Friends of White Court

The Friends of White Court School (FoWCS) is a registered charity run by volunteers to raise much needed funds for our school. We help organise and deliver events and initiatives throughout the year with lots of support from other parents, family members and school staff. In September 2018 Kelly Ambrose stepped into the role of Chair and with the help of a small team of parents, has been co-ordinating events for the school.

Our committee:

Chair Kelly Ambrose
Vice Chair Kirstie Brooks
Vice Chair Kirsty Hawkes
Treasurer Charly Scudder
Fundraising Secretary Danielle Matheou
Social Media Manager Niki Cook

If you would like to find out more about FoWCS, please take a look at our newsletter or you can keep up to date via the Facebook page.

Our social media pages are:
Facebook: www.facebook.com/FundraiserFoWCS/
Instagram: friendsofwhitecourtschool
Twitter: FOWCS1

Our Goal:

Over the years FoWCS has helped raise funds to support the school and help provide our children with the best opportunities possible. In the past we have helped with funding new outdoor furniture, garden equipment, IT equipment, a new adventure playground area and bicycle/scooter racks, to enable our children to cycle/scooter to school.

Money raised this year, 2018/2019, will be used to support the school’s re-development of the children’s break and lunch time experience, to purchase much-needed supplies for our 21 classrooms and to update our laptop trollies.

Fundraising Achievements

In 2017/2018 FoWCS introduced the Mother’s and Father’s Day secret shopper rooms which were a huge success and it was lovely hearing all the parent’s reactions to their surprise presents. We bounced into the Summer term with a brilliant inflatables day and finished the year with the awesome (and extremely hot) Summer Fete, which raised an amazing £4,444.

FoWCS have so much fun organising the events for the school, and with the help and support of parents, and the support of all the volunteers, site managers, teaching and office staff, FoWCS managed to raise an incredible £12,519 in 2017/2018!

The money raised has gone towards much-needed classroom resources for each year group and…

How To Get Involved

Volunteering

We need as much help as possible and we would be thankful of any time you can give to FoWCS – an hour of your time makes a huge difference – from baking a cake, delivering leaflets, volunteering at an event or helping to run an event. If you’re interested in helping at event or becoming a member of FoWCS, please contact us via email or Facebook and we can send you a volunteer’s form. We have a database of volunteers that we email out to before each big event asking for volunteers and we are also running a Facebook Messenger group where we discuss ideas. If you think you fancy just dropping some ideas on the messenger group every now and again or being on the volunteer’s database let us know and that would be fantastic. We welcome all new ideas and volunteers.

Easy Fundraising Initiative

You can also get involved not just by volunteering but by taking part in the easy fundraising initiative, simply register with them (www.easyfundraising.org.uk) and select our school as your preference and next time you shop online with a huge range of retailers White Court School will receive cash back.

Raise funds for White Court School by shopping through www.easyfundraising.org.uk

Amazon Smile

FoWCS have signed up for Amazon Smile, which is a simple and automatic way for you to support FoWCS every time you shop on Amazon, at no cost to you.
When you shop at smile.amazon.co.uk, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as amazon.co.uk, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to FoWCS.
To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to smile.amazon.co.uk from the web browser on your computer or mobile device.

Co-op Community Cards

Do you shop in the Co-op in Great Notley? If you do please sign up to our Community Card scheme. Every time you show your card whilst shopping FoWCS receive points and every 1000 points equals £5. If you’d like a Co-op Community Card please contact us.

AGM

Our Annual General Meeting (AGM) is held towards the end of September each year, where the positions of Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Treasurer are up for re-election. Please feel free to stand for election or attend the meeting. The meeting is held at school during the day with the head teacher (it is very informal). The date for the 2019 AGM has yet to be confirmed.

Upcoming Events

We have lots of events coming up this year:
Friday 8th February – Valentines Disco
Saturday 2nd March – Quiz
Wednesday 27th March – Mother’s Day Secret Shopper
Tuesday 2nd April – Easter Egg Hunt
Friday 17th May – Inflatables Day
Wednesday 12th June – Father’s Day Secret Shopper
Saturday 29th June – Summer Fete

 

Upcoming Meetings:

Monday 21st January – Online Meeting – Summer Fete Ideas and Fundraising Ideas

We understand that not everyone can make evening meetings but may still want to contribute. On Monday 21st January between 8pm and 9pm FoWCS will be online posting in the event page. FoWCS will be asking questions and polls, answering any questions you may have, discussing ideas for the Summer Fete and looking for any other fundraising ideas.

Tuesday 22nd January – FoWCS Summer Fete Ideas and Volunteer Meet Up. Location: Prince Louis

Please come along to the Prince Louis at 7:30pm and we can tell you of our current plans and join our discussion on how to make this year’s Summer Fete brilliant.

Future meetings will be confirmed soon.  Everyone is welcome.

 

Contact Us

If you want to get involved or have any questions, queries or suggestions please contact us:

www.facebook.com/FundraiserFoWCS/
General enquiries – FoWCS@outlook.com
Kelly Ambrose – kelly.ambrose-FoWCS@outlook.com
Kirstie Brooks – kirstie.brooks-FoWCS@outlook.com
Kirsty Hawkes – Kirsty.hawkes-FoWCS@outlook.com
Charly Scudder – charly.scudder-FoWCS@outlook.com
Danielle Matheou – Danielle.Matheou-FoWCS@outlook.com
Niki Cook – Niki.Cook-FoWCS@outlook.com