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The Friends of Southwold Primary School

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2016 The Friends of Southwold Primary School – Serving Committee Members:
Saffron Bray – Chair/Secretary
Lindsey Raven – Treasurer

About Us
Southwold Primary School welcomes parents, teachers and friends of Southwold Primary School.

Membership to the Friends is automatic upon a child’s enrolment at the school as well as interested members of the community. We hope you can enjoy and support many of the events we arrange throughout the year, which aim to raise funds for the school and children, as well as providing excellent opportunities to connect with other families.

What is The Friends of Southwold School Association?
A group of people including parents, teachers and friends of the school who help to organise events for children and families to enjoy. Our events seek to fund-raise on behalf of the school, but we are keen to support the social aspect of meeting other families and enjoying time with our children.

What are the aims of ‘The Friends’ of Southwold Primary School
To raise funds to purchase equipment, run events, or pay for services that benefit ALL the children that the school could not otherwise afford. We organise social events for children, for parents and their friends, to foster community relationships at the school.

Who can belong to ‘The Friends’?
Anyone who has children at the school or who works at the school is automatically a member of ‘The Friends’. Wider family members and members of the local community are also most welcome.

How can we find out more?
Each year in September there is an Annual General Meeting to which all parents and staff are invited. This is a good way of meeting people for the first time and hearing about ‘The Friends’ achievements and plans.

Committee Meetings are held when possible, but you don’t need to be a member of the committee to help out. Come along to a meeting to find out more, or contact a committee member.

Newcomers will always be made most welcome.

Planning & Organisation
In the informal atmosphere, the committee openly discuss activities and generate new ideas. It is at these committee meetings that school projects are considered with a view to ‘The Friends’ Funding. In joining the committee, this is your opportunity to have your say.

Am I really needed?
YES! Everyone struggles to find time in busy schedules to volunteer, but the more offers of help we have, the more we can do while allowing more volunteers to enjoy events through rotation and ‘shifts’.

Being a member of ‘The Friends’ will give you lots of pleasure and enhance your family’s relationship with the school. Mums and Dads, staff and friends all combine as individuals to form a friendly school community and as Year 6 parents leave the school, so new Reception parents join. Everyone is made welcome at any stage through their involvement with the school and it is never too late to get involved. We are always on the lookout for new members with new and fresh ideas or helpers to run a stall at a fete for half an hour whatever you can put in – it will be appreciated.

How to contact ‘The Friends’
The easiest way to contact us is to send us a message through our Facebook page ‘Friends of Southwold Primary’ talk to us in the playground, or leave a message with the school Office and a Friends member will contact you.

Fund Raising Events
Over the years the generosity of all those associated with Southwold Primary School has enabled ‘The Friends’ to donate many thousands of pounds to worthy projects. People have been very creative in coming up with new ideas to run alongside the tried and trusted events. We have a friendly relaxed approach to our meetings and welcome anyone to come along to see for themselves.

Fun & Social Events
It is not all about raising funds all the time. The social events are equally important and give the children and adults opportunity to enjoy many friendships at Southwold Primary School. The annual Family BBQ night is always great fun.

The Friends of Southwold Primary School has a remarkable record when it comes to fund raising. This success is firmly based on the team spirit which is much in evidence at all the events, whether it is for fund raising or, just as importantly, a social event where everyone can let their hair down!

Past and present events include:

  • Christmas Fair
  • Bingo nights
  • Summer Family BBQ
  • Children’s Discos
  • 1940s Themed Evening
  • Recycling Drives
  • BedTime Story Nights
  • World Cup Events
  • Film Nights
  • Christmas Tree Festival
  • Grand Raffle

Purchases include:

  • Library Books
  • Play Equipment
  • Swimming Equipment
  • Workshops from outside providers
  • Playground Equipment
The Friends of Southwold Primary School
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