Friends of HIS

 

Friends of Henleaze Infants School

FHIS is a friendly, inclusive parent association that meets once a term to organise engaging, fundraising activities.  We have a great track-record for enhancing the school and we invite all parents to join us and attend meetings.

 

Quick Links

Class Reps and Parent Governor Reps
Committee Members
How Can I Help?
Stay in Touch - join us on Facebook
How FHIS Works
How the Money is Spent
Our Sponsors
EasyFundraising - raising funds with your shopping clicks
Clothes Bank - making money from your unwanted items
Second Hand Uniform
Minutes and Newsletters

Upcoming FHIS Events for 2017/2018

We have a wide variety of family-friendly activities planned through the year, with something for everyone.  For regular updates, please join our Facebook page and look out for our emails.  Our events are also listed on the calendar page.

If you'd like to help at any of our events or if you have any suggestions we'd love to hear from you! Please email us at FHISinfo@gmail.com  Thanks to all those who have taken part and attended event this year.

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Class Reps

We're all busy people, so to make life easier we run a system whereby each class has two Class Reps, responsible for keeping up-to-date on what FHIS are up to, and feeding back (usually by email) to other parents in the class.  Class Reps also organise socials to help parents to get to know one another.

Your Class Reps for 2017/18

Reception      
Class 1 Kate Rocha Becky Bayliss  
Class 2 Rosie Thurling Michelle Skipp  
Class 3 Michelle Cohen TBC  
Year One      
Class 4 Jessica Vance Jane Drummond Wilson Kizzy Ruxton
Class 5 Sarah Gillies Ruth Berrington Martin  
Class 6 Liz Turner Anna Davies  
Year Two      
Class 7 Tamasyn Hardinges Leigh Smallman  
Class 8 Sam James Jo Boichot  
Class 9 Damien McManus Martin Williams  

If you want to contact your Class Rep, please email Vicki Paton at FHISinfo@gmail.com and we'll put you in touch.

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Committee Members

The FHIS Committee pull together all FHIS activities and manage the accounts. The role of Committee Chair is currently shared by Jo Hooper and Devinder Whelan. Other members/roles for the year 2016/2017 are:

  • Jo Hooper: Co-chair
  • Sarah Roberts: Co-Chair & Sponsorship
  • Jessica Lee & Claire Bishop: Treasurers 
  • Georgina Evans: Communications
  • TBA: Secretary
  • Vicki Paton: Class Rep Liason

We also have a group of key people who form event teams and provide ad hoc skills. Please feel free to approach Committee members with your ideas or if you'd like to offer a particular service or just general support - we'd love to have you on board.

 

Parent Governor Reps

Each term, Mrs Martin and the Head of Govenors hold a meeting to informally discuss issues, concerns, good and bad points. Two Parent Govenor Reps from each year group attend these meetings, which are usually held on a Friday morning. The Parent/Teacher/Govenor Group is not a FHIS Group and does not report to FHIS, but to year groups/classes (FHIS merely helps in being the initial point of access to volunteers, who then act as reps). 

Parent Governor Reps for 2017/2018 - to be announced shortly

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How Can I Help?

Our events provide enjoyment for our children and parents, and income for our school. We rely on support from parents and friends, both coming along and enjoying the events themselves, and running the events so if you can help in any capacity, on the committee, at events or behind the scenes, or simply attending, as much or as little as you can manage, please do come along and help support...

  • come along and enjoy our events!
  • come to meetings, hear about forthcoming events, give ideas on how money could be spent
  • send any ideas or thoughts to FHISinfo@gmail.com
  • volunteer to help at events (we manage our volunteer rotas using an online system called SignUp Genius - if you volunteer we'll send you a link and instructions for using this system)
  • help run events - ranging from small to large projects, and some things can be done in your own time - if this sounds like a - good option for you then do email us FHISinfo@gmail.com

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Stay in Touch - join us on Facebook

Our closed Facebook page is solely for parents of Henleaze Infants School. We use this to keep friends up-to-date with events and activities, and to celebrate our successes.

