All Saints' Catholic High School

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22nd November 17

Welcome

A very warm welcome to the Friends of All Saints section of the website!  This section has been written especially for you, as a family within our school community and aims to inform you about our organisation which plays an important role in school life.

This is a very exciting time for the school.  With the appointment of Mr Beesley as our new Headteacher; the opportunity to re-invent ourselves has arisen and we have recently changed from the Parent Teacher Association to the Friends of All Saints.  It is hoped that this will give the organisation renewed impetus and encourage involvement community wide.

If after having read this page you have any questions about our organisation, please don't hesitate to get in touch.  You can contact the school or email your questions here.

Why do we need The Friends of All Saints?

We are very fortunate at All Saints to have a growing group of volunteers who are such an integral part of the school community. In its time the old PTA raised thousands of pounds which were spent on improving equipment and resources to enhance our children's education and the facilities in school in general.  It is envisaged that the Friends of All Saints will continue the legacy of the old PTA with fundraising success.  However, the organisation is about much, more than just fundraising.  It exists to provide closer links between home and school, and it is an excellent way to bring staff, parents and friends together socially in support of the school, working towards a common goal.  It is fun too - just ask any of the committee members or helpers.  Obviously as in any organisation, there are times when it is more 'challenging', but with the continued support of parents and staff, our organisation is sure to succeed in its efforts.

How we raise money?

The majority of our funds are raised through the events that we run.  Some of our most popular events include the Social Evening, Fashion Show and School Calendar.
So you can see there is always something going on.  We always try and respond to the children's requests for events and it is truly the icing on the cake to see them having fun at the events or enjoying using a piece of new equipment that has been provided as a result of fundraising events.

How we spend the money we raise?

We always endeavour to spend our funds in ways that will benefit all our children across all areas of the school and curriculum. 

Once money is raised from events the funds are banked straight away.  It is at our Committee Meetings, that the decisions on how to spend the money are agreed.

Usually, a member of the School's Senior Management Team will have a 'shopping list' of items that the school would like to purchase.  Sometimes this will be as a result of the children asking for something, for example a bike shed or shelter in the playground.   At other times it will be for resources to improve a particular area of the curriculum or school environment or to help to make school trips possible.  In the main the funds are for the 'extras' not provided by the school budget, that make our children's learning experiences so much more fulfilling and exciting.

The money we raise is usually spent fairly quickly.  That way, you can be sure that in supporting our school, your child/ren will feel the benefit, along with everybody else.

How can you get involved?

There are lots of ways you can help and support your child through The Friends of All Saints organisation.  You do not need to make a regular commitment but you can get involved in some of the schemes that you find interesting or if you have a relevant skill that you are willing to share.

Offering to help before events or at other times during the year is so valuable - it really is a case of 'many hands make light work'.  It doesn't matter if you can't help on a regular basis, or even if you can't come into school.  There are always little jobs that can be done from home if you have half an hour to spare.

You can of course, if you feel able, volunteer to be a Committee Member.  Or you can simply support the AGM and give us your ideas for fundraising events - this is also the time to ask questions or voice your opinion.

You can help by letting us know if you have any contacts or skills we could use - everything is potentially valuable to us.

If you would like to get involved with The Friends of All Saints or would simply like to be kept informed about its activities, please click here.