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20th March 19
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October News Letter



Dear All,  

Firstly we would like to welcome all our new Reception children and their families to Copp; we hope you have all settled in well and are enjoying your first half term. Our Friends Of Copp School Annual General Meeting for this year was held earlier this half term and the results of the vote for FOCS roles of office and plans for the year ahead are outlined below.   

The results are as follows:  

Treasurer - Jonathan Smith  

Secretary - Rachel Hurley 

Chair - Helen Lawrenson & Jemma Shaw   

Vice Chair - Stacey Bullock  



Why support FOCS?  

Friends Of Copp School work hard to raise vital funds for school. Over the last two years we have raised over £10,000! All the money raised by FOCS will directly benefit your children. Along with purchasing equipment for school we also cover the costs of some school trips, for example theatre and panto trips, Life Education Bus and Mathletics which helps to relieve financial pressure on parents to pay for these valuable experiences.   

Last year FOCS helped school financially in developing their wildflower area, which now has a lovely new seating area and is a developing outside learning space for the children! FOCS also helped to buy more class iPads. We are currently awaiting word of what our valuable FOCS funds will be earmarked for this year and we will update you with this as soon as we know.   

How can I support FOCS?  

We are always keen to welcome new members to FOCS, whether you be new to the school or have been at Copp for a while. We understand that getting to meetings and helping out at every event can be difficult, so how much or little is up to you! We always need a good number of volunteers to help run each event and if this is all you can do we appreciate that. If however, you are full of good ideas, thoughts and enjoy a fun night out then you may wish to take a more central role in the fund raising for school and become part of the FOCS Committee! You can also show your support by joining the FOCS 100 Club for £2/month. Forms for this can be collected from the school office.  

What can I expect at a FOCS meeting?  

FOCS meetings are very informal and relaxed and take place at 8pm in the Boot & Shoe, Elswick or occasionally at the home of a FOCS member. After a social chit chat and a glass or two of wine we discuss the upcoming events each term and make the necessary plans. Some members may put themselves forward for specific tasks to do for the event, others may just express their ideas. FOCS meetings are always productive but also very fun and social!    

Where can I find information about FOCS?  

FOCS has an area on the school website that you can go to for information about upcoming events and such. We also have a board in the Resource Room window which has information on. Occasionally on Fridays we hold a ‘FOCS Friday’ where we will have a table set out at the end of school. Most classes have parents from the FOCS committee and you can always speak to any of them.  

Pegasus class -  Stacey Bullock, Gemma Crank, Fiona Nicholson  

Pictor Class - Helen Lawrenson, Gemma Crank, Jonathan Smith, Leanne Brown, Karen Taylor  

Orion class - Julie Ellison, Jemma Shaw  

Phoenix Class -  Stacey Bullock, Vanessa Parkinson, Sally Westbury, Fiona Nicholson, Emma Hardcastle  

Aquila Class -  Julie Ellison, Vanessa Parkinson  

Draco Class - Helen Lawrenson 


 *Don’t forget to like our Facebook page and keep checking our section on the school's website for the most up to date information* 

If you would like to be kept up to date with FOCS please ask at the Office to be added to the FOCS mailing group.  

Kindest regards,  


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