Friends of St. Stephen's
This year is especially exciting for Friends of St. Stephen’s (FOSS) as with a change in leadership comes an opportunity to support our very special school in new ways.
Continuing to unlock ‘FOSS power’, goodwill and involvement remains a priority so don’t be shy, please speak to your Class Rep or contact us directly. You don't have to be confident or outgoing - you just need to have a desire to want MORE for your children. Remember you can have a direct influence on the experience your child has whilst at this school.
‘Without the PTA support we would not be able to provide our children with so many quality resources and learning experiences. The PTA need help to make all this happen and we would ask all parents to step forward to support their invaluable work.’
Mrs Liz Bachour - Headteacher
Last year FOSS raised a phenomenal £25,000 and were able to invest in Literacy, Science and Maths projects and equipment; books for the library, reading books for classrooms; Kindles, classroom computer systems; Lego Education; music workshops and equipment; table tennis equipment; gardening club funds; garden maintenance; sports kits and equipment; and playground equipment.
It's easy to leave the educational bit it to the teachers. We also know how easy it is to leave the fundraising bit to those parents who you see in the playground with a pen, paper and purpose in their eyes! However, the bottom line is if we didn’t have FOSS there would be NO additional funds. NO additional funds mean no new playground or state of the art classroom equipment. It also means no more Bake Off, Christmas Market, Quiz Night and Summer BBQ to name just a few…
We have heard parents say they don't know what FOSS members actually do, who they are and when they meet or who can attend. They appear to be this invisible force that just 'make things happen!' and unless you are involved, you are unaware of the amount of work that is involved.
Well… all that is about to change and we are also going to be asking all of YOU to help us to:
- GO DIGITAL: We want to make a splash online by redesigning the 'parent' section of the
- school website, including adding LOADS more content about FOSS, online fundraising and much more!
- THINK BIG: A Suggestion Box is located in Reception where you can leave your ideas and suggestions and questions. Why not encourage your children to drop a thought in too?
- CREATE FOSS TOGETHER: By providing you with dates, times and venue of our regular informal meetings anyone can attend. You don't have to say anything - you can just listen!!
Remember ALL support is welcome - no matter how much or how little you are able to give. Are you good with social media? Do you have an eye for design and are you able to help us create posters and flyers? Do you have a favourite event that perhaps you would like to help run?
Your Class Reps are invaluable, get to know them and how you can help them, as well as how they can help you, FOSS and the teachers and children in return.
Thank you for your support
Attached below are two files. The first introduces the FOSS PTA Team and the second includes important FOSS PTA Contact Details including Class Rep details.