The Friends

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Use the tabs below to find out more about the Friends of the different sections of Elizabeth College:

All parents of pupils at Elizabeth College (Upper School) automatically become members of the Friends of Elizabeth College. The Friends is a separate but complementary organisation to the Old Elizabethan Association.

The Friends run much like any other PTA (Parents Teachers Association) and our aims are:-
• to support the College through the whole range of its activities;
• to complement and extend the support given to the College, particularly by the Old Elizabethans, mainly though fundraising and social events.

We would like to encourage all parents to take an active part in the Friends activities either by joining our committee, offering to help out with events when you can or just by attending and enjoying our events. Our programme of upcoming events is shown below and further details are available from any Committee member or via our email address: friendsofelizcoll@cwgsy.net.

One way you can support the College is by subscribing to the Friends’ Elizabeth College Sports Tours Fund Monthly Draw. This fund helps to support the cost of travelling College sports teams for off-island (UK or Jersey) fixtures whilst providing an opportunity for subscribers to win cash sums in a monthly lottery draw. Three prizes are drawn each month and 30% of the total income from numbers purchased is distributed. To support the College in this way, please complete this Standing Order form and return it to the Friends at the address provided.

The Committee, in conjunction with the College, decide how funds raised at the various events are spent. We would be very pleased to hear any ideas members have for where we should spend the money to enhance the school lives of the pupils of Elizabeth College. Typically the Friends raise around £4000 per year.

Sharon Parr – Chair of the Friends of Elizabeth College

friendsofelizcoll@cwgsy.net

 Who are the ‘Friends’ of Acorn?

All parents of pupils of Acorn House are automatically members of The Friends of Acorn House. A committee of parents and staff has been formed to represent The Friends in order to manage fundraising initiatives.

Like all schools, Acorn House has a wish list of equipment and activities that fall outside the remit of the allocated budget. The school cannot always manage to purchase these ‘extras’ so the Friends of Acorn House raise funds in order to help purchase the most up-to-date learning and recreational resources for the pupils.

How is the fundraising organised?

The main fundraising event is the annual ball and auction. This event usually takes place in the Michaelmas Term and is a well-attended and glamorous affair. In the Michaelmas term, the Friends also organise Christmas cards designed by the pupils and the DVDs of the Christmas play, as well as the annual Christmas Fair – all valuable fundraising activities, as well as lots of fun for the children. There is another social event in the Lent term organized by the Friends of Acorn, such as a quiz night. In the Trinity Term, there is a family beach barbecue and the Friends also run a refreshments stall at Sports Day.

How have the funds been spent recently?

In the last few years, the funds raised have been used to contribute towards the new library at Acorn House, the purchase of musical instruments, outdoor play equipment and storage sheds, computers, digital cameras, cooking equipment, interactive tactile whiteboards, the playground area and a new minibus.

Every year the Friends of Acorn organise Christmas presents and an Easter Egg Hunt for the children – both traditionally very well received – and provide swimming bags for each pupil in Reception Year.

How can I get involved?

• Contact us on acornhousefriendsgsy@hotmail.co.uk if you would like to help out, however much (or little!) time/skills you have to share.

• Make an automatic donation (that costs you nothing) every time you shop online! Use the website www.easyfundraising.org.uk to make an automatic donation every time you buy from websites such as John Lewis and Amazon – for every purchase you make, we earn a proportion (it works like a loyalty scheme, instead of earning points you raise a donation). Simply register your name and email address at www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/acornhouse and donate automatically when you buy from your favourite websites via this portal – at no extra cost to you.

• Quote our “share” number 104286 when you shop at the Co-Op. This is just a little thing from an individual perspective but does add up and can make a difference as we cater for events and provide prizes etc.

• Join our committee! There are usually parents representing all year groups on the committee with four elected positions: Chair, Vice-Chair, Treasurer and Secretary. Taking part is entirely voluntary and new faces are always welcome.

Current committee contacts:

Co-Chairs – Mrs Bridget Roger and Mrs Marianne Romer

Vice-Chair – Mrs Jo Cox

Secretary – Mrs Eloise Le Roux

Treasurer – Mrs Louise Heyworth

The Friends of Beechwood has the same function as the Friends of Acorn in that we exist purely to provide the extras that cannot be provided either through fees or during school time.

Over the past 3 years, the Friends of Beechwood have raised funds to help buy the following items for the school:

– Trim Trail
– Library refurbishment and books
– Cameras
– DVD Player, television and speakers
– Microwave
– Easels
– Playground painting
– Projectors

We also were able to make a significant contribution towards the Diamond Jubilee celebrations, sporting trips off island and wet-weather games.

It is thanks to the Friends of Beechwood Committee that events such as the Halloween Party, Michaelmas Bazaar, Bingo Night, Movie Nights, Beechwood Ball, Christmas Disco, End of Term Disco and the Sports Day BBQ are able to take place.

The Friends of Beechwood also provide refreshments for the children at sporting events, donate all the profits from the sale of Phoenix Cards, provide a sweatshirt for Year 6 students for their Activities Week and provide a second-hand uniform shop on a monthly basis.

We would be very happy to welcome new parents to assist the Friends, either by joining the Committee or by giving time to help out with events.  We hope to achieve representation of every year group.

Click the following link to see some of our fundraising ideas.

If you are able to help, please speak to a member of the Committee (the final three members listed in bold are staff members):

 Andrea Lord  Anne-Marie Collivet  Kate Everitt
 Vanessa Pipe  Scott Falla  Karen Farman
 Selena Harty  Philippa Le Vasseur  Simon Potter
 Fiona Troalic  Jacqui Berry  Marni Eisenberg
 Sam Marshall  Karen Ward  Ana Page
 Jim Walton    Liz Brooker