What is FOSS - FOSS is YOU!

Welcome to FOSS, the Friends of St Stephen's!

Every St Stephen's parent is a member of FOSS, and together we volunteer our time and resources to raise money so every child at St Stephen's gets the chance to shine. Whether that's providing a full-time sports teacher, Spanish, science and music specialists, or funding a school counsellor, every pound you raise makes a huge difference.

Our busy social calendar has something for everyone, from movie nights and cake sales for the kids, to cabaret, quiz and auction nights for the parents.  We are at the heart of the school community and there's lots of ways you can get involved.

  • Volunteer your time and skills – whether you’re a chef or designer,  fantastic on the bar or brilliant in charge of a broom, we need you!
  • Donate via Just Giving many of our parents support the school with one off donations or monthly direct debits, just click here https://www.justgiving.com/ststephensw12
  • Ask your company or local business to help, by sponsorship or with prizes for raffles and auctions 

  

 

Please have a look at the FAQs for more information, events calendar and contact details - we look forward to seeing you all at the next event!

FAQ:

how can i help?

How you can help:

St Stephen’s serves one of the UK’s most culturally, socially and economically diverse communities. The sustained success of a local state primary school like St Stephen’s depends on inspiring teachers, active parents, carers, grandparents and its local church and community.

Parent Power:
If you are a St Stephen’s parent please get in touch to volunteer your valuable time and skills.  There are lots of events that need your help and many hands make light work!
[To find out more click on ways parents can help]

Local Business Support:
If you are a local business, your financial support and involvement is hugely appreciated and vital to sustaining our school’s success. Please continue to partner with us to support ensure hundreds of local children continue to enjoy the best possible start to life.


Please click here to see a list of our local sponsors LINK (Corporate Support In 2016-17)

foss contactS 

To reach a member of FOSS please email:

pta.foss@gmail.com

foss calendar

Dates for your diary

FOSS Events Calendar 2019/2020

 

Make a donation

If you wish to make charitable donation to FOSS via Just Giving please click here https://www.justgiving.com/ststephensw12

FOSS St Stephen's School Shepherd's Bush registered charity number 1099789

foss fundraising makes a difference

The money FOSS raises from its parent and local community networks each year helps the school budget go further. This gives all St Stephen’s pupils the best possible start in life and ensures they leave us well-educated, confident and inspired. 

FOSS fundraising aims to help broaden early opportunities for St Stephen’s children to equip them for future success, fire their imagination, inspire lifelong passions and interests, and even spark future careers.

FOSS funding and corporate donations pay for opportunities and experiences that would be hard to fund from our local authority budget alone especially as we have become a two-class entry school and have doubled our pupil numbers since 2007.

Here are just some of the things FOSS fundraising enables St Stephen’s to offer:

  • extra teaching staff for our children who find traditional learning more challenging than their peers. We believe in strong educational foundations.
  • improved SEN facilities for our children with special educational needs
  • support staff for each class, meaning our teachers can concentrate on teaching
  • a new IT and computer room where children learn how about technology and start to develop skills for the world of work
  • specialist language teachers; we offer Spanish, French and Italian lessons
  • subsidized music lessons and instrument hire: we have an all-school orchestra, regular school performances and one in three of our pupils now play an instrument
  • a new library full of the latest titles, staffed by part-time librarians for after-school reading and quiet periods
  • a part-time sports coordinator helps maximize the number of competitive and non-competitive sporting activities available to children of all abilities. The school actively participates in athletics, gymnastics, football, tennis, tag rugby, trampoline, swimming, cricket, netball, and dance. The school enjoys strong links with Queen’s Park Rangers and other local sports clubs and recently won an all-London-wide gymnastic competition at the London Youth Games.
  • subsidized transport for school trips to London’s museums, theatres, art galleries, and sporting competitions, minimizing disruption to lessons and keeping costs low for all parents. Support has included annual PGL trips and taking our leavers to visit WWII battlefields.
  • drama: we put on one 3-day all-school production each summer term. Recent performances include Bugsy Malone, the Sound of Music and Oliver Twist
  • regular design and art programmes for the children and a scientist-in-residence
  • healthy eating programme which introduces children to cooking, food and the importance of a healthy diet
  • chess and typing clubs and debating competitions

Money raised by FOSS is donated to the school.  Every term FOSS meets with class representatives and the headmaster to discuss and suggest new fundraising initiatives and targets and spending plans to benefit of all St Stephen’s children.

 

ways parents can help

FOSS helps you help your children's education during their precious Nursery and Primary School years.

Here are a few ways to get involved:

  • keep your contact details updated on Group Spaces
  • invite your parents to Grandparents’ Day
  • support FOSS events by simply turning up and getting to know other parents in the school
  • bring or bake some cakes or healthy snacks for FOSS Snack Clubs each Friday
  • donate a prize to FOSS auction night or the Christmas or Summer raffle
  • volunteer some time each term to running reading groups, running the library, supporting teachers on school trips etc
  • volunteer as class representative for the year and be a key link for FOSS coordination
  • make a regular donation by direct debit via Just Giving
  • help clean up, sweep up, or prepare the school for a FOSS event
  • volunteer for one of many FOSS roles for the year
  • help organise or lead a FOSS event...or suggest a new one!

Read about Grandparent’s Day
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/goodlife/living/what-i-learned-attending-my-grandsons-school