Welcome to the Friends of Deiniol section of our website. Please scroll through for more details on what we do, how you can be involved and the fundraising projects and events we normally organise.
(logo designed by Year 1 pupil in 2018)
A little bit about the Friends of Deiniol
It was in September 2018 when the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) changed its name to 'Friends of Deiniol' (FoD). We felt that this rebranding would encourage lots of new people to get involved with raising much needed funds for our school.
We are constantly on the lookout for new helpers and hope to include as many people from our school community as possible: mums, dads, grandparents, older siblings…..anybody who has an interest in raising funds and supporting Ysgol Deiniol.
Over the years we have raised lots of money for school as well as helping out with yard painting, flower bulb planting, creating willow domes and making a bottle top mosaic. Going forward, any assistance you can give, no matter how small, would be most welcome, so we can do more of the same in future years.
Our informal committee meetings are held once or twice a term and attendance is not compulsory. If you have any free time to spare, drop us an email at school, phone us up or even have a chat with Mr Baugh on the yard, in the morning, to find out what it’s all about.
We look forward to seeing you soon!
The current committee are:
Chair / Co-ordinator - Vicky Woodhouse
Secretary - Jody Lloyd
Treasurer - Emma Darlington
Mrs C. Arrowsmith (Teacher)
Mr K. Baugh (Head Teacher)
We are always looking for new people to help with the work of the Friends of Deiniol. You can join the committee at any time or take on one of the main roles (Chair, Secretary, Treasurer) when these positions are voted on at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) each September. If you have less time to spare, you could give your time and expertise in other ways:
There are so many ways to get involved.
All our events are run voluntarily and we would not be able to put them on without help. It is a fantastic way to become more involved in your child's school and meet new people. We are all busy people and any help you are able to give is very much as you can, when you can. Anyone interested in helping out is welcome to chat to any of the committee members (catch one of us by the school gate!), drop in at the school office or send an email to email@example.com.
During the school year 2021/2022 the meetings will be held virtually, via Zoom. We usually aim to hold committee meetings twice a term.
All are very welcome.
Our first meeting of the new school term will be the Annual Review. The meeting is via Zoom on Tuesday 5th October, starting at 4pm. Please look out for an email with joining details or check the Facebook page.
If you'd like to get more involved with the Friends of Deiniol or have an enquiry or ideas for fundraising, please fill in the form below. Thank you.
Events and activities programme 2021/2022
During the school year 2021/2022, events and fundraising will continue to differ due to current circumstances. We aim to raise funds in other ways, as we did over the last academic year, with non-uniform days and other initiatives. Any ideas or help will be much appreciated. Please see below for any activities and events we will be running.
Events and activities 2020/2021
During the last academic year we successfully ran some non-uniform days, compiled a recipe book, ran an Easter Egg competition and Pumpkin competition. We were also lucky to have a very dedicated mum who walked for 24 hours to raise funds for increased access in school. Thank you so much to everyone who helped raise all these much needed funds. We shall be looking to get lots of projects done this year.
Events and activities 2021/2022
Please check back here for details of our fundraising activities for the coming year. You can also find updated information on our Facebook page and parents and carers group.
Past events and fundraising projects organised by Friends of Deiniol
Over the last few years we have been able to raise funds at bingo evenings, Summer Fairs, tuck shops, film nights, raffles, tea and coffee stalls, discos, fashion night, family quiz night, non-uniform days, Christmas cards, school tea towel, school calendar and cookbook.
Other ways we raise funds
In addition to running events, we raise funds through the easyfundraising website and app and collect unwanted clothes through the Dragon Bags clothes recycling scheme.
How you can help
Dragon Bags clothes recycling scheme
If you have any clothes; children’s and adults’, that you no longer need, you can drop them off at the school office. Clothes are collected in a box, which is taken away by the company when full. It is weighed and we receive a donation.
See below for the website address
You can help raise funds at no extra cost. When you shop via the easyfundraising website or app, with over 4,100 of your favourite retailers, including John Lewis & Partners, eBay, Amazon and many more, you will raise FREE donations for the school. If you are not already registered, please visit our easyfundraising page using the link below.
Projects funded by Friends of Deiniol
- Wooden pirate ship for the Foundation Phase yard
- Educational resources
- Theatre workshop
- Author visit and workshop
- First News subscription
- Storage units
- Paint and spring flower bulbs for the Yard Improvement Project
- Three willow domes for the yard and field
- Pebbles and materials for the Pebble Path Project
- Donations towards buses for school trips
- Recycled bottle top mosaic
- Year 6 leavers parties
- Sports Equipment
- Choir bus for Young Voices concerts
- Raised planters for the Year 2 outside area
- Junior Yard climbing wall
- Subscription for Times Table Rockstars
- Virtual reality workshop for Junior classes
All the above are the extras which cannot be funded by school. Every penny we raise goes towards helping our children.
Latest news from Friends of Deiniol
Willow domes and the yard
We now have three willow domes in the playground and on the field. These continue to bulk out and provide welcome shady spaces during warmer months. The latest (and largest) dome can also be used as a small outdoor learning space. This dome was partly funded with money raised by parents and carers through the easyfundraising website. A group of parents try to give the domes regular 'haircuts' and keep them in check.
Please check back here for any more news as it happens.
How the school yards have been improved
Our recycled plastic bottle top mosaic, which has pride of place on the container on the Infant yard, was completed in 2018. It looks amazing from the road and provides a splash of colour to the outdoor area. Many thanks to all involved who brought in tops, helped stick them on and finally helped put it up on the container.