A comment from the Chair of West Chinnock PFA:
We moved as a family to West Chinnock in 2016 from West Sussex. We were expecting a different environment, but wow, what a contrast!
Becoming involved in the PFA Committee was an excellent way for me to not only meet new people, but also to play a part in shaping our own children’s school environment. We have loved how involved you can be with school life at West Chinnock – what a privilege to share this aspect of our children’s lives with them!
Taking on the role of Chair was not something I had envisaged when we moved here and our previous Chair has left a hard act to follow! However, we have a great team of parents and there are always so many fantastic ideas bubbling around that it is hard not to share the excitement and want to be involved.
Since I first visited West Chinnock Primary School, it has struck me as being a very special school. With a committed PFA we want to keep it that way and do all we can to put on fun events for our community and continue to successfully raise funds to enhance the facilities and experiences our children enjoy through their time at West Chinnock Primary School.
Do get in touch if you would like to be involved, have any fundraising ideas, or know of any potential sponsors who would love to partner with us!
Friends of Norton School or FONS want everyone to feel included which is why we welcome not only teachers and parents but also grandparents and anyone who feels closely linked to the school. We are best known for our fundraising to help the school to buy or fund what we call ‘WOW’ items and experiences for the children. In the past these have included the outdoor musical equipment, the stage, the pirate ship and most recently the Ipads.
What do we do?
We raise most of our money through events which we love as both a way to raise the funds, but also as a way to bring the school community together. Events such as the Christmas Fair, the Summer Fete, Family Bingo nights, Easter Egg Hunts, school disco’s, cake sales and much more.
We have two FONS meetings a term which are open to all staff, friends and parents. The space is used to talk about topics that are relevant to the school and the local community, as well as coming up with ideas for our next fundraising events. We have recently relocated these to the Lord Nelson pub which has proved to be a great success!! It’s so lovely to see as many faces as possible at the FONS meetings, as well as it being a great opportunity to chat and socialise with parents as well.
How to find out about what FONS are doing?
We have a ‘Friends of Norton School’ Facebook page where we post all the events and other relevant information. We also send out regular messages to remind parents about what is going on. You will occasionally get something in your child’s book bag as well so it’s always good to check so you don’t miss out
How can you help?
We understand that you are all busy parents and that you will not always be able to help, which is why we are so grateful to you no matter how much or little time you can offer. If you can’t commit to a big job, look out for the smaller jobs too like baking a cake for the summer fete, running a stall, setting up the chairs for the film night, popping out to buy more ice creams because we’ve run out! If you are able to get more involved and can spare the time you won’t regret it! The sense of community spirit along with knowing you are helping your child too is so rewarding!