Who are the Friends of Herstmonceux School (FOHS)?
Anyone who is the parent of a child at the school, a teacher at the school or other person accepted by the committee (such as a grandparent) is automatically a member of the Friends.
Who sits on the committee?
Anyone who is a member of the FOHS is eligible to sit on the committee. Committee members stand for election at the annual general meeting and are voted in by the members.
What is the purpose of the FOHS?
The FOHS is an independent charity organisation that serves two objects:
- Developing effective relationships between the staff, parents and others associated with the school; and
- Engaging in activities or providing facilities or equipment which support the school and advance the education of the pupils.
Yes but what do you actually do?
We run activities and events that both contribute to the children’s enjoyment, such as the school disco, and raise much needed funds for the school by running events such as the Christmas Fair, Spring Ball and Summer Fete.
What are the funds spent on?
Suggestions for what to spend the funds on can come from the school or the parents and all ideas will be considered by the committee. Items purchased by the FOHS in recent years include; the outdoor playground equipment, the Summer House, the PA system, the stage in the school hall, various special occasion days, annual recorder tuition and recorders for year 5 pupils, Year 6 leavers presents and many more.
Can I come to committee meetings?
You are actively encouraged to attend the meetings and put forward your ideas and suggestions. This is your opportunity to influence the activities of the FOHS. Or you could just attend and listen to what goes on. You never know, you may just make a new friend.
Why should I get involved?
The school’s budget and resources only stretches so far and the additional funds generated by the FOHS helps to buy those little extras that help enrich the children’s experience whilst at the school. Without the FOHS, the children would benefit a little less from their experience and without the willing volunteers who contribute their time, effort and support, the Friends could not function.
How much work is involved?
The work that the FOHS do is proportional to the number of people actively involved and the amount of time and effort that they can give. So if you can only give a small amount of time your help would still be appreciated. What is important is that the work that we do, benefits many people and is very rewarding.
The following is the current list of items that the Friends have committed to spend their funds on:
- £50 per class to be paid each September and spent as the class teacher sees fit.
- A special occasion day for the whole school.
- Ice pops for sports day.
- Christmas crackers, juice and other extras for the Christmas dinner.
- Book club books.
- Year 6 leaving gifts.
- Music Tuition & recorders Yr 5 and signing lessons Yr 4
- Real Christmas tree.
- Other items will be discussed at committee meetings as they arise.
How to contact us?
Please any question regarding FOHS do not hesitate to contact us by firstname.lastname@example.org