Friends of St Edmund's (FOSE) Parent Teacher Association
- Chair: Mrs Heather-Fiona Egan
- Co-Chair: Mrs Maria Mason
- Secretary: Mrs Gwen Hamilton
- Treasurer: Mrs Caroline Tyrell
Welcome to Friends of St Edmund's Catholic School (FOSE)!
FOSE are a group of parents/carers and staff whose purpose is to raise funds to help provide additional resources that will benefit your children and enhance their time at St Edmund's.
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“Being a mum who’s son went to St Edmund’s and did so well because of the school, I feel so proud to be a part of the PTA. I have a daughter here now, and this time I am keen to be involved in helping the school. This is my chance of giving back and thanking the school for what they did and continue to do. It was amazing being a part of organising events. The team is really amazing and work well together, this makes me feel welcome and comfortable. I can’t wait to be involved in future fundraisers, so the school continues to prosper and meets each target for every project they set their mind to.”
“I've got involved because I can and want to give back. In the process I've met new people, got to know the school environment and most importantly organised activities that enrich my kid’s school experience and helping raise much needed funds which make a difference to the children and school community. I like to think we're memory makers.”
“The FOSE have done amazing things to improve the experience of students, which I have seen first-hand as a parent and a member of staff. The commitment of FOSE to the students is inspiring and I want to help in any way I can to achieve its future goals.”
“I joined FOSE as I wanted to be able to work with the school to provide experiences, activities and to raise funds for the pupils. It's great to be part of such a friendly team; we are all from different backgrounds with different skills and together we are part of the bigger St Edmund's family. Most importantly it's a lot fun and very rewarding.”
As a past student, I remember my St Edmund days with fondness and now, with much more appreciation. I see the value in every opportunity you have when at school, therefore I feel privileged to have an chance to support the school in this way. As a PTA committee member you do feel part of a committed team, and the St Edmund’s family. The biggest reward comes when you see how engaged and enthusiastic students are when we organise events.
Second Hand Uniform Sales
Friends of St Edmunds PTA, Uniform Exchange Mission
Established in September 2022, the Uniform Exchange’s mission is to provide nearly new school uniform, PE Kits and other school essentials to any St Edmund’s Student.
This project encourages students as well as families to consider the needs of others and the environment. This project highlights the social implications of disgarding good school uniforms to landfill, when others are able to make use of it.
Families are encouraged to donate any uniform to St Edmund’s Catholic School Reception, where it is organised by a dedicated team of PTA volunteers, for in school uniform sales with most items costing £1. Any surplus uniform is then redistributed to other Portsmouth based charities.
The Uniform Exchange also offers a ‘Swap Shop’ option whereby you are able to swap a like for like item for a different size. Please follow our Facebook page for dates on the next uniform sale.
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For more information, or dates of our next meeting,
Winner of the Valentines Raffle kindly donated by the Tescos Community Champion
What we do
We organize and run events throughout the year. We are always present at Parents' Evenings; school events e.g. Year 7 disco and school production; Valentines special events, serving refreshments and running the school lottery. Over the years, funds have been spent on improving equipment and resources to enhance the students education and the general facilities in school.
Each year, FOSE have targets or wish lists that we aim our fundraising towards. Targets and wish lists are generated by the school, the pupils, the parents and the wider community.
In the last two academic years FOSE has focused its fundraising effort on helping the school for library equipment.
In 2021-22 we are aiming to raise funds for student lockers, items for new building or events and experiences for students e.g. mindfulness, visiting theatre group.
Auction - October 2018 - The organization of the Auction was a lot of work but then we had a lovely evening with amazing prizes and raised more than £1,000.
Prom Fayre - 13th November 2019 - first of its kind for St Edmund's Catholic School. Huge thank you for all those who came along and supported this event.
Christmas Carols at St John's Cathedral - 16th December 2019 - A raffle draw with a beautiful Christmas hamper for the first prize.
Year 7/8 Disco - 9th December 2021 - Serving refreshments at the annual Year 7/8 School Disco.
How you can help
There are several ways in which you can get involved in school life and help us raise these valuable funds:
The FOSE Committee
Consists of four elected officers who are solely responsible by a dedicated group of 10-15 parents. We are actively seeking new committee members so please contact us to find out more.
The Events Team
We are fortunate enough to rely on a network of parent volunteers who help us at various functions e.g. selling raffle tickets and serve refreshments. Please contact us if interested to help out.
St Edmund's Lottery
Only a £2 a month
Become a member of the ST. Edmund’s Lottery and have a chance to win a CASH prize every month.
Simply complete the form below and return it to school.
Items bought in the last few years with lottery money:
- Benches for the playground
- Water melon at sports day
- Cash loading machine for dinner money
- Table tennis tables
- Window film for classrooms, to reduce glare
- Water Fountains
|St Edmund's Lottery.pdf||Download|
How does it work?
We’ve registered Friends of St Edmund's Portsmouth with #easyfundraising, which means over 4,000 shops and sites will now donate to us for FREE every time you use #easyfundraising to shop with them.
Minutes of Previous Meetings
|FOSE AGM Minutes 13 11 23.pdf||Download|
|FOSE Minutes_October 2023.pdf||Download|
|FOSE mins 18th sept - Winter term events list.pdf||Download|
|FOSE Minutes 22nd May 2023.pdf||Download|
|FOSE Minutes 24th April 2023.pdf||Download|
|FOSE Minutes 27.02.2023.pdf||Download|
|FOSE Minutes 14.11.2022.pdf||Download|
|FOSE Minutes 12.09.2022.pdf||Download|
|FOSE Minutes 20.06.2022.pdf||Download|
|FOSE Minutes 25.4.22.pdf||Download|
How to Contact us
Please contact us with any ideas, queries or questions at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Together we can improve our school for our children!