Friend of Squirrels Newsletter:

Centenary Ball

Well what a term we’ve had! It’s been a record breaker for fun and fundraising. The highlight of not only the term, but of the year, was the glorious, woodland-themed Centenary Ball at the Bank of England Sports Centre on Saturday 9 March.

Yuzi Chen and her team pulled off a truly stunning evening with more than 170 guests including many staff members and their partners.  Welcome drinks and a delicious three-course meal were followed by a lively auction for such coveted items as a chance to be Mrs Buck or Mr Morrison for the day.  Even Mr McInnes was seen bidding at one point!  The silent auction had the iPads overheating – particularly the very popular class artwork.  Then the cocktail bar and casino opened, and dancing began. With Mr Foster inspiring some funky moves (which may well be reprised at the Summer Fair – watch this space!) and various fun and frolics in the photo booth, a wonderful evening was had by all. And need we mention the romantic marriage proposal under our fairy-lit entrance archway? View photos of the night on Helen Warrick’s website (http://www.helenwarrickphotography.com/client-gallery).

Many thanks to everyone for their support; in total FoS raised £43,973 in profit, of which £13,419 will be donated to the GOSH cardiac wing.  Simon Gilchrist spoke very movingly of the life-saving treatment their son received shortly after his birth. If you would like to donate to GOSH you can do so here:

https://donate.gosh.org/

Movie Night

On Friday 8 February FoS held its first, wildly successful Movie Night with a showing of the Jungle Book. The boys were able to take part in an animal-themed craft session first, and then settled down with pizza and popcorn to watch the 1967 classic movie, many dressed in animal onesies. There was certainly a bit of a jungle feeling to the evening at times - spills were mopped up, pizza ground into the floor, and some impromptu Baloo dancing at the end.  The boys had a blast and their feedback was extremely positive – maybe less positive from the parents and teachers who sacrificed their sanity for the night.  We thank everyone for their help, and it raised a superb £1,122.

Book Festival

The School Council and Friends of Squirrels launched Book Week with a Book Festival in Orchard Hall after school on Friday 1st March.  The second-hand bookstall, together with a book craft table and sweetie stall proved very popular and raised £268. All the books found good homes; once the Squirrels boys had filled their boots and the sale was over, the leftovers were given to local schools and some even made their way overseas with literacy charities, so thank you to all those who supported us – you can be sure your books will be appreciated wherever they are.

New Parents Coffee Morning

On Wednesday 13 March the school welcomed parents of the boys who will be joining Reception in September 2019. Familiar faces were there as parents with older boys already at Squirrels joined the newcomers, and there was much animated conversation and exchanging of contact details. A number of FoS parents came to help serve coffee and answer the questions of incoming parents – many thanks to everyone who gave their time to make the newcomers feel welcome and reassured.

Forthcoming Events

As the summer term fast approaches don’t forget to mark your calendars for the pirate-themed summer fair on Saturday 22 June – and be sure to sign up for your class stall and help support this annual fundraiser.

Please keep checking the FoS website for updates:  friendsofsquirrels.org.uk