Friends of St. Aidan’s

Chair: Peter Hayes
Vice Chair: Cheryl Winter
Secretary: Jo Cunningham (fosa@staidans.co.uk)
Treasurer: Alene Bloomfield
Vice Treasurer: Janet Hill
Public Relations: Tracy Bottomley
Uniform Exchange: Liz Reid
Catering (Drama productions): Lorraine & Ian Moore
Catering (Summer Fair & Open Day): Recruiting
Catering (Parents’ Evenings): Recruiting
Catering (Catered School Events): Recruiting

All parents and guardians automatically become members of Friends of St. Aidan’s  (FOSA) when their children join St. Aidan’s. FOSA was until recently known as St. Aidan’s PTA. Last year it was decided that the word ‘friends’ was more fitting given the number of past students and parents who are still actively engaged and supportive of fundraising at St. Aidan’s.

The primary aim of FOSA is raising funds for additional and replacement facilities at school. In addition FOSA provides many catering services to school events including parents’, concert and awards’ evenings providing invaluable informal and social interaction between parents and school.

The Annual General Meeting is held in the autumn term and everyone is welcome to join the Committee which currently consists of approximately 45 parents and staff.

Come along to any of our regular meetings, which are held in the staff room once every half term.  These meetings are advertised by parent email and all are welcome to come along to discover what is going on in school and our upcoming events.  The meetings are held in a relaxed atmosphere with tea, coffee and biscuits on offer or a glass of wine. View the latest minutes here: FOSA Minutes 6.12.16.

We understand that our parents all lead busy lives and cannot take on further full time commitments but the offer of help on one event can make all the difference and not enter you into a lifetime of obligation

Any questions please email us or ask at Reception.

Forthcoming Events

Year 7 Quiz Night March 2017

Clothes Swap -May 4th 2017

Next Meeting: 17/1/17 at 7.30pm, staff room

Going forward, we will be sending out all FOSA emails school wide so that you can be kept informed of any upcoming events we are planning.  If you feel able to help in any capacity, this would be greatly appreciated.

What Do We Do?

Fundraising
FOSA’s current focus to raise £250,000 to replace the school’s Astroturf. Mr Holdsworth, Senior Teacher and former Head of PE, explained that, ‘it (the Astroturf) is used extensively within the school day with 48 students using it every lesson. As the pitches have been water logged during the last few winters, demand for the Astroturf has been very high. It has transformed the way we play football and hockey, as demonstrated by team successes, this year, across all year groups; St. Aidan’s again won 3 of the 5 boys County Cups in football and reached the final of the other Cup competitions. In hockey, several Year 8 girls were selected to play in the North Yorkshire Schools’ tournament this spring, representing Harrogate and Craven. The Astroturf also enables us to have crucial links with our Primary feeder schools by inviting them for events and competitions in the knowledge that they won’t be cancelled. The surface will allow us to run our Year 7 World Cup football celebration, for boys and girls, at the Summer Fair. In addition, athletics, cricket, general fitness and inter-form sport are also played on the surface.’

Past Success

In 2014 FOSA raised £15,000 towards the Astroturf which is close to a third of the way to FOSA’s commitment of raising £50,000 over a three year period. In 2013 they raised £15,000 towards a new 11 seater minibus which can be driven by all members of staff, with a standard licence. This significantly reduces the use of expensive taxi services. In prior years, we helped fund: a language pod for the Modern Languages department; photography equipment for AS/A level Art; drums for the Music department; recycling bins across the school; and the stained glass window in the New Chapel.

Refreshments

We provide refreshments to support the school at parents’ evenings and open days, drama productions, the Summer Fair and other school led events. All proceeds go to the Pupil Support Fund. You do not have to be a Committee member to help with refreshments and we are always grateful for desperately needed help.

Uniform Exchange

This replaces the previous ‘New to You’ initiative and is run by Liz Reid. Please bring to school any good quality, second hand items with name tags removed which will be sold at the Summer Fair, Parents’ Evenings and New Starters’ Evenings. Prices are amazingly good value and all proceeds go into PTA funds. Please contact Liz with any queries: lareid@talktalk.net.

We are always interested in new fundraising ideas so please contact us with any suggestions you may have and we look forward to seeing you at one of our events.

** You can still help towards the £250,000 desperately needed for the new Astroturf by ‘buying’ a section of the new pitch: your name will appear on a commemorative donors’ plaque. Don’t miss out!