Who are we? We are a small committee of parents and staff – Friends at Bellbird School (FABS) who work in conjunction with the school to organize fundraising events.
What do we do? We arrange events throughout the year to include Summer and Christmas Fairs, Jumble Sales, children’s discos and other entertainment for them. This year we have also focused on the grown-ups and have had a very successful Quiz Night and Bingo Evening which some of you may have attended.
Why do we do it? We do it because we want to recognize that groups like us are essential to the continuing growth of the school and the money we raise means the school budget can be used to assist other area of your child’s education. We are made to feel very much a part of the school and there is a close link between the staff and FABS.
What have we done? With the help of the committee volunteers and parents at school we have raised a fantastic amount of money. For the year ending 31 August 2017 we raised over £10,000. This was used for:
- Swimming lessons for all Years 2, 4 and 6 (at a cost of nearly £3,000)
- Improving our new library
- A contribution of £5,000 towards the Foundation Stage Outdoor Play Area
- Christmas presents and crackers for the children’s Christmas lunch
- New weather proof playground benches and tables
- Cycle helmets for all new children
- Visits from an outside theatre company and authors/poets
- Money for each class for them to buy what they wanted
- Leavers’ gifts
There are countless other smaller items of expenditure but our aim is to ensure that where possible the children continue to receive benefit from the hard work we put in
We always need new ideas, but most of all we want the parents to feel part of the school and part of FABS. If you can do this, please come along to the AGM in September, see what we have achieved during this financial year and then give us an hour or two of your time. We guarantee that when a child comes up to you after one of the discos and says “thank you – that was great!” or the new catchphrase “FABS are FAB!!” it will be worth it.
If you don’t want to join a committee you can still help and support us by joining our helpers’ list where you can assist with events throughout the year where time allows.
If you are interested in joining the Committee, please contact the School Office on 01223 833216 or email email@example.com. Someone from the office will then put you in touch with a member of the committee. Meetings are usually held twice termly at the school and all parents are welcomed to attend.
The Bellbird Primary School
FABS newsletter February 2018 view document here
We are constructing a list of parent and family helpers that are willing to help us prepare for or run events. This could be for a time limited slot.
If you would like to be included on the list please speak either to one of the Committee listed below or call into the school office.
FABs Committee Officers for 2017-18
Chairperson – Richard Banks
Vice Chair – Heather Booth
Treasurer – Rachel McKenzie
Secretary – Joanna Baxter
Marketing Committee is led by Rachel Riley
Parents: Heather Booth, Selina Ballantyne Emma Chipps, Alex Frost, Katie Graham, Kate Gilmore, Kyle Purcell, Jeleana Feltham, Zillah Wreghitt-Jones, Emma Carter, Emma George, Rachel Riley.
The Headteacher and other members of The Bellbird School staff also attend which serve to create a good liaison between the school and the fundraising aims and events of FABS.
FABs report for 2015/16 – View PDF
Summer Fair Poster – here
Some final FAB dates for your diary:
Friday 25 May – Friday Fun Day
Friday 6th July – Summer Fair
Friday 13th July – Yr 6 BBQ and KS2 disco
We are always looking out for other fundraising ventures so if you have any ideas please let me or one of the Committee know.
Finally, one of our loyal supporters, Bee Moving Soon, have agreed to donate £100.00 for each house they sell for Bellbird families. Just mention the school when you put your property up for sale and let Bee Moving do the rest.
Thanks again and hope to see you at one of our events.