We’re a small group of parents and carers who plan ways of raising money to enhance the children’s learning and wellbeing and provide new experiences. As well as raising funds, we also aim to enhance the sense of community within the school by providing fun events which bring together parents, staff, pupils, carers and the wider Corsham community.
Examples of recent events include Christmas Fayre with Santa’s Grotto, Christmas parties, Summer Fete, Easter Café, World Book Day Movie Night and regular discos. We also get involved in community events, including Corsham Street Fair and Springfield Summer Fete, plus marshalling the Corsham 10K race. In 2019, our Team Regis running team of 25 children and 8 adults took part in the Corsham 2K and 10K races, raising over £1500 in sponsorship.
Since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, our fundraising options have been more limited, however we remain committed to supporting our school community. We have been lucky to secure over £3,600 grant from the Co-op Community Fund which is enabling us to deliver a range of projects to support children’s wellbeing. In addition, we are continuing to raise funds digitally through an online Christmas raffle and our partnership with the Giving Machine. Plus we are bringing you elements of our Christmas Fayre, including the popular hamper raffle and children’s craft sales.
In 2018/19, we funded new playground markings for KS1 and KS2, subsidised school trips for every class, paid for writing resources, PE kit, leavers gifts, Christmas parties (with a visit from Santa with presents for all), Wow Days, crafts, a theatre visit and more. We also gave each class and the nurture room £150 each to spend on whatever they needed most, and this has funded all sorts of things from bookcases and dictionaries to golden time games. After recently supporting Corsham Regis to become a Thrive School by contributing to the online platform, we purchased resources for the new Thrive room to support children’s emotional and mental wellbeing and readiness to learn.
As well as organising fundraising events, we raise funds by applying for grants and other schemes which allow us to make an even bigger impact. Here are some examples:
In 2020, we secured over £3,600 from Co-op Community Fund which is enabling us to deliver projects to support children’s wellbeing, from art and theatre to improving play areas.
In 2019, we successfully got through to the final stage of the Tesco Bags of Help scheme and received £2,000 which funded improvements to outdoor learning areas developed in partnership with the Brunel Shed.
In 2017, we secured £5,000 of matched funding from Corsham Area Board which enabled us to finally get new play equipment for the KS1 playground. Working in partnership with the Brunel Shed who we met at the Corsham Area Board meeting also enabled our funds to go further, as they built us some fantastic new play equipment, including a safari jeep, boat and puzzle table.
We’ve hit over £400 of free donations from the Giving Machine, raised by our supporters shopping online.
In January 2018, we became a registered charity which enables us to apply for more types of grant funding. If you are aware of donations or matched funding opportunities through your bank, employer, supermarket or insurance company, do let us know. Our charity registration number is 1176473.
We are always looking for more parents and carers to help out – whether you are interested in joining the Committee, helping out at events, or supporting us with writing fundraising applications, please get in touch via the school office or by email [email protected] Our supporters are vital to ensure we can run successful events and raise funds to enhance our children’s school experience. As a very small team of busy people, we know the challenges of juggling busy jobs and families and really value whatever time people can give to support our school.
The ‘Friends of Regis’ committee for 2020/21 are:
TREASURER: Mary Gingell
CHAIR: Natacha Monaghan
VICE CHAIR: Rebecca Stapleton
COMMITTEE MEMBERS: Jenna Hemmings, Kathryn Roynon, Matthew Wollaston, Keyleigh McLaughlan, Phil Hilling
TEACHER REP: Abi Doe