About the Friends’ Association of Bonneville (FAB!)
Welcome to FAB, the Friends’ Association of Bonneville. We hope this gives you more information about who we are and what we do.
What is FAB?
FAB is what is often called a PTA or Parent-Teacher Association. These are groups of parents, carers, and other friends of the school who work together with teachers and other staff to support their work for the school in a number of different ways; including providing those additional things that enrich children’s experiences at school but which cannot be covered by the school’s budget. We do this through fundraising, organising events for adults and/or children to socialise and have fun!
Who is FAB? – You are FAB!
Everyone who is part of the school community is automatically a member of FAB. So all parents and carers belong to FAB and are welcome at all meetings, the AGM and our events. As a group with charitable status, we have a Chair, Secretary and Treasurer, each with specific roles:
When we meet and how to get involved
Meetings take place a couple of times per term to discuss events for the coming months. Parents or carers of a child at Bonneville are automatically members of FAB. Everybody is welcome, please come along and say ‘hello’. It is fine to bring babies and toddlers with you to daytime meetings. We can offer you tea, coffee and maybe even biscuits!
If you are unable to attend daytime meetings there are still plenty of opportunities to get involved as most of the events we organise are after school or at weekends and you are always welcome. To contact FAB committee please email us or put a note in the FAB pigeonhole via the school office.
Being involved with FAB is a great way to get to know other parents at the school and feel part of the school community – as well as making a real contribution to school-life for our children.
What do we do?
FAB’s activities usually include an International evening; summer and winter fairs; coffee mornings to welcome new parents; a Bonneville calendar featuring beautiful artwork created by the children; Christmas cards designed by each child; and social events for adults and for children.
Fundraising is a vital part of our role. Funds that we raise contribute to subsidising trips for the children – helping to make them more affordable. At the beginning of 2011 we were very proud to see the opening of the Jordan Library for Key Stage 2 children. FAB’s fund raising events, along with our successful bid for external funding, went into the cost of refurbishing a classroom and stocking it with new books. FAB has also raised money for exciting play equipment for the infant playground, and a portable stage for performances and assemblies. We have worked on developing the school’s popular Secret Garden so that children from throughout the school can use this as a learning environment. Our most current venture has been the Playgrounds Project – the aim being to develop each playground to be a stimulating and attractive environment for the children to enjoy. Obviously all these undertakings will require updating, restocking or maintenance and for continuity we hope to pass on the baton to the next group of parents who comprise FAB.
If you have any ideas about social events or fundraising activities all suggestions are very welcome.
Past and continuous achievements include:
- Updating the sound system for the indoor stage and an outdoor portable sound system
- The junior library, The Jordan Library
- Subsiding school trips
- New play equipment for Early Years playground
- Providing PE tracksuit bottoms for all pupils in 2016The play equipment in the Year 1 & 2 playground
- Maintaining the Secret Garden for continued use as a forest school and edible garden
- Creating a stage/performance area in the Year 3 & 4 playground
- Repainting the playground wooden panels, doors and woodwork
- Y6 disco and Leavers Book
If you have something to go onto the website on the FAB latest news page, please email FAB at email@example.com
Raising funds for FAB while you shop
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A local garden centre (Neal’s Nurseries Garden Centre in Heathfield Road, Wandsworth Common) is offering a great deal to help us buy plants, equipment or other garden items. They will give us £25 to spend in store for every £100 spent by parents/carers/teachers/friends. All you have to do is keep your receipt(s) for any purchases from the garden centre and bring into school. It can be for any amount – even just a few pounds – as we just have to add the receipts together to make up £100 at a time. So make use of this really good offer and tell any friends who might also like to support the school in this way. Please put receipts in an envelope addressed to FAB and drop them off at the office. Even a few regular customers passing on their receipts to us could really contribute to enhancing the garden environment but every receipt makes a difference!
A great way of supporting FAB and the school is to come along to our events and enjoy them! They are all organised and run by volunteers from the school community – parents and carers like you – so we always appreciate more help, whether you have a little time to spare to do a small task or more time available to do more.
You could contribute or raffle prizes; help on or run a stall at the summer or winter fair, or help set up or clear away. We also need people who can display an estate agent’s board advertising the Summer Fair outside their home – it promotes the Fair in the local community and we get money from the estate agents for each board put up.
Volunteering for our events is a fun way of being involved in your child’s school and meeting other parents and carers.
If you have a great idea for a new event or activity that you’d like to organise we want to hear from you!