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FoGMS Round-Up Summer 2018

FoGMS Round-Up Summer 2018

FoGMS PTA wants to give the website readers a final round up of their news for this last year.

Firstly, they would like to thank everyone who has supported their fund raising efforts: in buying raffle tickets; shopping online using ‘easyfundraising’; or attending events.  Everything that has been done has helped raise an amazing amount of money, which is helping to enrich the lives of all the students at Great Marlow School.

The total raised this year is an incredible £15,270.  This has been no mean feat, and the small group that comprises the committee have put in many hours of hard work in order to achieve this –  A GREAT BIG thank you to them!

So how has this money been spent? Just one visit to the school will reveal how the money has been invested to make the establishment a better place for the children. All the new outdoor seating at the front of school has been funded by FoGMS, along with some additional new outdoor seating in other parts of the school site; this enables the students to have have somewhere to sit, eat and relax at tables during the good weather.

FoGMS funded six new outdoor table tennis tables and it has been great to see the students enjoying using these. To make the school look attractive, FoGMS have funded the planting of the newly refurbished area at the back of the hall, which has now matured into a lovely fragrant area to sit and relax in.  A stable, ongoing funding is for the highly prized minibus lease; the committee is committed to continuing this funding, and hopefully to fund a second one in time.

Finally, they funded a new industrial drinking fountain in the new canteen area.  This large cooler allows two students at a time to fill up their water bottles with chilled water.  This goes hand in hand with the school’s initiative to encourage students to stop using single use water bottles. The new GMS water bottles, now selling via ParentPay for £3.50, are hopefully going to stop the waste created from single use bottles.  The reusable GMS bottles are also recyclable at the end of their life.

So as the FoGMS committee come to the end of another successful year, they are saying goodbye to some long standing members of the team, as they step down from their roles.  A big thank you to Clare Allen, who has been our secretary for the past four years and to Sue Russell who has been our treasurer for the past two years. For the new term FoGMS are stretching a welcome hand out to new members. New blood helps the organisation evolve and go from strength to strength ! They are particularly asking for someone to take on the role of secretary.

As a committee they meet at school approximately once every six weeks, and meetings usually run from 7 pm until 8.30 pm.  Many decisions are made via group emails.  So as you see, it is not a huge commitment.  Being involved in the PTA is hugely rewarding; it not only gives a sense of “giving back”, but also it  gives a great insight into the school environment.  Research has shown that when your child sees you involved in their school, their learning improves because it encourages them to do their best.  So FoGMS asks that you put the date of the next AGM in the diary and join the meeting at 7 pm on  Tuesday 18 September, in T4

Below is a link to a flyer giving more details of the work FoGMS do and how best be involved.  If you are considering joining the committee and would like to know more then please email fogmschair@gmail.com

FOGMS FLYER 2018

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