ABOUT FRIENDS OF HALSTOW
Supporting our School Together
Who we are
The Friends of Halstow is a registered charity (Charity No. 1098833) that works in partnership with Halstow Primary School. It is a team of parents who fundraise for the school to finance extra programs, projects and equipment to advance the education of the pupils in the school.
Recent fundraising activity has helped to raise funds to upgrade the outdoor play areas in the school, run a Forest School program for year 2, and provide an extensive arts workshop for all children during the school’s annual Arts Fortnight.
What we do
The Friends of Halstow hosts social and community events during the school year including (but not limited to) movie screenings, a Halloween disco and Christmas shop for the children, as well as wine tastings, quizzes, pamper evening and football games for parents, and not forgetting our annual summer fayre for the whole family.
We host a mixer event in September for families with children who are starting in Reception or new to the school.
We also sell school kit for those who wish to purchase items with the Halstow Primary School logo.
Parents volunteer to run the events and the proceeds are donated back to the school. At the same time as fundraising, we are investing in the children, their school and our community.
The Friends of Halstow is registered with HMRC and is able to recover Gift Aid on donations.
How we do it
The Friends of Halstow coordinates closely with the headteacher - Mr. Tom Gray - who, with his team, keeps us informed of the school’s needs that require additional funding. We rely entirely on volunteers to help us organise and run all fundraising activities.
Who can join
All parents, guardians & carers of current pupils are members of the Friends of Halstow, and are welcome to attend the meetings. We actively encourage the involvement of all families and look forward to meeting you and utilising your skills and energy for the benefit of Halstow Primary School children.
When we meet
The Friends of Halstow usually meets monthly on a Monday (welcome drinks at 19:45, meeting from 20:00-21:30) in the staff room. Dates are announced in the Halstow weekly newsletter and on the “Friends of Halstow Primary School” Facebook page. We discuss ideas, plan events and vote on spending decisions.