75 Pioneer Street, FOSTER, VIC 3960
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Parents & Friends Group

Who are we and what do we do?

The Parents & Friends Group is an important link between parents, teachers and students at Foster Primary School.  This group gives the opportunity for parents and friends of our students to participate in and contribute to the school community.  We work in partnership with the Principal and School Council to organise social, education and fundraising activities.  Over the past few years, the Parents & Friends Group have run a number of activities, raising much-needed funds to improve the school community and student experience.  These activities have not just benefited your child but future children to come.

So what’s involved to be in the Parents and Friends Group?   AS little or as much as you’d like!  The Parents and Friends Group always welcome new ideas and/or help.  It’s a really great way to contribute to the school and get to know the students, parents and teachers in a different light.  Meetings are held once a term, usually in the school staff room (little ones are welcome).  The Principal attends the meetings to report on school activities and initiatives as well as responding to issues or questions that may have come up.  There is usually an agenda sent out before the meeting and submissions are welcome to this!  There are many ways to contribute even if you can’t make it to the meetings.  A summary of the meetings is posted on this page of the website so you can keep in the loop.

If you’re interested in getting involved, don’t hesitate!  Meeting dates and times are posted on Compass.  We look forward to meeting you and working together to improve Foster Primary School.

Term 2 2021 Update

Wow – can it be May already!!?? We have had a really successful start to our fundraising for the year, raising just over $2,600 for our school! Here is a running total of the money raised to date:

Athletics Day carnival BBQ – $412

March Kitchen Garden Market Stall – $416

Lunch order day – $100

IGA Easter Raffle – $1000!!!

April Kitchen Garden Market Stall – $718

TOTAL $2,646

Thank you to those people that were involved in running these events, you know who you are – a special mention to Cassie Errey though who organised the Easter Raffle – raising a bit $1000 for our school!!

Thanks also to people that returned the blue forms to volunteer their time/service for various Parents and Friends Group events we will run this year – it was FANTASTIC to get so many offers to help and if we haven’t been in touch yet, we will soon!! Again – thank you – these events don’t organise themselves and it is so nice to be able to spread the work among the many capable hands in our school community.

What’s coming up this term?

+ Mother’s Day stall – Friday 7th May

+ May Kitchen Garden Market Stall – Saturday May 15th

+ June Kitchen Garden Market Stall – Saturday June 19th

+ Lunch Order Day – Nasi Goreng – Wednesday June 23rd

+ Movie Night (TBC) – Friday 25th June (last day of Term 2!)

We’d love to see you at the Market Stall at the Foster Farmers Market in May and/or June – see what it’s all about, enjoy an egg and bacon sandwich (thanks to Foodworks and Oak & Swan Sourdough), and a cake and support the school. Remember that the income from our school market stall is really important to help fund our Kitchen Garden program at school which is such a valuable experience for our kids.

Please put the movie night date in your diary too – it is shaping up to be a lot of fun and something we haven’t done before! More details to come!!

Lastly, we had a great meeting last week to nut out who will do what this term – thank you to those who came – check out the minutes here if you missed it.

Thanks for reading – please get in touch if you have any questions about what the Parents and Friends Group is up to – we welcome feedback, ideas, suggestions and helpers! You can contact Kimberley – white.kimberleyj@gmail.com or ph 0400 315 211.

Term 1 2021 Update

We had a fabulous meeting to kick off the year this month – check out the minutes for all the details. The main items for discussion were:

+ Kitchen Garden program (the kids will be back in the kitchen cooking from the start of Term 2)

+ Foster Primary School Farmers market stall – this will continue to run this year at the Foster Farmers market (3rd Saturday of every month)

+ Calendar of fundraising events – see the summary which we will update as the year goes on 🙂

This year, if all goes to our current plan, our group plans to raise around $12,000 for our school!  These funds will help fund the kitchen garden program, purchase classroom resources, upgrade the line markings in the playground and go towards a basketball ring upgrade.

We need you!

Farmers Market stall: We are currently looking for volunteers to help out at the FPS Farmers Market Stall – many hands make light work!  Please let us know if you can help out – there are lots of ways to contribute both before the day or on the day – could you whip up some cakes or slices for us to sell on the day? Or does manning the BBQ for a couple of hours sound more like you? Bring the kids, they have a lot of fun learning how to handle change, greet customers, display merchandise and much more! It’s a fun mornings work and the money we make is critical in keeping our kitchen garden program running.

Fundraising event in June: We had come up with a great idea for a fundraiser in June…but it has fallen through (long story, I won’t bore you with it)…if you have a killer fundraiser idea (that will make us around $1000+) that we could run in it’s place in June, then please come forth and we will put it into action!

Thanks for reading, keep an eye out on compass for further updates from the Parents and Friends Group 🙂

Meeting Minutes 29th April 2021

Good Food Policy

As a Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden school, Foster Primary School recognises the positive impact that good food choices have on children’s healthy growth, learning ability and behaviour. Through its Good Food Policy, the school has elected to favour diverse home-made foods made with local, fresh, clean, wholesome and seasonal produce whenever food is offered by the school. The school also models good food behaviours such as encouraging children to eat while sitting down at lunchtime.

This policy applies especially to special hot food lunch days, regular themed food days (such as Breakfast Club and Hot Food Days), fundraisers and other occasions such as celebrations, sports days, sleep overs, excursions, camps, as well as the Farmers’ market stall.

The Good Food Policy aims to ensure that the school promotes a food culture that celebrates good food and fosters positive and consistent experiences and information in line with the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program. It is hoped that through education and modelling, the students develop an informed appreciation for good food choices and their positive impacts for life.

 

Scholastic Book Club

The Primary School Community has enjoyed another year of access to wonderful books and educational games through the Scholastic Book Club.

Catalogues are distributed to families twice per term and are chock full of great books and resources available at discounted prices.

Foster Primary School earns 20% of all orders to spend on books and resources for the library or classrooms.

This year we have earned over $500 in profit.

We thank the school community for their contributions which have enabled us to buy some great resources.