Introduction to Friends of Wychwood
17th September 2020
Dear parents / guardians,
As Chair of the Friends of Wychwood Committee, I would like to welcome you to the school and to the Friends of Wychwood. This is the PTA equivalent, and we work closely with the school with two main aims in mind. The first of these is to contribute to the sense of community that is so integral to the heart of Wychwood School. Our other role is that of fundraising in order to support chosen charities, and to contribute to the ‘extras’ which enhance school life – a treadmill for the senior gym, the drop down screen in the hall, refurbishment of the grand piano and even ice creams for all the girls at sports day!
Most importantly though, we have fun. Previous events have included quiz and curry nights, treasure hunts, fashion shows, and the annual Christmas Fair. These events are for everyone – students, staff, parents, grandparents and siblings – and we definitely adhere to the principle of the more the merrier. Whilst Covid-19 may be curtailing many of these social activities for the time being, the Friends of Wychwood committee are working hard to create alternative events. More details to follow soon…
The Friends of Wychwood also organise second hand uniform sales. We do ask parents to consider donating uniform as it is outgrown or no longer needed, and it is a perfect way to reduce the cost of buying school uniform as well. During the lockdown period we moved these sales to an online system – please see the Friends of Wychwood page on the school website for more information. We will notify you all via the Wychwood Weekly as and when we are able to return to ‘live’ sales which are usually held once a month.
So how do you get involved? Please support us by attending our events, or volunteering to help at them. This is a perfect way to meet fellow parents and to feel a part of the school community. It is helpful to have a parent representative from each year to attend the committee meetings and disseminate information to their parent group, but again anyone is most welcome to attend these meetings which are held approximately twice per term. The minutes of these meetings are published in the Wychwood Weekly. Please do contact me at chairFOW@wychwoodschool.org if you would like to attend a meeting, or volunteer as a year rep. Our next meeting will be held via Zoom on Tuesday 22nd September.
We all look forwards to meeting you in the near future as and when social distancing regulations allow.
With warm wishes,