(Friends of Whiteley Primary School)
Newsletter from Friends of Whiteley Primary School
Treasurer’s Report – November 2015
This was our first AGM as your new committee, and looking back at the past six months, I think
we have done quite well! It hasn’t been without its challenges, that’s fair to say, but nothing that
couldn’t be overcome with a little grit and determination and a lot of help from our friends! This
year I am pleased to say that we smashed our target and raised £11,846 for the school.
We took over from the outgoing committee officially at the EGM in June, but had already started
taking the reins back in April when we started planning the Summer Fayre. There was a lot to
learn, and we’d like to thank the outgoing committee for all their help, so Shona, Ali, Jannine,
Ruth, Jo, Carly and Andrea – Thank you.
Between the current committee and the previous committee we have put some fantastic events
on this year: here is a run-down of what we have been up to!
Christmas card project
We again started the year with our Christmas Card Project in collaboration with Arts Projects for
Schools (APS). The project was run by Jo Vartan for Friends but all monies went direct to the
school so do not appear in our accounts.
Secret Santa was co-ordinated by Claire Lloyd for the first time in 2014, so well done Claire and
all her helpers on an amazing job, you raised a massive £1,079.
Other Christmas events included Carols in the Square donations and raffle, Second hand
uniform sale, Christmas disco, and a Quiz night, raising a total of £657.
Year 5 & 6 Performance Refreshments
FOWPS offered drink refreshments to parents during the Year 5 & 6 Performances using an
‘honesty box’ approach raising £53.
The annual Bunny Run was a fantastic event and the children had lots of fun searching for
tokens to win chocolate!! We had a cake competition this year too which we had lots of entries
for, and in total we raised £1,675.
Once again we had two quiz nights this year, planned and hosted by Steve Griffiths & Stuart
Sandy (School Governors), with the help of Steve Cumes (Parent). The evenings are really
great fun, with tables selling out quickly. The two quizzes raised a combined total of £1,031,
which is amazing!
Year 6 Polos
The Year 6 polo shirts made £212. Thank you to Nickie Smith and Jo Vartan for organising this
– it’s really great to see the year 6 children wearing their special polo shirts before they leave us
to go to secondary school!
Yr R Tea Towels
The Reception children designed a fundraising tea towel by drawing self-portraits, transferred
onto fabric by Art Screen Prints. Again, this proved very popular again this year and raised £281.
Second Hand Uniform Sales
On several occasions during the year, our resident uniform lady, Angela Reade, held second
hand uniform sales. The proceeds are included in the Christmas events, Bunny run and Summer
fayre totals, but we just wanted to express our appreciation of Angela’s efforts – it helps the
school raise much needed funds and also helps parents to make their pounds stretch a little
further! Thank you Angela!
Summer School Disco
Thanks to Hayley who helped Alison organise the school discos. The children had a great time
and we raised £359.
The final event of the year, although the first event for the new committee, was the Summer
Fayre – it was a fantastic day and very successful. The weather was with us, and I’m sure the
sun helped the sales of both the hot dogs and Pimms! With stalls selling candy floss and icecreams,
and activities including go karts, facepainting, assault courses and the market stalls
meant that there was lots to see and do for everyone. This year, on this one event alone we
made a total profit of £5,784 – 68% increase on last year’s total of £3,436. This wouldn’t have
been possible without all the people that helped out in both advance planning and manning stalls
on the day. It takes a small army of people to run the Summer Fayre, and all of the new
committee members would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who helped. Special
• Mrs Pennington for all your help and guidance on the run up to the fayre, and for mucking
in on the day!
• Tom Southall and the dad’s group for helping with the set up.
• Hayley Lake who helped organise the fayre, set up on the day, and manned a stall all
day as well.
• Angie Pond for booking and organising the stalls with not a lot of notice!
• Paula Hemmingway and the Sea Cadets.
• Jo Vartan for organising the year 6 arcade and doing so much more besides
• Angela Reade for running the uniform sale.
• Ali Hogg and all the ladies who ran the refreshments and cake stand.
• Ian David and the Scouts for running the hot dog stall and Mel Greaves for keeping the
onions and bread rolls coming from the kitchen!
• The Governors for running the Pimms stall.
• The teachers who volunteered to have wet sponges thrown at them all day.
• Mr Wells and Mr Butcher – you are the first to arrive and the last to leave – thank you.
• To everyone who gave up an hour or two of their time to help man the gates, do face
painting and tattooing, or to help on a stall – thank you! You are all amazing and we can’t
do these events without you.
We would also like to thank the organisations that have helped our summer fayre…
• Kidz Camps UK
Also a massive thank you to Walker and Waterer for providing sponsorship this year!
Donations to the School
Donations were made to the school by FOWPS during the year totalling £5,867 with a further
£8089 given in the Autumn term 2015. The donations were used to cover the costs of cookery
equipment, choir shirts, drama, dance and music visitors for every year group, lunchtime play
equipment, CDs for music, Boomwhackers, small world play equipment, FlipCams, playground
markings, construction and outdoor learning equipment for KS1, storytelling masks, Beebots for
YR/1, library and reading books (turquoise to gold band), and life education workshops for KS2.
There was also a contribution towards the KS2 adventure playground project.
Mrs Pennington has already asked for significant funding towards IT projects for the 2015-16
school year, to enable the replacement of the classroom interactive whiteboards which are
starting to fail, so we really do need the continued support of all the committee members, all the
extra helpers and of course all the parents who keep coming to our events and digging deep to
help our school.
The committee would like to thank all those who have supported the Friends this year, either by
attending events or helping to run them, without you, “Friends” would not be possible.
Prepared by Maddie James Committee Treasurer, on behalf of the FoWPS committee.
Why We Have A ‘Friends of Whiteley Primary School’
We are very fortunate that our school actively encourages parent/carer/child involvement which has been such an integral part of the school community since the school opened in 1998. In its time, ‘Friends of Whiteley Primary School’ has raised thousands of pounds which has been spent on improving equipment and resources to enhance our children’s education and the facilities in school in general.
It Is Much, Much More Than Just Fundraising
‘Friends of Whiteley Primary School’ exists to provide closer links between home and school, and it is an excellent way to bring staff, families, children and friends together socially in support of the school working towards a common goal.
Respect for People
Both the school and ‘Friends of Whiteley Primary School’ are extremely conscious of the ethos and morals of our school, and we try hard when organising and planning events to respect this. Additionally, in line with our healthy school eating policy, we aim to use the best quality food for our bar-b-qs and refreshments.