Most schools on the island will have an organisation that seeks to bring together all those people in the area who wish to support the work of the school. Membership is usually drawn from those who are parents or carers of current pupils, are on the staff of the school, or appreciate the contribution that the school makes to the wider community.
Here at Arbory, we want to make things more informal by holding fundraising meetings for anyone parents and friends who are interested in helping the school.
Every parent/carer in the school should feel that they have a part to play and should feel free to join in all the activities that interest them or that they feel are important. New ideas are always welcome!
Informal meetings are held every six weeks or so, often with cups of tea and biscuits. In an ideal world the school would have an abundant supply of money in the budget but unfortunately that just isn’t true. This is where we aim to raise extra funds through different activities.
Events that have been held in the past few years include raffles, autumn fairs, summer fairs, jumble sales, ceilis, an Easter Egg hunts, Masked Ball, and a Garden Party.
The money raised goes towards buying equipment that enhances the children’s experience at school such as the mini bus that takes them on school trips or the box of playground equipment that is used during playtime. We also used money to refurbish the adventure playground. We also use money to pay for visiting theatre groups, musicians and other enrichment experiences.
Replenishing the library books and buying audio-visual equipment are ongoing areas that are funded by the money raised.
The school is always grateful to people who are able to give some time to help out at events, we all lead busy lives and sharing the work-load around just makes it easier to do it better.
Further information can be obtained from any member of staff or from the school office.