Welcome to our Friends of Belmont School (FOBS) page!
Our Charity Registration is 1178481
Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to find out more about us.
Should you have any questions or ideas, we’d be delighted to hear from you.
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Brief History or Where It All Began …
Long before FOBS were created, the school had a PTFA (Parent, Teachers and Friends Association) In place who organized events and raised money towards the refurbishment of the main school library and the purchase of a much needed new stage, which is still being used by the whole school throughout the school year.
Over the years however, the numbers of active PTFA members diminished and this resulted in several events not taking place during the spring and summer of 2017 due to lack of helpers/support.
This Is Where FOBS Came Into Play …
The FOBS Team are a small group of parents who came together in October 2017. Our initial aims were to make a difference through creating fundraising opportunities, mainly by organising fun and memorable events for Belmont children.
We intended and are still committed to support the school with essential funding, to enhance the school’s facilities which in turn supports every child’s educational journey. We hope to enable people join together and share ideas/knowledge to achieve a common goal and in the process involve the school, parents and the local community, as well as local businesses.
After our very first and very successful Christmas Fayre in 2017, we were determined to achieve even greater things and the first step was to become a registered charity. This would open a lot of doors and enable us to be more professional. With this in mind, we needed to create some sort of branding to go along with our pending charity commission registration; something that would represent what we stand for and who we are.
FOBS Logo Competition
In Spring 2018, we called upon all Belmont pupils to participate in our FOBS Logo competition. Children were able to be creative and draw/paint something that they connected with FOBS or something that the thought would fit. We were delighted to receive over 30 amazing entries from children in Reception up to Year 6! And with such a high standard of entries, it was a difficult decision – but in the end, 2 entries were chosen. Both designs were combined into one logo with the help of Mrs Hankins, which was then digitalized and our FOBS logo was 'born'. It has been used ever since in all our communications and it truly represents all that FOBS stand for.
FOBS Fundraising Events
Since our beginnings in 2017, we have hosted many events, both small and big – and each and every one of our fundraising events is centred around the enjoyment for children:
Autumn, Christmas & Valentine’s Discos
Competitions & Raffles
Annual Summer Fayre & The Great Belmont Bake Off
Sport’s Day Refreshments
Child-designed Christmas merchandise & Annual Christmas Fayre
How Has FOBS Supported The School So Far?
Since October 2017, the FOBS Team has raised an amazing amount of over £7,000 to support the school.We have managed this ONLY with the fantastic support from parents/relatives over the years and we would like to thank you all for that!
FOBS funds have so far enabled us to support the school with the following:
£1,000 towards the screen and audio equipment in the hall.
Annual purchase of Christmas lunch boxes & crackers. Purchase of class Christmas presents.
Purchase of new sports equipment.
Purchase of 2 gazebos, which are used on Sports Days & Summer Fayres.
Purchase of the Giant Storytelling Chair for the Woodland Area.
£2,000 towards the purchase of new books & library furniture
… and as an exception this year, purchase/gifting of the 2020 Leavers' Hoodies.
FOBS have been supporting the school in other capacities, too. For example, with Grounds’ Evening, assisting the school with school choir visits to church and the local community, pantomime visits, at Harvest Festivals and school Open Days and last year, with manning the Scholastic Book Fair.
At the moment, we are only a small group of parents and with the current Year 6’s leaving us next year, we’ll be losing several of our team members.
We can only continue to raise essential funds for the school, if we have enough helpers. Even if you only have a small amount of time to spare, your help will be greatly appreciated. Equally, if you can help with knowledge, ideas or business support, please do let us know.
Help us to continue creating lasting memories for all Belmont children!
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Charity Registration Number 1178481 Granted
We are delighted to let everyone know that FOBS has now been successfully registered as a Charity. Our Standard Registration was granted on 22 May 2018 and have a General Charitable purpose for the benefit of children and young people.
Our Charitable objects are:
To advance the education of pupils in the school in particular by:
1) Developing effective relationships between the staff, parents and others associated with the school
2) Engaging in activities or providing facilities or equipment which support the school and advance the education of the pupils
If you are aware that your employer supports charities in any way, or may consider supporting us, please contact us via this website. Alternatively, if you are self-employed and wish to support us, please once again, contact us.