Address: St Margaret's Collier Street School
Collier Street
Nr Marden
Kent
TN12 9RR
Telephone:
01892 730264
Email:
office@collier-street.kent.sch.uk
Headteacher: Mr Paul Ryan

 FRIENDS OF COLLIER STREET SCHOOL

Raffle prize donations to FOCSS are appreciated all year round.
With all your help and donations, we raise lots of money for your children's school. 
Thank you 
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Dates for the diary:

Thursday 12th October 2017 – Bag2School collection

Saturday 2nd December – Christmas Fair

 

Following on from the success of the previous quiz we will be hosting a quiz night during December, further information to follow soon.

 

September 2017

 

FOCSS have had another successful year and we would like to thank all those on the Committee for their hard work in addition to all the fantastic helpers who allow us to continue to run the events. We would also like to thank you and your children for supporting the events as without your attendance they would not be a success.

 

To allow us to continue to run the current number of events, which we hope you and your children enjoy, we would love to welcome some additional parents to join the committee. We appreciate that other commitments may mean that you are unable to join the committee/attend committee meetings however you may like to offer your time to be involved with the set-up of events, cover a stall at the Christmas Fair and/or Pet Show or provide teas and coffees. To this end we will be creating a central list of people we can contact via email to request volunteers for specific events.

 

If you would like to be added to the email list can you please send a confirmation email to info@focss.org.uk. Thank you in anticipation.

 
FOCSS AGM - Come along to our AGM  - Tuesday 26 September at 7.30pm in the school hall.
 
June 2017
We need your help for the Summer fair on Saturday 24 June - we need:-
- the loan of a generator  
- use of a van (flatbed preferably) and driver to help clear up at the en
- loan of plastic tables and chairs for the cafe
- volunteers on the day 
- old crockery 
- soft toys (good condition) 
- second hand books  
- second hand toys (good condition) 
- bottles for the tombola 
- cardboard boxes (the bigger the better)  
- cakes on the day for the café 
 
Also please remember that all raffle tickets sold should be returned to school (with money & stubs) by Wednesday 14 June  
 
Thank you
 

 

April 2017

Welcome to the new look FOCSS messenger, as you will see we have a fantastic new Logo.

Many congratulations to Fraser Tod, whose design has formed a key part of the logo.  A special mention also goes to Olivia Brown, whose fox will keep appearing

All of the entries were, in the opinion of the judges, excellent pictures and as so many people put a lot of effort in with great results, we will be using them in a future project. Watch out for this later in the year.

We are now rapidly approaching the largest event on the FOCSS calendar: the annual Pet Show on Saturday 24th June.  This is our largest annual fundraiser so please try to attend, if you can. We will shortly be giving out raffle tickets for you to sell & return.

Should any of you want to have a stall at the show, or even advertise in our brochure please speak with a member of the committee or drop an email to info@focss.org.uk

Alaric Turner, FOCSS chair 2016-2017 
 
March 2017
Wed 29 March - Easter Egg Hunt Extravaganza - Come and get an early taste of Easter with a fun Easter Egg Hunt immediately after school.  Refreshments available, Craft Stalls, Cake Stall, Raffle, All donations welcome with proceeds going to FOCSS - Free Easter Eggs for all of our School Children 
 
 
FOCSS Quiz Night - Friday 24 February 2017 - Hunton Village Hall at 7.30pm.
Bring your own food.  Cash bar.  Tickets £6 each or a table of 6 for £30.
Tickets available from FOCSS members in the playground before and after school. Thank you to all who attended - we made an impressive £375!  Image result for thank you clipart
 
 Dates for your diary:
KS1 Disco - Thurs 2 Feb 5.30-7pm
KS2 Disco - Thurs 2 Feb 7-8.30pm
 
Quiz Night - Fri 24 Feb - to be advised
 
Easter Egg Hunt - Wed 29 March - after school
 
Bag 2 School - we are looking for a co-ordinator for this.  If you think you could assist - please contact info@focss.org.uk  
 
December
Our Christmas Fayre was highly successful.  A massive thank you to all the committee.  The final result was an impressive £2,381.41.
 
The KS1 Nativities where FOCSS ran a raffle and provided Tea/Coffee raised another £282.49.
 
Tues 6  - FOCSS Meeting
 
 Our Christmas Fair  
There was a terrific turnout on Saturday.  Your generosity both before and during the Christmas Fair was very much appreciated - a total will be added shortly.....
 
Tues 1 Nov - FOCSS Meeting - 8pm in the school hall
 
Following on from the recent AGM, all the officers' posts have been filled and the committee member numbers have increased.  Many thanks to all involved.  Preparations are underway for the Christmas Fair which takes place on Saturday 3 December 2-4pm.
 
September 2016 - Come along to our FOCSS AGM - Wednesday 21 September 8pm in the school hall. This year, there are several official roles to fill.  Please do come along and support us - we are currently a smaller committee and need your help.  Next year is the 25th Anniversary of the Pet Show and it would be fantastic to have a larger band of members who could share the workload and mark this impressive milestone
 
July 2016 - Our annual FOCSS AGM is on Wednesday 21 September in the school hall.
 
June 2016 
PET SHOW 
We raised just under £3,000 - a terrific result! Thank you!
Next year is our 25th Pet Show! 
 
 
May 2016
Kite Workshop  A massive £192 was made - thank you to everyone who came!
 
Bag2School - we collected 240kgs of clothes and made a whopping £96 - Thank you! 
 
