Friends of Ernest Bevin (FEBS) is a charitable organization which was set up in 1988 with the aim of advancing the education of pupils of the school by providing and assisting in the provision of facilities for education not normally provided by the Local Education Authority.
In the 2019-2020 academic year a group of parents and staff worked to relaunch FEBS in order to create a welcoming environment for families, staff and supporters of Ernest Bevin College and to fund raise for much needed items that will support college activities (eg library books, computers, sports equipment etc).
As the College faces funding challenges and an increasing squeeze on school budgets, one of the primary goals of FEBS is to raise money for essential equipment and enrichment opportunities. This will ensure our children are able to continue to enjoy a broad and balanced curriculum and activities outside the classroom.
To kickstart fundraising efforts FEBS organised a month of activities in March and asking everyone to get involved.
MARCH: A MONTH OF SIMPLE FUNDRAISING
Due to current uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 virus and in line with Government guidelines at the time of writing, we have taken the decision to hit pause on the FEBS month of fundraising activities. This means we will reschedule the Bring and Buy lunch and bag packing at Sainsbury’s. We will also organise the collection of second hand clothes and other recyclables in the summer term so please look out for further information.
In the meantime, a huge thank you to all those who have supported our efforts so far. We raised over £50 selling refreshments at the Year 7 Parents Evening and have received donations for some of the other suggested fundraisers.
Thursday 5th March – World Book Day
All students in Years 7, 8 & 9 were given a World Book Day token to buy a WBD book for £1 or put it towards a book of their choice from Book Shops. If parents would like to buy additional books please take a look at Scholastic Books by clicking here. If you select Ernest Bevin College first and then shop, for every £1 you spend, 25p will be added to the College account which the librarian can use to buy books.
Thursday 5th March – Year 7 Parents Evening
Thank you to our volunteer parents and grandparents who manned the refreshment stand at the Year 7 Parents Evening and kept everyone’s blood sugar levels up. Thanks also to all those who visited the stand or made a donation.
Tuesday 10th March – Amazon Smile
FEBS is registered as a charity with the online retailer Amazon and we are asking everyone to use this link when they shop as a small percentage of every transaction will be donated to the college.
Monday 16th March to Friday 27th March – Spring Clear Out
Collection Dates – postponed until the summer term please hang on to any items if you have space
Having a spring clear out? We are looking for donations of clothes and CDs and DVDs we can recycle to raise money for the College. More information to follow on what can be collected. But please start thinking about saving your unwanted items for the College to turn into cash.
Thursday 26th March – Bring and Buy Social Lunch 1.30-3pm.
EVENT POSTPONED UNTIL SUMMER TERM
Meet parents and college staff in an informal setting and make a donation for your lunch. All welcome and any leftovers will be sold to the students and staff at 2.35pm as it’s an early finish. If you would like to donate food for this event, please contact FEBS@ernestbevin.london
Saturday 28th March – Bag Packing at Sainsbury’s Tooting
EVENT POSTPONED NEW DATE TBC IN SUMMER TERM
71-77 Tooting High Street, London SW17 0RN. Thank you to Sainsbury’s Tooting and the store manager who are kindly supporting FEBS and for their generous donation of a monetary voucher.
Come and support our students as they pack shoppers’ bags in return for donations. The boys will be in store from 10-4pm. We also hope to sell cakes on the day. If you can donate cakes or help sell cakes, please let us know at FEBS@ernestbevin.london
Other ways you can help
Recycle your old Printer Cartridges
And earn money for the College. Check out the website to see how it works
We can also ask local businesses or your workplace to support us with this activity so please get in touch if you have any contacts.
One of the ways to raise additional money for the College is through match funding. An increasing number of companies operate a match funding scheme whereby they match charity fundraising undertaken by their employees. As FEBS is a registered charity we are can benefit from your involvement, however big or small, at any fundraising school event. Your participation might be, for example, managing a stall or helping with a raffle. Both qualify as assisting with fundraising. If you think your employer offers a match funding scheme, and you’d like to get involved please contact FEBS@ernestbevin.london so that we can understand how to comply with their requirements.
Get in touch email: FEBS@ernestbevin.london
Core Parent Group: Julia (Year 7), Rianon (Year 9), Anuara (Years 7 & 8) Sheila (Years 8)
Staff: Trudi Williams, Deputy SENCO & Fiona Wilkins, Communications Manager
Trustees: Sheila Arsaud, Linda Humphries, Rupal Lakhani
FEBS Registered Charity Number: 800439