Website and blog of The Friends of West Jesmond Primary School

30 September 2014

Nominate a charity

Thank you to everyone who supported our Macmillan Coffee Morning last week.  Together we raised £131.60 for Macmillan Cancer Support. 

Many of you commented on how much you enjoyed the coffee morning and suggested we might have one more often.  We thought, therefore, that we might host a charity coffee morning and second-hand uniform sale once a term and raise money for a charity of your choice.  If you would like to nominate a charity to benefit from our next coffee morning, please email the Friends.  We will draw up a list and, depending on how many there are, either put it to a vote or do a draw.

Dates for your diary:

Quiz and Curry Night - 17th October, 8-10pm (babysitter-friendly!).  Download ticket form here.
·         Allotment Day and BBQ – Sunday 19 October, 10am-4pm. 
The last BBQ was very popular, so we’re doing it again!  Food will be provided by The Friends in return for your labour and companionship whilst giving the school allotment a winter tidy up.  This is a great family day out and gives your children the chance to have fun with their friends outside.

25 September 2014

Macmillan Coffee Morning

Loads of people across the country will be taking part in the World's Biggest Coffee Morning on Friday and we will too!

Please help us to raise money for Macmillan at this lovely annual event by
  • spreading the word
  • coming along and bringing your friends - it's in the school hall after drop off
  • donating a cake/some cakes (please bring them to the school hall before drop off)
  • making a financial donation if you're unable to come along (please hand to your class teacher in an envelope marked "Friends - Macmillan Coffee Morning"
We are MacmillanAny remaining cakes will be sold in the yard at afternoon pick up, with all proceeds going to Macmillan.

We look forward to joining you for a cuppa and cake!

(There will also be a SECOND HAND UNIFORM SALE to raise money for school funds.)

10 September 2014

Join in

The date for the Friends of West Jesmond AGM is Tuesday 23 September, 6pm at school.  It will be as brief as possible and is very informal.   

Please come along if you would like to put yourself forward for a position on the committee or are just interested in taking an active part in school life through the Friends (NB. any amount of time you can give is appreciated – you don’t have to become totally immersed!). 

Positions available are:

  • Chair
  • Vice Chair
  • Treasurer
  • Secretary
If you would like to go for one of the above positions, but don’t fancy taking on too much, fear not, they can all be done as job-shares. Most of the people who are currently involved with the Friends work full or part time.

Alternatively, you might like to join our Marketing and Sponsorship sub-committee, which operates through the school year advertising Friends events, updating this website, writing for the school newsletter etc. Person spec: enthusiastic, likes tea and cake can attend an occasional meeting, handy with BlueTac/Sellotape/glue sticks/marker pens etc and can use a computer or would like to improve their computer skills.

5 September 2014



A warm welcome to all our new starters and welcome back to everyone else!  We hope you had a lovely Summer and wish you a happy start to the new academic year.

Coming up...

Each year we support Macmillan's World's Biggest Coffee Morning.  This year it's on 26 September.  There will also be a second-hand uniform sale, proceeds of which go to The Friends.  To make this a success we need as many of you as possible to bring in donations of cakes and to come along on the day.  If you can't come along or bring a cake, a financial donation will be welcome.

If you're interested in getting involved with The Friends of West Jesmond, a date will be announced soon for our AGM.  Please feel welcome to come along and meet other interested parents.  You are also welcome to put yourself forward for one of the committee roles, eg. Chair, Secretary, Treasurer etc.  We're also looking for more parents to join our Marketing Subcommittee which, as the name suggests, helps to organise Friends events etc.

And finally... you might be aware that West Jesmond has the most amazing tradition of making a selling cakes to raise money for each class.  This is known as The Friday Cake Stall.  This year, to encourage the baking and buying of even more fabulous cakes, the class that raises the most money with their cake stall will get afternoon tea provided by The Friends at the end of the academic year.  Happy baking!

[Did someone just say "cake"?]