Welcome to the FOBS section of our website.
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.
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.
We have lots of exciting events and activities lined up for the following term with more news coming soon about each one. Dates for the diary include
Printer Ink recycling
Yellow Moon/Baker Ross
Vintage Summer Fayre
Thank you to everyone who came along and supported this year's summer fayre! The sun shone, the BBQ team sizzled through the meat heat, the new 'stinger' game buzzed and the tea flowed at the Tea Vintage tent. We had superb music and dancing provided by the children playing ukulele and the school choir as well as Emma Longland, The Lulalas, the Kinecroft Dance Academy as well as getting the opportunity to learn how to Charleston. We had some smashing entries to the first Great Benson Bake Off, judged by Mrs Bun The Baker and to top it all off some great efforts at the Tug-o-War and Egg throwing contest.
Tea Vintage @ The Thames Run
FoBS provided the cakes and over 350 cups of tea / coffee once again at Crowmarsh Fete celebrating the Thames Run
Easter Bunny Trail
We had another amazing response this year to the Benson Waster Bunny Trail with over 300 families taking part!
There were 4 lucky winners:
William Rawlins, 9 Years old
Thomas and Evelyn Rattley, 5 and 4 years old
Callum Marsh, 5 Years old
Olivia Steele-Smith, 6 Years old
Well done to all of you and a big thank you to the Benson Co-op and our wonderful local shop, Derry’s Den, for helping with this trail.
Mothers Day Cake Sale
Thanks to all who baked sold and bought cakes at our wonderful cake sale in the village on Saturday 30th March.
Benson Mad Hatters Family Disco - Friday 15th March
Penny Wars - Monday 4th March - Friday 8th March
Congratulations to SYCAMORE class on winning their entire jar of money in this year's Penny Wars, which was a total of £45.95 to spend on their class!
As so many people took part FOBS have decided that this year all of the other classes will get 50% of the money that was in their pot to spend.
Thank you to everyone that donated or helped, a total of £258.47 was donated and all the money left after the prize money will go to FOBS.
Benson Family Quiz
A fun night was had at our first Family Quiz Night on Friday 8th February in the Parish Hall. Fastest fingers were required to take home the trophy as this game was as much about speed as well as knowledge! The “Masterminds” impressed us with their knowledge about Benson, food & drink, sports, geography, music and TV characters and took home some great prizes.
We were very lucky to have Yvonne from Chiltern Grocers and Florist in Benson and her team of helpers come to help us Make A Christmas Wreath on Monday 10th December.
The hall was filled with festive cheer as we turned out some beautiful floral decorations and raised money for our school!
A fabulous festive (and slightly sweaty) time was had by the children on Friday 7th December at the Christmas Disco!
Congratulations to all the winners of our fabulous Christmas Raffle!
Many thanks to all for supporting this years Christmas raffle. The total raised was a staggering £466.
Prizes will be available for collection from the school office from lunchtime Monday 10th December.
Children volunteer at the 1155 Fireworks
A big thank you to the parents and children who help collect donations at the 1155 Fireworks this year in Wallingford.
What a cracking event, organised by Jo Whittaker and Marie Finch. There were a lot of very happy children rocking their neon face paint, glow glasses, headbands and more! We are very sorry to those who were unable to get in on the night, the hall was filled to capacity! Thanks to all those who came and supported FoBS!
New Playground Equipment
Cala homes came down to see us to take some marketing photos, following a successful grant application which FoBS secured. This enabled us to purchase more outdoor musical instruments.
FoBS Welcome Handbook
If you are new to the school or just want to find out a bit more about what FoBS do or how you can get involved, please take a look at our handbook, below or get in contact with us!