Who are FOCHS?
Welcome to the Friends of Coopersale Hall School, the parents’ association for Coopersale Hall School. All parents are automatically members of FOCHS and this is to welcome you and to tell you a little bit about us.
What do we do?
We organise various events throughout the school year for children and also for parents. Some events aim to raise funds which are used to provide treats, activities and events for the children. Through our fundraising, we also aim to provide items that will enhance the children’s experience whilst at school.
Regular events include the Christmas Fayre, the summertime Picnic in the Park and a variety of other events which have included quiz nights and zumba evenings.
We also have meetings over coffee or a meal, making us a very sociable group, too!
Currently, all parents are asked to donate £10 per family on a termly basis. We also look to raise funds by activities such as the tuck shop, nearly-new uniform sales, Christmas Market, Picnic in the Park, auctions at the Summer Ball etc. Our activities aimed at additional fundraising enable us to provide a wide range of additional activities and our fundraising events are always well-publicised and well-attended.
Thanks to those of you that have already signed their Gift Aid forms – but we still need many more! It makes such a difference to our fundraising as we are then able to claim 25% back from HMRC on your eligible donations. Gift Aid forms are available here.
What do we spend money on?
Coopersale Hall pupils have benefited from the following recent donations from FOCSH fundraising activities:
- Visits from the Easter Bunny and Father Christmas
- Living Eggs
- Discos and Movie Nights
- Christmas Pantomime
- Setting up of the library
- Providing for the cooking area
- Outdoor Classroom
- Covered seating area and Adventure Playground
- School Minibus
- Sound and lighting system for the hall
The Oak-Tree Group
From time to time, all four Oak-Tree schools’ Parents’ Associations join together for major events. We recently hosted a firework display for over 900 children and held a highly-successful black tie Summer Ball for all parents with children at the three schools.
We want you to become involved; below are just a few examples of how you can support FOCHS’s fundraising activities:
- Attend organised fund raising events that take place throughout the year; they are a fun and informal way of meeting other parents and being a part of the Coopersale Hall community.
- Provide uniform items that your child has outgrown for the second hand uniform sales. The sale of these items raises money for the school.
- Volunteer to help with the fundraising events, run a stall or provide items to sell or raffle.
- Become a member of the FOCHS committee, we always welcome new members, whether as committee members or as volunteers for individual events or activities. We hope to see you soon!
We would be delighted if you were able to share your ideas of new ways to raise funds for the school.
You can now raise money for FOCHS simply by shopping with your favourite stores online through the easyfundraising website! Each time you purchase something the retailer pays FOCHS a percentage of your spend. For example, spend £50 with Boden and you raise £1.25 for FOCHS! Other retailers, such as Vodafone/RAC will pay a one-off fee to FOCHS when you start a new contract. It really is that simple! Just think how much we could raise and how our children would benefit if everyone did their shopping via easyfundraising this year! Just click on the following link, register with your email address and add it to your bookmark menu:
Note: The site is approved by the NCPTA (National Federation of Parent Teacher Associations) and is already being used by thousands of PTAs throughout the UK.
You can also help us raise money by changing your search engine to the following and FOCHS receive a fee for every search. Just think how much the most popular search engines companies are now worth – this is our chance to have a slice! fochs.easysearch.org.uk/
You can also contact us by leaving a message in the FOCHS post box in the School entrance hall.