Friends of St Michael’s School, Aldbourne

Friends of St Michael’s School, Aldbourne

Every parent or carer of children at St Michael’s is a member of the Friends of St Michael’s School, Aldbourne. There is an executive committee (like trustees) of 7 who are responsible for making it legal (as it is a charity) but the more people who would like to be involved the better in every respect – be it baking, helping make events work, coffee mornings or idea generation for fundraising!

What are we raising money for?

Despite government and Church of England funding there will always be a financial shortfall and if our children are to get the education they deserve then we are going to need to help raise money. The school will always have outgoings that need extra funds and this is where the fundraising comes in.

This fundraising has been spent on building works, coaches to theatre trips, chocolate eggs, ice lollies and hot chocolate at events for the children as well as amazing whiteboards and iPads for the classrooms. Everything should help towards our children learning and enjoying their school experience as much as possible.

If you would like to be involved in any of these events, buy a ticket or have some wonderful fundraising ideas of your own then please email aldbournefosms@gmail.com or better still come along to the next meeting or come to any of the coffee mornings to find out more.

Easter Newsletter 

The Spring term has got off to a gentle start after our wonderfully busy Christmas term. The school is still enjoying its associations with our sponsors JONES ROBINSON estate agents in Marlborough and DICK LOVETT in Hungerford. Jones Robinson are sponsoring a colouring competition to celebrate their new branch opening in Marlborough. First prize will be £50 toy voucher and £500 donation to your school, 2nd prize is £30 and £300 to the school and 3rd prize is a £20 toy voucher and £200 to the school. You should all have received a copy of their colouring competition in your Book Bags. Make sure you return them to Jones Robinson by 2nd April for your chance to win!

The SAFARI SUPPER was organised by the Governors and many parents as well as members of the Community had a thoroughly enjoyable night meeting new people as they travelled around the village for their starter, main and dessert! The evening made over £800 for the school!

The PANCAKE EVENT was a popular new event and a bit of rain wasn’t enough to put 80 children off enjoying it! Dexter Lewis proved to be an awesome flipper at the event winning the prestigious first place. All the children then enjoyed pancakes, fruit and ice cream, raising £275 for the school! A big thank you to all that helped with this event, your support is really appreciated.

POPCORN CLUB was last Friday and the kids enjoyed a film with a drink a snack of popcorn, it raised nearly £300! It’s a really good event to help out at and if anyone fancies giving a hand to make an event like this work we’d love to hear from you.

We are still one of the chosen charities for the ALDBOURNE COOP again this year – do make sure you sign up and use your Coop card whenever you purchase anything to continue to support us!

We always need volunteers for our events to make them happen! If you would like to be involved in:

  • – Running a bar at the circus
  • – Planning a stall for the Fair
  • – Volunteering for Popcorn Club
  • – Helping run a bouncy castle at the fair

then please let Michelle or Alex know or email: aldbournefosms@gmail.com

Next term there will be a SCHOOL DISCO but the date is still to be confirmed, we’ll let you know ASAP. Do remember that all the dates for these events are on the school calendar and any changes will be published there. If you want some help subscribing to the calendar have a look at the website for further info or ask one of the admin team.

The next FRIENDS OF ST MICHAEL’S MEETING is on Weds 27th March at Alex’s house (6 West St, Oak House) at 7.45pm.

We’ve got so many great things planned for 2019 and we always need people who can offer a little time and energy to make it work – please do come along for an hour if you can! If you want to know any more do email aldbournefosms@gmail.com

The Friends of St Michael’s School, have launched a LOTTERY! Tickets cost just £1 per ticket, per week and 40% of all ticket sales are donated to our school plus there is a GUARANTEED cash prize to someone on our supporter list every week. There will be a chance of winning £25,000 in a separate draw EVERY WEEK!  Draws are every Saturday at 8pm and results will be posted online. The first draw will be on Saturday 4th May 2019 – so why don’t you sign up now?!

Find out more: https://www.yourschoollottery.co.uk/lottery/school/st-michaels-schoolaldbourne/supporter

THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH to each and every one of you who helped out, came along, gave some time, donated something – your efforts are so very much appreciated!

    • – SCHOOL QUIZ for parents on Fri 17th May
    • – FUN RUN & SUMMER FAIR Sun June 9th
    • HAPPY’S CIRCUS Sat 6th July

Match Funding

Does your employer offer match funding?

We wanted to take this opportunity to remind you about the Match Funding scheme and how a little bit of your time could raise double the funds.

If you work for an organisation that has a match funding policy, any money you raise could be matched by your employer. Companies may match the fundraising total for an event, or for the stall that their employee is working on. Usually, the employee will need to supply them with a letter from the PTA detailing the date and nature of the event, together with the total raised.

We understand that the high street banks, building societies, supermarkets and large corporations are likely to do match funding. We’ve put together a list of some of the companies that ran schemes in 2017 here. But these schemes are not exclusive to the major corporate giants. If you work for an independent company, they may be interested in charitable giving through match funding too.

We would be grateful if you could see if your employer has a match funding scheme, or if they are willing to match fund any of our events. If you can’t help out this time, but you know the company you work for has a match funding policy, please let us know. This could be a really large source of income for the Friends and help us raise money for our school.

If you are able to help us this way, please let us know and we can discuss your companies’ requirements.

Recent Events

Meetings and Minutes

The next meeting will the AGM in the school, on Thursday 12th September from 7.30-8pm. There will then be wine and cheese to enjoy together until 9pm. We do hope to see as many of you there as possible!

Below are the previous meeting minutes.
27th September 2018
17th October 2018
29th November 2018
31st January 2019
28th February 2019
27th March 2019
27th June 2019

School Lottery

Don’t forget to get your tickets for our weekly school lottery. The more people that play the bigger the prizes and the more money our school gets!
Guaranteed weekly prize, plus all tickets are entered into a prize draw to win £25,000! 

With thanks to our sponsors…

Jones Robinson Estate Agent