The school has an extremely enthusiastic and successful PTA known as, the ‘Friends of Great Gaddesden School’ (FOGGS), which all parents, carers, teachers, family members and members of the community are welcome to join.
The primary aim of FOGGS is to raise money to support the learning and wider educational experience of the pupils. Forging links with the local community, including the church is another focus. There is also a social aspect to the work of FOGGS. It aims to bring parents and pupils together and to provide opportunities to socialise.
Who are we?
FOGGS (Friends of Great Gaddesden School) is a registered charity, run by parents of children within the school, supported by our head teacher, Mrs Wickens. Our primary aim is to raise money to support the learning and wider educational experience of the pupils.
Chair – Kasia Albinska & Rachel Makepeace
Vice Chair - Kimberly Hurrell
Secretary - Fionnuala Walravens
Treasurer - Louise Scarborough
Facebook Rep - Rachel Makepeace
Members - Caroline Carter, Nicola Doe, Bethany Graves, Colleen Fitzgerald, Annabelle Holland, Amie Upton
What do we do?
The committee meet regularly to discuss our fundraising activities, events and discuss how best to use the funds raised that will most benefit all the children. We also receive regular updates from Mrs Wickens to help us with our planning.
Some of our regular favourite community events include our Christmas and Summer Fayres, raffles, egg hunts and cake sales and we even get involved with our local annual Santa Sleigh event. All these events are rewarding and help create fond memories for the families at the school. FOGGS host a number of fund-raising events throughout the school year. Other recent events have included: Quiz Nights, Film Nights, Discos for pupils, Uniform Sales and many more.
What does the money raised, go towards?
This year we've recently paid for the coach to get the whole school to the annual Christmas Pantomime (£400),
We have donated money towards books on the 100 books reading list for the school library (£100),
We have purchased 60 waterproof dungarees for forest school (£1350), and 30 writing belts (£110),
We have given each class money towards small schools week activities (£500) and will be purchasing leavers hoodies for our year 6 children (TBC).
We also pay for our annual public liability insurnace through PTA UK (£63).
What are we currently working on?
Our largest fundraising project at the moment is the creation of an all weather Outdoor Classroom in the Bark Area, providing essential academic and physical educational space for our growing school.
The organising of our annual summer fayre requires careful planning and a lot of enthusiasm.
Why join FOGGS?
FOGGS is a great opportunity to learn a little more about the school, meet other parents and help our children have an even better experience at Great Gaddesden Church of England School. Everyone is welcome.
What else can I do to help?
We are always looking for parents to help support our events so please let us know if you are a willing volunteer.
We are always looking for company sponsorship and charity fund matching. Alternatively, you or your employer may have other skills or resources that will be valuable to our good cause.
All help is gratefully received.
How to contact us:
Facebook: We have an active closed group for parents and carers of children at the school - email us and we can get you added on.
We look forward to hearing from you.