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”.
What a year!
Since the schools first closed in March 2020 the Friends of High Down Junior School have still been meeting and planning, albeit virtually! Banners, 2020 Y6 leaver’s treats, new library books, Autumn trail colouring, Christmas Movie Hampers for all classes – to name a few.
When School returned in September 2020 within its different format – the committee were voted in at the AGM and all agreed that they would continue to try and fundraise as the school still needed to be supported financially and the children needed some treats!
Autumn saw us collaborate with the Infant PSA with an Autumn colouring trail and a non school uniform day.
As a treat at Christmas, on behalf of Father Christmas, all junior classes received a Movie Hamper from us, with a movie of their choosing and a treat of snacks, hot chocolate (with cream!) and some sweets. We received lovely feedback and some beautiful thank you cards from the children – we were very pleased we could do this for them. “thank you so much from 6B. So beautifully presented. Can’t wait for our film afternoon next week” A successful online Balloon Race raised over £900 and everyone enjoyed watching their balloons whizzing across the screen to see who would ultimately win! Over 116 families and members of staff took part. Congratulations to the three winners on their Amazon voucher prizes.
Back to home learning in January 2021, apart from key worker children in school and the Friends were able to fund a virtual theatre visit and a virtual Owl visit from local wildlife expert Chris Sperring for all the junior children. “thank you for the amazing talk!, I loved the white barn owl!” “my favourite fact was that owls fly over High Down School!”
Easter saw us working with the Easter Bunny and every child receiving an Easter Egg at the start of the Easter break – personally delivered by the Bunny himself! “thank you to the Friends for providing the Easter gifts – they went down an absolute treat this morning!” “really lovely idea. So nice to see them coming out smiling today holding Easter eggs. Thank you”
We have concentrated on being kind to each other and the children of High Down Juniors this year, fundraising in different ways.
The Climbing Wall was a huge success – and it was great to see it back in the playground with the children enjoying themselves and cheering classmates on. Many of you will have seen the article in the North Somerset Times showing the teachers being treated to an ice cream at their Inset training day in recognition of their hard work throughout the pandemic so far. A few more treats to come for the Y6 leavers and the whole school before the end of term, one more non uniform day ‘Feel Good Friday’ – wear the outfit that you haven’t been able to over the last year, and an event planned that you can take part in over the holidays.
Thank you for your support as always and thank you to all the members of staff who help us to run the events – virtual and otherwise. Behind the scenes there is always lots going on and we hope that you will join us in thanking everyone who makes a difference at school.
Good Luck to the Year 6 Leavers 2021 – may your next chapter be a fun one!
We wish you all a very happy time with family and friends over the summer break, stay safe.
The 2021 Friends AGM will be on Wednesday 15 September 2021 at 7:30pm (venue tbc)
Committee Members 2020/21
Chair – Debbie Brown
Vice Chair – Christianne Audain
Secretary – Liz Aston / Tracey Robbins
Treasurer – Hannah Jones
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