Friends of Shaftesbury Park

All parents at Shaftesbury Park Primary School are welcome to join our Friends of Shaftesbury Park (FoSP) organisation which aims to support the school, its pupils and parents by organising events for the school community. This began in the Autumn term of 2014 – 2015 and aims to become an official Parents and Teachers Association (PTA) in the future.

2014-2015

In the Autumn term of 2014 – 2015 the FoSP organised successful events for both pupils and parents.

A Halloween party for KS1 and Reception provided the children with lots of spooky fun!

A Parents’ Social evening, sponsored by bestreetsmart.co.uk, enabled parents to chat with other parents as well as staff and local businesses. Fabulous raffle prizes ensured that there were some lucky winners that evening too!

In February, FoSP held a disco for children in KS2 which proved very popular.

A FoSP fundraising initiative of children designing their own mugs for Mother’s Day raised a fantastic £258.30!

In July, the Summer Fair brought all parents together to cook and taste delicious specialities from around the world. The whole event raised more than £4,000!

We are pleased to say that all above FoSP initiatives combined raised over £5800!  

2015-16

This September has seen the launch of the Lavender Hill Farmers’ Market which takes place every Saturday from 10am to 2pm at the school. We look forward to working more closely with the organisers over the coming months for the benefit of the school.

We have also held a fun Parent Teacher Social and have arranged for the children of Shaftesbury Park to create their own Christmas Cards, which will be professionally printed and then available to buy.

2016-17

It’s been another busy school year for the Friends of Shaftesbury Park with lots of involvement from parents in a whole host of different ways. The teacher-parent film night at the school was very well attended and led to the setting up of the Friends of Shaftesbury Park WhatsApp group which has made it a lot easier to communicate and get parents involved.

There was a fantastic array of delicious food provided after school by parents as part of our celebration of Eid. This was a great way for kids and parents to try something new and learn about the amazing range of cultures in the school.

Both the summer and winter fetes were huge successes with lots of parent volunteers either on the day or rallying local businesses to donate prizes. And both were very well attended by families at the school too.

The Key Stage 1 and 2 discos were great fun as ever. Huge thanks to all the parents who donated their time to helping out at these or any of the events and for making them the success they were.

So what can you do to help?

At the moment, FoSP organise 5 annual events as listed below:

Period of the Year Event Name Event Purpose / How you can help
September / October Parents Teacher Social Evening This is a chance for parents and teachers to meet in an informal setting. We usually need volunteers to help on the night, before and after, and to bring a few things like snacks or soft drinks, napkins etc.
December Christmas Fete This is a great afternoon of festive fun for families at the school! Volunteers are needed in the weeks before the event to help find raffle prizes from local businesses and to help find external suppliers interested in selling goods at the fete. We also need volunteers to help wrap prizes in the week before the fete. On the day, we need volunteers to set up before and after, and to run stalls on the day e.g. selling mulled wine, running the tombola etc. We also need donations of cakes and other food to sell at the event.
May / June Spring / Summer Fete As above, but held in the summer. This event is usually held on a Saturday sometime in May or June. Volunteer tasks will be very similar to those listed above.
Variable KS1 Event Social event for KS1 children. Depending on the exact nature of the event, we usually need volunteers to help out at the event itself as well as before and after, and to bring a few things like snacks or soft drinks, decorations etc.
Variable KS2 Event As above, but for children in KS2.

For the dates of these events, please check the School Calendar by clicking here.

If you have any questions about FoSP or are able to help with any of the above events, please do not hesitate to get in touch

By email:                                                                  fosp_shaftesburyparkprimary@outlook.com

By connecting to “Band”                                            http://band.us/n/F2GNDhDW

By attending one of the following FoSP meetings:

Month Day, Time, Location
April 2017 Tuesday 25th – 7-8.30pm, at the school
May 2017 Tuesday 9th – 9-10.30am, at the school
June 2017 Tuesday 13th – 7-8.30pm, at the school