Christmas Fair

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Please join us at our committee meetings to help put together ideas for future events and exciting ways of raising money to help provide a new trim trail and outdoor activity equipment for the children.  See the examples below.

FUTURE EVENTS BEING ARRANGED

Event Date Time

The Parent Teacher Association which supports St Mary’s is known as Friends of Bitteswell School (FOBS).

FOBS is a charitable organisation (Reg No 1074749), whose aim is to provide additional resource to further the educational environment and opportunities of the children attending the school.

By bringing together parents, teachers and others to raise money and support the school, it provides an opportunity for everyone to work together towards a common goal. All parents and teachers can get involved even if they only have a small amount of time available.

What does FOBS do?

  • raise funds to help the school provide “extras” for the pupils
  • run social events for parents and children
  • provide funding and support for school trips and outings and other special events
  • provide funds for extra-curricular activities such as sport and music.

How do we raise funds?

We raise funds by holding a variety of events throughout the school year. These have varied from year to year and have included:

  • Summer and Christmas Fairs including a variety of stalls together with cake sales, craft activities, tombola, etc
  • 200 Club – monthly contribution received from parents which goes into a monthly draw of 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes
  • Children’s Discos
  • Themed dining evenings such as Mexican Evening; Cheese & Wine Evening, etc for parents
  • Ladies Indulgence Evening
  • Bunny/Beetle Drives, Sponsored Walks
  • Coinathons, Grow Your Money events, etc for the children
  • Best of Britisih Evening

How have the funds been spent?

The funds we raise are spent on a variety of projects throughout the year; some major investments recently have been the purchase of the Outside Classroom to enhance the learning experience of the children. Providing some of the funding for a long term overhaul of the outside environment of the School, including outdoor musical instruments, such as a set of Corner Chimes. We are working with the School to update some of the tired laptops, first purchased by FOBS some years ago, with new netbooks. (They have gone down very well with the children). Also updating cameras and helping with the technical support required to harmonise the network within the School. Indoor and outdoor sports equipment, school residential trips and children’s workshops are just a few more examples of how the money raised is utilised to ensure all the children benefit throughout their education at St. Mary’s.

How can you join or just help?

FOBS are always pleased to welcome new members regardless of the amount of time they can offer. Please contact the School office, an existing member or the FOBS secretary ; Tracey Cutting at traceyofashby@yahoo.co.uk

To join the 200 club please fill in the form provided in the link below and hand into a member of FOBS.

Join The 200 Club <— Click here

To see how the FOBS funds are raised and spent please click the link below.

FOBS Funds  <— Click Here

Minutes from the Annual Greet And Meet are in the link below. This happens annually in November .

FOBs AGM 2014 <— Click Here