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Friends of Newcroft are a small but growing group of parents, grandparents and friends of the school.
We gather together to support in fundraising for items to enhance the school and its learning environment. We want to provide items and time for the school, which we know that their budget will just not stretch to, but will enrich and support the learning for all pupils. Just like the time we helped the school to turn into Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in time for world book day!
Come and find us on our Friends of Newcroft Facebook page to keep you up to date with our next events and ideas!
In our time we have raised thousands of pounds which have been spent on items at the school such as the outdoor gym equipment, extra books for the school library, IT equipment and plants for the outdoor areas. Working alongside the school and its staff, we can offer support to help ensure that Newcroft Primary Academy continues to be an outstanding school for all our children.
Whilst our primary aim is to fundraise for the school, we do like to have some fun along the way. Our children and the school community have enjoyed hosted events such as discos, film nights, family bingo and you can’t forget our amazing summer and Christmas fetes! We also raise money through other events such as a Mother and Father’s day secret room (helping our children select and wrap a gift for their loved ones).
Friends of Newcroft aim to bring together staff, parents, pupils and friends, socially in support of Newcroft Primary Academy and as extra volunteers come on board, we hope to be able to have more fun, run more events and of course raise more money to support the school.
Many hands make light work and we would love for you to be involved - whether this is a fully-fledged committee member or an offer of a helping hand at our events. We want to be able to support the school and our children. Offering to help before, during and after events - it really doesn’t matter. We know we all have lots to do, so all offer of help is valued and really will make a difference! Help can be offered from home if you are too shy, as we are always needing presents wrapped or the tombola labelling! We have lots of fun in planning these events, so if you have the time, we really would love to involve you!
Whilst we have lots of active support at our events we can always use more.
Please let us introduce ourselves:
Sarah Hattersley is our chair, and she has steered this committee for the past few years. She has a talent for crafting and has hosted some of the meetings in the evenings to ensure that we enjoy the social aspect of this group as well as generating great ideas and planning of our events. Sarah has 2 boys, one whom has just finished Newcroft and is ready for high school! If you have any questions or want to get involved, please contact Sarah in the first instance. Sarah is normally available at drop off and pick up times, if you have questions, ideas or would like to be involved in any of our next events, please approach Sarah. You can contact her or any other member thorough our friends of Newcroft Facebook page.
Sophie Smith is our vice chair - if you can’t get hold of Sarah, Sophie is on hand to help. Sophie has 2 children at the school and has a fantastic talent for coming up with event ideas – we will hold her responsible for Hogwarts and the size of our summer fete!
Susanne Earl is our committee secretary and has supported the group over the last few years. Susanne can be contacted easily and usually at the school gates at drop off and pickup times when she is collecting her 2 children. She will be able to give you an idea of the next planned events as she generally pulls the group together with all the last minute detail!
Em Patrick is our elected treasurer so she holds the purse strings - she has details of what we have generated and how close we are to our next target! Em alongside Sarah & Sophie are in close communication with the school looking for the next items that they might need. Em has 2 children currently at the school with her third about to start at the pre-school!
Andy Pears has been our regular caller for family bingo (and might have all the lingo!) as well as hosting quiz nights! He is happy to answer any questions you may have. Andy has 3 children, with 2 of them currently at Newcroft.
Suoe-Yuen has 2 girls, one already at the school and one that is just about to join us – she is also a great crafter and able to pull together lots of items and ideas for our events.
Laura Clapton has 3 boys two of which are still at the school – she has a fantastic ability to get prizes for our events and great creative ability.
Sarah Hanna has twin boys at the school and helps out at as many of the events as her time allows.
Vicky Coogan has 2 children at the school is always on hand for our big events and always manned a stall! She can be called upon to make fantastic props alongside Laura to support our events.