The Friends of the School (FOS) is a fund raising and school support committee. The committee are all parents, with the addition of one representative from the school teaching or administrative staff. Our primary aim is to raise money to allow the school to buy things that our Local Authority (LA) budget does not cover.
Typically these items include teaching resources, play equipment and the provision of special activities and visits from art and theatre groups. Whilst fund raising is important to us, we also run a number of non profit making activities which encourage parents and children to socialize with each other, particularly those that are new to the school.
All the FOS members have good fun being more closely involved with activities at the school. We notice how the children, especially the youngest ones, enjoy seeing their parents in the school environment and gain in confidence from this connection.
Why do we need Friends of the School?
We are parents who volunteer to support the school by helping to organise events and fund raising activities. FOS aims to support the school ethos ‘Living, Learning ,Growing Together’ by supporting the school with much needed additional funds for extra education activities and resources. We do this by organising fun events for the whole school throughout the year and by giving a helping hand to the school wherever else we can.
This extra funding makes an incredible difference to the school and the development of our children. With school budgets stretched the FOS raises essential funds that subsides swimming lessons, school trips, visits from theatre groups and individual class resources, like reading books and new laptops. We’ve also funded a variety of school projects, like costumes for both the Christmas play and a number of summer productions.
Every year group benefits.
But it’s not just about funding. The FOS arranges several events for the children to enjoy throughout the year, like the Christmas fair and the Easter egg hunt. And not forgetting parents, our annual quiz night is always a sell out.
How can you help?
The number of FOS helpers are dwindling. Without the generosity of parents like you, we would not be able to keep it going. We appreciate many parents are working and busy but as a well known supermarket would say ‘every little helps’.
Not only is it rewarding to know you’ve made a contribution to the school in some way, the FOS also allows parents to get to know one another (often socially over a drink or two!) and enhances the school community.
So please do come along to our next meeting, bring a friend, and spread the word – it’s a great way of integrating into the Trinity family. Alternatively feel free to have a chat with Ainslie Lang (FOS Chair), Amanda George (FOS Secretary) or Mr Hutton.
The FOS Committee
A new committee is elected each year at the FOS AGM usually held in the October of each new academic year. As a registered charity it’s a formality that we have to follow, but please don’t let that put you off joining! We encourage and warmly welcome any new parents to join the committee.
If you feel you can’t commit time consistently, we welcome “occasional helpers”, who help us out every now and again. It’s a great way of getting involved without having to regularly commit.
If you would like to chat further, please contact Ainslie Lang (FOS Chair) Amanda George (FOS Secretary) or Mr Hutton for more information about the committee, how to nominate someone or how to put yourself forward.
Some of the funds raised by the FOS are allocated to School sport activities. For further information please refer to the FOS Sports Coordinators.