PTA (FHIS)

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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.

Upcoming FHIS Events for 2021

FHIS festive cotton bags  

Too soon to mention Christmas?!

FHIS are now taking orders for reusable cotton bags for each year group, which could make the perfect stocking filler for family and friends. All children have completed a named self-portrait which will appear on their year group bag. These bags are environmentally friendly and are priced at £6 for the first bag and £5 for each additional bag, with all profits going towards supporting our children at school.

To order, simply complete the following order form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdZFMQ6vAuL1PkhovulJHd7VVTfeEMhkgyhQkxWgH6xgbWdcg/viewform?usp=sf_link and submit payment at https://paypal.me/pools/c/8Doduvzz8O (You do not need a Paypal account to pay, just a card).

Closing date for orders: Saturday 30th October 2021.

Any queries please contact the Festive Bag Team at fhisxmasbags@gmail.com

FHIS Fireworks  

Fireworks evening is back! On Friday 5 November 2021, we will be hosting our big fireworks event once again. There will be stalls, food, drinks and of course some beautiful fireworks! Tickets are £6 for adults and £4 for kids. You can buy your tickets in advance at school pick up on 15th, 20th, 22nd October and 3rd of November as well as at selected vendors on Henleaze High Street (details on poster). Payment with card when possible please. We can’t wait to see you there!

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.

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.

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

Committee Members

The FHIS Committee pull together all FHIS activities and manage the accounts.

Co-Chair: Alice Scott

Co-Treasurers: Andrew Wright

Secretary: Louise Walton

Class lists and reps communication: Allannah Shah

Easyfundraising and Amazon Smile: David Chute

Committee members:  Shreya Srivastava

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.

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

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.

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 and a Quiz & Curry Night.

How the Money is Spent

FHIS seeks to spend 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 a new sound system for the main hall, playground equipment and games, reinstatement and resurfacing of a significant area adjacent to the main playground and ongoing support for the provision of Forest School to Reception children.

Our Sponsors

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

CJ Hole Henleaze, Wards Solicitors, Keith James Physiotherapy

Right Foot First, Shine & The Westbury Park Tavern

Thank you all!

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

Help 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…

How to donate – information leaflet

For information about donations, the Amazon Wish List, Easyfundraising and match funding go to the following link

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 in the carpark and the school will receive 30p per kilo for donations (including clothing and household textiles, bags, shoes and belts). Now that’s a good reason to clear out the loft…

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.

Latest FHIS Meeting Minutes and Newsletters

FHIS Meeting Minutes 29.09.2021

FHIS Welcome Newsletter September 2021

FHIS Newsletter July 2021

FHIS Newsletter May 2021

FHIS Newsletter February 2021

FHIS Newsletter December 2020

FHIS Newsletter October 2020

FHIS Newsletter July 2020

FHIS Newsletter February 2020

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