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Welcome to Fitz Friends (the Fitzmaurice School Association)

 

 

We’re on Facebook: facebook.com/fitzfriendsboa
Thanks for your help… we’ve reached over 175 likes on our FB page!

 

You can also contact us at fitzfriends@fitzmaurice.wilts.sch.uk

 

Fitz Friends is part of  PTAsocial so register today! It’s free and will keep you in the loop.

 

Click on the logo or visit:  https://app.ptasocial.com/register/Fitzmaurice


Upcoming events and news

 

Strawberry Fair, Saturday 17th June

 

Get involved! We have an ONLINE ROTA – click on the PTAsocial link above to register and pick a job to do. There are many opportunities to help in the lead up to the fair, during set up after school on Friday 16th and of course on the day itself.

 

We will be showing a DVD to keep the children of volunteers entertained while we set up in the Hall after school on Friday 16th June. Free refreshments will be provided.

 

Diary Dates:

 

June
Strawberry Fair: Saturday 17th June

 

July
Fitz Picnic: Thursday 20th July

 

Recent events

 

Fitz Big Odd Ride
Thank you to all the families who came along to Odd Down Cycling circuit.and made it so much fun. It was lovely to see children from the Nest as well as from KS1 & 2.

 

The 1.5K cycling track is a brilliant facility for those just beginning to get their balance and for the more experienced to cycle or skate in a traffic and pedestrian-free environment. It has a beautifully smooth, pothole free surface. Some families hired bikes, some brought bikes, skateboards, balance bikes and skates, and some brought just a picnic. As usual the cafe was open for ice creams to complement the glorious sunshine.

 

Latin Extravaganza
This was a great success with the wider community and raised money to develop the school tennis courts into a Multifunctional Sports Facility. The band and dance teachers did an amazing job, and a brilliant time was had by everyone who came along. Many thanks to Fitz Friends Chair, Corina Cordero, for all the time and effort it took to organize the event and to the team of volunteers who helped on the night.

 

Pop Quiz
Another memorable evening! Over £1000 was raised! Huge thanks to the team of organisers and to everyone who took part.

 

Jumble Sale
Wow, the jumble sale this year made a whopping and record-breaking amount of over ₤900! A massive thank you to the great team of volunteers and bakers and of course for all the donations which made the sale possible!

 

Christmas Fair
Over £1500 was raised and a lot of festive fun was had! Thanks to everyone who made the fair such a success!

 

Fireworks
It was great to see so many families at the Fireworks event on Saturday 5th November. Fitzmaurice, Christ Church and St Laurence schools each received £4000! Huge thanks to everyone who volunteered to help.

 

Fitz Friends Tea Party, after school in the hall on Friday 30th September
It was wonderful to see so many people signing up to help with the events coming up this year. Email us if you were unable to make it but would like to lend a hand.

 

Strawberry Fair

An impressive £5200 was raised at this year’s Strawberry Fair! We couldn’t have done it without you, so massive thanks to everyone who came along and to the amazing team of volunteers for all their hard work.

 

We would love to hear what children at Fitz thought of the fair so look out for feedback forms in book bags soon.

 

Please share your Strawberry Fair photos on our Facebook page:

 

Fitz Big Odd Ride

Thank you to the 20 fabulous Fitz families who braved the gusty Odd Down weather on Friday 20th May and helped make the third annual Fitz Big Odd Ride such a successful event. There were lots of smiles and plenty of laughter as young and old picnicked, cycled, skated, scooted, played football and chatted. The event was a lovely way to start the weekend and made a small but useful profit of £54. Well done and thanks to Nicolette for organising the event.Thank you to the 20 fabulous Fitz families who braved the gusty Odd Down weather on Friday 20th May and helped make the third annual Fitz Big Odd Ride such a successful event. There were lots of smiles and plenty of laughter as young and old picnicked, cycled, skated, scooted, played football and chatted. The event was a lovely way to start the weekend and made a small but useful profit of £54. Well done and thanks to Nicolette for organising the event.

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Fitz Friends – the lowdown…

 

As a parent/carer of a pupil at Fitzmaurice you are automatically a member of the Fitz Friends…fear not, that doesn’t mean you’ve just unexpectedly signed up to 7 years of being hassled daily about baking, bingo and bunting. Our ethos is to ‘do what you can when you can’. We have people that take charge of our core events (more of these to follow), and the rest of us contribute whenever we’re willing and able.

 

Our other fundamental belief is that through our events we should promote a strong sense of community throughout the school itself and Bradford-on Avon as a whole, which in turn raises the positive profile of Fitz. Both our Strawberry Fair and Christmas Fair are widely attended by both young and old mingling with big smiles on faces. Although profits are obviously important to pump back into spending for Fitz, we ensure that we keep our pricing low to ensure great value for money and accessibility to all.

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You may be interested in things that Fitz Friends have purchased solely or contributed to in recent years:

 

  • Refurbishment of the school library including books, fixtures and fittings
  • ‘Poddely’ (giant kind of construction kit)
  • 16 tablet computers with cases and a charging trolley
  • Christmas trips
  • Play equipment (including the recently installed ball chute)
  • Sports kit
  • Outdoor classroom
  • Polytunnel
  • Whole school theatre trips
  • Hall sound system
  • Broadcast radio equipment
  • Laptops
  • Class parties/purchases
  • Subsidising class trips
  • Year 6 Leavers’ trips/souvenir memory books
  • Gardening club and eco events

 

As mentioned previously, we raise this money through a series of well- established (although always very open to new ideas to re-vamp!) events. An example of those already arranged for the forthcoming academic year (2015/16) are:

 

  • Strawberry Fair (Saturday 18th June)- One phrase: Cafe Yum Yum (out of this world homemade cakes, salads, quiches at the cheapest prices around…you have to see it to believe it…oh yes and live musical accompaniment from our super-talented pupils…look out Bath Pumphouse!!) Also, giant inflatable superslides, assault courses, Bungee run (!), toddler area, football pitch, Fun Run, Tricky Trifle Challenge, Bacon Bolt, every ‘have-a-go’ stall conceivable, Pimm’s tent , BBQ, etc etc!
  • Ice Cream – Every Wedneday after school. 50p per ice cream or lolly
  • Second hand uniform – sold on cake sale days and by the ice cream stall on Wednesdays after school.
  • Rag Bag bin – all profits from you using this facility near the entrance of the school goes to Fitz Friends and so, in turn, back to your children. Bag up whatever condition clothes/shoes/bags/rags you want to lose and we get paid 30p/kilo. Fabulous!
  • End of year picnic (Thursday 21st July)
  • Christmas Fair (Friday 25th November) – New this year, an evening festive event! Santa and Rudolph, cakes, games and stalls galore!
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We meet at the Canal Tavern every month or so (details are usually put in Fitz Weekly, Facebook (fitzfriendsboa) or the Newsletter) and everyone is welcome.

 

That’s it, that’s us. We’re a rather fab team of people from allsorts of backgrounds with one common cause…helping our children have the most fabulous opportunities at Fitz…and we quite like the odd Babycham every now and then!

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