2016-17 Spending Projects
What do we spend the money on that we raise every year?
We are a small but hard working committee of about 16 people all with connections to The Howard of Effingham School. We plan events to raise essential funds for ongoing and one-off projects. Our recent school survey in 2016 revealed the areas which were most important to you, the parents.
The number one priority was that we continued to support the costs of the school minibuses which are actively used on a weekly basis to transport students to sporting fixtures and other local social events. There has been an immediate requirement to meet this commitment as one of the minibuses has ended the current contract and the vehicle is too old to continue in the current state. We have committed to the school to continue funding a new school minibus for 2017 onwards with a monthly commitment from the Friends of a little over £400.
We are grateful to the following local businesses for their generous donations-
The Burford Bridge Hotel, Conisbees Butchers (East Horsley), Costa (Cobham),The Queens Head (Clandon), Dobbe’s Nursery, Nuffield Health & Fitness, The Drift Golf Club, Donner Optometrists, NT Hatchlands Park, Squires Garden Centre, Fine Fettle, Aaronson Glass, Gifts & Gadgets, Ye Olde Windsor Castle (Bookham), Casselden’s Shoes, Marsha Hall Handmade Shoes, Loseley Park, Cedar Nursery, The Black Swan (Ockham), GLive, Groom Royale, Walking Paws, DB Designs, Maidenhead Aquatics, Pamela Rhatigan, Effingham Golf Club, Rocket Catering, The Drift Golf Club, Ranmore Wines, Silent Pool Distillers, Ken Davey Butchers, Laytons Greengrocers, RP & M Lindsey Ltd, Granary Crafts, RHS Wisley, Busy Happy People, Studio 65 Photography, Finefettle Multi-healthcare, Dorking Halls, Roxley Models, White Spider Urban Climbing
Please remember to support the above businesses directly or by recommending them to others for their continued support to our school.
The Friends are very active in gathering feedback from the school and parents about how best to spend the funds we all raise. This year we have purchased and funded very much needed equipment and resources for the school -
School Minibus Lease £4,300 (annually) - The Friends have currently raised money to fund the minibus lease for the next 2 years and have ring-fenced this money as we are waiting for clarification from the school regarding their preferred option to re-new the new lease.
5 Plasma TVs £1,500 - Reception, Dining Hall, Cyber Cafe
1 Laser Cutter £10,000 - D&T
6 Sewing Machines £1,750 - D&T
Funds Raised 2017
The Friends had their first event of the year on Friday 17th March at the Quiz Night which took place at the school. Thank you to all who supported The Howard of Effingham and raised £2,800 on the evening.
Quiz Night £2,800
Funds Raised 2015/2016
The Friends have had a very successful 2015/2016 year, raising around £11,000 for the school - an increase of more than 30% on the previous year. Money raised came from the following events -
London to Brighton Bike Ride £1,685
Dinner Dance £2,742
Winter Shopping Evening £2,237
Second Hand Uniform Sale £1,382
Quiz Night £3,242
200 Club £834
We have an ongoing list of items which have been requested by the school / parents and we continue our fundraising activities to reach this goal. We have an annual ongoing commitment for minibus funding of £4,000. In addition, items currently on the Wish List are -
Lighting tower for in-house performances and productions £2,000 (purchasing imminently)
Minibus Lease for one school minibus @ £4,300 for 1 year (ongoing commitment)
Year Prizes @ £1,400 for 1 year
High Resolution Photocopier @ £3,500 for 1 year
Class Set of iPads @ £11,000
Imagineering Kits @ £765 per year
Your Explore careers software @ £700
Sports colours @ £300
STEM kits @ £765
This is quite a list to tackle but the Friends are committed to enhancing the school environment and facilities for our children. If you are able to help / contribute in any way please do contact us.