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.
Current chairpersons: Charlotte Bleasdale and Vicki Law
Current secretary: Samantha Ward
Current treasurer: Lindsay Marshall
Email contact for FOSTS: firstname.lastname@example.org
Upcoming fundraising events 2021 - 22
Sponsored sport event (autumn half term)
Christmas school tea-towel (December)
Christmas raffle (December)
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, raffles, sponsored sports events, school disco and the Christmas fair. Even during the COVID pandemic, FOSTS managed to raise significant amounts of money with parental support. For example, through the organisation of an online zoom family quiz.
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:
- Rebuilding and improving the polytunnel and gardening areas
- Providing new furniture and books for our improved school library
- Buying a new piano for use in worship, choir and for the children's piano lessons.
- A class set of surface pros
- Contribution towards the refurbishment of the KS2, Class 2 & Class 1 yards.
- Easter and Christmas treats for the children.
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.
There is a FOSTS facebook page which is regularly updated with current news and events.
Most recent FOSTS newsletter