We are extremely proud of our Friends of John Blow!
They raise funds to buy items ranging from computer equipment and play equipment to library books.
All parents are automatically members of Friends of John Blow and you are welcome to attend one of their regular meetings.
Current fundraising for the school
We are currently one of the community champions, please use your dividend card whilst shopping at the Co-op. This finishes on Saturday 5th June 2021.
Fundraising event totals for 20/21
Collingham Village Trail - £93
Bunny Hunt - £280
Friends of John Blow School has been an integral part of the school community for many years. In its time we have raised thousands of pounds which has been spent on improving equipment and resources to enhance our children’s education and the facilities in school in general. It is an excellent way to bring staff, parents and friends together socially in support of the school.
Claire Weeks (Chairperson) – Mum of H in Year 5
Donna Larkin (Vice-Chairperson) – Mum of J in Year 3 and O in Year 1
Charmaine Biggin (Secretary) – Mum of L in Year 6
Mr Barnard (Treasurer) – Deputy Head and Teacher of Year 5
Mrs Richardson (President) - Head teacher
Shona Hatton – Mum of G in Year 6
Hannah Allan – Mum of V in Year 3 and H in Year 2
Katya Brauer – Mum of M in Year 5
Louise Bilbie, Mum of K in Year 4 and J in Year 5
Megan Brook – Mum of F in Year 2
We usually meet about once per half term, any parent is welcome at our meetings and we are particular keen to meet new parents. Meetings are advertised via the school newsletter and website and the FOJBS Facebook group (if you would like to join search ‘Friends of John Blow School’).
How we spend the funds we’ve raised
All decisions on what items are to be purchased from FOJBS funds are made during committee meetings.
Most of the lovely equipment in the playgrounds has been purchased by FOJBS. In the KS1 playground – the rainbow house, train, car and cafe are extremely popular. Also the wooden shelter in the KS2 playground which can be used by the children during breaks and for teaching smaller groups of children.
How can you help?
There are lots of ways you can help us, offering to help at events, or donations of items for sale, raffle prizes or a skill set you can offer – all these things determine the success of our fundraising activities, donations, however small, make a big difference to us.
If you’d like to join the committee but don’t feel you have the time – don’t worry. Most of our committee members work full-time and we spread the workload out, nobody is pressured into giving more time than they feel comfortable with.
How have we raised money
Family photo session
Ice Cream Sales
Collingham Yard Sale
Car Wash with Collingham Fire Station
Family Fun Afternoon
2020 school calendar
Stalls at village events
Beneficiary of Collingham Crawl and Canter
We would be unable to raise the funds for our school without the help of everyone who contributes, whether by giving their time, donations, attending the events we organise, buying raffle tickets or cakes, the list is endless – THANK YOU
Quotes from pupils about the chrome books the Friends of John Blow helped purchase for the school.
Mia- 'They help me learn.'
Amber- 'They are fun.'
Max- 'The touch screen is good.'
Hugo- 'I think they're easy and quick to log on to.'
Florence- 'I like doing the Hive games with everyone on Spelling Shed.'