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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.

Friends uses Classlist as our primary means of communication to all members of the parent body at St Dunstan’s College. If you are a parent and have not yet signed up, please sign up here.

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.

Parent Members

  • Zena Beaumont – Joint Chair
  • Zanine Plante – Joint Chair
  • David Tong – Vice Chair
  • Zoe Baggi – Junior School Representative
  • Jean Burnell – Senior School Representative

Staff Members

  • Laura Whitwood (Head of Junior School) – Joint Chair
  • Teresa Beard (Head of Operations - Administration) - Secretary
  • Mark Bacon (Head of Operations - Facilities)
  • 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.

Getting Involved

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: friends@stdunstans.org.uk

Events

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.

College Shop

Location: The Atrium

Opening Times: Every 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: collegeshop@stdunstans.org.uk

Key Documents

The 'Friends of St Dunstan's' Constitution

News 

Friends of St Dunstan’s Quiz

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.