Fundraising has become an essential element of most schools in their efforts to provide additional, sometimes essential equipment to assist the education of our children. Friends of Junction Farm are very active with regard to our fundraising efforts.

Why Friends of Junction Farm and not PTA you may ask yourself – well we wanted to reach out to a wider network and encourage volunteers who are not parents or teachers to develop an interest, become involved and share their ideas, expertise and time; this in turn is aimed at engendering a community spirit amongst those connected with the school, as well as the wider community.

A number of regular fundraising events are organised by the Friends.  Every year we hold a variety of events which to date have proved very popular, for example in the Autumn Term we hold a Christmas Fayre and a Grand Draw, during the spring there is an Easter egg painting competition, and during the summer there is a Summer Fete.  In addition to this we hold a Disco for the children, these usually coincide with calendar dates such as Halloween, Easter and Christmas, as well as an end of school year Disco.  Children of the school have such a lot of fun at the Discos, that we try to hold one each term.

The Friends have a committee, (names are always available from the school) which meets on an approximate monthly basis, generally at the school and generally between 6.00pm and 7.30pm. Although a committee exists, we are quite a friendly bunch and have a lot of fun at the meetings; in addition these meetings are open to anyone who feels they can offer any skills, past experience, enthusiasm, and who would like to come along.

Alongside this we do appreciate that many of us work either on a part or full time basis, so we understand that some parents, grandparents, friends and neighbours feel that they simply do not have the time to be involved in meetings and/or events.  In our efforts to compensate for this we try to keep you updated with what is going on with the publication of a newsletter, which is distributed approximately every two months

Please feel free to approach any one of us if you would like to know more about what we do, or if you have any ideas or views that you would like to share.  Also, don’t forget that by just helping your child participate in various events or by just turning up at events and spending some money helps us a great deal – you are the fundraisers at the end of the day.

We really look forward to you joining our school; we look forward to seeing you at future events, and welcome any ideas you may have to help us to help our children.

Many Thanks

Karen Connelly