Friends of the School

The principal aim of the Friends is to raise money to buy extras that the school budget struggles to support.  Recent purchases include a play house for the Reception play area.  In addition, the Friends have paid for a mobile Planetarium to visit and the entire school got to enjoy a trip to “Space”.  The Friends have also helped support the school with new equipment including clipboards, art aprons and cooking equipment.

Every year each class will benefit from the fundraising that we do, through subsidised classroom activities.  We also organise a disco three times a year, a Christmas and Summer Fayre, and we invite in the Easter Bunny and Santa Claus to give small gifts to the children.  We also pay for every child in Year 6 to have a t-shirt as a memento of their time in the school.

None of the above would be possible without the support and contributions of the children and their families.

The Committee comprises a Chairperson, who is the first point of contact with the school and many parents, a Treasurer and a Secretary.  In addition, other members take on a variety of tasks as needed throughout the school year, generate ideas for new events and also decide how the money is spent on the school. Fresh faces and new ideas are always a great help. There is no big time commitment.

The things we need the most help with are, for example:

  • Selling cakes at morning break and after school
  • Helping with the Summer and Christmas Winter Wonderland Fayres: such as setting up the hall, running stalls, selling raffle tickets, and helping with refreshments
  • New fundraising ideas!

We are a friendly group and would appreciate your help and support, so please come along to our next meeting.

For only £4.33 a month you could buy a Bonus Ball.  If your number is drawn in the weekly Lottery draw you will receive a cheque for £25 from the Friends.  That’s 52 chances a year to win £25 for only £1 per week.  You can buy more than one ball, paying £4.33 for each additional one.  The number available are 1 – 59 but many are already taken.  Speak to one of the Friends to see which numbers are still available.  Proceeds raised from the Bonus Ball will be used to to subsidise payments for buses for school trips and towards class funds for each of the teachers.   Contributions from home rarely cover the full cost of buses, and school budgets cannot stretch to cover the cost of all the equipment staff need in their classrooms to support our children.

If you would like a chance to win, please set up a standing order mandate with your bank.  Please contact a member of the Friends for details.  You will have joined the draw when your first standing order has been received by the Friends.

We aim to hold three disco’s a year.  We hold a separate disco fro KS1 and KS2 children to ensure numbers are manageable and that all children have a fun time.  Entry usually costs £3 and includes a hot dog, drink and biscuit.

Cake Sales are a great fundraiser, and parents are very generous in donating lots of lovely cakes for these events. The sale takes place at morning break, as well as after school by the main gate, and the children are invited to bring in 50p to buy a maximum of two at break-time (cakes cost 25p each).

Everyone is welcome to be a Friend of St George’s, whether you’re a member of the local community, or connected to children at the school. You could run or help out on a stall at an event, provide raffle prizes or sell raffle tickets, or just come along and spend some money: you know it’s all going to a good cause and you’re guaranteed to have fun.  So come along – get involved. Meet other parents, discuss ideas, or just see what goes on behind the scenes. There is no time commitment just enthusiasm needed.  Meetings are advertised in the weekly newsletter, on the Friends’ noticeboard and on the Friends of St. George’s Facebook page.

We look forward to seeing you soon.

Please contact any of the following people if you would like to help:
– Paul Mulholland (Chair),
– Jayne Clarke (Secretary)