Who are the Friends of Charfield Primary School?
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You, as parent /carer of children attending the school, along with teachers and other members of the community wishing to support the school make up the membership of the Friends of Charfield Primary School.
The Friends is a parent-run committee, like other committees it is made up of a Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Treasurer. There are also regular committee members and our Headteacher, Mr Lawday, is the President of the organisation. The committee is elected annually at the AGM which is usually held in October. The Friends welcome all new members to the committee with great enthusiasm and it is a great way to meet and get to know others in an informal and fun way. The Friends of Charfield Primary School is a registered charity, Registered Charity Number 1041593.
We are very fortunate to have this organisation, which has played such an integral role in the school community. In its time it has raised thousands of pounds, which have been spent on improving equipment and resources to enhance our children’s education and the facilities in school in general.
Meetings take place once a month - ask at the School Office for more details.
How money is raised
All the money we raise is through events that we run. Regular events include:
- Fireworks Night
- Christmas Fair and Christmas tree Sale
- Film nights
- Refreshments at school sports day
In the last year we have also supported local events at the Memorial Hall and local farms, a team of staff, governors and committee members ran the Bristol 10k and our most recent event the return of the Charfield School Disco.
As you can see there is always something going on! We try to keep the events varied and interesting to all who attend.
We also raise money from other schemes such as Easy Fundraising, Match Giving and local grant applications
How money is spent
...this tends to be very quickly!
Once money is raised from the events, the funds are banked straight away. It is at the Friends Committee Meetings, that the decision on how to spend the money is taken. The funds raised in the main are used for the ‘extras’, which are not covered by the school budget, this helps Charfield School to be the stimulating, exciting and enriching environment we all want for our children.
The school provides us with a detailed wish list of projects or individual items. The most recent major project was the redesign and renovation of the Adventure Playground
Usually, the school has a wish list of items that they would like to purchase. Recently the majority of our funds were used to purchase and install 16 laptops for the school.
Money raised by The Friends has been spent on equipping our school with a well-stocked library, guided reading books, improving our playground, helping run the Girls' Football Tournament, which involved feeding over 110 sports children from around South Gloucestershire and most recently getting an adventure playground. These are just a few of the many things The Friends have worked tirelessly to achieve.
How does information get to you?
The Friends contribute to the school newsletters and CHADRA, we also have a page on the school website and a Facebook page.
These allow us the committee to keep you up to date with upcoming meetings, events and requests for support. Members of the committee can be contacted via the school reception as well.
How can you get involved?
It's easy, go along to the next AGM or any committee meeting, you will be made most welcome; both mums and dads.
New committee members are always needed and valued, but it doesn’t matter if you can’t help on a regular basis, or even if you can't come into school. There are always little jobs that can be done from home, delivering flyers, selling tickets etc. We really couldn’t achieve what we do without the unseen army of help that exists in school.
All your help, whether it is a committee post or delivering flyers, is equally appreciated.
Who are the committee?
Hannah Crew & Donna-Marie Moore