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Welcome To The Friends of Minster School

A very, very warm welcome to our school.

At The Minster School our Parent Teacher Association (PTA) is known as ‘The Friends of Minster School’. It is for everyone linked to the school and its community, and is a big part of school life. We realise it can be strange and a little nerve-wracking joining and becoming part of a school, and there always seem to be so many questions to ask! So here is a little bit about us,’The Friends!’

If you ever have any questions regarding ‘Friends', please do get in touch with one of the committee members, or ask via your class teacher,or the school office

  • Why Do We Have Friends?

    We are very fortunate at our school to have Friends that is and has been such an integral part of the school community for a number of years. In its time Friends has raised many thousands of pounds, which have been spent on improving equipment and resources to enhance our children’s education and the facilities in school in general.

    But it is much, much more than just fundraising. Friends exists to provide closer links between home and school, and it is an excellent way to bring staff, parents and friends together socially in support of the school, working towards a common goal. And it’s fun! Just ask any of the ‘Friends’ Committee or helpers.

    Obviously as in any organisation, there are times when it is more ‘challenging’, but with the continued support of parents and staff, Friends has always succeeded in its efforts.

    All parents and members of the school community can get involved if they want to, even if they only have a small amount of time available, and all parents, grandparents etc. are automatically members of ‘The Friends’ when they join our school.

    Friends is extremely conscious of the ethos and morals of our school, and we try very hard when organising and planning events to respect this. Not all of our events are run as fundraisers; children’s discos are for fun!!

  • Why Are We A Registered Charity?

    The Charities Act 1993 requires organisations such as ours with an annual income in excess of £1,000 to register with the Charity Commission.

    As a Charity we must abide by Charity Commission rules and regulations and we are bound by a Constitution. Being a Registered Charity gives us many extra benefits.

    We are able to apply for Gift Aid, which can earn us an extra 28.2p in every pound donated to Friends

    We can raise funds more easily from grant giving trusts, local businesses etc.

    We can take advantage of charity matched giving schemes

  • How We Raise Money

    As in most schools, the majority of our funds are raised through the events that we run. Some of our most popular events are the Christmas and May Fairs, Quiz Nights, Race nights, cake days, 2p trail and Children’s Discos. We also look forward to the annual Dads Camping weekend with relish. Long may this event continue!

    So you can see there is always something going on! We always try and respond to the children’s requests for events and it is truly the icing on the cake to see them having fun at the events or enjoying using a piece of new equipment that Friends has donated.

    We are fortunate however to have other opportunities open to us to raise money. Donations are extremely important. These can be time, money, items for sale, donations for raffles or offers of services and skills etc.

    Money Spent over last few years

    • Timber Trail £8500
    • Sandpit for play area £490
    • Travelling Pantomime £450
    • Playground equipment £101
    • Classroom resources £800
    • Story tellers outdoor area £3000
    • Activities for Olympic Week £500
    • Zoolab  £500
    • Pantomime £500


    And a host of other items including new notice boards and eco taps, and contributing towards the New School Hall.

  • How Can You Get Involved

    There are lots of ways you can help and support your child through the FriendsOffering to help before events or at other times during the year is so valuable – it really is a case of ‘many hands make light work’. It doesn’t matter if you can’t help on a regular basis, or even if you can’t come into school. There are always little jobs that can be done from home if you have half an hour to spare e.g. wrapping gifts, preparing raffle tickets etc. We really couldn’t achieve what we do without the unseen ‘army of help’ that exists in school.

    You can of course, if you feel able, come along to any Committee meeting we are always looking for fresh faces and new ideas!

WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING OR HEARING FROM YOU SOON!

From all the Committee of ‘The Friends of the Minster School'

Should you wish to contact a member of Friends or you have any questions, you can do so through school office or in the playground.

You can attend the AGM and give us your ideas for fundraising events – this is also the time to ask questions or voice your opinion.

 

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