Welcome to the FoBS section of our website
What Does FoBS Do?
In the 2018-2019 school year FoBS raised £11,800. We made donations or committed to spend £23,000 on resources and fun activities for the school including maths resources, £200 per class, outdoor equipment, trips, arts and music and IT. Under these headings we bought books for year 4, paid for the year 4 music scheme, booked coaches for the Cornerstone theatre visit, bought 2 new interactive white boards, provided extra music equipment for the forest area and the Life Education bus.
We are delighted to have made such a big contribution to the school, with time, energy and money. This could not happen without so many fantastic parents getting involved. So, whether you helped to organise an activity, helped out with an event, baked a cake or came along with your family, we are extremely grateful.
How Can You Get Involved?
Our school is getting bigger and with this, the funding requests from the school are going to grow. We always need more members with new ideas and energy to join the team. Please do consider giving up a little bit of your time to help us help the children and the school.
Join our two Facebook groups, ‘Friends of Benson School’ and ‘FoBS Committee’. Have a look at what we do and have a think about how you can help.
If you think you would like to become part of the core FoBS team, we would love to hear from you. Our longstanding Chairperson, Jo, will be leaving Benson School at the end of the 2020-2021 academic year. This is a fantastic opportunity for a new Chair and Vice Chair to get involved with FoBS. To find out more about what is involved in these, or other core roles, please check out the document below. You can get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Our Christmas Shop is back this year, although slightly differently to usual with extra Covid safety measures in place.
We will be collecting gifts to stock the shop along with your returned forms on Friday 27th November, when your children can come to school in home clothes. The shop will then be open on two days this year, during school hours:
- Monday 7th December - Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 2
- Monday 14th December - Years 3, 4 5 and 6.
On both days, children will remain in their bubbles for the duration of the shop. All presents will be £1 and your child will need to bring in their money on the day they are visiting the shop.
For more details, and to print out a form, please see the attached document.
This year we have an amazing raffle AND silent auction! We have some really fantastic prizes to be won, donated very generously from local businesses. Due to the current circumstances, we are operating our raffle a little differently this year.
- Raffle tickets are available to buy in advance of the raffle
- These are available to not just our school community, but to friends and family too
- Tickets are £1 each
- Complete the form (attached below) detailing how many tickets each person wishes to purchase and return with payment in a sealed envelope to school BY FRIDAY 4TH DECEMBER
- Ticket numbers will be allocated and we will let you know your numbers using the contact details you provided.
- There will be a live Facebook draw at 6pm on Friday 112th December
- There will also be a prize for the family who sell the most tickets!
In addition to the raffle, we are auctioning some of our fabulous prizes online so be sure to check those out to grab yourself a wonderful prize! The auction will also end on Friday 11th December and winners will be announced in the Facebook Livestream.
You can view the online auction and place your bids at https://www.jumblebee.co.uk/FOBSauction
Full details can be found on the letter attached below, along with a copy of the Ticket Purchase Form and full Terms & Conditions.
Printer Ink recycling
Old used printer inkjet cartridges are collected at the office and we send them off for cash back. You can donate cartridges throughout the year.
Yellow Moon/Baker Ross
FOBS get cashback from your craft supply purchases. Add Friends of Benson School as your nominated organisation when purchasing online. www.yellowmoon.org.uk
We know how annoying it is when your child loses something at school. Labelling everything really helps you to be re-united with your child’s belongings. Easy2Name provide 20% cashback to FOBS for all orders placed. Just select Benson CofE Primary School OX10 at the checkout. www.easy2name.com
The Giving Machine
TheGivingMachine is a fundraising charity set up to help other charitable causes raise money online. By signing up and shopping online via TheGivingMachine you will generate a free cash donation for us. With over 2,200 retailers, including Amazon, Ebay, M&S, NEXT, Tui, Sainsbury, John Lewis & Waitrose, you are bound to find what you need and generate a donation.
To start raising free donations go to https://www.thegivingmachine.co.uk/causes/benson-c-of-e-primary-school and join – it’s that easy. You can even send this code onto your friends and family to ask them to fundraise for us.
You can also download the free desktop reminder app to help you remember to always shop online via TheGivingMachine https://www.thegivingmachine.co.uk/shop-and-give/
Benson Christmas Countdown & Lantern Parade
FoBS were lucky enough to be involved with the organising and fundraising from the new Benson Christmas Countdown and lantern parade. Over 1,000 people attended and supported this new event in the village, singing, shopping, parading with homemade lanterns, meeting Santa, watching the light switch on and partaking of refreshments from Hook Norton Brewery as well as baked goodies and hot chocolates.
How Does FoBS Support the School Community?
We are fortunate at Benson Church of England Primary School to have a PTA that is an integral part of the school and wider village community. The strong support network has enabled us to raise thousands of pounds that are spent on school facilities, equipment and resources to enhance our children’s experiences at school.
