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Parent Teacher Association - The League of Friends

The League of Friends work extremely hard and fund many activites and resources for the school. We are very grateful for their support. Here are just a few of the things their funding has provided for our children. 

Hello and welcome to our lovely school. My name is Nicole Wheeler, and along with
Louise Hicks, we chair The League of Friends.

Both our eldest children attended the Infant School and now go to the Junior School, plus we have a daughter each in Year 1 and Louise's youngest daughter is due to start in September.

Traditionally schools have a Parents Association or Parents and Teachers Association, we at the infants have a League of Friends, which primarily does exactly the same as the more traditionally known associations. We are, however, a little less formal which suits us well. We meet roughly every six weeks in a local pub to discuss fundraising ideas.

Meetings are relaxed and informal and everyone is welcome. Our primary aim is to raise money to provide equipment and activities for the school. The League of Friends is made up of parents and guardians of children attending the school.

Our most recent fundraising has allowed the school to purchase -
• Equipment to set up a forest school, including a mud kitchen, children's den and bug hotel
• A light table with storage for the reception classes
• Brand new books to replace all of the existing ones at the school

We have also been able to fund… Christmas pantomime, crackers for the schools Christmas dinner, food for the multicultural week, Easter eggs for the Easter egg hunt, summer pantomime and the endof year leavers’ party amongst other things!

Our main Fundraising events are our fireworks which we run jointly with the juniors and our Christmas bazaar which raised over £3,000 for a 2 hour event. This is only made possible with so many parents donating their time and wares.
To help generate a regular income we have regular cake sales, which are very popular. A few new initiatives we have tried include School Lottery, easy fundraising.org.uk and we are in the processes of setting up a second hand uniform shop. We have teamied up with ‘stikins’ to offer parents the opportunity to purchase quality labels for your children’s school uniform, whilst earning the school commission at the same time!

We are very open to new ideas, and would love you to join us. If you don’t feel that meetings are for you, but wish to get involved we always need help/volunteers for events/activities throughout the year. 

We are looking forward to meeting you and hearing your ideas.
Kind regards.

Nicole Wheeler and Louise Hicks

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