Friends of Eastling School (FOES) Update
Following the very busy end to the last School year which saw us organising our biggest fundraiser of the year – the Summer Fete - Term 1 has started off a little quieter for FOES.
We are proud to announce that the School Fete at the beginning of July made a whopping £2,800 profit! Many thanks once again to all the parents, carers, pupils and teachers who helped us to make it another huge success.
We have already agreed with School that part of the money raised will go towards the upcoming KS2 Matilda trip in London - £20 per child (approximately £1,200). An equivalent contribution will be made when the KS1 children attend their next significant trip. This spend is in addition to the £3,000 contribution that FOES made towards the renovation of the library earlier in the year.
The next big FOES event in the Calendar will be the Halloween disco on the last Friday of term - 19th October. Letters will go out a couple of weeks prior; please indicate on the reply form if you are able to help out on the night.
We are always looking for parents to get involved – either on our friendly committee (we meet once a month) or as a “helping hand”, volunteering for certain events. If you are interested, please speak to one of the FOES team on the playground or come along to our next meeting at The Alma in Painters Forstal on Thursday 11th October at 7.30pm. We hope to see some of you there!
Friends of Eastling School
We are a group of parents and teachers who work together to organise events in order to raise additional funds for the school.
Our committee is made up as follows:
Chair - Sally Mills
Vice-chair - Katie Tombs
Treasurer - Natalie Lowe
Secretary - Caroline Adams
Members: Julia Ledger-Münnich, Claire Charlton, Rob Sadler, Erin Neesham, Laura Waters
Annually, we run a Halloween and Valentines disco, Easter competitions, raffles, Christmas craft club, a very popular Christmas shopping day for children to buy gifts for their families and a party on the field for the last day of the academic year as a farewell to year 6 pupils.
Our biggest fundraiser is our summer fete, a hugely popular day with fantastic stalls and a very well supported raffle with incredible prizes.
Over the past years we have provided the school with a mini bus and continue to support the running of the vehicle, including repairs carried out on it in 2017. We have also provided Kindles for key stage two, brand new play ground markings, play equipment for our key stage one children, teaching ovens, an oven for the kitchen, team football kit, stage lighting for the hall, money for each class to purchase supplies and resources and more. Each year we fund the year 6 leavers trip and a pantomime comes to the school. Last year FOES spent a Saturday decorating the children toilets, giving them a bit of a makeover (space theme for the boys and butterflies for the girls).
We are a very friendly bunch and always welcome new ideas. We meet once a month in a relaxed environment and welcome any parents/teachers to join us. We would love new members, all we ask is that you are able to commit to coming to the meetings every month. In addition to the committee we have a great set of helping hands, parents that are always willing to help at the various events. Thank you to all the families that support all of the events.
Our latest project is to raise money for a complete makeover of the school library, the new plans will make it more functional for the staff and children, a very exciting project. In order to raise more funds towards this we are currently thinking of an additional fundraiser. Our ideas so far are, family bingo, a quiz night, a race night or a barn dance. We welcome any other ideas and will be looking to set a date for this event very soon!!!
If you have any ideas you would like to suggest to FOES please contact us via the office or playground or on the Eastling School Facebook page.