FRIENDS OF CHARLESWORTH SCHOOL (FOCS)
What is FOCS?
Our parents association is known as the Friends of Charlesworth School (FOCS). It serves as an excellent way for staff, governors, children, and families to join together in support of our school.
What do we do?
We run a variety of fun events that bring together the school community and also raise funds for additional resources. Over the years, we have organised: school discos, film nights, quiz nights, Christmas fairs, a bonus ball scheme, a walking float and stall at Charlesworth carnival.
More recently, we have organised:
· a hugely successful pantomime, which included members of the school and village community
· a village Fashion Show
· a sponsored walk event
All of the organised events are a great way for people to socialise and help to create links between home and school. They’re lovely to participate in and the money raised helps to enrich our children’s time at school.
How is the money spent?
Money raised by FOCS helps to provide extra items or activities that make school
life even better for our children! Previous spending has paid for new books and
sports equipment, been put towards playground improvements and met some of
the cost of school trips. Current and future spending projects include supporting
the school’s IT upgrade, renewing playground equipment, and purchasing
additional literacy and maths resources.
FOCS work closely with school to determine how best we can allocate funds, so that
our children benefit from all our efforts. We have regular meetings where we make
decisions about spending, as well as planning events.
What happens at the meetings?
FOCS meet every few weeks (in the pub, when we are permitted) to discuss our projects and finances, and everyone is welcome to come along. The meetings are friendly and informal, where people can find out what’s going on and contribute ideas and opinions.
How can I get involved?
We’re always looking to welcome new people! The success of FOCS is entirely reliant on a small army of amazing volunteers. Getting involved with FOCS is enjoyable and rewarding and there are numerous ways you can help. We always need people to help out at events – jobs like manning a stall for an hour at the Christmas fair, or selling glow sticks at a disco.
If you’d like to get involved with the wonderful work that FOCS volunteers do, please get in touch – we’d love to hear from you!
Click on the FB logo to see the FOCS group page