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 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:
|Olena Meshcheryakova||Joint Treasurer|
|Reena Woolf||Joint Treasurer|
|Deborah Papadopoulou||General Support/Nearly New Uniform Shop|
|Harpal Keila||Nearly New Uniform Shop|
|Kitty Nicholls||Nearly New Uniform Shop|
|Karen Wells||Nearly New Uniform Shop|
|Jo Clark||Nearly New Uniform Shop|
|Nitu Mittal||Nearly New Uniform Shop|
|Christa Simpson-Wong||Nearly New Uniform Shop|
|Navi Brar-Gill||Class Rep Liaison|
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. In normal times 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.
The FSJB team are working very closely with the school community to identify a ‘new normal’ way of supporting selected charities given that our opportunities to raise funds are limited due to social distancing. We have some ideas bubbling away though and very shortly will be sharing comms on how you can be part of the charity selection process for the coming term.
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 term we are fundraising for Baby Bank Windsor and The Village Centre, Englefield Green
The Village Centre Englefield Green has three main outreach programmes that have still been running through this period of lockdown. The Baby Basics project provides families in need with the essentials they require for their newborn babies. This is on a referral-only basis from a professional body and they can provide anything from clothes to moses baskets to nappies and even newborn prams. The Child Contact Centre provides a safe, supervised and neutral place for children to come and spend time with families members they don't usually live with. They provide toys and activities and try to make the sessions as fun as possible for everyone. Their newest outreach programme is the Community Fridge & Kitchen, where they will be helping to reduce food waste as well as helping to provide to those in need. They will be collecting fresh surplus food from local suppliers which anyone from our community can come and help themselves to. They are working in conjunction with the Foodbank and local schools and sheltered housing to ensure hot meals are provided to those who need it.
To support The Village Centre, Englefield Green you can select items to buy from their Amazon wish list.
The Baby Bank Windsor is managed by two local mums – here is their story:
When we became mums, we were both lucky enough to have everything we needed to support our little ones: clothes, essential equipment, and the support of our friends and family.
Sadly, not all parents are as fortunate and may lack the financial means to support their families. Which is why we founded The Baby Bank.
Since 2015 we have helped families all throughout Berkshire and the surrounding areas. We are passionate about supporting families in extreme need, and our goal is to ensure all children have the best possible start in life. – Amy & Rebecca
To make arrangements to drop any material donations you have at home for either charity please contact Marie Mylchreest here.
St John's Beaumont School is proud to have supported OHOB (Open Hearts Open Borders) charity during Michaelmas term, 2020.