FoBS is about much more than simply fundraising. We exist to provide closer links between home and school, and it is an excellent way to bring staff, parents and friends together socially in support of the school, working towards a common goal. It is a fun and positive experience because we all care and we enjoy each other’s company.
All families are automatically members of FoBS when their child joins the school. No family is required to be involved in the organisation of events; we simply encourage parents and members of the school community to become involved in whatever capacity suits. We understand how busy family life can be, so we aim to make any involvement an enjoyable experience.
FoBS is extremely conscious of the ethos and diversity of our school, and we try very hard when organising and planning events to respect this. Many of our fundraisers are run with the aim of giving the children a good time, and as a way of thanking families for their continued support.
What FoBS Means to Benson School
Since FoBS involves the whole school community, we thought you would like to know what others think of what we do.
From Helen Crolla, Headteacher of Benson School:
“FoBS provide tremendous support to the school. As a group of willing volunteers, their enthusiasm, creativity and dedication to the business of fund raising has enabled children in all years to benefit from extra equipment.”
Significant purchases like interactive whiteboards and sets of reading books have had a positive impact on learning and contributed to the School's improvement priorities. The plan to fundraise for larger projects has enabled the school to consider improvements to the overall learning environment, ensuring that all children have access to high quality provision whilst they are at Benson.”
“There is also the commitment to pursuing grants and funding from other sources, which enables the school to embark on specialist projects. These provide the children with memorable experiences and allow children with talents to shine.”
“As Headteacher, I value the partnership that exists and the child-centred approach promoted by all members of the FoBS team.”
From Jo Chapman, Chair of Governors, on behalf of the Governing Body of Benson School:
“With the ever-growing pressures on our school budgets, FoBS are instrumental in enabling us to provide the resources, equipment and rounded learning experience that our children deserve.
The FoBs team are a dedicated, passionate and innovative group of individuals who raise considerable amounts of funds through organising a range of fun social events that really do bring the community together in supporting our school. They are also proactive in identifying and managing many other fund-raising initiatives such as cartridge and clothes recycling, frozen fridays, giving machines and film afternoons, all of which the monies raised goes towards supporting our school.
FoBS have also done an outstanding job in securing grants such as the recent music grant which will enable our children to have access to Ukulele lessons for a full year. This just would not be possible without FoBS’ on-going commitment and support. They truly make a positive difference to the children of Benson Primary, and for that I am extremely grateful.”
From Parents of Benson School:
· “FoBS has made a huge difference to how quickly my family has settled into the school and the Benson community. Such a friendly, approachable group of parents; so welcoming and supportive. It is evident that they care greatly for all the children of Benson School and their families.”
· “As a working mum FoBS has given me the opportunity to still feel very much involved in school life. I have met a great team of parents and teachers all wanting to contribute, where they can, to raise important funds for our children. FoBS make a big difference and I am very proud to be part of that.”
· “My children have both recently joined the school and have loved every minute. The school is friendly and inclusive and that is echoed in the Parents, especially at the FoBS meetings. It’s a great combination of kids, parents and teachers coming together to make the school a fun and successful place to learn!”
· “I love being a member of the FoBS team, as well as all the fundraising it is a great chance to meet parents from different year groups around the school, understand more about the school and build quicker relationships with the staff. The FoBS team welcome everyone and there is never any pressure of do more than what you want to. Whether it is just coming along to a meeting or maybe doing a small job, you can dip in and out depending on your current work/home load. The Primary years for our children go by in a flash and I will be glad when I look back to think I saw my children in their school environment, made friends, raised money and did my bit.”
From the Children of Benson School
Connor, Year 5:“They help all the children and help us to do more activities by giving us resources for learning and play, such as playground equipment.”
Jasmine, Year 3:“FoBS are really hard-working and very kind-hearted. They set up amazing events. My favourite would be … oh, there are so many – the school disco and the summer fayre, I think!”
Lucy, Year 3:“They get more resources for the classroom by raising money for the school. My favourite event is the chocolate bingo as everyone in the family can take part.”
Ben and Evie, Year 6:
Ben: “They raise a lot of money for the school. The fayres attract lots of people from the local area, who see the school and then want to come here. More people in our school is better because you have opportunities to interact with more people socially and in the classroom.
Evie: “Yes, and they are very helpful, raising funds for school trips and school plays.”
Ben: “And they help the community by inviting them to school events. They invite the elderly to the Christmas performance and serve them tea and cakes, so they can enjoy other’s company. That’s a really kind thing to do.”
Hayley, Year 4:“FoBS make school more fun. The fayres are always fun, and I really like the movies. They buy lots of lovely things to improve the school, such as the plants at the entrance.”
Lilly, Year 2:“FoBS is the helping hand for the school and the children!”
Ollie and Oliver, Year 3:
Ollie: “The discos are brilliant – you get prizes!”
Oliver, starting to dance: “Yes, I won last year!”