FOSM Newsletter November 2022

Dear all, welcome back to a new term and to our first newsletter of the year.  We are Friends of Swanton Morley (FOSM), and we are here to help raise funds for the school and to help the children make memories during their time at Swanton Morley school, from discos, to fairs to Christmas gifts and fun prizes.

We have listened to you and heard communication for our events needs to be move visible, so we are hoping to bring out a monthly newsletter to help you get more involved.

Last year we held the following fundraising events – school discos, Easter fair, Jubilee fair, sponsored walk along with designing your own Christmas cards and supporting the village with events including a cycling sportive and the popular fireworks display.  We were lucky enough to have a generous donation from the parish council of the new trim trail and with our funds were able to repair the well-loved trim trail, we have also been able to help donate towards a PE t shirt for each new pupil starting the school and subsidising leavers hoodies.

We are always looking for more volunteers and would love to hear from all parents with ideas and suggestions, please get in touch with us via (

We will be holding our next meeting Monday 7th November at 6pm in the school.  All are welcome to come join us and if you are unable to make it, please be sure to send any suggestions you have to the above email address.

Upcoming dates for your diary

Saturday 5th November – Swanton Morley fireworks display. This event is organised by the local community who donate proceedings to local charities supporting with their volunteering.

Monday 7th November 6pm at the school- FOSM meeting

Friday 11th November – last chance to order Christmas cards that children brought home previous week to design.

End of November (date to be confirmed with school)- Non uniform day- on this day children can wear non uniform and we will be asking for donations to be brought in for our Christmas fair tombola.

Saturday 3rd December 11am-2pm – Christmas fair

This is going to be a festive event to get you in the Christmas spirt with Father Christmas and lots of local stalls with fun activities for all. How can you help?  We will be looking for volunteers to help us run this event, from setting up to tidying up, if you can spare an hour or more please let us know. We will also be asking for donations for our tombola, soft toys for are adopt a pet stall as well as bake sale contributions.  This is an opportunity for local businesses to have a stall and sell local home crafted products.

Friday 9th December– school disco- if you are able to volunteer at this event please let us know, the more volunteers we have, the more activities we can offer the children.

THIS MONTH’S BIG COMPETITION– If you would like to enter our NEW monthly competition see details below- £1 entry fee

To be in with a chance of winning a Planet Zoom voucher-

With children at home draw an “Autumn picture” Please do not give these to teachers, these need to be posted into the FOSM letterbox which is on the wall in the main playground. Please make sure these are placed in an envelope with the £1 entry fee, please include your child/ren’s name and class on the front.  The winner will be announced in assembly by Mr Richards and shown in next month’s newsletter. Last day to post will be 18th November.

FOSM Events Autumn 2022

Dear Parents, Carers and Staff,

Our annual Christmas Fair will be taking place on Saturday 3rd December, between 11am and 2pm.  With your support we look forward to being able to run our much-loved tombola, raffle, bake sale and adopt a pet stall, along with many more independent stalls and our very own Santa.

On Friday 25th November, we are holding a non-uniform day.  Instead of donating money, we ask if you could send in a gift for the tombola stall with your child/ren.  If you are also planning a clear out before Christmas, we are accepting donations for our adopt a pet stall of good quality soft toy animals.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Kindest Regards