The Friends of Whitehills (FOWS) are a team of people who volunteer to raise money for Whitehills Primary School. Some might like to refer to us as the Parent Teacher Association. Most of our members are current parents, with two or three members of staff too.
We are a friendly group of people who meet up four to five times a year to plan fundraising events for pupils, parents and staff to attend.
Since September 2018, we have organised several successful events, including discos, race night, refreshments at TLC evenings, Christmas fayre, film night, Happy’s Circus, a fashion show, Easy Fundraising cause and the children’s design and make their own Christmas gifts and cards. These events have raised over £8,500. This includes a £1,000 match funding donation from Barclays, for which we are very grateful.
With the money we raise, we frequently subsidise trips for our children to enjoy, taking some of the financial pressure off parents who fund the rest of the trip. For the last five to six years, we have paid the DoodleMaths bill for the children to be able to enjoy maths in a fun and interactive way and to use it as part of our homework policy too. Each year, we also give every child a book for their birthday in addition to providing Santa’s presents for each class and contributing to the children’s Christmas parties.
We are always keen to hear what parents would like us to spend the money on for their children, so if you have any particular ideas you would like us to consider, then, please do get in touch with one of our members. If you feel that you can spare some time to help us in our future fundraising endeavours, please, please do get in touch. Even if you can only spare an hour or two every 6 months, it really does help! Contact Nikki Verlander: Whitehillsfows@gmail.com
Our current members are:-
Nikki Verlander (Parent) (Chair)
Liz Hurr (Staff and Parent) (Vice Chair)
Marie Jackson (Staff) (Treasurer)
Sherry Kerr (Parent) (Assistant Treasurer)
Stuart Burt (Parent) (Secretary)
Sarah Woods (Parent)
Alison Amos (Staff)
Clare Wood (Staff)
Carly Berryman (Parent)
Sarah Beardsmore (Parent)
Karen Burt (Parent)
Millie Hall (Parent)
Elaine Ayton (Staff)
Samantha Hunt (Parent)
Melanie Willis (Parent)
Jessica Carey (Parent)
Natalie James (Staff)