Friends of St Edward’s – FREDS

FREDs is a group of enthusiastic parents who are committed to working with the school to raise its profile.

We meet on a 4-6 weekly basis at the school, for an informal discussion about ways of raising funds and how best these funds can be used to benefit all the children of the school. We have an open door policy, and everyone is welcome to join us at these FREDs meetings.  We are always grateful to those who contribute, whatever the level of commitment.

The typical annual FREDs diary encompasses events in which everyone can get involved – the boys themselves run stalls at the school Summer Fete, design Christmas cards and always spend their hard-earned pocket money at the Wonder Woman and Superman gift sales. There are the events where the whole family can get involved with such as; Sports Day, the Cross County and the school Summer Fete. Lastly we have run events purely for parents (and teachers) such as the famous Curry & Quiz night, wine tasting evenings, pamper parties to mention but a few. Additionally other parents may run fundraising initiatives alongside the FREDs events, enabling us to pull resources and funds from varying areas. As you can see we try to cater for everyone at some point during the school year, yet we are always open to suggestions as to how we can involve more of the school community in these activities.  There is a suggestion box kept in the Parents’ Room, so please feel free to post us some new ideas – especially if you are keen to get involved in the organisation!

Whatever the event it is important that everyone has fun during these activities and we find they generally bring everyone involved with the school closer together, helping to create a real family atmosphere. In the past the funds raised have been used to purchase specific items needed by the school such as musical instruments and computer equipment, as well as the wooden play fort in the playground.  In the summer break of 2019 FREDs paid for the school playground to be given a colourful makeover – providing the boys with more games to play during their break-times.

To keep the community abreast of events the Class Reps communicate directly with each Year Group, and it is always worth keeping an eye on the notice board in the Parents’ Room where forthcoming events are advertised.

FREDs – Meet the Team

Minutes – FREDs AGM 2018

The Role of the Class Representatives