The Friends of Granville (FOG), the school’s parents’ association, hold fund-raising events to foster social contact and to raise funds for educational and sporting equipment that is outside the resources provided by the school. In recent years FOG has raised funds for iPads, digital information screens and the school mini bus.
FOG has kicked off the year with a new committee for 2017/2018- we welcome the team of Polly O’Brien (Chairperson), JD O’Brien (Events Manager), Bingham Henderson (Treasurer) and Genevieve Heselden (Secretary) and look forward to a new school year with lots of fun fundraising events, culminating in the Summer Ball. Our first event of the term, the Headmistress’ Drinks Party, was a fun night for parents and teachers alike, with special thanks to Liz Stopford and Anna Jobke for superb co-ordination and hosting skills!
We now look forward to the Junior Movie Night (where Years 1, 2 and 3 will be bunkering down in the school with onesies and popcorn to watch Moana this year) and with Christmas fast approaching, make sure to get your orders in for FOG Christmas puddings and Christmas cards created by our budding little artists! We will also have the ever popular Secret Santa shopping event towards the end of term, with the opportunity for parents to get involved as Elves or helping out with Santa’s “wrapping factory”. Many thanks to Claudia Blandford and Carleen Kirk who have volunteered to co-ordinate Secret Santaand to Ymkje Vlutters who has again this year spearheaded the wonderful Christmas cards project.
While this is a busy term for FOG, we also have one eye on the bigger events occurring later on in the year- the Founders’ Day Fete and the Summer Ball. The Summer Ball will be held at the school on the last Saturday before the end of term (7th July), so please save the date! JD O’Brien is heading up the ball committee, supported by a number of parents, but if you would like to get involved there is still time to do so, before the committee has its first meeting in November.
Towards the end of the Summer term, the Chair of FOG gives a speech highlighting the great FOG events of the year and to thank the people who have made them happen.
A Welcome Drinks Party is held at the beginning of the academic year to introduce new parents and staff to the school. The highlight of the year is the Founder’s Day Fête held in May to celebrate the birthday of the school. In addition there is a Christmas Fair, a bi-annual summer ball and various other fund-raising and social events. In recent years this has included a wine tasting evening, a quiz evening and a race evening.
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FOG is organised by a committee made up of form representatives from each class. Parents are encouraged to join the committee. It is not too time consuming; it is an excellent way to meet other parents and a very rewarding way to become involved in the school. A list of committee members and class representatives is displayed in the school entrance outside the school office.
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