Friends of Orchard (FOO)

Friends of Orchard is an organisation of parents, carers and staff.

It’s role is to encourage closer links between home, school and the community. FOO raise money through events.

We aim to hold one main event each term and we are always looking for fundraising ideas.

We hold meetings every fortnight on a Friday after Parent Reading and welcome any new members who would like to attend.

The votes for the elections of the core FOO team have all been counted and verified as follows:

School Representative Emily Douglas
Chair Anthea Phillips
Co Vice Chair Carletta Gordon & Kay Richardson
Secretary Fiona McAuslan
Treasure Nikki Lakin

Events 2016 to 2017

FOO held a Winter Card making workshop – thank you to everyone who joined us!

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Events 2015 to 2016

Crazy Cress Hair Competition

Orchard children have been very busy over the holiday break growing and designing their cress as part of the Crazy Cress Hair competition organised by FOO. Our judge and school gardener, Cassie was very “impressed by the effort and ideas from the children”.

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FOO Film Night

FOO Film Night is back and better than ever! We’ve sold out in the first two days of ticket sales. Thank you to our local community for donating fruits to the event and everyone who came. Look out for the next big FOO Film Night next half term!

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FOO Chinese New Year Event

In celebration of Chinese New Year, FOO hosted our annual Chinese New Year event to celebrate the year of the monkey. Parents, carers, pupils and staff enjoyed eating Chinese fortune cookies, mandarins and a traditional lion dance to welcome in the New Year. Kung Hei Fat Choi everyone!

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FOO Annual General Meeting (AGM)

FOO has had a successful AGM on Friday 29th January. It was a great opportunity for us to celebrate our achievements so far. We were positively overwhelmed by some of the new ideas from parents and carers from the community for future projects, and ways in which we as FOO should invest the money back into the school to enrich children’s learning. Current and new members also had the opportunity to vote themselves for the following roles: Chair. Vice Chair (x2), Secretary, Treasurer & Committee members.

AGM Presentation

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Winter Card Workshop

FOO hosted our first Winter Card Workshop to encourage parents, carers and pupils to design their own unique winter card. Thank you to everyone who came and those who have supported by placing their orders with the office.

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Winter Fayre

FOO has had our most successful event to date raising a total of £854.99 at the Winter Fayre! There were a range of activities for parents and pupils to enjoy expanding across the two halls ranging from; the coconut shy, Santa’s Grotto, pom pom making, face painting & biscuit decorating. The school choir provided entertainment with Christmas sing-a-long and guitar performances. To add to all the festivities the school community enjoyed a complimentary buffet courtesy of FOO, mulled wine made by one of our very own parents, candy floss and popcorn! Thank you to everyone who volunteered, came and supported our event.

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International Evening

It was another successful International Evening here at Orchard hosted by FOO. There was live music from the night performed by a local band and the school choir performed a selection of songs, which was well received by the audience. We enjoyed a range of exotic cuisines donated by parents and raised £361.00 from the event.

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We want to hear from you!

If you have any amazing ideas for FOO or skills you would like to share with us, please fill in the suggestion form below or get in touch with us via our email at foo@vs.hackney.sch.uk

Suggestion Form

If you are unable to attend a meeting but would still like to support FOO, please contact Ms Anthea Phillips (Chair) or Mrs Emily Douglas (School Link) via the school office.