Friends’ Association

Friends’ Association

Friends Association of Great Chart Primary School

Registered Charity: 1103318

Who are the Friends Association?  

The Friends’ Association is a registered charity made up of parents and teachers with the main aim of raising additional funds for the school to ensure that all children have exciting and inspiring experiences beyond the classroom. 

The 2019/2020 committee members are:

President: Wendy Pang

Co-Chair:  Natalie Hubbard (chair@gcfassociation.co.uk)

Co-Chair: Sally Windle (chair@gcfassociation.co.uk)

Treasurer: Charlotte Dury (treasurer@gcfassociation.co.uk)

Secretary: Vicki Prigmore (secretary@gcfassociation.co.uk)

Publicity Officer: Sarah-Marie Collins

Trustees:  Wendy Pang (Headteacher), Natalie Hubbard (Parent), Sally Windle (Parent), Charlotte Dury (Parent), Vicki Prigmore (Parent)

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

Evening meetings are held regularly to plan upcoming events and to hear all the activities that the children have enjoyed.  Everyone is welcome to join us (parents of all children at the school). If you wish to contact the Friends prior to a meeting please email Natalie and Sally at chair@gcfassociation.co.uk.   

MEETING MINUTES

What we do

Our biggest fundraising events of the year are the Firework Night, Christmas Fayre and Summer Fete.  We pride ourselves in making these fun family events, reinforcing the community spirit of Great Chart Primary School.  Throughout the rest of the year we hold smaller social events; coffee mornings, quiz nights, raffles and selling refreshments at Sports Day and Picnic in the Park.

We sell 2nd hand uniform through our Facebook page ‘Great Chart Primary School Pre-owned school uniform’

As an Amazon Associate we also raise funds which are completely free of charge to you.  When purchasing through Amazon please follow this linkto a referral page and Cash Back will go to the Friends Association

You can also help us to raise funds by purchasing your uniform label stamps from Stamptastic via the link below, ensuring that you select Great Chart Primary School from the drop down when required.  It doesn’t cost you any extra to support the school in this way but you will generate a commission payment for our charity.

How our events help your child at school

With thanks to you all for contributing to the Friends events, we have been able to fund in whole or heavily subsidize the following activities for the children:

+  The end of Year Christmas Pantomime for the whole school

+  ALL Extensive Playground improvements, including markings

+  Outdoor table tennis tables

+  Enterprise Projects

+  Chinese Workshop for Y1

+  Africa Workshop for Y2

+  Roman Day for Y3

+  Viking Day for Y4

+  Egyptian Day for Y5

+  The Planetarium for Y5

+  Evacuee Workshop for Y6

Over the years, gifts from the Friends have included much of the playground equipment in both KS1 and KS2 playgrounds, the Outdoor classroom, Trim Trail on the school field, as well as the purchase in 2015 of the 4 large gazebos for the school in the house colours. As many of you have seen, the gazebos are appreciated by the children in the summer to protect them from the sun on sports days.   They are also available to us to use at our events such as the summer fete!

We also organise the very popular Year 6 Leavers’ Prom Party in July and prepare leavers books with photos for each child as a special souvenir of their time at Great Chart. 

We need your help please!

If you can spare any time, every little helps and it makes the workload lighter for everyone.  Please don’t be shy and let us know if you can assist by contacting us at:  chair@gcfassociation.co.uk   We would be really happy to hear from you.