Friends of Blenheim and fundraising
We know that as parents or carers of high school age children, you’ve probably baked your fair share of cup-cakes and cookies for primary school events. Donated endless gifts for Christmas fayres, served Pimms and lemonade or grilled burgers in gruelling July temperatures at the annual summer fete. Consequently in graduating to High School you are not only breathing a huge sigh of relief, but many of you will take the opportunity to go back to work or take on extra hours when your children come to Blenheim. The Friends of Blenheim recognise that high school parents and carers are no less keen to help raise funds for their childs’ school but that fundraising needs to offer something a bit different; inventive ways of supporting the school financially that are effective, fun and less onerous on your time.
Please have a look at the list of fundraising suggestions below to see if any suit your current lifestyle. If you run your own business, please consider sponsoring a school event or one of our sports teams. If you are employed, find out if your employer supports match funding or could donate a gift or voucher as a raffle prize. There is something in our fundraising bundle for everyone, from simply signing up for easy fundraising for online shopping, to buying a raffle ticket or joining the 200 club school lottery.
From time to time we do ask for volunteers to help run events and we are always open to new ideas from anyone in our community to assist in raising extra funds for the school. We welcome help and support from parents and carers and you are very welcome to take up an active role in fundraising if you are in a position to do so.
If you are a new parent to Blenheim and have an established group of friends from your previous primary school, why don't you get in touch? We would love to hear from you and would be grateful for any support that you are able to offer.
Money raised by the Friends of Blenheim, is used for a huge range of projects across a number of school departments. Current projects looking for extra funding include:
· Equipment for gymnastics
· Overhaul of the school drum kit
· Sound proofing in the recording studio
· ELSA support
· Storage for our PE department
· Chess sets for chess club
· LRC books for Accelerated reader programme
The Friends of Blenheim is a registered Charity (Charity Number EW02010). If you require further information, please get in touch.
Our School Fund has been established to provide funds for ‘extras’ to add to the quality of life for students at Blenheim High School over and above the normal educational programme.
In the current climate, the School Fund is more important than ever. Without your voluntary contribution, we would be unable to run many of our enrichment activities. All the staff and students value your contribution.
Each family contributes £60 a year and we suggest £20 a term although one off larger contributions can also be made. Please log on to ParentPay and select the service School Fund to make your payment. Please could you also complete the Payment Form below and give your permission for us to collect Gift Aid on your donation if you are a taxpayer.
Second hand uniform
We offer a range of second-hand uniform and PE kit to buy at a reduced rate, with proceeds going straight back into the school fund. We aim to hold a second hand uniform sale every term, depending upon stock levels. Alternatively,you can contact us with your uniform requests by emailing email@example.com.
We are always extremely grateful to receive good quality school uniform items and PE kit to re-sell. For families with many children, low-incomes and smaller families who do not have a hand-me-down option, buying new uniform is costly and the availability of second hand uniform can be a great service which benefits everyone, and to which everyone can contribute.
Where to deliver donations: Please wash all items and send them in a carrier bag to the main school reception. In some cases we can offer you 50% cash return on the sale item, please ask for details when you donate your items.
When to donate: Reception staff will accept donations at any time between 9.00am 3:30pm. Please make sure all items are freshly washed and good condition; we cannot resell items that are dirty, faded, ripped or worn out.
Our 200 Club works in a similar way to the National Lottery. It provides a monetary prize pot every month for 3 lucky winners to share, whilst raising valuable funds for the school.
Each participant purchases a number from 1 - 200 and the winning number is ‘pulled out of the hat’ on the last school day of the month by a chosen student or member of staff. There are 10 opportunities to win during the school year from October through to July. Your number will be allocated randomly; however if you would like a specific number you should email firstname.lastname@example.org in the first instance to see if is available.
The following prizes will be offered:-
1st number out of the hat – 25% of the money raised
2nd number out of the hat – 15% of the money raised
3rd number out of the hat – 10% of the money raised
The remaining 50% of the funds raised will go to the Friends of Blenheim school fund. If any numbers remain unsold, the prize value will be the percentage of the total numbers sold.
The cost of each ‘number’ is just £1.00 a month and you can join in at any time. Numbers go on sale in September via Parentpay and the first draw is held in October. The total cost of your number at the start of term will be £10.00. (£1.00 for each of the 10 draws) If you decide to join the 200 Club in November, the cost will be just £9.00, but you will have missed the first draw. New members are welcome at any time and you will see the accurate amount on your Parentmail account. There are no restrictions on the amount of numbers you can buy, so get your friends and family involved too!
Internet searches - easysearch
Are you one of the millions of people that use an Internet search engine every day? If you search through easysearch, you can raise money at the same time at not extra cost or inconvenience to you.
Every time you search the web use
instead of Google or any other search engine, half a penny is raised for Blenheim High School every time. Search just 15 times a day and you can raise around £25 a year. This may not seem like a lot but with approximately 1400 students and 2800 parents/carers the donations soon add up!
See what people are saying about easysearch:
"easysearch is a great idea and just as good as Google for the results! I’ve recommended it to all my friends!"
