Friends of The Discovery School (FODS)

FODS Newsletter September 18

What’s been happening?

Since our last newsletter the activities have started and both children and parents have been involved in some fun events.


Tuesday 20th March. 2018 FODS AGM:


It was nice to see some of you at our AGM with some new members joining the committee. Welcome to Tina, Chloe, Charlotte and Debbie, hope you enjoy it.


Friday 23rd March. Easter egg Hunt


The children love this one and it was great to see the excitement on their faces as they eagerly awaited the go-ahead from Miss Baker. Every child in the school got an Easter egg or equivalent if needed, it was then down to the teachers to stop them eating them before they left school.


Wednesday 28th March. Easter Raffle


Another one of the children’s favourites, this year we raffled 34 eggs. Thanks for the help from the school Prefects who drew all the tickets under FODS supervision. The Raffle raised £525. A big thanks to all who either bought or sold tickets for this event.


Friday 4th May. Quiz Night


A fun night for the grown-ups, with many sore heads the next morning, I am sure this was from all the hard questions they faced!!! £612 was raised on the night, thanks again to all who took part.


Tuesday 8th May – Pre-Loved Uniform Sale


A big thanks to Gemma Miller for putting this one on for us, as Gemma sorts, washes, irons and stores all the stock ready for FODS sales. This event raised £42 on the day. We also have been putting out a different uniform item each week outside the school office and this has helped raise nearly another £50 for FODS funds.

If you missed any of these sales and need some uniform items please email FODS on to see if we have anything you require. There will also be a uniform stall at this year’s summer fair.

Upcoming events

Friday 8th June. Bottle Donation (Non Uniform day)


Bottles are needed for a Bottle Tombola at the School Summer Fair. Please send in donations of suitable prizes (full, unopened bottles and within expiry date! please).


Summer Fair Donations


If you are having a half term clear out or just trying to make room and have any teddy bears, toys or books you no longer need, can I be cheeky and ask you to donate them to FODS for use at this year’s School Summer Fair.


We will put some tubs outside the school office main entrance on the dates below for you to deposit them in. Thank you in advance for your donations.

  • Teddy Bear Donations from Monday 4th June
  • Books and Toys Donations from Tuesday 26th June

Saturday 30th June. The School Summer Fair 12.30 – 3.00pm


You may remember what a huge event this was last year on a lovely sunny day. Summer Fair cannot work without parent helpers, any help you could give this year would be gratefully received even if it’s just 20 minutes of your time on a stall or helping putt out the equipment in the morning or putting it away afterwards.


Look out for posters at the school or mailshots regarding this great event and put your name up if you can help. Who will get a dousing in the stocks this year? We wait for that….


If you can help on the day sign-up sheets will be on display soon outside classes or the with the raffle ticket sellers before or after school throughout June. Anytime you can give will be appreciated and it also makes it fun for the children helping mum or dad on a stall.


If you can’t get to a sign-up sheet but would like to help, please contact Tony on the FODS email address

Dates for your diary

Summer Fair Teddy Donations from Monday 4th June
Non-Uniform / Bring a Bottle for Summer Fair Friday 8th June
Summer Fair Raffle tickets for sale from Monday 11th June
Inset Day Monday 25th June
Summer Fair Books and Toys donations from Tuesday 26th June
School Sports Day Wednesday 27th June
Summer Fair Saturday 30th June
Race Night Friday 28th September
Fireworks Display Saturday 10th November
Pantomine Friday 30th November
Christmas Fayre Saturday 1st December

Current FODS Committee Members

Chairman - Tony Lyons                        

Vice Chairman – Leigh McCahon

Treasurer - Simon Roberts                

Secretary - Susan Lyons

Vice Treasurer - Claire Gobbett    

Assistant Vice Treasurer – Tina Ivanov

Committee Members - Neve Smith, Chloe Ayling, Charlotte Davis & Debbie Woodcock

A BIG thank you once again for all your invaluable help and remember that all fund raising profits go to benefit your children and your children’s school.


Please feel free to contact the committee by emailing We are friendly bunch and would love to hear from you.  We need your support.


Looking forward to a great year and seeing you at these events.



Tony (FODS Chairman)

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Previous Newsletters

May 18

November 17

March 18

September 17

December 17