Friends of Cranbourne

We are pleased to announce that we are currently forming a new charity which will operate to help fundraise for Cranbourne. It will seek to support all kinds of enrichment and extracurricular activities, to benefit the development and wellness of all who pass through Cranbourne. The first challenge will be to support the fundraising efforts of the school to support a substantial refurbishment project of the swimming pool.

Friends of Cranbourne will in effect operate in exactly the same way as a PTA (Parent Teacher Association) which are more commonly affiliated to primary schools. The main difference (hence the ‘Friends of’ name) is that we look to encourage membership not only from our school community of families and staff, but also from the wider community.

There are a number of formalities which we are in the process of setting up for us to launch officially. In the coming weeks though, we will be looking to run an election.

There are three Officers which for we would like to appoint. They are as follows:


Chair

The Chair provides leadership for the committee sets the agenda for meetings and manages meetings in line with the agenda.

The Chair should ensure that issues are properly debated and an agreement is reached.  Some committee members will be better at expressing themselves than others; it is important that the chair welcomes contributions from all members of the committee so that everyone feels involved.

The Chair will ensure that all new members feel welcome and their contributions valued. The Chair will introduce them to the other members and encourage them to play an active part in the discussions at committee meetings.

To ensure the smooth running of meetings the Chair must remain impartial and make sure that all parties have a voice and the opportunity to participate in decision-making.

The Chair will work closely with the Treasurer and Secretary to ensure that the Friends is run effectively.


Secretary

The Secretary is a key committee member as they are responsible for ensuring effective communication links between committee members and between the Friends and the school. The Secretary deals with all the correspondence that the Friends receive and helps the Chair ensure that committee meetings run smoothly.


Treasurer

The Treasurer manages charity funds. All board members share a responsibility to manage money well on behalf of the charity however the Treasurer needs to take a wider view. As one of three required officers for our Friends, the treasurer is the authorised custodian of funds and bank account.

These posts are purely voluntary. Helping to run the Friends is a commitment, but can be incredibly satisfying, to know that you have personally contributed to the effectiveness of the school. It is your chance to really make a difference. The minimum number of meetings constitutionally required by the charity each academic year is 3; one per term. However, it is good to have more meetings if there are plans in place for fundraising activities, so that everyone is kept well-informed of what is happening. Communication is key.

If you would like to nominate yourself for one of these posts, can you please email Helen Ward at h.ward@cranbourne.hants.sch.uk in the first instance. In your email, please state which post you are nominating yourself for and, in no more than 5 sentences, please give any information about your suitability or experience, which can be published on the voting slips to help voters make their choice.

Nominations are NOW OPEN.

The deadline for nominations is MIDDAY on 6TH FEBRUARY 2019.

If there is more than one nomination for any one post, we will be holding elections in school on Wednesday 13th February 2019. Voting will be open from 9am until 8pm, in reception. The results of elections will be announced before the end of that week.