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The “Friends of Hollesley School” run several events throughout the year; some of them to raise money for the school and some of them are just for fun. These are constantly evolving but include the annual Christmas Fair, a Halloween “Spooktacular” at the village hall, an Easter Egg Hunt, a non-uniform day, cake stalls and a regular cinema evening for the children. We also hold regular coffee afternoons (with delicious home-baked cakes!) which give parents a chance to get together at school.

Update from Friends

Hello everyone and welcome!

An update for you on all the wonderful things the friends have been up to since the beginning of September.

As you are all no doubt aware, the Christmas Hamper Draw is taking place on Wednesday 9th December and on Friday 11th December we have the Christmas Raffle. For purposes of transparency the Hamper Draw will be witnessed by school staff and take place around lunchtime on Wednesday and the Raffle will take place live on Facebook at 9.30am Friday. We have worked hard to source some amazing prizes from our incredibly supportive local community and businesses that include cash sums, a variety of hampers including alcohol and teddies as well as other children’s prizes and vouchers for local businesses… the list goes on! Please please please for both the Hamper and Raffle ask all your friends and family to take part – there really is something for everyone and every penny raised goes towards improving our children’s schooling. All tickets/monies to be passed onto Liz Nunn by Wednesday 9th December please.

At the beginning of the School year Mrs Elder made a request of the friends to help fund some new equipment for the Seals outdoor space and imaginative play. We have donated a large quantity of dressing up costumes and given the school £250 to purchase the required outdoor equipment, including a sand tray and water play table. Donations of Puzzles, role play items, educational toys and outdoor storage will be gratefully, received just speak to Mrs Elder.

On to other fundraising activities. the Friends organised the sale of the Yurt. We achieved a very respectable sum of money which will be ploughed back into other ventures, including the subsidising of transport for school trips such as the Colchester Castle trips.

The idea of Christmas Card fundraising was brought up at the Friends AGM and put into place by Mrs Wood. This has proved extremely popular and the children had a great time creating their designs.

This weekend the Friends and their families have decorated the outdoor shelter and turned it into a winter wonderland for all to enjoy. In addition we have planted lots of new fruit trees to create a mini Orchard (kindly donated by Orchards for Schools) and hedgerow that in time will provide the children not only with more shelter from the elements but the native hedgerow species with a home. Christmas attire was compulsory but sadly ‘Hands Face Space’ didn’t allow sharing of Mince Pies and hot drinks. Thank you to all those who attended and made fun out of digging holes for 100 saplings!

We have arranged for Santa to attend the School during the last week of term – I believe during the class parties – and he will be bringing each of the children a small gift, donated by the friends. This will of course be a Covid-19 secure visit- Santa will remain outside the classrooms and the gifts will be quarantined prior to being given to the children.

As always, thank you for your support. We can’t do it without you and are always looking for volunteers. You can do as much or as little as you like but many hands make light work. Please feel free to discuss any of the above with members of the friends – we really are a friendly bunch and welcome any suggestions or ideas on how to create/improve the school environment for the children and staff alike.

Wishing you all a very happy Christmas!

New Playground Trail

The children are now enjoying the exciting new play trail that the Friends have purchased for the school.  Thanks to everyone who has been involved in removing the old equipment (which had become unsafe) and for supporting the Friends’ fundraising efforts over the past couple of years. Thanks as well for the school Governors’ financial contribution which enabled the climbing wall to be included along with the trail.

We hope it will give the children lots of fun and exercise over the coming years!


School Orchard

On Friday 29th March 2014 the “Friends”, along with lots of willing helpers from years 4,5 and 6, began work on the new school orchard.

We planted around 15 trees – which are a mixture of apple, pear, plum, cherry and even apricot!

It was a beautifully sunny spring day and lots of fun was had by all. The children did a really great job of digging holes, shovelling manure and giving the trees a good soaking.

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