FORSA was set up over 30 years ago by a group of local parents whose children attended Roydon Primary, with the aim of raising money to support the school in providing our children the best start in life, and the best experiences during their time at Roydon.
As a parent of a child at our school, we automatically consider you a member of the Friends of Roydon School Association (FORSA) and through regular meetings we work closely with the staff to find out what we can help buy to enhance and improve the children's learning environment. In the last five years alone, we've raised nearly £20,000 through summer fetes, christmas bazaars, evenings out and fun days. That money has gone towards a huge amount of vital school equipment - from reading schemes and computers to outdoor play equipment, arts and crafts materials and our brand new library.
Since 2011, we've helped the school buy:
- £5000 = a new adventure playground for the whole school to use
- £5000 = reading books, maths equipment, reception outdoor play equipment,
- £400 = annual Year 6 leavers celebrations, books and gifts
- £200 = ties for those in year 5 moving up to Year 6
- £550 = school Christmas pantomime
- £280 = Chicks in schools
- £250 = school disco (FORSAs gift to the children)
Of course, we couldn't do any of this without the invaluable help of parents and teachers. From baking cakes for the Summer Extravganza to joining the committee and helping organise events - every little helps! (And there's never any obligation for you to offer more time than you can give.) Plus, as any active FORSA member will tell you, it's an amazing opportunity to get to know other parents away from the school gates! So, if you would like to learn more about FORSA, keep an eye out on the schools weekly newsletter, updates via email or dojo, and the noticeboard outside the school gates, which will let you know about upcoming meetings and our latest fundraising challenges and activities.
Tracy O’ Donovan