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Friends of St Andrew’s

Welcome to the Friends of St Andrew’s School (FOSTA) Webpage

Who are FOSTA and what do we do?

We are a group of parents, grandparents, friends and staff of St Andrew’s School who, together, organise events to raise invaluable extra funding which is used by the school to enhance and enrich the children’s school experience.

Each year group has 2 parent representatives who act as a conduit between the committee and the other parents from their child’s class.

We meet every term (dates will be on the calendar) to discuss plans for upcoming events and brainstorm for new, innovative ways to raise the extra funding.

Every parent with a child in the school is automatically a member of FOSTA and are warmly welcomed to join us at the meetings and to get involved. FOSTA is relatively new, most of us have met each other through the group but we work really well together and enjoy what we do.

We are always in need of new members but understand that it can be difficult to dedicate your time when you have children and busy lives. You could just come along for a meeting to see what we do, even if you are unable to attend the meetings, or commit any time to the events. Also, we welcome any suggestions for fundraising ideas, you can do this via any of the FOSTA members, or the School Office.

What has FOSTA done in the past year?

  • A very successful Christmas Fayre and a Summer Fete
  • Lots of of fun events for the children, we ran 2 discos, a Mother’s Day and a Father’s Day sale
  • Provided refreshments at a number of school events including the fantastic St Andrew’s Marathon
  • Hosted a Bingo night

What is the money we raise used for?

Last year, FOSTA made a massive £9412.68 profit, the money raised was used to help fund:

  • After School Football and Netball Clubs
  • The cost of coaches for school trips which brings down the overall cost of school trips for parents.
  • Arts Week
  • Library Books
  • Advent or Easter Learning Books
  • Living Eggs (Reception)
  • Christmas pantomime
  • Science week
  • Year 6 leavers’ gifts

Plus, many more invaluable and important projects and events.

FOSTA Committee (as at Apr 2019)

Chair: Claire Maynard
Vice Chair: Amanda Borrow
Treasurer: Nicky Armstrong
Vice Treasurer: Sarah Le Gars
Secretary: Jacqui Dodd

If you are interested in getting involved, you can speak to any member of the FOSTA Committee or let the School Office know and they will pass on the message. Don’t worry about how much time you can commit, it all helps!