FONDS (Friends of Newlands Primary School)

FONDS is our lively Parent-Teacher Association at Newlands School.

Our prime purpose is to support and enhance the education of all the children by providing the “extras” the school budget cannot afford. We raise funds through events such as Christmas and Summer Fayres, discos, cake sales, sponsored events and theatre outings.

Our aim is to spend the funds as we raise the money.

We have an active committee and always welcome new members.  In addition, volunteers are always appreciated for setting up, clearing away and helping at events.  If you have a couple of hours to spare you will be made very welcome.

New ideas for fundraising are also welcome – we have a red post box in the School atrium for any comments you may wish to make.

We send out newsletters to advertise our events and celebrate our successes. Look out for these coming home via the school TXTRound email system.

We hold an annual AGM at the start of the Autumn term.  All parents are encouraged to attend to see how the money we have rasied has been spent, and to offer ideas of how we can improve.  It is important that our activities reflect the needs and expectations of our families.  We are always hoping that our enthusiasm will be catching and prompt you to become a committee member!

Should you want to find out more information then please do speak to any of our members, or contact us via fonds.secretary@gmail.com.

Our current committee are led by the following parents:

Chair              Marina Hughes & Nina Mathé

Treasurer      Rebecca Ashley

Secretary      Michelle Brown

As well as our FONDS members, we are supported by our Friends of FONDS, parent who cannot usually make meetings but like to be kept informed of the work we are doing via email, and then offer their help when they can.  Please contact fonds.secretary@gmail.com if you would like to become part of this group.

Recent Purchases

Over the 2012 – 2013 school year we made a huge contribution to the school.

Each year we allocate a class budget each year which the class teacher can choose to use within their classroom, or towards school trips.

  • We supplied Easi Ears and Beebots for Chestnut class, which were very well received and used a great deal over the course of the year.
  • FONDS also made a contribution towards the Fountain which is situated in the Atrium, in front of the library.
  • We donated £2000 to the school library, money which will help to improve the quality and quantity of reading material available to our children.  This money will be spent over the next year, the first of three orders has already been received in school.
  • Our final donation of the year was £4000 towards a set of iPads for use within the classrooms.