Friends of School
Who are we?
Friends of Melbourne School is a registered charity. The group currently consists of 9 parents who work alongside the school, we organise and run fundraising events for the school community. All funds are spent either directly or indirectly on the children adding to their experience at school.
What is our aim?
Our aim is to use the funds raised to enhance the experiences of every child in the school, from improving sporting facilities to extending the range and access pupils have to excellent reading material. Our target is to raise at least £2000 each school year, and we have a calendar of events lined up which will be fun for everyone as well as raising money for the school.
**If any parent has a suggestion as to what the money could be used for, please contact the Friends of Melbourne School**
Where does the money raised go?
In recent years we have bought library shelving and seating, playground equipment, reading books, sports equipment, provided new hall curtains as well as funding a visiting school pantomime and contributing to the cost of school trips. We have also helped with the purchase and installation of the projector and audio equipment for school hall, an electronic library system, and new ICT software to support the current curriculum including headphones and science software.
Friends of Melbourne School also purchase the book bags each child is provided with when they start school in nursery or reception, gifts for our Y6 leavers, ice pops at sports day, refreshments after the Christmas performances, Christmas crackers for the Christmas lunches and a ‘gift from Santa’.
What type of events/activities do we do?
In the past couple of years we have organised the following events:
- Halloween Disco
- Valentines Disco
- Christmas carols in the playground with refreshments, raffle, sweet and cakes stalls as well as games
- Raffles and refreshments at the school Christmas performances
- Easter egg Tombola
- Days out raffle
- Leavers disco
- Summer Hog Roast and treasure hunt, including bottle tombola and sweet stall
- Bags2school collections, (twice each year)
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Interested in joining us? When and where do we meet?
Being part of the committee is not a huge commitment and it is very rewarding as well as a great way to meet other parents and have fun being involved in our fundraising events.
We usually meet once a term, during the evening at one of the committees houses. We would welcome new members to our friendly team. You may only wish to be involved with one event throughout the year or just come along to find out what is coming up. We welcome any ideas you may have for fundraising events or activities and suggestions on ways to spend money raised. Attending meetings isn't compulsory; you may wish to be a ‘friend of the friends’ and help out at events as and when you can. If you are interested in joining please get in touch and we will keep you up to date on upcoming events by email or whatsapp.
How to contact us
We can be contacted via email at email@example.com or why not speak to one of the team directly (current members are listed below). Alternatively if you prefer contact by telephone, please leave a message and a telephone number with the school office and we will get in touch promptly.
Co-Chairs – Jennifer Johnson & Sam Thomas
Secretary – Judith Hopley
Treasurers – Amy Harris & Agnetha Dobson
Procurement – Rachel Underwood
Communications – Newsletter/School contact – Judith Hopley, social media – Sam Thomas
Laura Rowbottom, Sarah Van Wyk, Janna Braidley, Rowan Braidley, Gemma Storer, Vicky Parapen & Becky Sheard
What we have raised money for recently (please see Chairs Report 2022)