Friends of Easingwold School (FOES)
Welcome to your PTA!
FOES was formed in 1981. It is an organisation of parents, staff and friends of the school whose primary role is to form closer links between home and school.
FOES are best known for their fundraising work, but they have an important social function too. Many of the fundraising events they organise provide an opportunity for parents, staff and pupils to get together and build a strong school community.
The funds FOES raise go towards ‘extras’ that help to make learning more interesting and exciting. Ahead of each meeting Heads of Department are invited to send us requests for funding for specific items or projects. Some of FOES’ past contributions to school include a 3D printer for the Design & Technology Department; computers for the Creative Arts Department, as well as a subscription to Sibelius, a music composition and notation software; and a projector, whiteboard and laptop for the Language Department. FOES has made a number of contributions to Youthy over the years, most recently providing funds for the Breakfast Club. We have also provided lighting and a smoke machine for the Backstage Crew for use in drama productions.
All parents/carers of children at the school are automatically members of FOES. We hold an annual general meeting (AGM) at the start of every school year where we elect the committee to run the PTA. There is a chair, a treasurer, and a secretary, as well as ordinary committee members. We meet at least once a term and set up smaller working groups to organise individual events.
All parents are warmly invited to come along to these meetings. FOES are a really friendly group who are always keen to welcome new members, and hear new ideas.
Supporting your PTA
There are many ways you can support FOES whether you have lots of time to offer, or just a few minutes here and there. Some events we run require quite a lot of organisation, and we are always glad of offers of help for these, whereas others simply need you to turn up!
We use PTAsocial to connect our school community online, and keep everyone informed about our social and fundraising events. (You can watch this short video if you'd like to know more... http://www.ptasocial.com/why-join.)
With PTAsocial you can:
- View details of school events
- RSVP or volunteer with a click of your mouse
- Message other parents
- Join conversations on our message walls
It’s really simple to register and takes under a minute. Remember:
- You don’t have to be technical in the slightest to use PTAsocial
- Your email address will not be shared with other parents
- You will not be added to any marketing mailing lists
- You can turn off some or even all notifications, or unsubscribe completely at any time
So, click the button below to come on in, have a look around, and start inviting more people yourself!
Another really simple way you can support our fundraising effort can be done from the comfort of your own home! In 2015 FOES signed up with easyfundraising.co.uk - a scheme where major retailers donate a proportion of the profit they make from your online purchases to the school. You can find out more by clicking the button below:
It really is an easy way of raising vital funds for the school, and won't cost you a penny so please do check it out.
FOES Summer Raffle 2017 will be drawn at the Summer Music Concert on Wednesday 12th July, with a top prize of £100 cash, as well as lots of other fantastic prizes and vouchers generously donated by local businesses and individuals. Prizes so far, include:
- £50 voucher for The Durham Ox, Crayke
- A pair of tickets for Flamingo Land
- A family ticket for the Jorvik Viking Centre
- A family ticket for a YorkBoat Cruise
- A Watercolour Portrait
- 2 x 1 hour Reflexology sessions by Claire Kelly
- One month membership of the Galtres Fitness Centre
- A Family Day Pass for Castle Howard
- An Open Jump Session at Energi Trampoline Park
- A luxury hamper compliments of Nestle
Every student should have received a book of raffle tickets with accompanying letter via their Form Tutor on Friday 9th June. We hope you will do your best to sell the tickets, and ask that all stubs/money are returned in the envelopes provided via the box in school reception before Wednesday 12th July.
FOES are offering incentives for the Form, and individual, who sells the most tickets, so if you are keen to help us raise funds, additional books of raffle tickets can be collected from reception.
If for any reason you are unable to sell the tickets, please return them (as above) as soon as possible so that they can be offered for sale elsewhere.
You can read the minutes of the most recent FOES meetings by clicking on the links below:
FOES minutes 03.05.17
FOES minutes 07.02.17
FOES minutes 16.11.16
FOES AGM minutes 14.09.16
FOES minutes 27.04.16
Bicentenary minutes 27.04.16
FOES minutes 13.01.16
Bicentenary minutes 13.01.16
FOES minutes 30.11.15
FOES Finance Report 30.11.15
As of June 2017, 83 of you lovely people had signed up to easyfundraising in support of FOES, and have raised nearly £590 between you through your online shopping! Thanks again for your support!
We look forward to welcoming you to FOES. If you are interested in supporting us please message us via PTAsocial, or email our Chairperson, Susan Deery, on firstname.lastname@example.org.