Fundraising (HoK)

Help our Kids (HoK) is our school’s fundraising committee.

Why do we need to fundraise?

We fundraise to continue making St Benedict’s the great school it is for all
students, staff and local families.

The Help our Kids (HoK) Team organise several family-friendly fundraising
activities for the school each year through a team of dedicated parents. We
always encourage new parents to join HoK, or join a meeting to see what we’re
all about – all welcome, just email us to find out when we’re next meeting.

Each year the school’s Board and Staff provide HoK with a list of ‘wish list’
items they would like us to fundraise for. This document is called the Staff
Support List and is very much appreciated by the teachers.

Given the COVID-19 environment, we are having to think creatively to raise
money as we can’t rely on the in-person events we’ve had in past years –
although all that might change! Some of the school’s fundraising events from
previous years that we hope to continue this year are:

  • Entertainment books
  • School sausage sizzles, mufti days and iceblock fundraisers
  • School disco – TBC based on COVID alert level
  • Fathers’ day breakfast
  • Parents’ social evenings, including the annual quiz
  • Second hand uniform sales

HoK is not just about fundraising, we also like to bring new families together to
meet each other and strengthen the St Benedict’s school community. We
understand there is always a lot of information to take in when starting a new
school so please contact us if you have any questions.

We always welcome new ideas so please make yourself known to us!

Fundraising Focus

In 2021, the main focus of our fundraising efforts was to support the
construction of the new Year 3-8 adventure playground. The stimulating
playground for the older students has been made from sustainable products,
and we can see it being enjoyed for many years to come.

The HoK Committee will work with staff and the Board to agree a focus for 2022
fundraising efforts.

2022 Entertainment Fundraising Books/App

Huge discounts, from movies to mojitos! Click below to access a range of offers
in support of St Benedict’s School; please contact either HoK, or the school’s
office for more information, or go ahead and select St Benedict’s School when
purchasing your copy. Robyn Wishart manages the Entertainment Books for us
on behalf of the HoK committee.

May 2022 Raffle Winners

Congratulations to the winners of four fantastic hamper prizes we raffled as part of our May Downton Abbey movie fundraiser. The winners were B Hill, K Goodger, M Tan, and S Walker. Thank you to our generous sponsors who supported this fundraiser, which has resulted in $5540 for the school.

How can I help?

Fresh faces are always welcome – not only to join the committee group but to
give our fundraising efforts a hand, or to share some ideas. A few hours a year
from many hands makes a BIG difference. Just get in touch! We check our
email regularly or contact Louise or Johanna

2022 Committee


HoK Chair, Louise Yarrall –
HoK Secretary, Johanna Reidy –
HoK Treasurer, Sarah Southee
Kaye Herrick, Committee member
Keren Dravitzki, Committee member
Robyn Wishart, Committee member
Anna McDougall, Committee member
Jo Prince, Committee member
Theresa Jimeno, Committee member
Chrystal O’Connor, Committee member
Michelle Bowmaker, Committee member
Sarah Leilua, Committee member
Aimie Hines, Committee member
Carole Linehan, Committee member

Key Dates 2022

Friday 18 March Frosty Friday

Thursday 5th May Mothers Day Shop in Room 1 $2 per item

Saturday 20 April: Second hand uniform sale

Sunday 15th May Movie fundraiser Downtown Abbey for tickets email

Friday 2 September: Fathers’ Day breakfast

Saturday 15 October: Second hand uniform sale