Friends’ Association

Friends Association of Great Chart Primary School

Registered Charity: 1103318

Forthcoming Event:  Summer Fete (1 – 3pm) 23 June 2018

Great Chart’s 2018 Summer event will have a ‘Great Chart Entertains’ theme.   We have several musicians lined up plus the traditional stalls and fete activities.  Friends from the Singleton Barn will be putting on a wonderful BBQ and there will be plenty of soft drinks, and Pimms! 

We hope that everyone will come and join in on the fun. 

Seeking Volunteers:  We need your help please!

We need as many people as possible to make the event run smoothly.

Volunteers are needed to help with one or more of the following:

  • Running a stall for an hour on 23 June (or more)?

OR

  • Stuffing envelopes with raffle tickets to go home in book bags? (On 11 June 18)
  • Sorting out donations for the fete on 22 June 2018.
  • Putting up the stalls/ tables on 23 June 2018 (AM)
  • Dismantling/ Tidying away after the fete on 23 June 2018 (PM)

 

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.

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 at a total cost of almost £9000 in 2017/18:

+  The end of Year Christmas Pantomime for the whole school 2017

+  ALL Extensive Playground improvements, including markings

+  Enterprise Project (Y1 – Y6)

+  A Performance of Oliver Twist for KS2

+  The Science Ducks show and separately, Chinese Day for Y1

+ The Africa Project for Y2

+  Roman Day for Y3

+  Viking Day for Y4

+ The Planetarium 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, 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!

 

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

In previous years we have also been able to purchase wet weather games from gift aid repayments which we were able to claim thanks to all those people who returned their gift aid declarations. 

 

 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 improve the lives and experience of all children attending Great Chart Primary School. 

The 2017/2018 committee members are:

 

Co-Chair:  Luan Shevlin (Chair@gcfassociation.co.uk)

Luan has a daughter in Year 6 and another daughter in Year 2. Luan also works as a TA at the school.  This is her fourth year as Chair and has been an active member since 2011.  

Co-Chair: Christina Saunders (Chair@gcfassociation.co.uk)

Christina has a daughter in Year 2 and two younger children. This is her third year as Chair.

Treasurer: Salud Maria Murphy (treasurer@gcfassociation.co.uk)

Salud has a daughter in Year 4 and an older son at Secondary school. This is her first year as Treasurer.

Secretary: Michelle Noakes

President: Wendy Pang

Trustees:  Emily Wan (Parent); Natalie Hubbard (Parent); Michelle Noakes (Parent); and Paula High (Teacher). Also Wendy Pang (Headteacher); Christina Saunders (Parent) and Luan Shevlin (Parent).

Evening Meetings are held regularly to plan upcoming events.  Please see the school calendar for details.  Everyone is welcome to drop in / attend (i.e. all parents of children at the school).   If you wish to contact the Friends prior to a meeting please email Luan and Christina at Chair@gcfassociation.co.uk.    Many thanks.