Friends of St Dunstan's
Friends of St Dunstan’s is the name given to our whole-College Parent Teacher Association. The aim of Friends of St Dunstan’s College (‘Friends’) is to enrich the educational, social, spiritual, and family life of the College through whole-College community events, as well as social and leisure activities. Friends aims in every way to enhance the standing and good name of St Dunstan’s College within our local and broader community. Friends also aims to raise funds for the benefit of the pupils, the College, and local and national charities, in pursuit and support of the wider strategic aims and development of the Foundation.
Every member of the parent body is considered to be a Friend of St Dunstan’s. Throughout the year the team organises a range of social, fundraising and marketing events and have regular meetings with the Head of Junior School, Deputy Head Pastoral and our Heads of Operations. We see our parents as being an integral part of our St Dunstan’s community and we relish any opportunity to include the Friends of St Dunstan’s committee in as many events as possible, from the Macmillan Coffee Morning, Cheese and Wine, Christmas Fair or Summer Fete, our parent representatives are always there to support, organise and celebrate key events across the school year.
For the very latest Friends news and dates of upcoming events visit here.
Meet the Committee
The Friends of St Dunstan’s Committee is made up of five parent volunteers and five College staff members.
- Zena Beaumont – Joint Chair
- Zanine Plante – Joint Chair
- David Tong – Vice Chair
- Cyrilia Knight – Junior School Representative
- Zoe Baggi– Senior School Representative
- Laura Whitwood (Head of Junior School) – Joint Chair
- Teresa Beard (Director of Administrative Services and Events) - Secretary
- Mark Bacon (Director of Estates)
- Jade McLellan (Deputy Head Pastoral) – Co-opted Staff Member
- Catherine Wood (Classlist Administrator) – Co-opted Staff Member
The parent volunteers on the committee have children across College, including both the Junior and Senior School, and have a range of different backgrounds and experiences. Having worked in professions such as catering, events management, media, social care, fashion, human resourcing, project management, financial services and technology, they bring a range of different skills to their roles within the committee. Living in South-East London, for them, being a part of Friends, is all about giving back to this incredibly diverse, inclusive and cohesive community. Our parent representatives are extremely proud of St Dunstan's and the impact the school can make within our local and broader community.
Friends is supported by a number of parent volunteers (Year Group Reps) across the College community with a reach of up to 2000 parents. Those involved are mainly working parents who are willing to give up a small amount of time for the benefit of all our children and the St Dunstan's community. In the past, our parent association has raised enough funds for:
· College bus (£30k)
· Climbing resources and equipment (£20k)
· Local charities (e.g. Lewisham Foodbank £3k)
· Y6 and Y13 leavers' events
In the future, we hope to support the ongoing plans for the exciting and ambitious College new build initiatives.
We are always looking for parent volunteers across the College, to either join the committee, be a Year Group Rep, to help out at events or support our College Shop. Friends, like St Dunstan’s College, is a diverse, inclusive community and we encourage and welcome all parents to join and support us. You can give as much or as little time as you like, when you like and we are positive that you will enjoy your time with the team, making new friends in the process. If you would like to support us, please do get in touch via email at: email@example.com
Friends organise and run a number of social events throughout the year, the main events being:
· Cheese and Wine – Michaelmas Term (early September)
· Christmas Fair – Michaelmas Term (early December)
· Quiz Night – Lent Term (March)
· Summer Fete – Trinity Term (early July)
Other smaller College community events are supported through either Friends funding or individual Year Rep events. Please do look out for updates on all our events and initiatives on Classlist or in the weekly College Bulletin.
Location: The Atrium
Opening Times: Every Tuesday and Friday 1600-1730 (term time only)
The Friends of St Dunstan’s College Shop stocks a vast variety of second-hand uniform and other College, Dunstonians and Friends merchandise.
All uniform items may be found here, from blazers, ties, jumpers, trousers and skirts to sports kit. Please do come along, our wonderful College Shop volunteers will be happy to help you find a bargain!
Uniform donations are always gratefully received. Please drop off any donations of washed, unwanted uniform at the College Shop during opening hours or at the College Office any time during the school day. If you have any stock enquiries, questions about the College Shop or would like to volunteer to help us, please email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Friends of St Dunstan’s Cheese & Wine Evening
On Friday 29th September, Friends of St Dunstan’s held its annual Cheese and Wine Evening bringing together the Whole College community for the start of the new academic year. As ever, a huge selection of food and drink was available. Along with the usual plethora of cheeses and wines, there was a selection of beers, hot Indian food, fruits as well as vegan and non-alcoholic alternatives. This has always been a popular event and a wonderful opportunity to meet with fellow parents, year reps and members of the Friends committee. Around 300 tickets were sold raising funds that will be directed back into our community for the benefit of our children.
Thank you to everyone who attended and especially to those of you who volunteered before and during the event to help make this a truly amazing and fabulous occasion.
