About the Friends’ Association
Ermysted’s Friend’s Association is an entirely voluntary organisation and a registered charity. We are a group of volunteers that aims to bring together the entire school community. We warmly welcome new members to join and be a part of social activities and to help us in any way they can with fundraising activities. Many of us are parents who fit our volunteering around family and work and we welcome all to the EFA community. Our events are often enthusiastically supported by students, staff and the wider school community. You can follow us here too: https://www.facebook.com/ErmystedsFA
The Friends’ Association has two main objectives:
1) Social connection and public relations
2) Essential fundraising to enrich the boys’ education.
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Why should I get involved?
Life at secondary school is a big change from primary school for our boys. However, for many parents, it can be a time of adjustment, too. Supporting the Friends’ Association is a great way to still feel a part of school life (without cramping your son’s style and growing independence).
How can I get involved?
Get in touch with us via email to offer your support – we would love to have you on board!
EFA mailing list: Add your name to the EFA list by contacting email@example.com
ParentPay: Become a member through school contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Facebook: Follow us here.
Twitter: Follow us here.
There is a natural season to school life and as we annually say farewell to leavers’ and their families, we also say hello to new boys and their families. We are always ready to welcome fresh energy and ideas from students, parents and carers, old boys, grandparents and staff!
- Some of our volunteers become committee members and some only occasionally make it to meetings.
- Some of our supporters help with our social media and graphics while some prefer to bake cakes for events.
- Some of us are idea generators and others work to make their ideas happen.
- Some friends love to help at every event and some will faithfully come along to just one event a year.
Do get in touch. The more support we have the more events we can hold allowing us to provide valuable extra funds, but also to enhance the lives of the boys’ entire school experience, both socially and culturally.
Whatever your time availability or talent, we look forward to getting to know you soon.
How your support has contributed to the school
Recent contributions to school made possible through various EFA initiatives include:
- £100 for Certificate Presentation Folders for recent school leavers;
- £1000 for replacement laptops Learning Support;
- £365 to enable the victorious Kids’ Lit Quiz team to compete in the national final;
- £150 for a portable compact mass balance and £450 for additional microscopes and eyepiece graticules for the Biology department;
- £250 for new melting point apparatus for the Chemistry department; and
- £750 for a new cathode ray oscilloscope for the Physics department.
Prior to that, pledges of over £5000 have gone towards … new dictionaries, an iPad and E-books, the Shakespeare Festival, a music trip, KS3 pens/merit prizes, the Maths Challenge, History English Civil War Day, fieldwork equipment, history textbooks, trees/shrubs and more.
In past years our efforts have paid for team sports kits, a laser cutter for the technology department, a minibus, ice-creams on Sports Day and a fabulous bouldering wall large enough for a full class to use, in the school Sports Hall.
Easy ways to support the EFA
You can support EFA and enhance your son’s education easily with these methods:
Ermysted’s 200 Club
Join Ermysted’s 200 Club for just £10 per number a year and be in with a chance of winning a cash prize of £50 each month. You can have as many numbers as you like so please download and complete the ERMYSTED’S 200 CLUB form to get involved.
The Giving Machine
Before you shop online please join up to The Giving Machine! By using the Giving Machine portal and then shopping via your normal online shops cash is automatically given back to the school at no additional cost to you. It’s really simple to set up and even easier to shop. For full details sign up here and choose Ermysted’s Grammar School as your cause.
For parents of pupils, use the Parent Pay platform to make a donation whenever you like.
Watch this space for merchandise. Mugs are available now on ParentPay and let us know if there is a branded merchandise you are interested in by emailing the EFA at email@example.com
Text donations (at any time of year)
To donate £1, text ERMYXMAS to 70201
To donate £3, text ERMYXMAS to 70331
To donate £5, text ERMYXMAS to 70970
To donate £10, text ERMYXMAS to 70191
Thank you for your support & hope to see you soon!
Ermysted’s Friends’ Association