Parents’ Association – FOSRS

FRIENDS OF STOKE ROW SCHOOL (FOSRS) – our PTA

We are a friendly group of school parents, carers and other family members, and staff, who take an active role in raising funds to support the school and our children.

We fund and support school projects and provide money for classroom equipment. What we fund changes each year depending on the school’s needs.

Our role is to raise funds for equipment and school projects, and contribute to the main infrastructure of the school. At the start of each academic year we give around £5,000 to the school to be shared among the four classes and the teachers use this to help pay for essential classroom supplies.

FOSRS has funded the school’s entire resources budget for the last two years meaning that our fundraising has paid for all the school’s paper, pencils, glue sticks, craft materials, etc., that the children have needed, leaving Government funding to be focused on the school’s core running costs.

Our main committee is led by a core team of Chair, Secretary and Treasurer, and made up of our class reps who act as liaison between FOSRS and parents, and share information, but we also rely on all parents to roll up their sleeves and get stuck in helping at our various events.

Events we have organised in the past include:

  • School discos
  • Land’s End to John O’Groats virtual hike
  • Chiltern Way relay challenge
  • A recipe book of school family recipes
  • Christmas Fair
  • Summer Fair
  • Scarecrow trail
  • Class cake sales
  • Non-uniform days
  • Parentpower days to clean and spruce up the school

We also open some events to the whole community:

  • Village scarecrow trail
  • Village history trail
  • Bag2School clothing collections
  • Quiz night
  • Santa’s grotto
  • Colour run

We also provide refreshments at events:

  • School nativity
  • Grandparents’ day
  • Open days
  • Village pancake day races
  • Stars at the Well (the school talent night)

Plus we get involved in local community events too, providing help and/or refreshments:

  • Woodcote Rally, who have very kindly donated £200 to FOSRS in previous years
  • Stoke Row & Nuffield Motorsports event

We know that it’s not always possible to attend events, but you can also support us by sharing our social media posts, sponsoring events, and more.

MATCH FUNDING

If your company offers Match Funding, then please let us know. We would love to partner with you to increase the fundraising from our events.

ACHIEVEMENTS

 We have achieved a lot for the school over the years:

  • Funded new road safety signs.
  • Obtained an “Awards for All” grant to build the new outdoor classroom and lay thermoplastics in the playground.
  • Helped fund new playground equipment with a tower and climbing frame for use by all year groups.
  • Bought new resources for the school including maths, art and music equipment.
  • Won a ‘Co-Op award’ to transform the Bubble class garden with a new greenhouse and sleeper flowerbeds which are also used for gardening club and all year groups.

CURRENT FOSRS COMMITTEE:

Chair  – Emma Taylor
Vice Chair – Karen Dougherty
Secretary – Robyn Polisano
Treasurer – Kerrie Blaker

Assistant treasurer – position vacant

Class representatives:

Reception (Bubble Class) Rachael O’Sullivan
Years 1 & 2 (Raindrop Class) Karen Dougherty, Leona Bowman and Eleanor Connelly
Years 3 & 4 (River Class) Rachael O’Sullivan and Robyn Polisano
Years 5 & 6 (Ocean Class) Tracy Westall-Reece, Mia Fullick and Jenny Lowe

Get in touch with us by email: fosrspta@gmail.com

GET INVOLVED:

Any time you can spare to support us would be greatly appreciated. We always welcome help with a variety of tasks, from baking cakes, ticketing tombola prizes, wrapping gifts, manning stalls, helping set up events, planning events, helping with graphic design or social media…the list is almost endless.

If you have a skill or talent you are willing to use, or if you are just happy to roll up your sleeves and get stuck in, then we would love to have you on our list of willing volunteers, just speak to your class rep or email us.

If you want to join our team, attend a meeting, or just find out more:

  • Ask your class rep or any member of the FOSRS team (you will get to know us in time)
  • Join your class WhatsApp group (ask your rep to add you)
  • Join the FOSRS volunteers’ WhatsApp group (email us your phone number to be added)
  • Email fosrspta@gmail.com

Everyone is welcome at our meetings, which we hold 2-3 times a term, currently online but in the past we have alternated between a daytime meet at the village shop, and an evening meet in the Cherry Tree pub.

Details of our meetings, events and other news are sent out regularly via ParentMail and shared on the class WhatsApp groups by class reps, or you can email for details.

RAISE FUNDS WHILE YOU SHOP:

  • Buy online at AmazonSmile or Easyfundraising and they will donate a percentage of your purchase to FOSRS. Just use the app or website and shop online at 100s of shops and retailers including Boots, Argos, Next, Groupon and more. Here’s what you need to do:

Sign up online with AmazonSmile and Easyfundraising (which is quick and easy to do)

THEN

Make the school your chosen charity AND start shopping

Purchased items will then generate donations for the school

  • Shop at Hare Hatch Sheeplands garden centre and mention FOSRS when you pay. They will donate a percentage of your purchase to us. Hare Hatch has a wonderful selection of plants, and also has a farm shop (though the shop is not included in our fundraising deal, it is a great place to buy good quality food).

CONTACT US

Follow our Facebook page facebook.com/FOSRSpta

Join our Facebook group facebook.com/groups/FOSRS

Follow our Insta account instagram.com/friends_of_stoke_row_school

Email us on fosrspta@gmail.com