn and Paula Hatch.
We have recently formed a Fundraising Sub-Committee, again made up of parents who have children in the school: Amanda Best (Chair); Shell Shilton (Treasurer); Sheran Pennington-Duck (Secretary) and Trustees: Katy Bristow and Lesley Dunn.
The Committee and Sub-Committee meet up regularly to discuss and arrange events for parents and friends of the school to raise much needed funds for non-educational equipment and activities for all the children at St Anne’s. We have been very successful in providing funding for residence trips, sporting activities and fun events.
We hold events big and small throughout the year. Our main annual event is our Fundraising Ball - we have enjoyed a St Anne’s School 40th Birthday Ball, a Curry and Casino Evening and our Freaky Friday Ball, all of which were featured in the Hull and East Riding Journal.
Our events are well supported by parents, friends, staff and local businesses.
Every single penny we raise goes into school for the benefit of our fabulous children. With monies raised so far, we have been able to give each class a sum of money to spend as they wish. We have supported our Drama Teacher with his amazing Rock Challenge productions and we have paid the College Students for the fab decorations they make for our events.
We had much pleasure in giving School Residence a lovely donation to help with trips and activities – please visit their page to see how they spend their time and money.
Apart from our fundraising, Friends of St Anne’s apply for Grants (some successful and some not!) and have also received some very generous private donations which are allocated into school and the School Residence.
As parents we all know our children are special and we feel very lucky and fortunate to have support from the dedicated staff at St Anne’s. We know how hard it is to have a child start school, and we appreciate how very different it is to send your children with extra needs off to school.
At St Anne’s, we do not have the opportunity to meet other parents in the ‘school playground’. Friends of St Anne’s recognised the importance of parent to parent support and the precious need of introducing and bringing parents together. In 2014 we successfully launched the SMSC (Special Mums/Dads/Carers Social Club).
We meet up regularly for lunch, coffee etc when the children are in school, giving ourselves a few precious hours off from our responsibilities. (We do NOT arrange activities for the children – there are so many other fabulous groups who do that – but groups of parents and children often meet up outside of school hours and during school holidays).
The SMSC also have a ‘Walk and Talk’ Group led by Wendy Moverley, a grandparent at St Anne’s.
There is absolutely no commitment necessary to the SMSC, we all drop in and out as and when we can.
Our events and activities are advertised on our CLOSED Facebook page – find us by searching for SMSC or contact one of the Committee direct.
We also send out details of events and activities closer to their happening dates – either on the school Newsletter (also published on this website) or by separate letter/advert in your child’s book bag – so don’t forget to check inside those diaries and bags!
We would love to meet you, and if you have any ideas for fundraising and/or want to get involved, please don’t be shy, just let us know – we are always open to new suggestions.
We look forward to seeing you.
Please check the SMSC Facebook Page for dates of monthly Walk and Talk Groups and lunches.
We meet every Friday morning in Treeview Café at school 1030 – 1130.
updated September 2017