What is the Friends of Hawkes Farm Primary School?
We are fortunate at our school to have a Parent Teacher Association that is and has been an integral part of the school community for many years. In its time FoHF has raised thousands of pounds, which has been spent on equipment and resources to enhance our children’s education experience and the school’s facilities.
Our PTA is about much more than fundraising. Friends of Hawkes Farm School (FoHF) exists to provide closer links between home and school and it is an excellent way to bring staff, parents and friends together socially in support of the school, working towards a common goal.
All parents and members of the school community are encouraged to get involved, even if they only have a small amount of time available.
Our committee consists of three officers: Chair, Treasurer and Secretary. We also have ordinary committee members to make up the full committee.
We hold our Annual General Meeting in September, at the start of the school year and we meet monthly throughout the year.
It enhances the children’s educational experience
It enhances the school’s facilities
It brings all members of the school together
How do I get involved?
There are lots of ways you can help and support your child through FoHF.
Offering to help before events or at other times during the year is so valuable. It doesn’t matter if you can’t help on a regular basis, or even if you cannot come into school. There are many different ways in which you can help with the Friends, whether you have lots of time to offer or not. Some of the roles are time-consuming, although rewarding. If however you cannot commit to a big job, look out for things you can do less frequently, for example running a stall at the Christmas or Summer fair, or by baking a cake for a cake sale. We really couldn’t achieve what we do without the behind the scenes help that we receive.
If you would like to be more involved you can volunteer to be a committee member, or you can simply support the AGM and give us your ideas for fundraising events. This is also the time to ask questions or voice your opinion.
You can always support FoHF by simply turning up to events! You can also help by letting us know if you have any contacts or skills we could use, everything is potentially valuable to us.
If you can fill in the new parents questionnaire which accompanies this leaflet and return it to the School Office it would be very much appreciated.
How we raise money?
Like most PTA’s, the majority of our funds are raised through the events we run. Some of our events are:
- Summer Fair
- Christmas Fair
- Quiz Nights
- Second Hand Uniform Sales
- Ice Lolly Sales
- Happy School Bag Collections
So you can see there is always something going on. We always try and respond to the children’s requests; it is great to see them having fun at the events or enjoying using a piece of equipment that FoHF has donated.
How we spend the money we raise
Following a fundraising event the money is banked straight away. Usually, Mrs Cobb, the head teacher, will have a ‘wish list’ of items that the school would like FoHF to consider funding. It is at our Committee meetings, that the decisions on how to spend the money are agreed.
Funds raised by the Friends are intended to provide ‘extras’ not already provided by the school’s main income—often fun things that make learning more interesting and exciting. We always endeavour to spend our funds in ways that will benefit all our children across all areas of the school and curriculum.
Items previously funded include equipment for art projects, the Wildlife Area, the leavers party and leavers books, refurbishment of the swimming pool, new projectors for the hall and various other projects totalling several thousands of pounds each year.