The Parents Association, Friends of Weston School (FoWS), was formed to co-ordinate the organisation of fund raising and social activities that the parents and school wish to hold. Recent fundraisers include school discos, movie nights, quiz nights, gift shops, Christmas Grotto, Weston Village Pantomime bar, Westonbury festival, Fireworks and many more!
Membership is automatic for all parents and carers of the school. An AGM is held in October and a new committee is elected.
Over the last three years we have raised over £25,000 all of which has been returned to the school to purchase IT equipment, school library improvements, indoor and outdoor equipment as well as funding additional learning activities such as Circus Sensible, Martin Impey author visit and the traveling pantomime and so much more!
We have regular updates in the Weston Weekly, put notices on our noticeboard by the school hall and post to our facebook page Friends of Weston School.
As Year 6 children reach the end of their final year and leave for secondary, so do their parents, some of whom are also FoWS committee members. So, we constantly need new volunteers and new faces on the committee to ensure FoWS stays up and running – without parents support, there is no FoWS. Quite frankly we need you! It doesn’t matter if your sole job is being a parent/guardian, or whether you also work full or part-time; male or female – that’s who FoWS committee members are!
The are no special skills to become a FoWS committee member, we are just ordinary mums and dads, certainly not experts in event planning or fundraising. However, between us we manage to put on several highly successful events throughout the year, under the leadership of the most experienced committee members. We have committee meetings at least once a month, typically on Tuesdays 7:30pm onwards in The Cricketers, and have some fun, beer/wine/gin and socials along the way. Committee members do not always help plan or run every event, and are not required to attend every meeting.
Taking an active role on FoWS is beneficial for both parents and children but will particularly enhance your child's experience of school. As rewarding as being on the committee is, the best part about volunteering or joining us is the example it sets to your children. They will see you playing an active part in making their education more varied and getting involved illustrates good teamwork and community spirit. It has also been scientifically proven that children whose parents are involved in their education perform better academically. What have you got to lose?!
Our children are only at school for a relatively short time. FoWS events will be remembered fondly by our children for a lifetime, and we have the opportunity to create many more cherished lasting memories.
So, if you like our events or have new fundraising ideas, can help at some of our events or would like to be part of our amazing team, then please contact a FoWS committee member or email firstname.lastname@example.org. We would love you to join us!
Nick Cooke (Chair), Anna Lawrence (Vice-chair), Michelle Dransfield (Secretary), Nicola Scott (Treasurer), Nicky Allen, Ros Noble, Nikki Franks
£7,000 donated towards cost of the EYFS refurbishment of toilet area and canopy.