Welcome new parents
Hello new parents and welcome to Trinity School.
We hope that your children, and you, settle well into Trinity school life. We would like to take this opportunity to extend a very warm welcome to you, explain a little about who we are and what we do within FOTS and hopefully answer a few questions you might have as parents who are new to the school.
WHO WE ARE - Friends of Trinity School
Referred to as FOTS, we are the parents’ association for Trinity; a committee of parent and carer volunteers whose main aim is to raise money for our school, allowing them to improve the school facilities and ultimately enrich the learning environment for our children.
We meet once every 2 months. Everybody is welcome at a FOTS meeting. There isn’t any long term commitment necessary - all the help you can give whether it’s 2 hours or a whole day is most appreciated.
HOW DO WE WORK
FOTS is a registered charity and as such we operate within the guidelines of the Charity Commission. Each year, at the AGM a committee is elected. As a parent or guardian of a child within the school you are eligible to attend the AGM, vote for committee members and stand for election yourself.
Each year FOTS organise a variety of events, raising invaluable funds that have allowed the continued improvement of facilities and resources within our school. Not only are our events excellent fundraisers they also provide opportunities for fellow parents and carers to meet, socialise and have fun.
Over the years FOTS has organised a large number of events, raising money for a variety of facilities and resources for our school.
Some of our most recent events include the ‘Trinity to Paris’ bike ride in 2017 which raised £30k which paid for the school science lab. Every two years we host a ball; a fabulous black tie event giving us all an excellent opportunity to dust off our glad rags and have a grown up night out. The 2016 event raised £10k and paid for the play equipment on the lower playground and in 2018 FOTS raised £8k to fund the new Forest School and IT equipment.
We are organising a Camp on Saturday 20th July. This will be the first FOTS Camp Out that we’ve organised and hopefully something that we will start doing annually.
As a Welcome to new parents, we will organise a drinks evening in September where you can meet current FOTS members and think about how you might like to get involved with FOTS going forwards.
FUN FOR THE CHILDREN
Throughout the year we organise events for the children where the emphasis is all about them having fun: Christmas Bazaar, Easter Bingo, Sports Day After Party, Friday cake sales, external education providers.
HOW CAN YOU HELP
As you may well imagine, these events don’t organise themselves; we rely on the hard work and dedication of all the volunteers involved and we would love to welcome you.
There are several ways that you can get involved with us:
become a fully-fledged committee member help organise individual eventsvolunteer to help hands on at events
Visit our website where you can see details of upcoming events and register your interest to be involved.
IMPORTANT - Please register via our website to our mailing list ensuring you keep up to date with all our news and events.
As well as visiting our website, www.friendsoftrinity.co.uk, you can also keep in touch with us by visiting our Facebook page or emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Look out for details of our welcome drinks at the start of the Autumn term. A great chance to meet the committee and fellow parents and carers, hear a bit more about the events planned for this year and sign up to be involved.
Here are some links to useful websites for all things school related!
School gateway app – https://login.schoolgateway.com/0/auth/login. Did you know you can sign up to School Gateway and use the app to make payments for school trips
School uniform shop https://pmgschoolwear.co.uk/school/TrinityCEPrimarySchool. – the online shop for ordering Trinity branded school uniform items
School website http://www.trinityprimaryschool.org/
We hope that you have found this letter useful and informative and we look forward to meeting you at a FOTS event soon.
Jo and Gilbert
Co-Chairs of FOTS