Previously known as St Aidans PTA (Parent Teacher Association)
Chair: Jane Reigner/Jen Winterschladen
Vice Chair: Catherine Bolton
Secretary: Karen Winspear
Treasurer: Jane Regnier
Vice Treasurer: Janet Hill
Marketing: Cath Harrison
Uniform Exchange: Jo Smith/Jane Kennerley
FOSA’s aim is to raise funds for additional and replacement facilities at the school.
All parents and guardians automatically become members of FOSA when their children join the school. The FOSA Annual General Meeting is held in the Autumn term and everyone is welcome to join. Alternatively, all parents and guardians are warmly invited to 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 on Facebook and Twitter.
We understand that St Aidan’s parents all lead busy lives, and might be concerned about taking on additional commitments, but even the offer of help on one event can make all the difference, and won’t enter you into a lifetime of obligation!
We are always interested in new fundraising ideas so please contact us with any ideas and we look forward to seeing you at one of our events.
If you have any questions or would like to get involved with any event, please get in touch with us via school.
FOSA facebook page: @friendsofstaidans
Can your business or the business you work at help St Aidan’s?
Friends of St Aidan’s (FOSA) are a group of less than 10 parents who organise fundraising events for the school. Most recently these events have included: The Year 7 Family Quiz, Three Peaks Challenge, The Snow Ball, The Bollywood Bash and The 2017 Glitter Ball.
In the last two years, thanks to all the people who came, or sponsored or donated to our events FOSA has raised nearly £30,000 for the school. These funds have been donated back to the school in a way that can benefit as many children as possible including £22,000 for the replacement mini bus and sports team kit.
How can you or your business help?
We are looking for businesses to kindly donate prizes suitable for a silent auction or large raffle prize. Can your business help please?
Alongside our lead sponsors, Ethos Asset Finance and Raworths Solicitors, of the FOSA Winter Snow Ball, we are also looking for local businesses who would like to have their brand or organisation associated with this exciting event by becoming secondary sponsors.
Please contact us if you think you might be able to help FOSA@staidans.co.uk
The 3 peaks challenge was completed with huge success raising over £5,000 for FOSA and Franks Fund. Everyone who took part in the challenge were amazing and their determination to complete the gruelling challenge was to be admired.
On Saturday 30th November 2019, Friends of St Aidan’s hosted their Christmas Snow Ball. Over 200 guests attended the black tie event where there was plenty of entertainment on offer. The evening began with a drinks reception accompanied by Kit Turnbull on piano and then guests took their seats in the beautifully decorated room. There were games of heads and tails, a raffle, auction, photo booth and a band to keep guests entertained whilst they were treated to a 3 course dinner made by the wonderful catering staff from St Aidan’s. The evening premier sponsors were Ethos Asset Finance and Raworths Solicitors, with secondary sponsors being MAS Design Consultants and Cycle Secure. Special thanks go to Farrah’s for donating chocolates and after dinner mints, Carthy and Black for donating coffee cream liqueur, Angels Events and Hire and Style for helping making the room look so wonderful and Skinny Design for providing all our marketing materials. Many wonderful businesses in the local area donated prizes to our raffle/auction packages to the value of over £4,000 and to them we are extremely grateful. The evening raised over £10,000 and we would like to pass this over to school in the coming months to be spent on something that will benefit as many students as possible.
Thank you once again to everyone who supported us and came to the event! We had a ball!
What Do We Do?
There’s now a really easy way you can help to raise money for your school each week — it’s completely free and it only takes five minutes to set up.By registering with easyfundraising, the UK’s leading good cause cashback site, every time you shop online with one of their partners the school will receive a free donation. So far 3,100 retailers are signed up including Amazon, John Lewis, booking.com, Jacks Wills and more.
How do i do this?
1. Sign up to support Friends of St Aidan’s (FOSA) here: http://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/friendsofstaidans-fosa
2. Shop online as normal and raise donations from 3,100 retailers.
Please bring to school any good quality, second hand items with name tags removed which will be sold at Parents’ Evenings and New Starters’ Evenings. Prices are amazingly good value and all proceeds go into FOSA funds.