FRIENDS OF RUTHERFORD HOUSE SCHOOL
Autumn term update - Christmas Fair
A huge great big Christmasy thank you to everyone who was at the Christmas Fair and contributed to its success. We made an amazing £7,500 - a Christmas Fair record for us.
There was a snow zone, amazing grotto, petting zoo, bouncy castle, snow balls at the teachers, face painting, fire engine, games, tombola, craft, cookie decorating, chocolate fountain, BBQ, mulled wine and so much more for everyone to enjoy. An enormous thank you to everyone involved but particularly the Year 1 team who were the master minds behind the day.
The Friends is the charitable fundraising arm of Rutherford House School - you may be more familiar with the term 'PTA' or 'Parent Teacher Association'. All families are automatically members of the Friends when their child joins the school and we would love your help.
The Friends was founded by a group of Rutherford House parents when the school opened in 2013 for these purposes.
- To support the school and to promote friendship, through the organisation of social functions and other means, amongst parents/carers, staff and other people interested in the life of the school, as well as acting as a valuable source of information for current and prospective parents
- To raise funds for the school in order to meet the current and future school needs as it continues to grow
- To raise funds for chosen school charities
Since 2013 the Friends has raised £91,000 for the school and in the 2017/2018 school year we will break the £100,000 mark. This money has helped transform the space and has been used for a variety of projects to improve the school. We've turned the playground from a carpark to the fun place it is today. We have supported art projects at school. We've bought sports equipment, books and musical instruments, as well as furnishing the school with iPads and IT equipment.
Last year we raised over £34,000 and this year's target is £45,000. We can only do this with the help from everyone within the school community. We're always on the lookout for volunteers to help the school for our children, so please get in touch if you would like to help.
Our main focus for this school year is to raise money to buy more IT and sports equipment as well as books.
There is more information about key events and dates here.
And you can get started now, here are a few ways that you can help throughout the year.
Did you know that whenever you buy anything online - from your weekly shop to your annual holiday - you could be collecting free donations for the Friends?
There are over 3,000 shops and sites on board ready to make a donation, including Amazon, John Lewis, Hush, Aviva, thetrainline and Sainsbury's – it doesn't cost you a penny extra!
1. Head to https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/forutherfordhouse/ and join for free.
2. Every time you shop online, go to easyfundraising first to find the site you want and start shopping.
3. After you’ve checked out, that retailer will make a donation to your good cause for no extra cost whatsoever!
There are no catches or hidden charges and we can raise even more money for the school.
The Friends' 50:50 club provides members with the opportunity to win up to £500, whilst also supporting extra curricular projects at the school. Entry for the year costs £50 and there are 5 draws over the school year - with over £100 in prizes at each draw.
If you would like to join, please speak to one of the reps or email email@example.com
Make a donation
You can make single or regular donations to the Friends of Rutherford House via our secure Golden Giving donation page. Gift aid will be automatically reclaimed if you are a UK tax payer.
All children must have their names in their school uniform. If you buy the labels from either of the websites below and quote our school's 'code', the school will receive 30% of your total spend.
www.stamptastic.co.uk enter code RUTHERFORD at the checkout
www.stikins.co.uk enter fundraising number 35692 at the checkout
If you buy your micro scooter from the website below and quote our school's 'code', the school will receive 10% of your total spend.
www.micro-scooters.co.uk enter code 139775 at the checkout
Friends Committee Meetings
We are thrilled to have fantastic parent volunteers on board for each year group and additional members to lead the development of the Friends and look forward to their support and enthusiasm throughout the year.
The next meeting is on 12th January 2018.
Want to know more, tell us your ideas or volunteer? We would love to hear from you if you want to…
- volunteer to help with any events/activities
- receive more information about Friends events/activities
- tell us about your ideas for events/activities
- tell us about your ideas for where to spend the money
Please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org - or drop a note and put it in the Friends' red letter box (next to the notice board at school).
Meet the Friends of RHS
Charity Malthouse is Mum to Milly in Year 4 and Sophie in Reception. She’s been Chair of the Friends since 2014 and her favourite event is the Auction Night.
Zee Knowles is Mum to Seren in Year 2, and Manon who is desperate to start school but has to wait until September 2018. Zee is a chartered accountant and her favourite event is the Christmas Fair, specifically the Santa’s Grotto.
Vicky Bentall is Mum to Kit in Year 2 and Claudia in Reception. She is usually racing out of the playground to get to work on time, but is around for more of a chat on a Friday. Her favourite event is the Summer Fair.