April 2016
Quiz Night & Auction of Puddings- was held in the school hall on Friday 22 April.  It went well and everyone had a great time!
 
 
March 2016
Design our Pet Show & Summer Fair Programme Cover
Every year FOCSS runs a competition for the pupils to design the programme cover for our Pet Show & Summer Fair.  We'd like to invite all wannabe artists to show us their creative talents and have a go at designing the cover for the 2016 programme.  The winning design will be chosen by Mr Ryan and will appear on all the programmes.  The winner will also receive a framed original cover to keep.  As ever, we will also try and feature as many of the other entries as possible in the programme and on thank you cards and posters, so even if you don't win, you might see your design in print!  A letter/template has gone home with your child (it has also been sent by email),draw a design for the cover on the template, one entry per pupil and all designs in by Tuesday 24 May.  Good luck!
 
Tuesday 22nd March - Easter Egg Hunt at 3.15pm - more details to follow
 
FOCSS is staging another Band Night following the great success of last year’s event. Please come along, bring your friends, it’s a great night out and we raise money for our FOCSS. It's at Marden Memorial Hall on Friday 11th March 8-11.30pm.  Dancing - Raffle - FOCSS Bar - Bring your Own Food.  Tickets £5 in advance from the playground in the morning or the school office or £7 on the night.  If you would like a copy of the flyer for your facebook page or anywhere that might help publicise the event please ask a member of FOCSS or the school office.

If anyone could donate a raffle prize for the event please let me know.

Many thanks Jo Manser (Rufus and Kit’s Mum)

December 2015

It was lovely to see so many families both past and present at our annual Christmas Fair.  A few but extremely willing volunteers started to set up on Friday evening and with additional help on Saturday, the fair was hugely successful.  Your generosity both before and during the event ensured a terrific £1900 was raised
 
The chocolate tombola was enthusiastically supported again with an incredibly close result.  Discovery Class donated an average of 20.62 items per pupil with Bramley Class the runners up with 20.29.  As a result Discovery Class enjoyed a non school uniform day as their prize.
 
Bag 2 School - Thank you again for the huge number of sacks and bags donated to this worthwhile recycling charity.  We have received a cheque for £128! 
 
November 2015
It may seem early, but our Christmas fair is weeks away.  Attractions this year include...stalls for Christmas shopping, 'Secret Santa' where your child will buy you a present you have always dreamed of (tee hee), Father Christmas in his grotto, lots of fun, games and stalls for the kids, face painting, a cup of tea and a slice of cake.
As always at this time of year we ask for your help and generosity to help make this event a 'cracker'.  We'd love it if you could provide some of the items listed below:-
 
Cakes - for the tea room - please let Rebecca Newsom know what you'll be baking, catch her at school or email info@focss.org.uk - to come into the hall on Friday 4 December.
 
For the following, please leave in the hall from Monday 16 November: 
Wine/anything in a glass bottle - for our 'pick a bottle stall'
Chocolate - the popular chocolate competition - a non school uniform day will be awarded to the class which donates the most.  Please put in the appropriate class box in the hall 
Stuffed Toys (nearly new) - for our stuffed toy stall
Unwanted Gifts - for the 'secret santa' where children select presents for their parents
Nearly new toys and gifts - for the FOCSS toy stall
 
Volunteers - to help run stalls on the day - please see Nicky (mum to Charlotte Yr 5/Georgie Yr 3), or any of the FOCSS committee at school, or email info@focss.org.uk
 
Raffle prize donations to FOCSS are appreciated all year round.
THANK YOU
With all your help and donations, it will be a fun afternoon raising lots of money for your children's school. 
 
October 2015
Following an AGM and an extraordinary meeting earlier this week, we are most grateful for the following parents who have agreed to be:-
 
Chair:   Mr Jake Wallis
Secretary: Mrs Rebecca Newsom
Treasurer: Mr James Tod
 
We are most grateful to Jo, Clare and Ali who have stood down from their officer's roles.  Their contribution to FOCSS is most appreciated.
 
September 2015.
FOCSS needs your help.  Last year FOCSS put on some fabulous events including the School Disco, Easter Egg Hung, Band Night, Quiz Night, Christmas Fair, Summer Fair/Pet Show and much more.  Not only did our children have a great time but we also managed to raise lots of money and we were able to spend £5,500 on 16 iPads for our children to use in class.
Many of the parents who have helped run FOCSS events for the last few years are unable to be as involved this year due to increasing commitments.  This opens up a number of opportunities for new parents to join in and get involved.  Having been part of the committee for a number of years, I can vouch for how hugely rewarding and fulfilling it has been to take part in all of the events.  I have forged new friendships, and have loved being part of the school community.  It's very informal and relaxed and there is no pressure to commit to anything you don't feel able to.  Whether you sellotape raffle tickets to prizes in your living room, or dress up as Peppa Pig at the Pet Show, it's enormous fun and incredibly rewarding to know that your efforts raise vital funds and enrich your children's school years.
 
Please, if you would to see FOCSS putting on events this year, help us by emailing info@FOCSS.org.uk and get more involved.  Much of the organisation happens by email, so it's easy to see what's going on and how you can participate even if you can't make it to the meeting.  It really is just the odd hour here and there - no one takes things too seriously, the kids have a great time and the money we raise is a bonus
 
Jo Manser (Mum of Rufus Y3 and Kit Y1)
Exiting Chair of FOCSS