The Friends aim to support the School community with social opportunities, practical help and raising funds to benefit those within the school community.
The Friends has a steering committee of parents and former parents. The committee works alongside the Headmaster, Prep Head, a teacher rep and members of the School’s Development Office.
Second Hand Uniform and Kit Sales
The FOIS coordinate sales for both the Prep and Senior Schools. These allow parents the opportunity to donate, buy and sell uniform and kit that is no longer needed, of good quality and reasonably priced whilst raising funds for the School. In 2020 alone a combined £13,975 was raised.
Volunteer class/form reps (for each year from nursery to year 9) provide useful tips and reminders throughout the year. Many year groups have email and WhatsApp groups and a few have facebook pages. These can offer a valuable source of informaiton and support. The School Form Reps for this acadamic year are set out below. We would love to hear from anyone who would like to take up the Reps role for the classes without a rep at the moment.
|Nursery||Phil Elder and Amna Razvi||7A||Sam Edwards|
|Rec P||Lorna Murray||7B||TBA|
|1L||Lorna Murray||7C||Caroline Pennington|
|1M||Penny Lord||7D||Nisha Gaskin|
|2PS||Anna Brown||8A||Barbara Staunton-Rainbird|
|3D||Laetitia Beaujard Ramoo||8C||Louise Ayers|
|4D||Lorraine Lucas||8E||Bridget Wallace|
|5B||Becky Brisden||9SCH||Sally Peace|
|5D||Carrie Baker||9HOL||Sally Swaine|
|6G||Sinead Bailey||9SHE||Carrie Baker|
Friends events are held throughout the academic year giving parents, staff, and pupils the chance to enjoy social time together. The aim is to offer a range of social events so there is somehting for all.
Class/Form Reps look for opportunities to enable year group parents to get to know each other. Gatherings are not possible at the moment due to Covid-19 but lookout for opportunities like family walks, coffee mornings, and pub get-togethers when normal social interactions become a possibility.
Year 7 Picnic
This lovely family get-together is held towards the end of the summer holidays to welcome pupils and their families starting in year 7. It is a brilliant opportunity to meet up in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere before the school term begins. We were delighted to be able to host the event this year despite inclement weather and Covid. It was lovely to see so many new and returning faces, mark the beginning of a new chapter in the lives of those joining year 7 and welcome each pupil and their families to the Ipswich School community.
The FOIS Quiz is a hotly contested challenge usually held around February/March time. Helf in the bar at Rushmere, the Quiz is an informal and light-hearted event that sells out quickly.
The Summer Ball
The biggest event in the FOIS calendar is The Summer Ball. Hosted every two years in a grand marquee on the School field grounds. This year’s ball was postponed, but we hope to be back in Summer 2022.
Funds raised are used to provide ‘extras’ to benefit pupils – often ‘fun things’ that help to support teachers in making learning interesting and exciting and to support the wider School community. The Head of Prep and the Headmaster work together with the FOIS Committee to decide how best to allocate funds raised each year.
- This year’s second-hand uniform sales have raised a combined £13,975!
- The Annual Quiz SOLD OUT again this year and raised £791!
- Gifts to the School have included:- a treehouse for the Upper Prep playground and a donation of £5,000 towards the refurbishment of the Lower Prep playground.
- A Caterham car kit, new cricket nets, and table tennis tables for the Senior School.
- House t-shirts for all new pupils in both the Senior School and Prep School.
- Swimming and skiing equipment.
- Recycling bins for environmental initiatives within the School.
The wider community:
- The Friends contributed £1,000 towards the wonderful doves installation in the School chapel, to commemorate 100 years since the end of the First World War.
- The Friends are delighted to have been able to provide significant donations in support of a number of local organisations:
- Thomas Wolsey School which supports children with complex and challenging additional needs.
- SELIG, a local charity supporting homeless people.
- The School pupils and the Friends combined to provide local charity FIND (Families in Need) with a substantial donation of over £6,500. FIND supports some of the most vulnerable families in our local community.
The Friends of Ipswich School Prize for Charitable Work is awarded each year at Speech Day to a Senior School pupil. Last year it was awarded to Anastasia Murphy for her considerable work in raising awareness of and money for the ocean plastics campaign. She was instrumental in various posters, discussions and a boys against girls netball match fundraiser for the Marine Conservation Society.
We hope that you and your family will enjoy and benefit from being a member of the Friends. Ideas for events and initiatives and new committee members are always welcome. Just contact us via the details below and we look forward to enjoying your company at an event very soon.
To get involved, please contact:- firstname.lastname@example.org