Most schools have a charitable organisation of parents and staff whose role it is to encourage closer links between home and school. The Friends O Penyrenglyn are best known for their fundraising work, but they have a useful social function too. Fundraising events provide an opportunity for parents, staff and pupils to get together.
All parents/carers and staff are automatically members.
At the annual general meeting in September, at the start of the school year, a committee is elected to run the FOP – usually consisting of a chair, a vice-chair, a treasurer, a secretary and ordinary committee members. The FOP usually meet once a term to organise individual events.
Most money is raised through events. They often hold one main event each school term – for example school discos. They’re always looking for new fundraising ideas
Funds raised by the FOP are intended to provide ‘extras’ not already provided by the school's main income – often 'fun things' that make learning more interesting and exciting.
The FOP committee and the headteacher decide how to spend FOP funds. Common items include computers, subsidising trips, playground equipment, and smaller purchases such as presents for Christmas.
There are many different ways you can help with the FOP, whether you have lots of time to offer or not.
Some of the roles are time-consuming, although also rewarding. If you can’t commit to a big job, look out for things you can do less frequently (eg baking for a cake sale). And you can always support the FOP events by simply turning up.