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FoG Newsletter 17 December

Our first ever Friends of Goodrich Winter Trail was a great success and you raised £1603 for FoG.

The hidden word was JINGLE BELLS!

Thank you to the window designers, the stall holders and Alexia Weeple, Kate Benns and Rachel Jones for organising the event as well as thanks to all of you who helped on the day, donated for the stalls and came to the trail!

Cake tins and a scooter which was found can be collected from the school office.

Christmas Cards

Your Christmas card orders raised £742 for FoG so thank you for ordering. Thank you to Mrs Hollingsworth
and Rachel Jones for organising.

Paper Stars⭐️ for the Christmas Trees🎄

The super team at Paper Shapers kindly donated over 150 stars for our Reception and Nursery children to decorate again this year. FoG donated lots of colourful biodegradable glitter for the children to use for a fun Christmas craft. Thank you to Sam Stephenson and Karen Eastwood for organising.

Playground improvements

Over the course of the last term, Friends of Goodrich along with the members of the School Premises Committee have again began working in earnest on ways to improve the children’s playgrounds at Goodrich, in particular the upper playground.

Having been forced to put on the back burner since March 2020, we are now well under way with plans to bring some more colour, texture and interactive elements into the area.

Equipment

We firstly spent £250 on footballs, skipping ropes and tennis balls for the kids to play with in their break times. We are looking to spend a similar amount next term on more things for the children to play with.
We will replace the rather tired wooden pirate ship and to add another hopefully better play structure for the children to play on.
We are also looking at other options and spaces in the playground to do something similar.

Murals

To bring some colour there has been a call put out to parents/carers to get involved creating murals on some of our empty brick walls to inspire the children and invigorate the space. We have already had some exciting responses and we are really look forward to seeing some more in the new year. It will be a lovely opportunity for parents to work with the children and to brighten up the whole area.

Planting

To bring some texture and colour, we are ordering a varied selection of plants which will be added to the existing planters and will come into bloom at different points during the year.

Pond

We hope to tidy up the whole pond area, adding in a bug hotel and bird feeders.
We will be re-painting the school gates as well as relocating the bike racks from the main playground area to free up to give the children more space for them to play.
We plan on having a weekend in the new year when we will invite parents in to school to help with some general maintenance projects, weeding and tidying, as well as benefiting the children we hope this will be an opportunity to meet other parents/carers and to be actively involved in our wonderful community school.
As I am sure you understand, none of this happens quickly! With the added hindrance of covid, these things all take time but we hope you will be able to see the fruits of our labours start to appear.

New card readers

A big thank you to David Sargen at DRS who funded the purchase of eight new card readers for FoG, which were used extensively at the Winter Trail and will be invaluable for future events.

Next FoG meeting

The next FoG meeting will be on Wednesday 19 January at 8pm, venue TBC. Everyone is welcome.

Dates for the diary

FoG Meeting – Wednesday 19 January 2022
World Book Day – Thursday 3 March 2022
Quiz night – Thursday 10 March 2022

FoG events raised this term

Cake sale £460
Quiz night £700
Christmas cards £742
Winter Trail £1603
FoG donations to school this term
African Drumming Year 6 £1800
Sports competitions £1500
Playground equipment £250
Phonics books £410
Research books £778
Sound System for hall £2358
Reception taps £700
Christmas trees and craft decoration £180
Residential bursaries and coaches £TBC
Astro Turf maintenance £TBC
Percussion Trolleys £TBC

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FoG Newsletter December 2021

FoG Winter Trail – Saturday 11 December 1-3pm

Planning is in full swing for the first ever Friends of Goodrich Winter Trail. We are looking for more volunteers to help with the event. If you can help on the day, whether manning a stall for 30 mins or with set up/clear up please email friendsofgoodrich@gmail.com.

Please bring any donations of Christmas Jumpers, children’s books, jolly jam jars* to the school office from Monday 29 November.

Start the trail at the main school gates then follow the festive windows to find hidden letters along the way.  The letters will spell out a festive word which you will need to unscramble.  Visit stalls along the route, including FOG dogs, hot chocolate, cakes, second hand uniform, second hand children’s books, glitter tattoos, badge making and the much missed jolly jam jars* There is a suggested donation of £1 per trail and all children will receive a small prize at the end.

*For those of you new to Goodrich, a jolly jam jar is an empty jar decorated and filled with a selection of sweets, chocolates, stickers, small toys etc.

And the halls will be glistening! FoG are donating paper stars and bio degradable glitter to the Reception and nursery classes for them to decorate. These gorgeous stars will then be hung on our 3 Christmas trees that will be put up throughout the school (also donated by FoG).

FoG Half Term Art Competition

Thank you to all the children who submitted entries to the half term art competition. And the winner is Oliver Faulkner from Class 16, who will be invited to design a future FoG event poster. Honourable mentions go to Tilly Godbee in Class 27, Sophia McMullan in Class 24, Haruka Kanasugi-Roberts Class 21 and Lydia Jones from Ladybird class. The competition entries will be displayed in school next week. 

Well done everyone! Thank you to Fiona Hollingsworth for judging the competition and to Alexia Weeple, Kate Benns and Rachel Jones for organising.

Cricket Team

New Players Wanted! The Goodrich dad’s cricket team is looking for new players to join us for next season. Regardless of whether you’ve been a regular club player or not donned whites for 20 years, everyone is welcome. We play a handful of matches each summer against the parents of other local schools and the games are sociable Sunday afternoons, conducted in good spirits, but also competitive.

