The Fitzharrys School Association (FSA) is Fitzharrys' equivalent of a Parent Teacher Association (PTA), which exists to raise extra funds which will be used to support the work of the school. The FSA is run by a committee of parents, carers and staff who plan social events and fun activities and to raise money to go towards new school resources and to help improve facilities.
The mission of the FSA is to raise funds to improve our children's educational opportunities and school experience. Fundraising allows Fitzharrys to continue to offer the 'extras' which are so important in a school and not covered by existing funds.
We are always happy to welcome new members to the committee and are very grateful for volunteers to help at events. We meet once a term to hold an FSA meeting where we talk about fundraising ideas and plan events; meetings and events will be advertised on this page as well as on the school's social media pages. For more information about joining the FSA or upcoming FSA events, you can contact the school's main office or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
The next committee meeting will be held on Monday 25th March at 7.30pm, at the Spread Eagle pub on Northcourt Road. The committee is in need of members to help plan fundraising events and all parents, carers and staff are warmly invited to attend. There is no pressure to sign up to a role or lead in the organisation of a fundraiser, but all ideas and offers are welcome! The FSA committee look forward to welcoming new members to the meeting and to the team.
Each year, the Fitzharrys School Association sets a fundraising target. This year, the FSA is raising money towards developing new outside spaces which all students will have access to. The FSA will be working with the School Council and school leadership team on developing and planning these improvements and to set a target amount. Current ideas include new seating and undercover areas, outdoor gym equipment and a water fountain! We will post updates these plans as they happen. Please support all our FSA fundraisers this year to help us achieve this goal.
The Fitzharrys School Association's first fundraising event of 2018-19 was a Giant Jumble Sale on Sunday 27th January. We were blessed with a mountain of brilliant items to sell and a terrific team of volunteers. Sincere thanks to all our generous supporters; whether you helped out by donating, advertising the sale, making cakes for the refreshments stall, setting up or selling on the day, you made the event a great success. £882.28 was raised and counting! A few items have been sold since the sale, taking our fundraising total even closer to £900. Remaining jumble sale items are being donated to the British Heart Foundation, raising money for charity.
The Giant Jumble Sale will be back, so if you end up having a Christmas clear-out at the end of the year, please save your unwanted items for us! We will send out communications with full details of acceptable items and donation drop-off times nearer the time.
Thanks again to our Fitzharrys community for the truly fantastic support.
Plans are afoot at FSA Headquarters! Currently on the table are a Holiday Hamper Draw and a Sponsored Walk, both planned for this summer. A staff & parents-only Quiz Night and a celebration event for Fitzharrys' 60th anniversary are also being pencilled in for the autumn term. Watch this space for more news!
One of the ways the FSA raises funds for Fitzharrys School is through our 200 Club. This is essentially a school-based lottery run by the FSA Committee. Anyone over the age of 16 can buy shares in the FSA 200 Club; these cost £5 per month. Shareholders are entered into a draw every month to win a cash prize and there are 2 bonus draws each year. The size of the monthly prize money will depend on the number of shares sold, but if all 200 shares are sold, there will be 3 prizes up for grabs each month of £250, £100 & £50. Application to join the FSA 200 Club is possible at any time during the year. Please read our FSA 200 Club Application for more information.
The Fitzharrys School Association has a Facebook group for communicating all our latest news on fundraising aims, activities and events to the Fitzharrys communuity. Please follow us on Facebook to hear all about what the FSA is working on and help us share our fundraising goals; thank you for all your support!