Friends of Forres Sandle Manor, or FOSM, as it is more generally known, is a committee made up of parents and staff to promote friendships throughout the school community, and to raise money for items that fall outside of the school budget or to contribute to expensive items.
To this end, FOSM organises a number of social events and support throughout the school year for parents, children and staff. Any surplus of funds raised at these events is used to purchase items for the benefit of the children.
Recent purchases include the star curtain, side curtains, lighting and staging for the DHH, a marquee and BBQ's, the pirate ship for the pre-prep play area and moveable flood lights for the Astroturf pitch. Further projects are in hand.
Typically our programme of events is as follows, with details on the School Events Calendar on the website:
At the start of the school year FOSM hosts a Drinks Reception so that parents can meet and mingle with friends old and new, to the accompaniment of music by the children.
Fireworks Night at school comes with sausages from the barbecue (rain permitting!) and Mark Hartley's mulled wine is a real treat on the terrace. The highlight is an excellent view of the professional fireworks display on the playing field.
FOSM Night concludes the Autumn Term with an amazing evening of entertainment organised by the Music Department, which is a showcase for the depth of talent of the older children, together with a bite to eat and a licensed bar.
The Spring Term events begin with Quiz Night, a light-hearted, very sociable evening with competitive picnicking and a licensed bar. Teams of eight compete for the highly prized cup ... or the wooden spoon.
FOSM also runs a bar at the School Play.
In the Summer Term FOSM helps with Family Fun Day and the Summer Soiree, and runs a very popular Pimms refreshments tent on Sports Day.
In addition, throughout the year, before every child joins FSM we try to arrange a play date with another child in their year to help ease first day nerves.
However, we could not raise funds without the backing of parents at our events, and we would like to thank everyone for their support.
Every glowstick or glass of wine bought helps!
FOSM welcomes all feedback from events, and suggestions not only for the spending of FOSM funds, but also for any events that you would like to put forward.
Please contact the current chair, Pamela Potts, or the secretary, Penny Stevenson, with your ideas or any comments: