Friends of Beacon Hill School are always looking for new fundraising ideas, and we've found a way that need not cost you a penny! If you have foreign currency that you no longer need, is obsolete or is too small to get changed at a bank, why not donate it to us? We'll also be accepting discontinued (including pre-decimalisation) British coins and notes, so please have a root around in your drawers and see what you can find! Bring your unwanted currency to our collection bucket in the School Office, and it when it reaches 5kg, we'll send it to www.cash4coins.co.uk who will exchange it and send us a cheque. The bucket will be available all year so please keep it coming, thank you!
Personalised Name Labels for your Child's Belongings
My Nametags is a company that produces self-adhesive name labels that are colourful, flexible, washable and long lasting. You get 56 stickers for £12.95 (including P&P), and you can help the school raise money at the same time! Please use the link below to place your order, using School ID 29116. We will receive a small donation for each order placed. Thank you!
Friends of Beacon Hill School (FoBHS)
Every parent with a child at the school is automatically a member of the Friends of Beacon Hill School, a charity set up to raise funds for the school and to organise great events for our children, family and friends. The charity is led by a team of parents and staff nominated to the FoBHS committee, along with Trustees (also known as Ordinary Members).
You can hear more about upcoming event plans and how we spend the profits at our monthly meetings, which are usually held in the main school on the first Thursday of each month at 8pm. Everyone is welcome to come along and listen, join in or make suggestions, there is no pressure to volunteer.
During the 2015/16 academic year, you helped us to raise an astonishing £14,165, which funded:
The school minibus
Refurbishment of the school library
Christmas and Summer Term productions
Coach to the O2 for Young Voices
Indoor games for wet play
HM The Queen’s 90th Birthday commemorative medal for each child
Crackers for the school Christmas Lunch
Hottest Day ice-lollies
We held these successful events:
Family photo day
Fashion show (Kids on the Catwalk)
Second-hand uniform sales
We could not have achieved any of this without your help and generosity, so THANK YOU!
Chair – Catherine Miller
Mrs Miller is the Headteacher at Beacon Hill School and, as such, plays a vital role on the Committee. The school is invited to give us an annual ‘wish-list’, and we could not arrange our many events at the school without her help or the support of the staff.
Treasurer – Debs Brayshaw
Debs looks after the FoBHS bank account, floats for events, post-event counting and financial dealings with the school. She has sent all three of her children to Beacon Hill School, and her youngest is now in Year 6. Debs intends to step down as treasurer at the end of the 2016/17 school year. If you are interested in taking up this role, please let us know, and Debs will contact you to arrange a handover period.
Co-Secretaries – Jackie Chiodaroli and Ali Webb
Jackie deals with all the official and legal paperwork in running FoBHS and holding events. She has three children at the school, in Years 1, 4 and 6.
Ali takes the minutes of the monthly meetings and helps to write and disseminate information to parents on upcoming FoBHS activities. She has a child in Year 2.
Both co-secretaries play a large part in planning, promoting and running events.
Trustees – Lee Brooker-Payne, Jenny Harding and Alice Lees
Lee heads up The Marquee Mob, is heavily involved in organising Fireworks Night, and is there to support us at all events. He has two children at Beacon Hill, in Years 1 and 3. Jenny and Alice are invaluable in the planning and running of all our events, and have children in Year 2 and Years 1 and 3 respectively.
All three Trustees are keen to introduce new and exciting events suitable for the whole family, with the aim of raising additional funds to support the school.
Each class has one or more Class Reps. These are parents who have volunteered to play an active part in school life and forging relationships between parents. They usually compile and distribute a contact list for the parents in their class, but they may also attend FoBHS meetings, assist with planning and running events as needed, recruit and organise volunteers for FoBHS events, arrange social occasions and ensure that all parents are up to date with information.
The current class reps are:
R (Bumblebees) - Jane Stokes & Sara Rounce
R (Ladybirds) - Emily Crossman & Angela Johnson
1 (Hedgehogs) - Gemma Greenslade & Rosie Taylor
2 (Owls) - Emily Crossman, Jenny Harding, Cath Howard & Ali Webb
3C - Meghan Chrismas & Rose Patton
3F - Tania Adams & Karen Russell
4 - Helena Honner & Jane Thompson
5 - Amy Brown & Laura Cummins
6 - Donna Plumridge & Helen Talbot
Parents are invited to join the FoBHS facebook group, which regularly posts information, reminders and calls for help. Simply search for ‘Friends of Beacon Hill School’ and apply to join the group.
If you are looking for a challenge, why not get involved? You can volunteer at any time, for as much or as little time as you like. Just come along to a meeting (why not bring a friend?) or talk to your class rep or one of the Committee members. We’d love to have you!