Friends of Finstock School (FoFS)
Read the attached Trustees Report to find out more about about FoFs, their aims and activities over the last year. 2016 FoFS Trustees Report
Friends of Finstock School (FoFS) is a registered charity (Charity number 1047546) and is made up of a voluntary team of parents, staff and governors whose aim is to enhance our school by organising fun social events to help bring together both families and the community. This underlines the school’s role as an important hub of community life and in addition raises vital funds to improve the school’s facilities and environment.
Regular annual events include Christmas and Summer Fetes, Bingo and Quiz Nights, Discos, Raffles, the Finstock 10K Run, Ladies Pamper Nights and an end of school year Social Evening.
Also, in addition to this calendar of events, there are numerous other ways in which FoFS fundraises to help the school such as weekly cake sales, Bag2School unwanted textile collections and the monthly 100 Club Draw.
It is the aim of FoFS to fundraise for a specific item wherever possible and recent events have raised money to purchase a wooden gazebo for outdoor learning, iPads for use across the school, new reading books for each classroom and for a touring Pantomime to visit the school.
FoFS hold their annual AGM in the Autumn and generally hold committee meetings each half-term – new members and offers of support and help are always most welcome. If you can help or support FoFS in some way, please contact the school office.
Centre of the Community
There are various events throughout the year that enable the school to share its activities with parents and with the community as a whole. These include the harvest festival and the special end of term services at Holy Trinity Church. In addition, we have weekly celebration assemblies where children are rewarded for academic, social and moral achievement. There is a daily act of worship and there are regular open assemblies.
Our maypole dancers perform at a variety of events, including the annual school fete, Finstock Church garden party and at the Ramsden village fete during the summer.
The children give several musical performances throughout the year – including a Nativity at Christmas performed by our youngest children in the Early Years Unit and Key Stage 1, a performance at Easter by our Year 4 and 5 pupils, and an end of year performance by our Year 5 and 6. We also have an annual musical showcase, where children can share their musical talents with the rest of the school.
We regularly invite the members of the local community to join us for events such as a Christmas ‘Coffee and Carols’ and Macmillan Coffee Morning.
The Finstock Golden Jubilee Playground, immediately adjacent to the school, was designed in partnership between the school and the village in 2005.
The project was the first community build of its kind in the UK. Everybody joined in, from children to adults, staff of the school and villagers from Finstock in an amazing display of community spirit.