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What We Do

We are the parents of children at Loughton Manor First School, and it’s our mission to provide fun and memorable events which also raise money to enhance school life and experiences for every pupil. Your little one will benefit directly from any money we raise – be it receiving a Christmas present from Santa, a subsidised school trip, or new books and equipment in school.

We are a bit like a traditional Parent-Teacher Association, although we operate as a charity separate from the school and none of our committee positions are held by teaching staff. We are very proud of our close working relationship with the school and many of our events are supported by volunteer members of staff, and we couldn’t do it without them.

We have an appointed committee for our official roles, and we’re also made up of many parents who take on ad-hoc jobs to support our different events – which is ideal if you’re not sure how much time you have to give.

We’d love to hear from anyone who’d like to get involved and help with any of our events – it’s so much fun, and many hands make light work!

Events and Fundraising

We have a full calendar of events throughout the school year, including discos, Quiz Night, a Christmas Shop, and our biggest event of the year: our May Fayre.

As well as fundraising, our other main aim is to provide unforgettable experiences to enrich the children’s memories of their time at Loughton Manor .  See our events calendar for details of  what’s coming up.

Ways You Can Help

We’re all parents and understand that balancing children, work and family life is exciting enough at times. We want everyone to know that helping with any aspect of Friends isn’t a life sentence, nor a requirement to give so many hours a month: it’s very much ad hoc, as and when you can. You might not be able to help at all one month, but have an hour or so to give one afternoon the next.

But there are so many things you can do to help, and every single one is so much appreciated. You will also meet some truly lovely people, and have some fun as well!

Here are some of the many ways you can help towards achieving our goal – which is to create fun and memorable events, and to support the school in delivering an outstanding school experience for every single child. 

Give Your Time

There is so much you can do to help, even if you can’t commit to more than an hour here and there. Here are some ways parents have helped over the last few years:

  • Baking cakes for a cake sale
  • Selling on a stall after school
  • Cooking a chilli
  • Writing a quiz
  • Organising the end of Year 2 tea towels
  • Wrapping some presents for Christmas Shop
  • Selling raffle tickets at an event
  • Facepainting for an hour or two at the May Fayre

Give Your Ideas

Every one of our favourite fundraising events and initiatives for the children started as an idea from someone new. Christmas Shop – now a Loughton Manor institution! – was an idea brought to us by a parent who’d seen it at another school.

You don’t have to be a committee member or someone who has helped at an event. Any and all suggestions are very welcome.

We would LOVE to hear your new ideas for events and experiences for the children, or how to spend the money we raise. Please get in touch with us with an email to friendsofloughtonmanor@gmail.com, or click below for our regular informal meetings.

Help Boost Funds

There are several ways you can ghelp us to raise money, without even leaving the house – just by shopping as normal, or buying things you’ll need anyway!

Earn easy money every time you shop at Amazon!

This is one of the easiest ways you can help to raise money!

Shop exactly as you normally would through Amazon Smile, and Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchases to Friends of Loughton Manor.

All you have to do is register here: Amazon Smile for Friends of Loughton Manor – then use smile.amazon.co.uk every time you need to shop at Amazon, if you’re using a laptop or PC. You also can find instructions for setting it up through your existing Amazon app on your phone or tablet here: How to set up Smile in your Amazon App

Once you’re registered and have started shopping, you can track how much you’ve raised and how much we’ve earned as a charity too, through Your Amazon Smile in your Account menu.

(When we tested the setup, we found that following the steps above worked, but that some of us needed to reinstall the Amazon app again afterwards. Let us know if you have any problems though, and we will be happy to help!)

Secondhand Uniform

We collect the LMFS logo uniform your child has grown out of, and sell it on to parents for 50 per non-logo item, £1 per logo item.

Whether you’re donating or buying, or could help with the sorting, we’d love to hear from you!

Come to reception any time and ask to be shown the uniform store in the area outside the staffroom.

 

Stikins

These sticky name labels literally cling on as long as you want them to – and they work on uniforms, book bags, water bottles, snack pots – the lot! They’ll survive the washing machine, dishwasher and ironing board, and you’ll never need to sew another name tape in again.

Use code 35837 on checkout when you buy these fabulous uniform labels, and Friends gets a donation!

Shop at Stikins here: https://www.stikins.co.uk/

EasyFundraising

Did you know that we’re registered with EasyFundraising, and you could help us to raise funds for the school at no extra cost to yourself?

