Every parent and teacher is automatically a member of the Friends of Bawnmore but it is run by a committee comprising a team of volunteer parents and members of staff who are elected at the AGM each autumn. Committee meetings are held once or twice a term, often at the 'Fighting Cocks' in Bilton and anyone is welcome to attend. If you want to find out more please speak to a Committee member or come along to a meeting. The Friends of Bawnmore maintain a list of helpers who do not belong to the full committee but who are willing to provide support at specific events or help with odd jobs such as photocopying, distributing letters, wrapping presents, labelling prizes for tombolas, etc. If you can support us at any event seek us out and we will take your contact details and find a role for you.
For any parent, being a committee member is also an excellent way to get to know the school, the staff and other parents.
We often seem to end up with more mums on the committee so dads and grandparents are particularly welcome.
Committee Members 2015-2016
Chair – Karen Farmer
Secretary – Pam Bates
Treasurer- Claire Baldock
Debra Wade (Staff Member)
Vicki Trotter (Staff Member)
What is our role?
The main objective of the Friends of Bawnmore is to raise funds for the school. The majority of our fundraising comes from events held throughout the year (see Events below). We are also a registered charity. For the last 3 years, we have consistently raised between £4,000 and £5,000 each year.
We aim to create memorable, fun and social events for the children and parents of the school, bringing together our school community.
We support the school with our time as well as money in on-going projects such as developing the outdoor classroom.
Our current fundraising projects
We aim to buy what the school needs. We pay an annual subscription to a text messaging system called Teachesr2Parents. This allows a swift means of communicating to parents when there are special events happening in school.
Our current fund raising project is for ICT including laptops and I-pads.
Last year we contributed to the installation of the tyre-park. Our largest request for funds was to update the Oxford Reading Tree Scheme books. This reading scheme was purchased a number of years ago and the books were showing signs of wear and new titles had become available. We donated £3,000 to purchase a large number of new books which were well received by pupils and parents.
Every term each teacher is also given £50 to spend on additional resources for their class. This costs £900 per annum.
We also provide a gift for every pupil at Christmas. This costs around £200 a year.
We also pay for the entertainer at the Christmas party and the Year 2 Leaver's Disco.
What have we previously funded?
The hall curtains
The PA system
Poms for the cheerleading squad
Equipment and materials for the outdoor classroom
Gardening Club equipment
Visualisers for classrooms
Music and Drama Workshops to enrich the curriculum
We start the year with a professional firework show held in conjunction with the PTA at Bilton Junior School and hosted on their site. We provide the refreshments for this event.
This popular event is a mixture of games, stalls and refreshments. It is run straight after school in the main hall and gets very busy.
This is run along the same lines as the Christmas Fayre and has the usual stalls and games with a spring theme
Our biggest fundraiser of the year. Last year we took around £1000. This is an outdoor event (weather permitting) with food, bouncy castles and many other fun stalls.
We also work in conjunction with a number of companies who share some of their profit with us when we offer their services in the school.
A great opportunity for parents to get professionally produced Christmas cards featuring a design drawn or painted by their own child. Other family members love these too. Last year we raised around £300
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Friends of Bawnmore is a member of the National Confederation of Parent Teacher Associations.
If you want to ask a question, volunteer time, give feedback on an event, offer a service or for any other reason please email us on
or leave a message for us in our in tray in the office or address a note to Friends of Bawnmore and place it in your child’s book bag.