Association of Friends of the School (AFS)
I am Gursharan Kaur, Chairperson for the KECHG AFS and I have one daughter at Camp Hill.
I decided to get involved with the AFS last year when I received a request for parents to join and support the AFS activities. Previously, I actively supported my daughter’s primary school as well as the PTA Chair. 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 as all education facilities must follow the government’s guidance and insure safety and precautionary measures have been implemented to keep our children as well as school staff safe.
The AFS aims to raise funds for the school to support purchase of ‘additional items’ which may not be perceived as essential expenditure. Stage lighting is one 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 four children and work full time in the NHS as a Commissioning Manager. 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/month and if every parent joined, can you imagine how much money we could easily raise!
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 email@example.com.
With love and gratitude;
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 or four committee meeting per school year as well as an AGM.
The second way parents can help is by becoming an occasional volunteer. All new parents are given an opportunity to complete a 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.
Thirdly, the AFS run a prize draw which is their main income. All new parents are given an opportunity of joining the prize draw by completing the requisite form and specifying the number of units required at £1 per calendar month (or £12 per annum). Each number they are allocated goes into a monthly draw – first prize of £50 and a second prize of £20.
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