We really hope you all had a wonderful time and look forward to seeing you at our next event, the Christmas Fair on Friday 1st December.
Friends makes £1000 donation to Lewisham Foodbank
Friends of St Dunstan’s committee members visited Lewisham Foodbank at the Hope Centre in Forest Hill on Tuesday 4th July to present a cheque for £1000 from funds raised following their Quiz Night event in March. The team met with the dedicated, hardworking volunteers at the centre and learnt about the immense support they provide daily to the local community. Around 2500 families and individuals are provided with food and essentials each month, with support for fuel costs also now being offered. To highlight its important work, Lewisham Foodbank is the Mayoral charity partner for 2023 as designated by Lewisham Council. If you are interested in how you can help please go to https://lewisham.foodbank.org.uk/
Friends AGM 2023
At the AGM on Thursday 6th July, Friends said a sad goodbye to Fen (Y13 parent) who has now left the College community as her son has graduated. Fen has been managing the College Shop for over 12 years and was principally responsible for ensuring it's survival and having a permanent space in the Atrium (it used to be in the College basement!). We presented Fen with leaving gifts at the AGM and listened to her many shop stories! Friends continues to manage the shop with a number of Senior School parents. It would be really great to have some Junior School helpers in that team! We also wished Miss Whitwood all the best as she goes on maternity leave.
Friends of St Dunstan’s Summer Fete
The Summer Fete was fabulously held on Saturday 1st July. Thank you to everyone who came to our Summer Fete and especially to those of you who volunteered to help. We really hope you had a wonderful time with your families! Have a lovely summer and we'll see you again next year for more amazing events!
Friends of St Dunstan's make donation to Lewisham Donation Hub
Friends of St Dunstan’s delivered donations of tech and other items from the St Dunstan’s College community on Thursday 22nd June to Lewisham Donation Hub, a local registered charity supporting the needs of local people . If you want to donate tech, Friends have placed blue boxes in the Junior School and main College Offices for collection. Remember to wipe your devices! For more details about LDH see https://lewishamdonationhub.org/
Friends of St Dunstan’s Quiz 2023
Friday 3 March saw the return of the most exciting and competitive community social event of the year, the Friends of St Dunstan’s Quiz Night!
Twenty teams from virtually all year groups competed over 7 rounds in the Great Hall, enjoying friendly conversation, while feasting on some delicious food and drink.
A Year 4 team “Quiz Truss” were the clear winners, taking the Champions Trophy and medals by 9 points, with “Tequila Mocking Bird” coming in second. It was a closely fought contest in the chasing pack with just two points separating five teams in the second to fourth positions. “Tequila Mocking Bird” didn’t lose out however as they won the award for the best team name!
A much deserved ‘Thank you!’ goes to our quizmasters Sonia and Justin (Y11 parents) and to the Friends team and parent and staff volunteers for once again organising a wonderfully fun evening for all our community. They look forward to seeing you a next year for another fun night out! Who will win the Champions Trophy and medals next time? This event was held in support of ‘Lewisham Foodbank’ raising recognition and much needed funds for this local charity. Please consider giving here https://qrco.de/bcRsaB (add ref: SDCQuiz).
Friends of St Dunstan’s Cheese & Wine Evening
On Friday 30 September, Friends of St Dunstan’s held its first social occasion of the new academic year bringing together the Whole College community, providing a huge, friendly welcome to all parents old and new. As usual, a varied selection of food and drink was made available, along with a plethora of cheese and wines, there was a selection of beers, samosas, fruits as well as vegan and non-alcoholic alternatives. This has always been a popular event and a great opportunity to meet with fellow parents, year reps and members of the Friends committee, however this year was exceptional, being extremely well attended with over 300 tickets sold. This was a marked increase on the previous year, raising ample funds that will be directed back into our community for the benefit of our children.
A big thank you to everyone who came and especially those of you who volunteered to help make this a truly special and fabulous occasion. We really hope you all had a wonderful time and look forward to seeing you at our next event!
Friends of St Dunstan’s Quiz 2022
The annual Friends of St Dunstan’s quiz night was held on Friday 4 March in what was the largest quiz social event at the College for a number of years. This hugely successful event brought our community together, giving parents the opportunity to meet and chat, as well as enjoy some delicious food and drink on offer. Over twenty-one teams of parents across the College took part in a highly competitive and exciting event (involving some late controversy!) which finally saw the winning team, ‘Nerd Immunity’, come through in a close contest and win the inaugural ‘Friends of St Dunstan’s Quiz Night Champions’ trophy and medals. The quiz event was held in support of Lewisham Foodbank raising recognition and much needed funds for this local charity. Information about how to donate can be found here. Donations can be in the form of financial support, time, food and essential items.
A much deserved ‘Thank you!’ goes to our quizmasters Sonia and Justin (Y10 parents) and to the Friends team for once again organising a fun and enjoyable evening for all our community.