We welcome parents and friends to join our Facebook group - it is a closed group, so you'll need to be authorised to join. If you're interested in joining, simply find us on Facebook and request to join: FHIS (Friends of Henleaze Infants School). You'll be asked to read and agree to the House Rules, to clarify how we'd like the site to be used for everyone's benefit and the safety of our children. The site is also maintained in line with the school's E-safety policy and as such we ask that no child photos are shared without the express permission of parents. 

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How FHIS Works

Friends of Henleaze Infant School is an active and successful PTA which organises a variety of fund-raising and social events throughout the year. We have two principle aims: firstly to raise additional funds for the school and secondly to organise fun, social events for parents and children to enhance our children's school experiences. Wherever possible, the money raised during an academic year is also spent during that year, so that current Infant School parents and children can enjoy the benefits of their efforts.

FHIS events include the legendary Family Discos, Easter Egg and Treasure Hunts, May Fair (organised jointly with Henleaze Junior School), Fireworks Night, Quiz & Curry Night, and the occasional Inflatables Day thrown in for good measure!

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How the Money is Spent

FHIS does not cover costs that should be met by the general school budget, but spends its money to enrich school life. The teachers and pupils of the school often have a good idea of what they think might best do this, and their ideas are provided at each Committee meeting in the form of 'The Wish List'. All ideas are then discussed by the parents and teachers on the Committee before deciding where to spend the money.

Most parents would probably prefer to see the benefits of their fund-raising efforts while their own children are still at the school to appreciate them, so we always try to spend the money raised as soon as possible. 

In the past, FHIS has raised funds for several key projects including the provision of digital projectors and interactive whiteboards for each class, patio covers to provide all-weather play areas, playground equipment and games, a sensory garden, wooden gazebo, outdoor classroom and the adventure trim trail which the children love and which gives an added dimension to playtimes.

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Our Sponsors

In the past, the following companies and individuals have kindly given us support and sponsorship.

Maggs & Allen

Eastfeild Inn Team Calendars Cartridge Right Maggs & Allen
Chandos Deli Holbrook Dance Shoes C J Hole Henleaze The Henleaze Florist Wards Solicitors

Thank you all!

If you're interested in sponsoring us in the future, please get in touch FHISinfo@gmail.com.

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EasyFundraising - raising funds with your shopping clicks

We've registered FHIS with easyfundraising.org.uk, a website that helps collect donations for good causes. Easyfundraising works in a similar way to cashback websites, with the funds raised from purchases at retailers like Amazon, John Lewis, Easyjet and M&S donated directly to FHIS.

Simply register yourself with easyfundraising.org.uk. When you come to make an online purchase, go to the easyfundraising website first and search for the retailer there. When you click through to the retailer’s website a donation will be made (by the retailer) on anything you purchase. You don’t pay anything extra - the price you pay is the same as if you went directly to the retailer. For the retailers, it's a bit like offering a discount - it makes their customers happy, plus they get to feel good about helping good causes in the UK.

You can register now, and start earning for FHIS too with your shopping clicks...

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Clothes Bank - making money from your unwanted items

Do you have any unwanted clothes, shoes or towels? Donate them to our clothing bank, and raise money for our school!

The clothing bank is located next to the School Office (in the corridor outside Classes 8 and 9), and FHIS will receive 50p per kilo for donations. Now that's a good reason to clear out the loft...

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Second Hand Uniform

Many items of Infant School uniform can be purchased from our Second Hand Uniform sale, with proceeds going to FHIS.

Second Hand Uniform sales take place each term, often with a cake sale hosted by each year group on rotation. You can also find our Second Hand Uniform stall at many of our day events.

Donations should be taken to the office please, and you'll be shown where to put them - all clothes should be clean and in resalable condition.

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Minutes from FHIS meetings

8th September 2017FHIS MINUTES JULY 2017 PDF document
15th March 2017FHIS MINUTES JANUARY 2017 PDF document
15th March 2017FHIS MEETING MINUTES MAY 2016 PDF document
18th January 2016FHIS Minutes December 2015 PDF document
18th January 2016FHIS Winter Newsletter December 2015 PDF document
21st September 2015FHIS Minutes September 2015 PDF document

 

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