Friends of Haselor Academy (FOHA) is a group of dedicated parents and supporters of Tudor Grange Primary Academy, Haselor. Throughout the academic year we host a range of events for pupils, families and the local community with the aim of enriching school life and raising funds. With our help the Academy is able to purchase additional resources to further enhance the school environment and learning opportunities available.
All parents automatically become members of the Friends when their child joins the school. It is an ideal opportunity to get to know what is happening at the school and to feel part of the school community.
As a registered charity our committee is made up of a group of dedicated volunteers as follows:
Chair: Adam Desmond
Treasurer: Gemma Pope
Secretary: Kirsty Sloan
Teacher’s Representative: Sophie Hamilton
Committee members: Parents from across all Key Stages
How can you find out more?
We hold a meeting at least once each half term. The date, time and location will be on the noticeboard at the entrance to the school grounds and in the school newsletter. Socially we get together for regular Mums’ Nights Out, and Dads’ Nights Out are popular too.
We often contribute important information and news about events in the school newsletter which is emailed to all parents every two weeks.
Our Facebook page is www.facebook.com/FriendsOfHaselor
… and, of course, look on the school website or Twitter feed.
What do we organise?
From the big annual fundraisers like the Friends and Parents Barbecue and Summer Fayre to term-specific events such as the Halloween Disco, Breakfast with Santa, Easter Egg Hunt, The Great Haselor Bake-off and Haselor’s Got Talent, the Friends can always guarantee there’s plenty to keep everyone entertained. In addition, we host regular film nights, gift-making and coffee mornings.
We also run a stall at Alcester’s Court Leet Street Market, raise money with the Round Table Christmas collection, and enjoy the generosity of local businesses who donate gifts and vouchers for our regular raffles and annual auction.
There’s lots of fun to be had either by helping directly, or just as importantly by coming along to enjoy and support events.
What have we raised money for?
Thanks to the Friends’ fundraising we have recently bought the following for our children to use in school:
- 10 laptops
- 4 iPads
- 4 cameras
- Classroom visualisers (projectors in non-techie speak)
- Beebots floor robots for Early Years
- New netball nets and bibs
- Outdoor play sets, and a revamp for the EYFS outdoor learning area
- Water world set for learning about forces
- Six beanbags and a large square beanbag for indoor/outdoor use in book corners
- Planters and plants around school
- Leavers’ t-shirts
- The magnificent tepee, largely funded from children and families taking part in a sponsored walk around Haselor. Many hands were needed to get it upright and painted with a solid base!
How can you help us?
Help at an event!
Our hard-working volunteers generously give up weekends and evenings and everyone is welcomed and appreciated. We would be delighted if you came and joined us.
Second-hand Uniform Sales
The smart uniform at our school comes at a cost! Why not buy some items from our second-hand uniform shop? We run regular sales and you will be making a valuable contribution. www.easyfundraising.org.uk You can raise money for Friends of Haselor Academy every time you shop online, including at Amazon, Tesco and thousands more stores. For every purchase you make, the retailers give our charity up to 3%.
Match Funding Schemes
Many companies throughout the UK offer employees the chance to boost their fundraising efforts by “matching” the money they raise. Please check with your HR department about their Match Funding.
Please consider signing a Gift Aid declaration which, as a registered charity, will allow us to claim 28p for every pound that you donate.
We have two collections a year and the Friends are paid per weight of items donated.
The Friends are ever-busy sorting, maintaining, renovating, weeding, and helping …
There is no greater reward for all the hard work than happy Tudor Grange Primary Academy Haselor children enjoying everything that has been bought for them. Thank you for helping in whatever way you can!