Friends of Whiteshill
Who are the Friends of Whiteshill School?
We are a group of parents and teachers who meet regularly throughout the school year to support the school, organise events and raise funds to pay for those extras which truly enhance our children’s education. We are members of the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) and a Registered Charity.
What sort of things do we do?
Last academic year we raised money with a sponsored swim, curry and race night, cheeses, puddings and quiz night, a boules tournament, a barbeque at the village Jubilee party, Christmas card sales, collecting old clothes and our main event, “Whitestock” which is our very own music festival. In total we raised over £4,500 profit, of which £2,000 came from Whitestock alone. A big thank you to everyone who supported the events and to all the parents, teachers and friends who gave up their time to organise and run them.
In addition to these fund-raising activities, we also organise the children’s ‘special visitor’ at Christmas time, a new year disco and carry out minor maintenance jobs in the school grounds as and when required.
What is the money raised spent on?
Every year each class receives £200 to spend on whatever the teachers feel is necessary. In the past this has included items such as specialised colouring pens, toys and books.
Our largest expenditure this year was the provision of a new outdoor building after three years of successful fundraising. We also paid for the whole school to visit the pantomime in Cheltenham. We are currently raising funds for IT equipment, new tablets and laptops for each class.
Can I get involved?
Yes! Whether you are a new parent or someone whose children have been coming to the school for years, you are very welcome to join us. As a parent or carer of a child at school you are automatically a member of the Friends but if you want to help, have your say on how funds should be spent of have ideas for new events, please come along to the committee meetings which are held approximately once each half-term. Alternatively jot down your thoughts and ideas in the Suggestions Book in the School office.