Friends of bedgrove infant school (FoBIS)
We are the Parents and Teachers Association (PTA). In today’s modern society we felt that we needed to be inclusive of all children's carers including parents, grandparents and childminders alike.
Who makes up the Friends of ?
FoBIS is managed by an Elected committee.
Your 2020/21 committee:
CHAIR - Claire Ashton
SECRETARY - Amanda Atherton
VICE CHAIR - Steve Smith
TREASURER - Dave Soloway
Once a year we hold an Annual General Meeting at which these roles are elected and an annual report of our activities are presented.
Our aim, our goals and our success
Our sole purpose in being is to raise funds which are then spent on enhancing the pupil’s learning journey’s and to support the school and the staff with resources and equipment. We do this by providing a range of activities, events and treats which the children can enjoy as well as fun events for all the family!
In the past year, FoBIS have provided valuable fundraising which has helped to pay toward the purchase of iPads for the school, the year 2 playground improvements, and educational visits.
In light of the Coronavirus outbreak and the strict social distancing guidelines that the whole community are becoming used to living by, we will be working hard to continue to try to offer as many of the events as we can within a 'Covid Safe' environment. This year will be more challenging for us, but we will continue to endeavour to raise as much as we can to support the school and its pupils.
FoBIS cannot operate without all those parents, carers and teachers who give up their time to plan, organise and help out at events. Nor can it operate without the goodwill of all parents in supporting events and donating items.
We always need more help. The committee hold general meetings on a termly basis where everyone is invited and welcomed. Please view the School’s calendar of events to see when the next meeting will take place. We will also notify you of the meeting via our Facebook page.
So whether you wish to be a fully committed member, volunteer an hour or two of your time at an event or if you just want to help out from home, we would love to hear from you.
We have a Facebook page where we share details of events and pledges for your help. Please join the group, like our page and share our posts. You can find us by searching for FoBIS on Facebook or go direct using this link: https://www.facebook.com/BISFriends
Run by General Committee members the Uniform shop sells good quality items, donated by parents at very reasonable prices.
We are unable to run our normal uniform shop in the school playground at present so this year, until such time that we can return to the usual set up, you can donate any good quality second hand uniform by leaving it at the school office and order second hand uniform via ParentMail. We will open up orders once every half term. Dates of the Uniform Shop will be announced via our Facebook group and ParentMail.
The Buckinghamshire Lottery
We have launched our Buckinghamshire Lottery page. It is a great way of supporting FoBIS and you have a 1 in 50 chance of winning a prize too. It is a weekly draw and just £1 per ticket. We receive a 50% donation from all ticket sales.
Winning prizes range from extra tickets for matching 2 numbers up to the top prize of £25,000 if you match all six numbers.
You can purchase tickets by visiting the following link - https://www.buckinghamshirelottery.co.uk/support/friends-of-bedgrove-infant-school
STIKINS Name Labels
STIKINS make labels with your child's name on to attach to clothing and uniform (very useful!) and the school gets a percentage of any order that you place.
Clicking the banner below will give the school 30% commission of your order. If the school code is not populated for some reason when you checkout, please enter the code 1581 (although populating it manually rather than using our link will reduce the commission to 15% so we'd rather you clicked the banner :-)
Additional ways to raise funds
FoBIS is now signed up as a charitable organisation on Amazon Smile. It is a very simple initiative that all parents/carers can sign up to entirely free and costing nothing extra in addition to items that you are ordering. Amazon donates 0.5% of eligible purchases to FoBIS every time you shop with them.
Here is a step by step guide of how to set it up;
If you're using a web browser;
Visit Amazon Smile (www.smile.amazon.co.uk)
You will be asked to select your charitable organisation. Search for 'Friends of Bedgrove Infant School'.
Then just be sure to use smile.amazon.co.uk to start your shopping rather than the default amazon.co.uk page so that any eligible purchases will be made through Amazon smile and a percentage donation is made.
If you're using the Amazon app;
Search in your 'Programmes & Features' for Amazon Smile.
Select your charitable organisation and just be sure to turn 'Amazon Smile' on!
Your Amazon app should then default to smile.amazon but do check before you start making purchases.
Easy Fundraising FoBIS is a member of www.easyfundraising.org.uk. This is a website that allows any individual to raise funds by shopping online and by then giving a percentage of your purchase to the school.
Retailers include Baker Ross, Amazon, eBay, M&S, iTunes, Sainsbury’s Groceries, uSwitch, John Lewis, GAME and many more.
When shopping online, you can check on the easyfundraising website whether the retailer is a member and if they are, log in to your account and link through to the retailer’s website buying your goods as you would normally. If you want to make it even easier you can add their Donation Reminder to your browser (https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/donation-reminder) which will automatically pop up a reminder whenever you are on a website where the school can earn commission from your shopping.
They also have a section for voucher codes and special discounts which are on offer.
(You will need to register your details for an account. Then you ‘Find a Cause’ and type in Bedgrove Infant School. Once set up with an account, find your online retailer, click through and shop as normal. The donation from your purchase is made to the FoBIS account within 30 days.)
It’s very easy to get in touch with the “Friends of” team by email, Facebook, or face to face in the playground. We’d love to hear from you. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Facebook: @BISFriends
We often update event information on our Facebook page, so please join the page to stay in the know!