Latest news from the Friends of Mendip School
We now have a Just Giving page to receive online donations:
And we are registered with Gift Aid (thanks Kate for both of these amazing feats!)
Our treasurer reports that in our first year as a PTA committee, we went from having no funds to a bank balance just shy of £3000! The family fun day was our top fundraiser bringing in £1176, the first sponsored walk raised £673 for the swimming pool fund and our 2 raffles last year also made a good deal of money with the Christmas party and raffle raising £820.
We received many generous donations throughout the year from parents, friends and local businesses, for raffle prizes which included a stunning Mulberry handbag and tickets for family days out. Tescos very kindly donated prizes for our lucky dip and hook a duck stalls and a huge thank you also to Gibbs Surfacing for sponsoring our bouncy castle at the fun day.
The committee agreed unanimously that money raised by FOMS should be split 50/50 between the swimming pool fund and purchasing additional equipment for the school; with the caveat of dedicated swimming pool fundraisers, such as the sponsored walk.
It was agreed that £2500 of the money raised so far should be treated in this way: £1250 to be set aside for the swimming pool project and the other £1250 to be spent on items now. The school said that musical instruments would be most needed right now and the children would also like some new play equipment. We are also currently purchasing some freestanding basketball hoops which will be funded by monies raised last weekend by the Stance West car group at their car meet and family fun day – thanks guys!
Future /regular fund raising events will include the annual sponsored walk, which this year raised a whopping £1871! Thanks so much to Clare and Kate for organising this. And we are planning our annual family fun day in September which also aims to welcome new families to the school. We would also like to repeat our Christmas raffle which could perhaps be drawn at the end of term assembly rather than hosting an evening party this year and to hold some additional social events, with a pizza / film / chill theme!
The following committee members were elected for the coming year: Chair – Verena Fuller, Vice Chair – Georgie Richards, Treasurer – Kate Smedley, Secretary – Josie Budd, Vice Secretary – Rhiannon Gogh
Any ideas for fundraising and / or social events are very welcome indeed and feel free to get involved as much or as little as works for you. As Verena says in her Chair’s report, ‘By the very nature of the school we are supporting, we are a group of parents who juggle the fastest spinning plates you’ve ever seen.’ And as we are a newly formed committee and brand new school we are very much finding our feet and testing the water but this past year has been a really great start as it’s been wonderful to get to know so many truly remarkable parents and carers.
You can donate at: https://www.justgiving.com/friendsofthemendipschoolpta
Time for Magic party voucher, Clarks, Bengrove Market Garden veggie box, tickets for West Somerset Railway, East Somerset Railway, Wookey Hole, Longleat, Cheddar Gorge, Avon Valley Wildlife Park, Glastonbury Abbey, Bishop’s Palace, and kind donations from parents including PartyLite gifts, Forever Living goodies, Boots voucher, chocolates and some lovely knitted hats and scarves!
Summer term update
We are busy planning our family fun day at the end of September and we are really looking forward to welcoming new families, parents and carers. We will be holding our first official raffle on the day with lots of exciting family-themed prizes. There will also be a bouncy castle, tombola, skittles and lots of food & drink! Save the date and look out for further notices. If you’d like to be involved or volunteer please contact our chair on Verenafuller@btinternet.com or come along to our next meeting on Thursday 6th July at 10am in the school meeting room.