The Friends of Green Hammerton School (FOGHS) are a fundraising organisation consisting of the parents, teachers and other members of the wider community that are involved with the school (such as childminders, school volunteers and governors). We have a committee that organise social and fundraising events for pupils, families and friends and also support the school in whatever capacity we can e.g. helping to welcome new and prospective parents.
Meetings are usually held once every half term, in an evening, with the AGM being held each September. All meetings are open to everybody but parents are particularly encouraged to attend the AGM, where they can find out more about the past year’s successes and the plans for the upcoming year. That is also the time when the committee are elected and the roles of Chair, Treasurer and Secretary are filled.
What is discussed?
The meetings mainly involve the discussion of recent events and the planning of upcoming projects. Decisions are also made about how the funds raised should be spent, in collaboration with the school.
We have many events that are popular and that we run each year. Some of these are aimed at the children such as the school discos held once a term and some are family events like the end of year BBQ. We also try to include something a bit different every now and then and have had a ‘Bird of Prey night’ and a ‘Ladies’ pot painting night’. Other things we organise are: Coffee, Cake & Chat afternoons; Secret Santa Shopping; Christmas Party; Bake-off challenge; Christmas card orders, Easter Teas, Sports’ Day refreshments and the collection of supermarket tokens and book club orders.
There are a number of things we aim to fund each year, such as the parent texting system and the subsidising of school trips. In addition we raise money to fund larger projects which in the past have been the staging for the school productions or new smart boards. We have also recently funded the purchase of new reading books for KS1 and KS2.
Anyone wishing to join FOGHS or help in any way should email firstname.lastname@example.org or ring the school office on 01423