Friends of St Stephen's (FOSS) is a group open to all parents, teachers and friends of St. Stephen's who want to help to support the school and the children who attend it. It was formed in the 1960s and during that time has raised thousands of pounds by organising exciting and fun events.
The school buys a lot of resources to support the children in their learning but unfortunately they don't have the funds necessary to buy all that they would like! This is where FOSS steps in. We organise events throughout the year which not only raise funds but also enable children to have fun, parents to meet other parents at the school and reinforce the links with St. Stephens church.
What does FOSS do?
We organise events such as school discos at Easter, Christmas and for school leavers. We also work with the church to hold summer and Christmas fairs. Please see the minutes below and the school calendar for upcoming events.
Where do the funds go?
In 2015/16 FOSS made a large contribution to the school by funding items for the school to help to make learning fun and enjoyable - exciting reading schemes and lunch time games for the playground. We also funded a cinema trip for children.
We have also funded other items that help to keep the parents and school in touch such as the text messaging system.
For 16/17 we are helping to fund the Philosophy 4 Children training, cinema treat, the text messaging service and assist with redeveloping the hall.
The Committee members are currently made up of a group of parents. They are:
- Chair - Claire Warne
- Vice Chair - Sarah Beilby
- Secretary - Kelly Goddard
- Treasurer - Catherine West
We have raised funds through the Santa Fun Run, Summer Fayre, Bingo, Waterways Festival and many more. Thank you for your continued support without which we couldn't do this.
Dates for Your Diary
Bingo - Saturday 17th June (times to follow)
Summer fayre - Saturday 8th July (afternoon time TBC)
School Disco - Friday 14th July
How can I help?
You can help in a number of ways by coming along to any of our meetings where we plan our fund raising activities or assisting at any of the events. We value everyone's contribution be that half an hour washing up at a school disco, cake baking, manning a stall at the school fair, designing flyers and posters, face painting or donating raffle prizes and gifts. It all helps to make our school a great place for our children to learn.
If you want to know more find us on the Avenue for a chat (details below) or join the FOSS e-mail update lists (please give your email details into the school office) or look at the FOSS facebook page.