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FOES Update


Eastling School Fete - Sunday 7th July 12pm- 3pm

FOES are now in full Fete organisation mode and with 9 weeks to go, there is plenty to do!   The Fete is our biggest fundraising even of the year and we are looking for volunteers to help with manning stalls on the day and for helping with set-up in the weeks preceding the Fete. Our main areas of need are:

  • Volunteers to run the BBQ on the day (team of 4 minimum)
  • Volunteers to run other "traditional" Fete stalls
  • Volunteers to help in the tea room
  • Help in setting up the big marquee (after School on Friday 21st June)

If you are interested in helping, please approach a FOES member either in the playground, or via the School's Facebook page. If you have any goods or services that you can offer as a Raffle Prize, please also speak to a FOES team member as our Raffle this year is set to be our best yet!


Even if you cannot help, we still very much look forward to your support by simply attending the Fete!  Please also bring friends and family as it is set to be a fantastic day.


Advertising the Fete

To advertise our Summer Fete, a parent who works for Estate agents Geering and Colyer has offered to get advertising boards printed up.  This will be excellent advertising for the Fete, but we need at least 30 locations in which to put boards. Please get in touch with FOES if you are willing to have a board up outside your house.


Non-uniform Fridays

The first of our Non-Uniform Fridays will be next Friday, 10th May.  The children may dress in home clothes for a donation of either £1, or the contribution of a bottle (which will then be used at the Bottle Tombola stall at the Fete).  This can be any unwanted bottle from your home, be it a bottle of wine or a bottle of shampoo (please check the expiry date as we cannot use out-of-date goods)!  


The following Fridays will be our Non-uniform days:

Friday 10th May - Bottle donation*

Friday 24th May - Gift donation (same idea as bottle, just with unwanted, unused gifts in their original packaging).

Friday 7th June - Bottle donation

Friday 21st June - Gift donation


*Willow Class have a trip to Dover Castle in Uniform so are unable to wear home clothes on 10th May, however, FOES would still gratefully accept any bottle donations!

FOES are pleased to report that the Valentine's Disco was a great success and we raised an amazing £167. The children, parents and teachers all had lots of fun and FOES would once again like to thank all the parents and teachers who attended and helped at the event. We couldn't run these events without you and we really value your continued support.



We are really pleased to report that our Burns Night Quiz was a great success. The School Hall was packed with teams (some wearing tartan) who battled it out for first place. A grand total of £358.51 was raised and we had some lovely feedback. Thank you to all the parents and teacher who took part and a special thanks to FOES committee member Claire Charlton and her mum, Julie, who did most of the organising.


Our next FOES event will be the Valentine’s Disco on the last day of term, Friday 15th February in the School Hall, 5.30pm - 7.30pm. Letters will be going out in bookbags shortly and, as always, we will be looking for parent helpers on the night - please let a FOES member know if you are able to help.



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FOES Update

Dear All,


Further to FOES update a few weeks ago and as we have some new families in the school, it seems a good time to mention the School’s ‘easy fund raising’ page.


Eastling School has signed up to easy fundraising. Shopping online via easy fundraising be it via their app or their website raises money for our School. It costs you nothing except a couple of minutes of your time.


So, if like me you enjoy the convenience of internet shopping, please drop the link below into your internet browser and sign up to raise money for our School. The link will take you to the page showing you how to set up. Once set up all you need to do is remember to access your desired shop via the page, it’s as simple as that, easy fundraising do the rest.


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



Welcome to Friends of Eastling School (FOES).

We are a registered charity, run by a committee of parents. Our main purpose is to raise money which can be used towards extra educational resources for the pupils. Suggestions on how to spend it usually come from the School and those decisions are then made by the FOES committee.

We currently run approximately 8 events per year, some of which are purely for the children’s enjoyment (such as the discos) and some of which are primarily to raise money for the School. Our flagship fundraising event is the School’s Summer Fete, held on the first Sunday in July in the School grounds. The 2018 Fete raised a huge £2,800, which for a School of our size is pretty impressive.

All money raised by FOES over the School year goes back into events, activities and resources for the children. Last year, we contributed £3,000 to the renovation of the School Library and we also purchased some tents for pupils to use for camping on the School field. Previously, FOES has bought Kindles, playground equipment and even a cooker for the pupils to use! This School year, we have already committed some funds to be used on educational trips.

If you would like to join the FOES committee or just help out at certain events as a “helping hand”, please do approach one of the FOES members on the playground or get in touch via the School Office. We meet once a month, usually in a pub, for an informal discussion on planning events and thinking up new ideas. All new members would be very welcome!

Sally Mills

Chair, FOES

September 2018