To quote our Articles of Association, the Friends of Kirkham Grammar School are proud to assist ‘in the provision of facilities for the educational, scientific, cultural and recreational benefit of the pupils, not normally provided through official financial channels’. Although written many years’ ago, our objective is still the same today, although with a modern twist. We are a committee made up of parents, staff members, and friends who enjoy working together for the benefit of KGS children.
Recently, it was my great pleasure to reveal our Matisse inspired new logo designed by Mr Gardner, representing our ‘arm in arm’ position as a member of the school community. Whilst holding our traditions dear, for example, Christmas would not be Christmas without Santa stopping off to visit our Christmas fair, we are trying to raise money in ways that are appealing to our families of today. We recently held our first ever Gentleman’s Canal Cruise, organised as a direct response to the
ever-popular Ladies’ Lunches. We are also planning a tour of a local gin distillery, which will include food and live music. A KGJS disco is held in February; pre-loved uniform sale in March; Bags2school collections twice a year; a family event in the spring; termly Ladies’ lunches and our wonderful Summer Ball in June which is the highlight of our year.
We have registered with Easy Fundraising through which retailers can donate a percentage of sales to ourselves when you shop online, at no cost to you. Please register at: https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/fokgs/ and then whenever you shop online at a participating retailer, they will make a donation back to us.
I would also ask you to please visit and ‘like’ our Friends of Kirkham Grammar School Facebook page, and follow us on Twitter @friendsofkgs
Recent donations to school have included: £30,000 school minibus, £4,000 hockey nets, £1,000 towards accelerated reader scheme and author visits, £774 technology department display cabinet, £360 floodlights and £300 KGS cookery school. Our current fundraising project is to assist in updating facilities in the Summerlee Hall, which is used by all members of the school family aged 3 to 18.
We always need new fundraising ideas and welcome any new members and helpers, whether your commitment can be on a regular basis or occasionally at an event. Please contact me either via school Reception or directly (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I will be more than happy to discuss the work of the Friends with you and how you may be able to assist.
Overall, we hope that you feel able to support our many events. Every penny raised by you purchasing an event ticket, a raffle ticket, or donating chocolate, bottles or cakes, is spent on our children. Furthermore, we always have lots of fun in doing so!
I look forward to meeting you.
Joining The Friends of Kirkham Grammar School 100+ Club is an easy way to support our fundraising with the added bonus of cash prizes. A draw for each month of the year creates 36 chances of winning £30, £12 or £10 for the first, second and third numbers drawn. Two special £100 first prize draws take place in July and December.