Friends of bedgrove infant school
Formerly known as the PTA
In September 2018 the Parents and Teachers Association (PTA) rebranded themselves to the Friends of Bedgrove Infant School (FoBIS). The move away from the traditional name is owing to a shift in the dynamics of our pupil’s main carers. As more and more parents work, grandparents, family members or childminders are stepping in to fill the role. In today’s modern society we felt that we needed to be inclusive of this, and as a result rebranded and invited all of these carers as well as parents to become part of the “Friends team” and entrust in our belief, “Together we can achieve”.
Who makes up the Friends of ?
FoBIS is managed by an Elected committee which consists of a Chair, Vice-Chair, Treasurer and Secretary. Once a year we hold an Annual General Meeting at which these roles are elected and an annual report of our activities are presented.
Your 2019/20 committee:
CHAIR - Claire Ashton
SECRETARY - Gemma Tong
VICE CHAIR - Dave Soloway
TREASURER - Claire Lewis-Smith
The Elected committee hold general meetings where everyone is invited and welcomed. These friendly meetings are invaluable, and enable the Elected committee to work alongside other parents, grandparents etc. Holding a wider meeting like this allows for everyone to be involved in decision making, event planning, idea forming and new fundraising conceptions.
Always on the lookout for new members, the general meeting’s take place once a term. Please view the School’s calendar of events to see when the next meeting will take place. We look forward to welcoming you.
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. At the same time, FoBIS try to provide a range of activities, events and treats which the children can enjoy, a number of fun events for all the family and even some great nights out for parents! In doing so we aim to help create a greater sense of community for the school – enabling parents and carers to feel more a part of their child’s world.
Consistently over the last few years, Friends of Bedgrove Infant School have been highly successful and have raised over £25,00 over the last 3 years. We are so thankful for the continuous support of our parents and volunteers, without whom we could not have bought iPads, gardening resources, paid for school trips, educational visits, bought new costumes for school plays, whiteboards for classrooms, a wide variety of library books and equipment for the Snug. We hope that 2019/20 will be even more brilliant!
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 all understand how busy parents are, but we always need more help - “Every little helps” . 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 for people who wish to help in any way they can and where we post for specific help required; Anything from doing a shop to helping to man an event. Please join our group by searching for BISFriends 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. Dates of the Uniform Shop will be announced via our Facebook group and ParentMail.
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
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!