Funds raised by the Friends of Lorenden go to support the extra, ‘nice to have’ items that enhance the children’s experience at school. In the past couple of years the generosity of parents has enabled the Friends to fund:
Playground equipment - £8k
Gazebo - £3.5k
The purchase of new library books - £2k
Chromebook computers, providing much-needed updates to the school’s IT equipment - £3k
The committee of the Friends of Lorenden is responsible for the running of the charity and organising the main fund raising events. Typical events include the Summer Fair, Christmas Fair, Quiz night, Race night, Second hand uniform sales. New ideas are always welcomed. Members are voted in annually and the usual posts are: Chairperson, Co-Chair, Secretary, Treasurer and one or two parents representing each class.
Class Reps (who may also be committee members) take the lead on communication to parents, may choose to organise social events for the class, organise the class teacher’s end-of-year gifts and the termly cake sale. Thanks to Whats App & email, it is not an onerous task and is a great way to get to know your fellow parents better.
The Voting process for Class rep and /or Committee member is that each class will be asked to nominate volunteers and vote for them via Survey Monkey.
The more helpers come forward the less each of us has to do to make it all work! Occasional helpers who are able to lend a hand for specific events or purposes are very much appreciated. Thanks to a team of parent volunteers we recently renovated a section of the playground which was overgrown and unusable. A squad of parents and children gave up a couple of hours on a Saturday and it is now a safe and relaxing outdoor learning space for the younger children.
We really need your help to continue to carry out these valuable projects. Please consider giving an hour or two of your time to an upcoming event, or volunteer on a more regular basis – without you, we simply couldn’t offer all this to the school community. Please contact your class rep to find out how to get involved.