Friends of Brington
2010 End of Year Review
Thanks to everyone who has either helped or attended the events we have done this year.
Our recent event, the Summer Fayre, raised nearly £800. The BBQ, pony rides, raffle, games and stalls made a great summer event together with the Fire Service who made a quick, noisy exit to do their day job! The spring term event was the Quiz Night which raised £1750 thanks in no small part to Barclays contribution.
In the autumn term we had the Pamper Evening and School Disco which together raised nearly £500.
We also arranged for Christmas presents for the children, Easter Egg hunt prizes and Barbara’s end of term leaving party with the magician and lots of great cakes which were really appreciated!
The total raised this year achieved our target of £3000 so thanks to the small core team of Karen Smith, Donna Ibbott, Hella Mattingly and Debbie Clewes for helping to make this happen.
Just to keep you informed, Friends money raised last year has been spent on providing enrichment activities for the children.
The teachers have been carrying out Arts activities through the year. Providing an art exhibition for the Church on the theme of Winter landscape and later in the year Hunt Emerson came in to show the children how to create cartoons.
Also Science workshops on Planets and Space and then later in the year Forces and how things move.
A west end theatre group came to present some ideas on drama entitled Jungle Bungle. Class three went to The Black History Exhibition and on another occasion the records office where they looked at medieval documents.
On the sports front we have had Tennis coaching, Street dance and Cheerleading. Along with the summer trips to Whipsnade and The Black Country Museum which were subsidised by the Friends Fund.
So we hope the children will have some things to remember this year (as well as all that good stuff they have learned too!)
Finally have a great summer break and let our new Head Teacher know if you think you might be able to help on the committee in September.
The Friends Committee
(Karen, Donna, Hella, Debbie)
Quiz Night 30th January 2010
Thanks to everyone who attended the Quiz Night at Brington School - we had 13 teams with apt names including Hogwarts, Bikini Bottom High and Forks High School. Donna and Andy Ibbot were quiz masters and 13 hosts prepared some great food and puddings to share on the night.
We raised over £1000 on the night with many thanks also going to Jeremy James for organising the event and getting Barclays funding as well.
As a parent and member of the Forks High School team, my wife and I had a lovely time. Debbie prepared a delicious meal and Andy supplied us all with drinks from the bar. The school hall was packed with teams. It’s good to be part of a community that knows how to have a good time whilst supporting our local primary school.
Dear Parents, Carers and Friends,
We had another successful Pamper Evening on Friday 13th November – lucky for those who won a raffle prize! Donna, Karen, Hella and Debbie organised the event and Annie helped on the night so thanks to her and to all those of you that also supported the event – it was great to see people from the villages as well.
The Ladies Pamper Evening raised £394.
The Friends’ children’s event this term is going to be a Family Christmas Disco on Saturday 12th December. This will start at 5.30pm – 8.00pm with only a £2.00 entry fee.
There will be a BBQ, drinks and goodie bags for all the family starting at 5.30pm with the disco kicking off around 6pm. Christmas fancy dress is optional but we are sure lots of the younger children will be eager to dress up.
Albert Keon has kindly offered to run the disco and take a night out for the school at this busy time of the year so please come along – all Villagers welcome with their children, grandchildren and friends – the more the ‘Merrier Christmas’ not to mention funds for the school!
Please also put Saturday 30th January into your diary for the School Quiz Night at the school starting at 7.30pm – we still need two tables of 6 so if anyone would like tickets (£10 each to include food) or can arrange a table of 6 please let Debbie Shardlow know on 770600.
All that remains to be said is have a great Christmas from The Friends of Brington Primary.
All parents are automatically members. It is hoped that they will support the wide range of activities organised each year.
2009 End of Year Review
30th June 2009
Dear Parents, Carers and Friends,
We’ve had another successful year raising over £4000 so a big thank you to everyone that’s helped. We’d like to let you know how this has been achieved.
The committee has run rather differently this year as no parent volunteered to be Chairperson so most of that duty has fallen to Karen Smith – so a big thank you to her for her continued, even greater contribution in time and effort to the school this year. However lots of parents have helped – especially at the Summer Fayre and, of course, through attending the events, providing raffle prizes, sponsoring the children and generally spending your hard-earned cash!
Debbie, Hella, Sam and Emma (with Karen) made up the committee with Albert running two discos, Debbie Smith helping with Burn’s Night, Donna sorting out the all important drinks at the recent 70’s Disco and Rachel organising match funding for two of the events. Here is a reminder of the events and funds raised:
Halloween Disco £218
Christmas Raffle £223
Burn’s Night £1242
Ladies Pamper Evening £187
Sponsored Egg Decoration £288
Summer Fayre £1119
70’s Disco (estimated) £1000
What the committee tried to plan this year was 1 adult and 1 child centred event each term. The focus on the children’s events was more fun and less fundraising with the very popular spooky disco and school plays with Santa Claus giving out presents provided by the Friends. On top of this the teachers’ have organised some great trips to the theatre, London and Eco Park and we had Book Week and Sports fun all this week so we hope the children will have some things to remember this year (as well as all that good stuff they have learned of course!)
For next year the Friends is in serious need of new ideas and parents to get even more involved. Again this need not be for all events but a focus, as this year, on organising and helping with one event and the Summer Fayre – it really isn’t that onerous a job and can, at times, be fun, honest!
Emma has been on the committee for 3 years (thanks to her for all the support) and will be standing down so we need at least 1 new member but more would be good to spread the workload and lessen our reliance on Karen and the other members of staff. Please return the slip at the bottom of this newsletter if you have any feedback, event ideas or you think you can help from September in any way – thanks.
All that remains to be said is have a great Summer Break without any raffle tickets, sponsorship forms, eggs to decorate or fancy dress outfits to find!
The Friends Committee
Any parent is eligible to stand for election to the committee.
The main aims are:
- Fund-raising for additional equipment to enhance the education of the children
- To provide social functions of the children and parents to enjoy.
In the past, The Friends have provided a variety of items including the following:
- Computers and software
- Additional musical instruments
- Pottery room re-development and kiln
- Shelving and additional books for the school library
- Costume material for school productions
- Cost of photocopier lease
- CD and cassette player.
Other help has come in the form of organising decorating work parties and building the school pond.
Please contact The Friends’ Committee using the contact details below. You may have an idea for an event/activity next year (adult/child/family) or you may like to find out more about what’s really involved in being on The Friends’ Committee.
Contact: Debbie Shardlow
[t] 01604 770600