Chairperson: Sarah Bell
Secretary: Sarah Heslop
Treasurer: Joanne Walker
The Friends of Coxhoe Primary School includes parents, carers, grandparents, and members of the community who work tirelessly to support our school. They meet at school in the evening and plan a wide range of fundraising events. They then work closely with the staff to spend funds raised on a variety of different projects.
The events themselves are also great fun for the children. The school disco is popular and the Summer Fair is becoming grander each year.
The group welcomes new members with open arms as the list of jobs grows longer; you can choose your level of involvement to match with the time you can spare. No amount of help is too small and will always be greatly received. If you would like to be involved please ask at the office.
(Policies are currently under review)
Support outside of FOCPS
Community & Parent Support
At Coxhoe School, we work very closely with individuals and other groups from the Community. We believe that the local primary school should be the heart of the Village and, in recent years have developed strong links with all aspects of the Community. This enables us to work together as a community and really make a difference.
The school encourages open communication between home and school and issues regular newsletters to parents, via their children, detailing events and particulars concerning school. These events are also communicated through our school website.
May we take this opportunity to thank the people of Coxhoe for the faithful support, interest and encouragement given to the school. We aim to build on the links already established in our community, and, with your help, make our school a place of which we can all be justifiably proud.
We are always grateful to those parents who come in to school and help. Don’t be shy! If you have some time to spare or a particular talent or area of expertise then we would love to hear from you.
Currently parent helpers are involved in supporting children with reading, helping in practical and creative subjects such as cookery, sewing, art, music and design technology. So if you are free, even for an hour a week, come in and speak to Mrs Caygill (Deputy Head) who organises our parent helpers – she would love to hear from you.
Prior to commencing your work in school all helpers will be required to have successfully completed an enhanced DBS check which helps us ensure pupils are safeguarded.
How we raise funds...
We work closely with the school to identify ways to enrich what school is able to offer; this includes a broad range of items/experiences.
With the support of the wonderful families in Coxhoe we hold:
- Bake sales,
- Film nights,
- Christmas shopping evenings,
- Sponsored events,
- Class challenges,
- Stalls at events such as Christmas performances.
This year we are working towards the following goals alongside our fundraising efforts:
- Updating the outdoor space
- Healthier living
- Being kinder to the environment
Our key fundraising goal for 2022 is to continue to raise funds to help improve the outdoor area for the children. They have already benefitted from the new outdoor gym equipment and the feedback has been fantastic. We are in the process of getting new quotes and designs from various companies which we hope to be able to share with you all soon. The pandemic may have slowed us and our efforts down but it will not stop us!
We cannot thank the PTFA and our wider school family enough for their drive to continue fundraising throughout the pandemic. Members of the PTFA have worked really hard to keep fundraising efforts going in new and creative ways. It was amazing to have our Funky Festive Fridays and welcome families and stall holders to join us for some festive treats; the atmosphere was amazing and really highlighted just how much we have missed it!
Requests from school include:
Recently we have worked with the children that form the School Council to help update us with the thoughts of the student body across the different year groups. Requests include:
- More playground equipment,
- Outdoor development,
- Improved technology,
- Updated sparkly dip prizes and dojo parties.
Our AGM took place on Monday 7th February.
Minutes will follow soon.
We are proud to support our local community pantry who in turn do an amazing job at serving our school family and wider community.
Our families are welcome to drop contributions off for the pantry any Thursday morning. It can be left at the office door where it will be collected and delivered to the pantry.
Head over to the Parish Council Website and search Coxhoe Pantry
Proud of Our Achievements!
Have a sneak peek into our school to see what we have achieved together!
We have contributed towards:
- Reception Outdoor Area
- A fantastic Audio Visual system for the hall
- Annual pantomime visits
- A Christmas book for every child in our school
- A defibrillator
- Outdoor exercise equipment
- The new PE kit
- Y6 leavers party
- Sparkly dip prizes
- Craft packs
- Christmas parties
- Dojo parties
- PA system
- Easter craft sessions
- Christmas craft sessions
Miles for Smiles
On Friday 6th May we were excited to see the return of our very popular bake sales! This time around each year group will get the chance to provide some delicious sweet treats, the year group who raises the most money will win themselves a little treat. Follow along below for dates and to see which year group is in the lead!
06/05/22 - Year 1: £100.60
13/05/22 - Year 2:
10/06/22 - Year 3:
17/06/22 - Year 4:
24/06/22 - Year 5:
01/07/22 - Year 6:
World Book Day 2022
World Book Days is always one of our favourite events in school as we get to see the amazing creativity of the children in their costumes and promote our love of reading. This year the PTA helped to organise a book swap and had a book themed raffle and tombola.
We also provided parents with refreshments at bedtime stories where it was a delight to welcome everyone back into the school hall for a coffee and chat while the children enjoyed a story in their classes.
We raised £58.98
Bag 2 School
As part of our goal to be kinder to the environment we organise Bag2School collections where families and friends can recycle clothing, bedding, towels and other items. In return for helping to save this items from the landfill the FOCPS raise funds in return.
Our last collection raised £86.40
Healthy Tuck Shop
Our healthy tuck shop has been running for a couple of months now and we are pleased that the children are really enjoying it while helping us to raise funds.
Our last tuck shop raised £157!
Items available include things like popcorn, raising, fruit juices, cereal bars, snack-a-jacks and fruit winders.
Each fortnight children look forward to choosing some tasty snack time treats which are a healthier alternative to traditional tuck shop items.
For 2022 we are starting things off with a little bit of “Fund-raisin’”! We’ll be sending children home with a box of raisins and asking them to return the empty boxes filled with any spare change/coins that they can. We’ll collect the boxes up and count the coins; the class with the most money raised will win themselves a treat.
Update: The Fund-Raisin challenge raised an amazing £485.61
The winners were Hargreaves who enjoyed a very tasty fruit platter as their treat.