"What a fantastic idea! I was using Google anyway but this way I get to raise money for my school every time I search…brilliant! I’ve made easysearch my homepage!"
So the next time you need to find something online, please use
and raise money for Blenheim High School with every search you make.
Online shopping - easyfundraising
We consistently raise over £1,000 a year with easyfundraising and the number of registered supporters for Blenheim High School increases every month! Easyfundraising turns your online purchases into free donations for us, at no extra cost to you.
Quite simply it means you can help make our fundraising efforts go further. Help us when you shop online with any of over 4,000 online retailers including Amazon, Argos, John Lewis, ASOS, Booking.com, eBay, Boden, and M&S, and when you make a purchase, the retailer will send us a percentage of your purchase as a donation. It’s as simple as that!
Please visit our easyfundraising page below and click ‘support us’. You also have the option to install a widget which will notify you every time you visit a shop that will make a donation.
In-school events - mufti days and bake sales
Each academic year we allow students from each year group to fundraise for a named local or National charity by holding a bake sale or a mufti day. Students are asked to bring in a small amount of money to take part and the students will organise the events themselves. A small % of this money will go to the school fund.
On mufti-days, students are typically asked to contribute £1.00 in return for wearing their own clothes to school. Through bake sales, students raise money by bringing in homemade baked goods for sale to the school community for a small sum.
If your child would like to get involved in organising charity fundraising events they should approach the student council, led by Miss Glister.
Match funding is a straightforward concept that may be utilised if you are employed. The most commonly known type of match funding is 1:1 funding (known as double giving). It simply means that for every £1.00 that is raised for Blenheim High School, your employer gives a further £1.00 to the same cause.
Many companies offer their employees the chance to take part in match funding schemes. Unfortunately, there is no comprehensive list of organisations who match fund but please contact your employer directly to check if they are operating a scheme or ask them to set one up. Some companies will pledge time and resources instead of money, enabling their employees to support Blenheim during their working week. Or a much needed service may be donated, such as the printing of posters, leaflets and newsletters.
Various conditions may apply, but if you think that your employer might be operating a match funding scheme as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programme please get in touch with the Friends of Blenheim and we can help make the necessary connections.
Match funding for our Spring raffle 2020 could have doubled our proceeds from £800 to £1,600!
Blenheim High School can offer local businesses the opportunity to sponsor one of our school sports kits. Representing the school as part of a sports team is an excellent opportunity for students to work together and develop skills such as communication, leadership, courtesy and respect.
We are proud of all the students who take part in after-school sports at Blenheim, many of whom commit to play for one of our football, rugby, basketball or netball teams. We have a number of sports teams across the upper and lower school playing all year round in district, county and national leagues, as well as friendly matches against other local schools. Over the last four years, our boys’ basketball teams have won both league and district cups and the girls’ football team have won no less than four Surrey cups and two national titles!
Each kit will range from £320 to £360, dependant on size, and will feature your company name and logo in a prominent place. Unlike club sponsorship, our school sports kit is not renewed year on year but lasts for the lifetime of the kit, meaning your company could be supporting a sports team at Blenheim for 4 or 5 years rather than just one season.
In return for your investment, we will promote your kit sponsorship in newsletters as well through our multiple channels on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. Whilst we can’t promise you coverage on National TV channels, if any of our teams are as successful as our U15s girls football team in summer 2018 & 2019 (National Schools Champions), our aim would be to provide you with a team photo containing a large number of proud, smiling faces and a hopefully a trophy or two!
The school have already developed partnerships with a number of local businesses to sponsor match kit for both boys’ and girls’ teams. Thank you to the following who have kindly put their name to a kit now proudly worn by our students.
- Green Thumb Lawn Treatment Services www.greenthumb.co.uk,
- Fahim Bros: Cash and Carry of Epsom, Waterloo Rd, Epsom
- Cucina Catering www.impactfood.co.uk
- Spring Electrical Lighting Wholesalers www.springelectrical.com
Event sponsorship and partnerships
At various times throughout the year, the Friends of Blenheim help to fund projects for the school such as author visits, practical workshops, and specialist activity days. Would your company be interested in sponsoring one of these exciting events?
Our Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) club are currently taking part in a unique team challenge to design and build an electric car to race at a National event. This inspirational club is sparking a lifelong enthusiasm for STEM amongst students through the excitement of motorsport.
Our sponsors this season are Haines Minicoaches, www.hainesminicoaches.co.uk, a local family run business that has been operating a number of vital coach services for Blenheim since 2012. The support from Haines Minicoaches has allowed us to purchase the Kit Car and the necessary safety equipment required for the driving team including suits and helmets. We are looking forward to race day in Spring 2021.
We also have many cross-school events throughout the year along with community events. If you would like to raise your company profile, either to a school-based audience or the local community, please get in touch to discuss event sponsorship in more detail.
Is your company/employer able to provide raffle prizes for our Christmas, Easter or Summer themed fundraising events?
Can you help in any other way, providing refreshments, equipment, materials, printing or other items throughout the year?
We will publish all business sponsorships on our school website, within our newsletters, and social media platforms
If you think you can help, please get in touch.