Friends of Ridgeway

FRIENDS OF RIDGEWAY

Ridgeway parents, friends and teachers association is called Friends of Ridgeway. The aim of the Friends is to raise money for the school to be spent on items that the school could otherwise not afford to buy, whilst enriching the kids time at the school with fun events.

UP-COMING

OTHER UPCOMING EVENTS- WINTER TERM

HELPING AT EVENTS

WHAT EVENTS DO WE HOLD?

MEETINGS

COMMUNICATION

WHAT DO WE SPEND THE MONEY ON?

UP-COMING

The AGM is to be held 7th November at 7.30 at the Bell in Astwood Bank. Sarah Bash, the current vice chair will be standing down at the AGM, and we all thank her for her hard work whilst on the committee. The position will become vacant so if anyone is interested in the role, please contact Ridgeway for more information.

Everyone is welcome to the AGM – even if you don’t want to join the committee. We would love to hear from more year 8 parents to help guide the FoR as to what events the older range of students would like as the school moves to a secondary school. We would also welcome parents of the new year 5 intake, who can bring fresh ideas from school throughout the area.

OTHER UPCOMING EVENTS- WINTER TERM

24th November 2016 – provisional date for cinema night – 3-5pm and 5:30 -7:30pm

9th December 2016 – School fayre – 3-5pm

15th December 2016 – school disco 0 6-8pm

HELPING AT EVENTS

Even if you don’t want to join the committee there are always opportunities to help throughout the year. There is more information about events on the Friends of Ridgeway Facebook page, please join the group to keep informed as to upcoming events.

WHAT EVENTS DO WE HOLD?

Each year we hold two main fayres at Christmas and at summer. At the Christmas fayre we have craft & gift stalls from the surrounding community offering gifts for the students to buy for family and friends. We also put on pocket money games and tombolas as well as the raffle, offering days out and restaurant vouchers. The children are encouraged to help by running their own stalls, or by helping to run the FoR stalls.

The summer fayre is held on the field at the end of the summer term and includes fair-ground attractions, stalls and this year even water zorbing. Again the children are encouraged to come and help as well as to enjoy the fayre.

Other events throughout the year include the school discos at the end of every term and adult events such as the recent Friends, fashion, fizz & Fun-night! FoR also help with refreshments for school led events for example the new starters and the school play.

We are always looking at different events that could not only raise money but be good fun for all involved, if you have any ideas, then please contact us through the Facebook Page.

MEETINGS

The FoR meet at least twice per term to discuss events and how to spend the money raised. The meetings take place at 7.30 on a Monday night at the Bell in Astwood Bank. Details of the next meetings are sent to parents and are also in the newsletter and on the website

COMMUNICATION

We have our own Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/groups/452016815005242/.

You can also find information about the FoR on the school website and the school newsletter. Information is also sent out by e-mail and text about up-coming events.

WHAT DO WE SPEND THE MONEY ON?

In previous years we have helped to fund a school mini-bus, plasma screens and purchase recycled plastic ever-lasting benches for the school. In the past we have also supported the year 8 trip as a thank you to the students for all their hard work raising funds throughout their time at the school.

Last year we raised over £4,300 for the school and this year the children have asked that we help fund out-door exercise equipment and some new school lockers.