Friends of Fishergate

Message from FoF about the Summer Fair!

Hello Fishergate Families,

As we start to anticipate the Summer vibes ahead of us, planning has started for the School Summer Fair, so please save these dates!

  • Summer Fair Saturday 8th July 12-3pm  (on the school field next to the Melbourne centre)
  • Donations Day Thursday 6th July (more information on this very soon)

It is really the hi-light of our school fundraising and always lots of fun. Please put it in your diary, come along if you can, bring your family and friends and be a part of it. If you would like to be involved (in any way) or are simply curious to hear what’s going to be happening, please don’t hesitate to contact the school or email Friends on and we can keep you up-to-date with it all.

You may be able to offer suggestions, improvements, lend a hand or some equipment – all of which are very welcome! Please remember there is never any pressure to do anything you do not want to or can’t. General enthusiasm and emotional support is always very welcome too!

It is the collaborative generosity of you all that ensures events like this happen. Do you have any ideas for new games to include? Face Painting Skills? Any entertainment skills you would like to showcase? Juggling, dancing or acrobatics or musical accompaniment? Could you create a music playlist for interludes in the entertainment area? Could you bake sweet and savoury treats? Help out with face painting? Can your employer offer a raffle prize?

We require people to help for:

  • Morning set-up and end of day clear down
  • Helpers for stalls (enough people for split shifts so everyone gets to enjoy the fair with families too) if you can offer even one hour, that would be a huge help
  • Sort & Organise Donations on Thursday AM july 6th in school

We also need the following equipment:

  • Gazebo’s (several/many as possible)
  • BBQ’s Outdoor rugs/picnic blankets
  • Does anyone have the means to create a large banner for the school gates? Even better one we could reuse each year? Email us if you do.

If you can help out or have ideas, please contact Friends by email or via the school office

Thank you!Friends of Fishergate

Friends of Fishergate looking for green-fingered volunteers!

Dear Parents and Carers,

We are looking for a group of parent & child volunteers to help weed & prepare raised beds for planting so they are ready to use for the Year Group science classes coming up.

We will be meeting straight after school pickup on Wednesday 3rd May & Thursday 4th May 3.30pm – 4.30pm and we hope that many hands make quick, light & sociable work.

If you and your children can help, please let the office know so we can anticipate numbers. Even 30 minutes of your time would be gratefully received.

The planting beds are located on the school field near to The Melbourne centre. There are three beds, Yr1/2, Yr3/4 & Yr5/6 that need weeds removing and one bed that needs extra compost adding. Each is approximately 8 metres long – so quite a good size. There are lots of children’s gardening tools but it would be useful if adults could bring a garden fork or spade if they have one. Gloves will be handy too!

Many ThanksFriends of Fishergate

FoF – lost property, labels and fundraising!

Help us to win the battle with lost property by labelling your child’s belongings, and raise money for the Friends of Fishergate at the same time!

No more lost property!!

FoF have signed up to the following companies who supply wash-proof name labels and name stamps to identify your children’s school clothing and belongings. You can read more about them, and find our affiliate links, fundraising IDs and even some discount codes, on the Friends of Fishergate Fundraising Hub page.

FoF – Easy Fundraising Online!

Did you know that whenever you buy anything online – from your weekly shop to your annual holiday – you could be raising free donations for Friends of Fishergate with easyfundraising? There are over 7,000 brands on board ready to make a donation – including eBay, Argos, John Lewis, ASOS, and M&S – and it won’t cost you a penny extra to help us raise funds. Click here to find out more on the Friends of Fishergate fundraising hub!

FoF Plant Sale

If you are a green fingered & keen gardener or like pottering around on your patio and are planning on sowing seeds and bulbs this year, why not consider sowing a few extras as donations for the school plant sale in May this year?

Also welcome are potted cuttings, garden shrubs (potted, not too big) & potted herbs if you are clearing or thinning out your garden. Unloved houseplants and spare seeds too! More about this soon!Friends of Fishergate

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FoF Second Hand Uniform Sales

You can read more about Friends of Fishergate and how to get involved here, and please remember to keep an eye on the website calendar for upcoming events!

This is donated pre-loved, pre-used school clothing which is in good to excellent condition. Do come along and take a look if you need any extra items for your children. There is no pricing structure and only a suggestion of a pay-as-you-feel donation. Lots of clothing donations came in last term including some new-still with tags items, embroidered jumpers and plenty of shirts, dresses & trousers.

(Did you know that 350,000 tonnes of wearable clothing – worth £140 million, still ends up in UK landfill? Crazy!)Friends of Fishergate

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Click to find Friends of Fishergate on Facebook!

Do you enjoy using social media? We need someone to manage our Facebook page in order to keep the page alive and nurture the flow of information to our followers. Work with FoF committee and from time to time liaise with the school office, to post FoF updates, events and celebrations, respond to comments, like & share local community & family friendly happenings around York. Could you do this for less than an hour a week? Inclusivity, kindness and a community spirit is essential. Email us if you are interested.

WANTED: FoF Skills & Resources Library

Families, Parents, Carers!! Do you have any skills, equipment or talents that we could tap into for future school events? Sound & audio, cooking, dancing, music, entertaining, crafting skills, designing, making or more? Equipment: bbqs, stoves, gazebos, cool boxes, costumes, signage, play equipment, bunting, flags and beyond? Please let us know if you have things that might be useful to us in creating fantastic events.Friends of Fishergate