2012 was the year my first born joined Barrowby Primary School and the very first year I was asked to go along and see what FoBS (Friends of Barrowby School) was about with a view to joining the Committee or even just as a helper at events.
As you can imagine it was all a little daunting to be begin with, walking into a room where there was lots of talking going on – but as soon as I popped my head round the door everyone was so friendly and inviting it put me at ease. A coffee was soon placed in my hand, I was introduced to everyone and soon realised what a friendly, positive group they were, who were up for a laugh but also wanted to raise as much money as possible to support the School. Hence I joined and have made some great friends.
There is a lot of planning which goes into the fundraising events but everyone gets involved and does what they can when time allows with us all having families but this shares out the workload and we all feel part of the group.
Some highlights for me are the Christmas nativities, Christmas concerts, Movie Nights, bi annual summer fair and Sports Day. We all enjoy a laugh along the way but most importantly have an input into what the monies we raise goes to in supporting the School.
Presently we are raising funds to improve the School grounds and wildlife area with some fantastic ideas and projects/ideas coming through.
I can honestly say I have enjoyed my continued time with Fobs and look forward to helping out in the years to come.
FoBS Assistant Chairperson
I joined FOBs in September 2013 when my daughter started at the school. As others have said it was a bit daunting at first walking in to the meeting but I was welcomed immediately.
We generally meet once a term and they are always very relaxed. We always have a giggle whilst openly sharing our ideas & suggestions.
We have arranged various fundraising events for the school including movie nights, fashion shows, quizzes, sponsored sporting challenges as well as Christmas & Summer Fayres. These events have raised lots of money for the school and bought scooters, sound equipment and more recently trying to renovate the school pond.
This year will definitely be more challenging for us as fundraising will have to be adapted to allow us to do more things remotely. I am confident between Karen, myself and the rest of the committee we will be able to once again have another successful year.
On a final note I can honestly say I have thoroughly enjoyed the last 7 years on the committee. I have made many friends through the group including one of my closest friends.
So if you fancy being a volunteer, helping in the background, or just want to meet other mums or dads come along to our next meeting we will be there to welcome you with a cuppa and biccy!
I joined FOBs, when my eldest son started at Barrowby Ce Primary School in September 2014. We had not long moved to Barrowby and it seemed a good way to meet people. (It was. Now there is always a friendly face at the school gates). Also I am inherently nosey and wanted to know as much as possible of what was going on in the school!
The first meeting was a bit daunting but the whole group were so welcoming and friendly that any anxiety I felt was soon forgotten. I have a younger son, who is not in school. I bring him (and a box of Lego) along to the meetings. He is not overly quiet but no one minds. My husband works away a lot. Especially in the first year, I was not able to help much, however this was never an issue.
I am not on the committee, I am a volunteer and help out when I can. The emphasis is very much on what time I can give, rather than there being any expectation or specific commitment. None of it is overly difficult; its tasks such as serving tea and coffee at Harvest Festival, selling raffle tickets at the nativity, helping 'man' the book fair etc. The meetings are generally once every half term, unless there is something 'big' coming up that needs a bit more input.
At the meetings, I always feel I have the opportunity to speak and am listened to. It is a great opportunity to hear what the school are doing, how they are spending the money raised and to feed into the system. FOBs isn't just about fundraising, it is the interface between parents and teachers and it's about supporting that whole community. I hope to be part of FOBs for as long as I have children in attendance at the school. I have met some truly wonderful people.
Not only are they a very friendly and funny bunch, they are all willing to go that little extra to help the school, my children's school, so all the pupils have new and exciting opportunities that, without FOBs would not be possible.