We have an active and successful Friends Association. Every parent is welcome to be part of the Friends of St Robert Southwell. Event planning meetings are held twice a term. We hold a Christmas Fair and an International Evening every year, which raise important additional funds for the school.
Our committee members are:
Chair – Nicola Proudfoot
Vice-Chair- Helena Donovan
Assistant Vice-Chair – Valerie Cawley
Secretaries – Fiona Hayllar, Breda Newman
Treasurers – Marie Cawley, Paula Divine and Lorraine Foody.
Other elected members include:
Catriona Howley, Linda Street, Winnie Forde, Niamh Murphy, Steph Terry, Liz McDermott, Ramonez Jayatilaka and Simona Voloseniuc.
Resources that the Friends Association have contributed to in recent years include:
The School Minibus – this was purchased from money raised by the Friends Association. It has enabled pupils to take part in a variety of sporting activities/competitions. It also enables us to participate in workshops run by local schools, both primary and secondary.
Enrichment activities – recent examples include go-karting and mini golf.
Pantomime – each year a performing arts company visits the school to perform a pantomime to the whole school.
Shakespeare workshops – Romeo and Juliet and Hamlet workshops have been held for year 4/5 pupils in recent years.
IPads and laptops – the Friends Association have bought a number of IPads and Laptops in recent years. These ensure that we can provide pupils with ICT support in the classroom, as well as in our ICT suite.
School Library – the Friends Association have made a significant contribution to our new school library. This has included bespoke furniture and a wide range of new fiction and non-fiction books to support the curriculum and promote a love of reading within our pupils.