Friends’ Association

Who are we?

The Friends’ Association is a registered charity made up of parents and teachers with the main aim of raising additional funds for the school.

The current committee for 2015/16 are:

Co-Chair – Luan Shevlin chair@gcfassociation.co.uk

Luan has a daughter in year 4 and another daughter in foundation. Luan also works as a TA at the school. This is Luan’s second year as Chair.

Co-Chair – Christina Saunders chair@gcfassociation.co.uk

Christina has a daughter in foundation and a younger son. This is Christina’s first year as Chair.

Treasurer – Rosie Ruffle treasurer@gcfassociation.co.uk

Rosie has two sons one in foundation and one at pre-school. This is Rosie’s first year as Treasurer.

Secretary – Jo Harman

Jo has two girls at school one in year 4 and the other in year 2. This is Jo’s first year as Secretary

President – Mrs Pang

Trustees – Michelle Noakes (Parent), Gemma Rump (Parent), Mrs Pang (Staff), Mrs High (Staff)

Meetings are held regularly to plan upcoming events. Everyone is welcome to these meetings.

The committee is elected at the AGM which is held in September.

What we do

The biggest fundraising events of the year are the Christmas Bazaar and Summer Fete.  It takes a huge team of people to put on these events as we are known for going all out and having loads of stalls!

Each year the Friends also organise a Prom for the Year 6 leavers which the children love. They come dressed in their smart clothes and dance the night away without teachers to watch over them!

Other events which have been held recently include Roller Disco, Easter Egg Hunt, Tuck Shops, Sweepstakes, a Boot-fair and raffles as well as having a termly Phil the Bag collection.

We also sell 2nd Hand Uniform which you can request via reception as well as water bottles and sun hats.

We need your help!

We need as many people as possible to make these events run smoothly.

Can you spare a couple of hours on the morning of the fete to help set up? (Or at the end of the day to pack away?)

Are you happy to stuff envelopes with raffle tickets to go home in book bags?

Can you help put posters up?

Are you able to run a stall for an hour?

Can you help sorting out donations the day before the fete?

Can you ask your employer for a raffle prize?

Do you mind ringing companies to ask for raffle donations?

Are you a whiz at face painting?

Do you run a small business and can offer us a voucher as a prize?

Even if you can only spare an hour every little helps and it then makes the workload lighter for everyone.  Please do drop us an email on chair@gcfassociation.co.uk if you can help in any way.  We would love to hear from you.

What have the funds raised been spent on?

At the moment we are raising money to build a Trim Trail for the children to use  on the main field.  We are always helping the school update their equipment and resources.

In February 2015 we purchased 4 large gazebos for the school in the house colours.

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These will be used by the school in the summer to help protect the children from the sun on sports days etc.  They will also be available for us to use at our events.

In 2014 we bought over £400 worth of wet weather games  from a gift aid repayment we were able to claim thanks to all those people who returned their gift aid declarations.

£200 was given to the breakfast club after Mrs Bispham won the Bushtucker trials at the 2014 fete.

This year we have donated £9,432 to the school this has been used to enhance the outdoor play areas including the Outdoor classroom.

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Other ways to help

The Friends’ association is signed up to The Giving Machine.  If you ever shop online you can earn cash for the school by first visiting TGM and then clicking through to Amazon, Next, Tesco etc etc (most major retailers are listed). If you’re familiar with cashback sites like Topcashback it works in the same way except the charity get the donations. Good eh! You can help us raise money without lifting a finger!

We also earn cashback through some other sites:

Got a crafter in the family? www.yellowmoon.org.uk sell loads of children’s crafting materials. Just quote source code SGR1523 at checkout.

Like gardening? Then buy your supplies at www.littlegreensprouts.co.uk/greatchart and we will earn points towards gardening items we can use at the school.

If you swap your search engine to  http://greatchartsingleton.easysearch.org.uk/ you will earn a few pence EVERY time you do a search, think how this could add up!

How to contact us

Email: chair@gcfassociation.co.uk or treasurer@gcfassociation.co.uk

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