All parents, carers and staff at Ark Blacklands Primary Academy are automatically members of the Friends association, known as F.A.B. The F.A.B. Committee, which runs the charity and organises all fundraising events, is made up of members like yourself who have been elected to the committee at the Annual General Meeting (A.G.M.). Once elected, these members will serve for one year, until they either stand down or are re-elected at the next A.G.M.
We would love to have members representing all year groups across the academy, so please don't be shy about coming forward. We're a friendly group who need as much help as possible to come up with new ideas for fundraising as well as running and staffing our tried and tested events. It's a great way to make friends with other parents, get to know the school and staff better and feel you're doing something to enhance your kids' education along the way. Oh, and it's fun! What's not to love?!
We have a committee meeting roughly every two months with lots of extra email/text communications in the run-up to events. No previous experience is necessary, all you need to have is a bit of spare time and enthusiasm.
As a member of F.A.B., you are eligible to stand for election to the committee as a member, or for one of the officer posts, these being Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary and Treasurer. Job descriptions for all these posts are below, so please read on to see what's involved and whether it might suit you.
To be elected to the committee you MUST attend the A.G.M. The meeting is open to anyone, whether you wish to stand for election or not, so please do come along anyway, meet us and see what you think.
If you don't feel able to stand for the committee but would still like to get involved, you can join our list of helpers. We would keep your email address and/or mobile number and would contact you in the run-up to events to see if you could help with setting up, working the event or clearing up afterwards. You would not need to attend meetings and can decide whether or not to help at each event as they come up. If this is for you, please fill out one of our forms at the office. These will also be available at the A.G.M. if you're able to come.
I really look forward to welcoming old and new faces alike.