Website and blog of The Friends of West Jesmond Primary School

About Us

Being an active member of The Friends is a great way to meet other parents and play a part in the life of your child's school.

If you are a parent or guardian of a child at West Jesmond Primary School, you are automatically a member of The Friends of West Jesmond. Staff and governors are also Friends and membership extends to interested members of the local community.

The Friends is run by a committee of volunteers and various subcommittees, eg. to organise the Summer Ball and the Summer Fair.  You are welcome to join any of the subcommittees or put yourself forward for the main committee.  Alternatively, you might want to volunteer on a one-off or ad hoc basis.  However much time you're able to give is appreciated and, don't forget...

The current committee members 2015/16 are:

Chair Martin Wardle
Vice Chairs Ishy Bruce and Dominic Martin (Deputy Head)
Treasurer Susan Ashman
Secretaries                   Claire Mitchell

What do The Friends do?

The Friends support the school all year round by organising a variety of social and fundraising events for children and adults during the school year.

In supporting The Friends, by attending Friends’ events or volunteering with us, you will be providing much-needed financial assistance to the school and enhancing our school community.

Here are a few examples of how money raised by The Friends has been spent:

Projects funded (either partly or in full):

• Outdoor play area in Reception
Outdoor play area in Reception
• Trim trails in both playgrounds and other playground equipment
• School camcorder
• Book Happy visit – three days in school working with children to encourage them to enjoy reading
• Books for school
• Christmas trees
• School Garden Project
• Radio Club equipment
• Children’s discos
• Years 5 and 6 trips to Robinwood and Whickham Thorns…

Examples of how the money is raised:

• Christmas and Summer Fairs
The Summer Fair's ever-popular soaker
• Christmas Shopping Evening
• Cake stalls
• International Evening
• Second hand uniform sales
• Scholastics Book Fairs
• Christmas Cards
• Midsummer Ball
• Non-uniform days and other events through the year…

Other activities organised or supported by The Friends:

• Maths Week
• Victorian Day
• EAL (English as an Additional Language) coffee mornings
• Rugby Club
• Lego Club
• Talent Show
• Eco Week
• Green Day
• Year 6 leavers’ hoodies and celebrations

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