Something of an institution now, our friendly cricket matches have been going strong since 2009 and we even had a name-check on TMS this summer! If you’d like to get involved or want know more, email Matt at mattosborne70@gmail.com. Please do come and join us.

FoG Quiz Night

Thanks to everyone who was able to come along to the FoG quiz night at the Ivy House last week! The sell out event was support by parents and carers, old and new, as well as some of our fantastic teachers and TAs. Not only did we raise £700 but it was great to get back to socialising with fellow Friends of Goodrich. A huge thank you to the wonderful Tina Gettrup who hosted the event and has been part of the FoG adult events team for many years. Thanks also to a team of class 4 parents who wrote the questions, sold the raffle tickets and collected donations on the night. Lastly thank you to the Ivy House who let us use their lovely back room and the prize. We hope to have another quiz in the spring term. Watch this space for news of a date. Will the wining team, Side of Stage (not the teachers I am sorry to say!) be back to defend their title??!

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FoG Newsletter December 2021

Winter Trail Poster 2021

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FoG Winter Trail

Saturday 11th December, 1-3pm

We’re excited to announce the all new Friends of Goodrich Winter Trail.

Pick up a map and follow the trail of decorated windows, collecting hidden letters along the way.  The letters will spell out a festive word which you will need to unscramble and collect your prize at the end. 

Some of your favourite Christmas Fair stalls will be dotted along the route, including FOG dogs, hot chocolate, cakes, second hand uniform, glitter tattoos, badge making and the much missed jolly jam jars*.  

There is a suggested donation of £1 per trail and all children will receive a small prize at the end.

If you can help on the day, whether manning a stall for 30 mins or with set up/clear up please email friendsofgoodrich@gmail.com

*For those of you new to Goodrich, a jolly jam jar is an empty jar decorated and filled with a selection of sweets, chocolates, stickers, small toys etc.  We will be asking for people to bring in filled jolly jam jars – it’s usually the most popular stall! Along with cakes and second hand uniform for the stalls.

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FoG Newsletter November 2021

Hi all,

Tis the season! As you may have seen pictures come home the children have been designing their own holiday cards in school – either Christmas cards or an alternative picture if they don’t celebrate Christmas. Your child should have brought their artwork home with a code on the back, which you need to place an order. As well as cards, you can also order gift tags, wrapping paper and even mugs with your child’s picture on.

To order visit www.apfsorders.co.uk and have your code to hand – the deadline for orders is Wednesday 10th November 2021. And if you place an order please return your child’s artwork to your class teacher on Wednesday 10th November

Cards and other items ordered will be delivered to school by the beginning of December. A proportion of the cost of the orders will go to FoG so it’s also a great fundraiser for the school. Any questions please contact friendsofgoodrich@gmail.com

Quiz Night

The return of the fab FoG Quiz Night! Questions, competitions, and prizes galore. Come and test your general knowledge against other teams of parents to see who will be crowned Goodrich School Quiz Champs 2021! Hosted by the coruscant Tina Sparkles, with all proceeds going to the school, it’s a great excuse for a night out! Teams can be up to 8 people, either sorted in advance or on the night. Food will be available to buy from the pub until 9pm with lots of pizza and pasta to choose from. It will be held at The Ivy House on Stuart Road on 18th November from 7.30pm til late. Ticket numbers are limited so be quick to get yours! Only £5 per ticket available online via bit.ly/fogquiz. There will also be a very small amount available to buy from the school office at the end of the school day.


Cake Sale

The End of Term Halloween Cake Sale was a monster success! Thanks to all our bakers, buyers, and cake scoffers! We raised a whooping £438 from our sale, all proceeds will go help support our school. A massive thank you to all those involved!


Next Meeting

The next FoG meeting is tomorrow Wednesday Nov. 10th. Come meet the new trustees and have your say on the fundraising year ahead! Everyone welcome, 8pm at The Herne Tavern.


AGM Update

The FoG’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) was a very productive meeting, thank you to all that attended. For those that weren’t able to attend we have included the presentation, along with the notes from the meeting. We are delighted to report new trustees to FoG have been appointed, a full list of new trustees is in the meeting notes. We also had to say a sad goodbye to Jos Howard and Karen Eastwood who stepped down, they have been absolute superstars over the years, have given FoG & the school an enormous amount of help, and will truly be missed!

As a reminder, the main purpose of the AGM is to report on FoG’s fundraising & spending, to elect new committee members/trustees, and allocate roles to volunteers for the coming school year. The committee is responsible for making decisions about the running of FoG, for example how funds can be raised, and how they should be spent. We still have some roles on FoG available, if you are interested in getting involved please get in touch – drop by the next meeting or email us on friendsofgoodrich@gmail.com.

AGM Presentation 13th October 2021

AGM Minutes 13th October 2021

Dates for the diary

FoG Meeting – Wednesday Nov. 10th at 8pm at The Herne Tavern – all welcome!

Quiz Night – Thursday Nov. 18th at 7.30pm (the Ivy House, Stuart Rd)

Holiday bake sale & Second hand uniform sale – December, details TBA

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AGM Presentation 13th October 2021

AGM Minutes 13th October 2021

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FoG Meeting

You’re invited to the (first in a long time) Friends of Goodrich Meeting!

Wednesday 10th November 2021 at 8pm at The Herne Tavern (2 Forest Hill Road)

Welcoming all parents and carers of children attending Goodrich Community School.

Here’s your opportunity to have your say on the fundraising year ahead.

Any question please contact friendsofgoodrich@gmail.com

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Treasurer’s Report 19/20 & 20/21

Here’s what we raised and spent in the years 18/19, 19/20, and 20/21:

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Overheads & Equipment Expenditure 2019-2021