Norman Gate Friends
|Next Meeting - Wednesday 20th September 9:15am|
Who are we?
Norman Gate Friends Association is a registered charity, which was re-established in January 2016, and seeks to support the school to further enrich the educational experience for the children. We do this by holding events such as summer and Christmas fairs, cake sales, raffles, etc and also in applying for funds from local and national organisations. Our committee consists of three Officers: Chair, Treasurer and Secretary. We also have several ordinary committee members to make up the full committee. We usually meet about once a month at the school when we discuss/organise events and fundraising and have an informal chat. All parents and members of the school community are encouraged to get involved, even if they only have a small amount of time available. All families are automatically members of NGFA when their child joins our school.
NGFA is conscious of the ethos and diversity of our school, and we try very hard when organising and planning events to respect this. It’s not all about fundraising, for example the Summer fair did raise lots of money but the children, parents and carers all had a lovely afternoon and we raised awareness of our wonderful school in the local community too.
Current fundraising goal
We are currently raising funds to install an outdoor gym which will provide the children with an opportunity to safely exercise. It is hoped that by encouraging the children to use this equipment outside we can provide all the benefits of fresh air and exercise and making classroom time more productive. The equipment has been shown to help with balance, co-ordination, physical literacy and social interaction. It will also be used to provide innovative PE experiences to inspire children to develop a life-long love of exercise. The total cost of this is in excess of £5000.
Ways to help
Offering to help before events or at other times during the year is so valuable. It doesn’t matter if you can’t help on a regular basis, or even if you cannot come into school. There are always jobs that can be done from home if you have half an hour to spare e.g. wrapping gifts, preparing raffle tickets etc.
If you are a keen gardener you may wish to volunteer to help maintain the school’s raised beds so that the children can get on with planting and harvesting rather than weeding!
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