You may not know this, but as a Northside parent/carer/staff member you are automatically a member of FON (Friends of Northside). This is the name given to the school community who support Northside by raising much-needed money by organising fun events that bring us all together.
Additional fundraising by the community has become crucial in times of school budget cuts, increased demand and particularly due the financial impact of Covid. Most recently, money raised by FON paid for high-visibility safety bands for children to wear on school trips, subsidising school trips, re-painting the library, building the MUGA (Multi Use Games Area), redesigning the front playground and installing the bike racks and playground equipment.
We are currently raising money towards:
Reading Books: Also with the new Covid requirement to quarantine reading books for 72 hours before another child can take them home, there is a shortage of reading books in Early Years and KS1 as well as in the library, that we would like to raise funds for. You can make a donation here: https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/BooksforNorthsideN12?invite=true
Interactive Whiteboards x 3: In the summer term we managed to raise £2,600 with our first ever Virtual Summer Fayre. This helped the school replace a much-needed Interactive Whiteboard for the irreparable one in Y3 (scroll to see a photo of it). Sadly the school now need to replace three more!
Medium to long-term projects
We would like to finish the library refurbishment, make improvements to the forest school/pond area - so we have better outdoor learning spaces - and replace the climbing frames in each playground. All this will go a long way towards improving our children's overall school experience.
Other ways you can help
Donate a book to the class when it is your child's birthday.
Think about the school if you hear of anyone getting rid of furniture or equipment - the benches in the playground came from an office refurbishment that a parent had heard about.
Share any ideas for events we could run.
Donate cakes for cake sales, when we can have them again.
Please come along to a meeting, join the email or WhatsApp groups and/or let us know when and what you can help with. As soon as we can, we will invite you all to a Coffee Morning, but in the meantime please email firstname.lastname@example.org or text 07739149723 with your name, child/children’s name and classes so we can keep you updated.
Anahita (Anoush Y6 and Noura Y3)
Friends of Northside