Call for community to support Lyde Green pupils

October 29 2018

A GROUP of parents are calling on the community to support them as they try to benefit pupils at Lyde Green Primary School.

The primary school started running in temporary buildings in September 2015. Following the opening of the school’s building in September 2016, a group of parents, carers and teachers got chatting and decided to get together to organise some extra activities for pupils.

After forming a committee with four elected members, the Friends of Lyde Green Primary School started organising events for the children at the school. Since March 2017, when the school only had two classes initially, they have held a cake sale which raised £100, several movie nights, discos, and they also organised an ice lolly sale at the end of the school year.

More recently, the Friends held a quiz night at the school on Saturday October 13. For £10 per head, teams could come along with their own drinks, enjoy a curry courtesy of local Indian caterers Bojan, and answer eight rounds of questions with the chance of winning a cash prize. 54 people attended the event overall, including a mixture of parents, teachers and local residents, and a range of sweet treats were also donated by local bakers The Green Bakery, which raised £55 for the group.

Vicki Woods is the Chair of The Friends of Lyde Green Primary School, and has lived in the estate since June 2015 with her husband and two daughters, who attend the school in years 1 and 2. Speaking about the work of the group and the reasons why the local community should support them, Vicki said: “The overall aim of our group is to benefit the children of Lyde Green Primary School – it’s at the heart of everything that we do.

“With all of the events that we organise, we’re always very aware of costs and the potential impact on parents’ pockets, as well as the need to run things that children would like to do. As the school has grown in size, we’ve seen our movie nights and discos get more and more popular, and we’re really grateful to all of our volunteer parents and teachers, as well as K&M’s Disco for helping to make them so successful.

“We want the school to be the best school it can be, and would love the local community to support us and our upcoming events. In 2019 or 2020 we are also hoping to run a really big event for the community where everyone will be welcome - more details to follow soon!”

In terms of future events, the Friends have organised a Halloween disco for years one, two and three, a “Halloween happy hour” craft session for the reception children, and they are also looking forward to their second Christmas tree sale in School Square on Saturday December 8 from 10am to 5pm.

The group want to build up Lyde Green Primary School’s library and are currently looking for donations of books that are interesting and relevant for children. To find out more about The Friends of Lyde Green Primary School and their upcoming events, visit the Friends of Lyde Green Primary School Facebook page.