What is FOSTS?
FOSTS stands for Friends of St. Thomas School. FOSTS is an integral part of the school community. Its main aim is to raise monies to spend on improving equipment and resources to enhance our children’s education and the facilities in our school in general.
All parents and members of the school community can get involved if they want to, even if they only have a small amount of time available, and all parents are automatically members of the association (FOSTS) when they join our school.
How we raise money
As in most schools, the majority of funds are raised through events that we run. Some of the most popular events are family quiz nights, school disco,and Christmas fair. These are just a few examples of how money has been raised this year: Valentine’s disco selling refreshments, Christmas hamper raffle, tea towels with the children’s pictures on.
Why does the school need this extra money?
FOSTS funds are for the “extras” not provided for by the school budget. FOSTS funds are not generally spent on improving the fabric of the school building, as this is the responsibility of the school governing body. Our constitution commits us to spending money on things that will benefit the children directly. Here are examples of what we have purchased in the past:
- Contribution towards the refurbishment of the KS2, Class 2 & Class 1 yards.
- Easter and Christmas treats for the children.
- The funding of 10 tablets for the children to use.
- A complete set of chairs for the IT suite.
How can you get involved?
There are lots of ways you can help and support your child through FOSTS.
Helping before or at events, coming to meetings, buying raffle tickets and supporting events to name but a few.
Offering to help before events or at other times during the year is so valuable – it’s a case of “many hands make light work”. It doesn’t matter if you can’t help on a regular basis, or even if you can’t come into school. There are always little jobs that can be done from home if you have half an hour to spare e.g. preparing raffle tickets, wrapping Christmas presents.