Association of Friends of the School (AFS)
Dear Parents & Carers,
I am Dr Ebru Tenekeci, Chairperson for the KECHG Associated Friends of the School (AFS) and I have two daughters at Camp Hill, year 10 and year 7.
I decided to get involved with the AFS last couple of years when I received a request for parents to join and support the AFS activities. Previously, I actively supported my daughters’ primary school as well. As you will soon learn, the school calendar is super busy so anything we can do to help the school is very much appreciated.
All schools are under constant pressure to expand but the funds are restricted and have to be prioritised. The Covid19 pandemic has no-doubt put an unexpected and additional pressure on the school.
The AFS aims to raise funds for the school to support purchase of ‘additional items’ which may not be perceived as essential expenditure. Books/vouchers at Prize Giving, art supplies, and stage lighting are amongst others on a long list of items we could help purchase for the school.
I know we are all very busy parents. I definitely say this from experience as I have two children and work full time in the NHS. It is difficult to commit to anything extra on top of all our existing commitments, but can I please urge you all to consider giving a helping hand to the AFS when you can. Pop along to one of our meetings to find out more.
- Help out at the AFS events where you can
- Add a little more to your donation when paying for a hot beverage at a school event
- No harm in finding out if your employer does match funding – many large companies and organisations support schools, we may just not know
- How about joining our Prize Draw – it’s only £1 a month and if every parent joined, can you imagine how much money we could easily raise!
KECHG is a fantastic school. We all worked hard to get our girls into this brilliant establishment. I’ve always wanted to do my bit to help. I hope some of you feel the same.
I aim to attend every event during the coming year and I hope you will join me and the other AFS parents in making this a memorable year. Please feel free to get in touch to say hello, introduce yourself and the AFS team will also be thrilled to hear from you if you have any fabulous fundraising ideas. You can contact me via firstname.lastname@example.org.
The AFS has three main aims as defined by its constitution.
- To advance the education of pupils of the school by providing funds and facilities for the school which might not normally be provided.
- To foster the relationships between staff, parents, pupils and any others associated with the school.
- To support the school in any appropriate manner.
All parents/guardians automatically become members of the AFS on their daughters joining the school and there are several practical ways for them to support the AFS.
Firstly, the AFS constantly needs new committee members to replace those whose daughters leave the school or who stand down. The AFS holds three committee meeting per school year as well as an Annual General Meeting (AMG).
The second way parents can help is by becoming an occasional volunteer. All new parents are given an opportunity to complete an AFS volunteer form which provides details which can be held on file and be contacted as and when required. There are approximately four to six events each school year where the AFS requires parental assistance such as car park marshalling, serving refreshments or simply providing a parental presence at a disco.
For more information about the AFS and its work please contact the school in the first instance.
Please complete and submit the form below if you would like to be register as an AFS volunteer.
AFS Volunteer Registration Form
AFS Prize Draw
Welcome to our AFS Prize Draw
A great way for you to support the AFS to benefit the students at school, while also having the chance to win a prize. Here’s how it works…
Complete and sign the membership form and set up a standing order for £1 a month (or £12 annually) or pay by annual cheque.
This buys you one membership number (that we will allocate), which enters you into the draw. The draw will take place at the end of each term (three times per year). Up to four numbers can be purchased per household.
All participants must be over 18.
The name of the winners of each prize draw will be published in the Chronicle Newsletter.
The prize money will be 40% of the membership fee taken that term. The remaining 60% goes to the school to help fund equipment, resources and opportunities for pupils.
The more participants involved, the more money we can raise and the larger the cash prize, so please encourage your friends and family to sign up too.
Any queries, please contact Katherine Brown, Prize Draw Officer by email email@example.com.
If you were a member of the previous KECHG Monthly Prize Draw, the Prize Draw Officer will be in contact shortly via email. Alternatively, please contact her directly via email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join our Prize Draw today and you could be our next winner!