The Friends


NEXT MEETING: Wednesday 8 May 2019, 7.30pm at the Ship

 The Friends of High Down Junior School (the Friends) is an active group open to parents, family, staff and governors who meet regularly.  We aim to “Advance the education of the pupils in the school, purchasing items that the school may not otherwise be able to afford, through fundraising” and “Organise events that the children can become involved in and gain both in their development and enjoyment”.

NEWS (March 2019)

This year (2019) we are making a very significant financial contribution towards the redevelopment of the Junior School IT Suite. The children deserve up to date and current equipment and we are very proud that we can support current users and those to come. It’s because of you that we are able to give this support – all those goody bags you make, the raffle tickets you buy, the events you attend, have made it possible! However, as a result, FHDJS funds will be severely depleted – making all future fundraising events even more important if we want to be able to continue supporting the school by funding the Science Dome, Art Week, library books etc, which we do every year. In addition, we support individual requests from your children’s classes and groups.  To fund these requests and to support the school, we arrange and hold events such as :


  • Quiz ‘n’ Chips – a fun evening involving a pub quiz, fish and chip supper supplied by Applebys, a raffle and licenced cash bar.
  • Summer Fair (High Down Fest) – where our Year 6 students get to produce their own business cases and run their own stalls, plus the opportunity for other year groups to provide the entertainment programme. In 2018 we were fortunate to have The Mallards play for our entertainment, plus the usual BBQ, licenced bar and stalls.
  • Christmas Fair – an opportunity for the family to get ready for Christmas, with the children buying family presents in the secret room, and the popular visit from Santa.  The Christmas Fair held in 2018 raised in the region of £2500!


A very big thank you! What a generous lot you are! We were blown away by the quality and volume of books that arrived for this year’s Book Drop.  The books are being distributed to classrooms around the school so will benefit all children with newer resources in the classroom.


15 March 2019 – Quiz ‘n’ Chips. Over 20 teams are registered for the fundraising evening, looking forward to a fun evening of quizzing, chips and laughter! See you there! Doors open at 7pm.

20 March 2019 – Textile collection. Please support the Friends and the Infant School’s PSA by gathering up any clothes you no longer need (whether adult or child size), bag them up and bring these into school at drop off. They can be left under the big tree in the infant front playground or under the bike rack in the junior school.  BTR will collect any used clothes that can be resold (so nothing with any holes or stains please) and will pay High Down Schools a fixed amount for each kilogram that we donate.


The FHDJS met on 6 March – planning has started for the Children’s Disco in April and the Summer Festival in June.  If you are able to help in June with the preparations, or on the evening please do let us know. If you have an idea for a stall or a talent that can be shared, contact us! Likewise if you can donate a raffle prize, we’d be very pleased to hear from you.


We need you!

“Can you help?” & “We need some volunteers” is the cry you’ll hear often throughout the school year. We value highly the current band of helpers that sort tombola, serve on the bar, make up hampers, pour squash at discos, wrap lucky dip, sell cakes etc. in between their parenting and work commitments. They and we would be very appreciative of more help, the events cannot happen without volunteers.

Please get in touch, however small your contribution – it will be gratefully received!


  • Chair               Debbie Brown
  • Vice Chair       Christianne Audain
  • Secretary        Sarah Buxton
  • Treasurer        Hannah Jones


Get in Touch

High Down Schools
Down Road, Portishead
Bristol BS20 6DY