A bit like Amazon Smile, but for many other online businesses – over 4,100 retailers, including John Lewis & Partners, eBay, Etsy, and notonthehighstreet.co.uk. Shop with them by going via the EasyFundraising website first, and you will raise a FREE donation that will go straight to Friends.

If you’ve not already signed up, it only takes a few minutes, and you can begin using the EasyFundraising website or app straightaway. This will be an enormous help to the school, at no extra cost to you! It’s such a simple way to help us raise money. One mum has raised over £400 for us, just by going via EasyFundraising before booking TUI holidays. That’s the same as the proceeds from one of our disco events!

Visit our EasyFundraising page to get started. You can even add a handy little gizmo to your desktop browser to tell you when you’re on a participating website.

A Word

From Our Headteacher

“Friends of Loughton Manor First School is such an important part of our school community. As well as the vital and very welcome funds they raise for the enrichment of our school experience, it’s a fantastic way to meet other parents, and make new friends.

“I joined Friends myself whilst on maternity leave – I had so much fun, and have made some friends for life of my own. I’d highly recommend getting involved to any parent – even if you only have a small amount of time to give, you will be so welcome, and you’ll be helping to make our school the best it can be.”

– Daniela Thompson
 Headteacher
Daniela Thompson Loughton Manor Headteacher

Calendar

Our Events for the Year

October

Halloween Discos and Cake Sale

A real highlight of the Autumn term; we love to see our little ones come along for a boogie in their scariest costumes!

Check out our Halloween event gallery from previous years here! Half Term Halloween Fun! 

November
Christmas Cards and Gifts

The children always  do a fabulous job creating their own designs for their Christmas cards, and a sample card is created by our fundraising company and sent home with your children! You are then able to order as many cards, tags, gift wrap and other gift items as you like with your child’s design on to send to friends and family. Thank you to everyone who has ordered in 2022!

Find out more here: Celebration Cards made by your children

 

 

December

Christmas Shop

One of the highlights of the year for the children, our Christmas Shop allows them to choose gifts for family members with some help from an adult, and then take it home ready wrapped and labelled, and ready to give as a surprise.

 

Carols at the Cornerstone

 

 

January

Quiz Night!

Our popular quiz is usually held at the end of January each year. A great evening out to have fun and raise some funds.

February

Break the Rules Day!

A great time was had on this term’s Break the Rules Day, and along with our Krispy Kreme Doughnut sale, we raised an amazing £500!

March
Easter Discos

 

 

April
SPRING FAYRE- 30th April

We were very excited to be able to hold a Spring Fayre at school again after a quiet couple of years on the event front… the Children loved it and we raised over £5000!

 

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Events TBC
May
June and July

Scarecrow Trail food Event- 18th June 12 -2 pm

Food from around the world! join us for refreshments before heading out to see the scarecrows!

Quiz Night- 1st July

 

Our  grown up evening of eating, drinking and quizing with friends

 

Lolly Fridays!

We are looking forward to holding our pop-up lolly treats together every Friday for the last few weeks of term!

 

 

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Blog

What’s the Latest?

Our most recent communications with parents, and what’s coming up

February 2022 Newsletter

Many thanks to all who have supported us this year so far! We have already raised almost £500 this term from our ‘Break The Rules Day’ and Krispy Kreme doughnut sale, which is a great start to our exciting 2022 fundraising campaign. We are very excited to reveal our...

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Christmas craft and Goodies 2021

Click below for the details of our Christmas Craft packs that you can order to keep the little ones entertained over the Christmas holidays! Lots of other treats available to order too... Please submit all orders by 1st December, Just write what you'd like on an...

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Christmas Raffle Prize Winners 2021

A huge ‘thank you’ to all those who have supported the school by buying raffle tickets, to the local businesses for donating prizes and of course to the children for bringing in all the lovely things for the rainbow hampers- they looked incredible! Please consider the...

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Rainbow Non Uniform Day and Raffle Tickets

On Friday 12th November we would like children to come to school wearing whatever colours they like- the brighter the better! Please just ensure that all clothing is warm, and suitable for outdoor play. In return we would like everyone to bring in a donation in a...

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Autumn Newsletter!

Dear all, Thank you to everyone who came along to join us at our AGM and Friends meeting this week, it’s great to welcome some new faces and we are very excited to confirm the dates for some exciting events that will take place later this term!  Read on for some dates...

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Students

Halloween Craft Packs made

Years Running

Gifts to Wrap for Christmas Shop

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Loughton Manor First School, Paynes Drive, Loughton, Milton Keynes, MK5 8FA

Email: friendsofloughtonmanor@gmail.com

School Hours: M-F: 8:30am - 3pm