What are the ‘Friends’?
The Friends of All Saints School Association are a group of parents and teachers whose sole aim is to raise funds to benefit the children at our school. This is done by hosting a variety of events throughout the year to which the children and/or adults are invited.
The ‘Friends’ have been very successful in the past and have funded many things from larger scale projects such as purchasing a laptop suite for school to smaller items such as restocking the class libraries with new books.
With every funding request the ‘Friends’ work hard to ensure that every penny spent benefits all the children at the school.
This last academic year we have funded the new playground markings on KS1 & KS2 playgrounds, the gym matting on KS2 playground, topic boxes for the entire school and £150 for each class to spend as they wish!
What do we do?
The ‘Friends’ aim to meet once a term as a full group and then possibly once or twice in smaller groups to organise the events for that term.
Mrs. Dunn suggests potential ideas for the ‘Friends’ to fund at the start of each year. This year we have been asked to fund topic boxes for each year group from Reception through to Year 6. We have also managed to ‘gift’ each class £150 to spend as they see fit! With ever-dwindling school budgets, the Friends recognise that anything we can do to enhance the learning in school or provide pupils with something ‘beyond the classroom’ is vital for our children’s education during their time with us at All Saints Primary School!
COMING SOON….COMING SOON….COMING SOON!
School Disco – Thursday 20th July 2017
Last one before summer! Pre-school pupils who will be joining us in September are welcome to join us at the KS1 disco along with their parents.
The Key Stage 1 disco from 5.30-6.30pm
The Key Stage 2 disco from 6.45-7.45pm.
The refreshments stall will be run by parent volunteers and provide sweets, crisps, chocolate bars and drinks. The “jelly snakes” at 30p each are still a sell-out at each disco.
Both discos are supervised by Friends volunteers and members of staff but parents are always welcome to stay and strut their stuff too - **New for this disco – Tea/coffee will be on sale for those parents who want to stay but don’t want to dance all night!**
***A gentle reminder - Heelies must not be worn and mobile phones should not be taken into the School Disco. If your child needs to bring a phone with them, this can be locked away by staff as they enter school and returned at the end. As our events are run at school, we must be mindful that we follow school policy regarding health and safety and the use of mobile phones. Mrs Dunn will ensure that photos of the event are taken by a member of staff and posted on the school website after the event.***
The Summer Fair
On Saturday 24th June 2017 we held the Summer Fair at school from 12-3pm. The sun was shining, the BBQ Blokes and Team Tombola were rushed off their feet, DJ Danny provided the tunes for the afternoon and Mr Hawkins took a whole lot of soaking in The Stocks to help us raise a massive £1800 for the school!
We had lots of parents, staff and older children in our school that came and gave up their time to help run the stalls and it couldn’t have happened without them. Their help and support made the Fair bigger and better than ever before!
We also had a large number of sponsors who provided fabulous prizes for the raffle, food for the BBQ (Chadwicks and The Food Shop) and provided games and activities for everyone to enjoy (Chorley Panthers RLFC)
A huge thank you to everyone who came and emptied their pockets of pennies and pounds and helped us make this a truly record breaking year!
We’ve had lots of lovely feedback about the Fair- we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did.
A few photos from the day to keep us going until next year
The AGM is held every year in September. At the last AGM the following people agreed to take on the following roles:
Chair Jenny Yearsley
Vice Chair Helen Zoldan
Treasurer Sonia Rayner
Secretary Helen Dalton
Named Committee members Julie Nickson
Rachel Edwards Barrott
We also have a number of extra parents and teachers who attend the meetings to support events and make decisions along with the above committee. The Friends can only exist and continue to thrive by the number of volunteers who give up a little time to share the jobs around. We understand that family and working life is busier than ever but if you could spare an hour to help out an event or use your skills to help us put on an event then we’d love to hear from you
Want to get involved?
Our next ‘Friends’ meeting will be the AGM on Monday 18th September, 6.45pm at school. Please come along and have a chat with us. We are only a small group (yet!) but we have big plans for our fundraising events in the new academic year. Everyone very welcome!
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