The Friends of LEH
A very warm welcome from The Friends of LEH, the school’s parent association. As soon as your daughter joins Lady Eleanor Holles School, you automatically become a member of the Friends.
Our aim is to enhance our daughter’s educational experience as much as to support and promote a vibrant community by running various social and fundraising events throughout the year.
Over the years, we have financially contributed to the acquisition of specialist data-logging equipment, display boards for the girls’ art and sporting achievements as well as high quality sound and lighting systems for concert and drama productions. We have also assisted with refurbishing the Junior School Science Laboratory, creating The Friends’ Courtyard and, most recently, The Friends made a substantial contribution to the Gateway Project.
Each academic year the Junior and Senior schools produce a wish list of “icing on the cake” items that The Friends have funded including most recently, a Vorwerk Thermonix for the food and nutrition deoartment, a sublimation printer for the art department and a larger more sophisticated drone for the Airgineers Club in seniors and pop up goals and indoor and outdoor footballs and sound equipment for the junior PE and science departments.
The secondhand uniform sale profits go to the school libraries to support author talks, workshops, and furnishings to make the library experience more enjoyable for our girls.
Just as LEH students relish playing an active role within school, as part of The Friends we invite parents, carers and other family members to enjoy taking part in our various social events and activities. We would also welcome any of you who would like to volunteer to be Class reps or join the Friends Committee, or help at our any of the different events we have planned each year.
The ongoing success of The Friends is wholly dependent on the enthusiasm and generosity of every LEH family and for this, we are enormously grateful.
Chair of The Friends of LEH
We aim to host a wide variety of events during the year although this year may look a little different to past years. Details of events will be publicised in the Friday Post, added to the school calendar and on our webpage as government guidance on social distancing dictates. The following gives you a brief overview of our annual staples, some of which we are still hoping to host:
The Thirds’ and Form I Welcome Evenings at the start of the autumn term are a fabulous way for new parents to establish connections with other families in their daughter’s class and year.
An autumn term event that in the past has included a comedy night which was a fun night with a real comedy club atmosphere and lots of laughs to be had!
The Christmas Bazaar in November is our biggest annual fund raiser. It sees the entire LEH community involved with an impressive array of external and internal stall holders to inspire, entertain and to get that Christmas shopping off to a flying start!
During the spring term, we host our popular Quiz Night, which invariably results in some intriguing new facts being garnered with a good dose of humour.
In the summer term, the younger girls eagerly anticipate the Junior School discos.
In April this year The Friends turned 60yrs old and sadly we had to postpone the fabulous 60s themed birthday celebration we had planned but rest assured we will be celebrating as soon as we can so watch out for information in due course.
We also aim to hold other social events, such as wine tasting and fun n’ jazz on the green so do keep an eye out for dates.
As parent, you are automatically members of The Friends. A voluntary £20 annual subscription per family is collected via your youngest daughter’s autumn fee account and transferred to The Friends.
As a registered charity, Gift Aid makes a real difference to us so, if you are a UK taxpayer, please do complete a Gift Aid Form (PDF attached below) in order that you can increase the value of your donation by 25%.
The Friends is run by a Council, a group of up to 24 members, including 19 parent volunteers as well as school representatives. We meet termly to discuss ideas and projects as well as plan events.
The Council is extremely fortunate to be assisted by a network of class reps from each year group who support and promote our events. In addition, by engaging with their fellow parents through informal get-togethers, including coffee mornings, evenings out and end of term parties, class reps strengthen our sense of community.
We hope you will join us and become part of our thriving community. There are so many ways to be involved so please share your ideas, attend our events, consider becoming a class rep or joining the Council. The roles and responsibilities are detailed in the link below.
We look forward to hearing from you and welcome your participation. Come and see us at the welcome events.
Dates for the Diary
Dates for the autumn term events are to be confirmed.