So, what do we spend the money on?
The small things
Friends of Colby School typically has a BIG project running in the background, but we are always keen to support and fund the smaller things in school which make the children’s lives better or more fun. At our meetings we often discuss Mrs Mead’s ‘wish list’ and any requests from members of staff and School Council for things they would like for the school. Recently, we bought new outdoor play toys for Amber class, as well as giant outdoor games (chess, snakes and ladders, Jenga, draughts etc.) for the whole school to use. We funded swimming caps and sports bibs with the Colby logo on them to make the children look and feel smarter and more of a team at sporting events. We also bought new homes for our chickens and guinea pigs and litter pickers for Eco Council. Every year we spend money on new books for the library and magazine subscriptions.
We have also sponsored various workshops (steel drum, creative writing and illustration) and author visits to school.
The BIG things
In the past FOCS has raised money to help fund an outdoor classroom in the garden and, in June 2016, we were able to pay for and install new play equipment on the school field.
Our latest and biggest project to date, is to raise funds to build the ‘Colby Eco Hub’. The project will build upon Colby’s credentials and reputation as an Eco School and provide a modern, environmentally responsible building in which the children can learn. The focus of the project will be a flexible learning space, or Hub, within the school grounds, not only for the children of Colby Primary School to use, but we will open it up to other local primary schools so that they can benefit from the Hub and use it as an educational resource.
We appreciate that the money required for such a project is beyond what FOCS can realistically raise through in-school events and we are therefore exploring funding opportunities from various external businesses and grant-giving bodies. In 2017 we will be actively pursuing all options open to us to get this project underway.