Friends of Wren Academy
We are a small welcoming group of parents who FUNdraise to make our children's education at Wren Academy even more brilliant. We also hold social events to help create a community among parents.
Without the support of our parent and carer community we could not achieve all the things we do, but we really need more volunteers to help plan and deliver all of our events and activities. If you are able to help, even if you can only spare 10 minutes, please contact us on email@example.com. Thank you!
Last year was an amazingly successful year, with fantastic events and activities. Thanks for all your support, we are hugely proud to announce that we raised an incredible sum of over £35,000! Using the money we raised last year, plus some left over from the previous year, we were able to fund over £50,000 worth of projects and activities, including:
- Buying a new Minibus
- Financing a new Laser Cutter for the Secondary Phase
- Refurbishing one of the Primary Playgrounds
- Maintaining and equipment for the Allotment
- Workshops such as STEM weeks, literacy support, wellbeing etc
- Financing the Choir, Orchestra and Music Therapy sessions
- Buying Books
- Creating an Outdoor Gym
In the past we have also paid for other larger projects such as:
- Buying New Laptops for each Primary Phase class
- Creating a nurturing Sensory Room for children who need some one-to-one care.
So, THANK YOU to all those who have contributed their time, energy and money in the last year we could not have done this without your help. Your support will be even more critical this year as the school is strugglIng with rising costs, so we need to support them as much as we can. We are a very small team and we will not be able to hold events without more help. We specifically need people to help us with a Christmas event and Fireworks. Email us here if you can help!
Summer Fair and Circus - Saturday 8 July 12 - 3.30pm
Drumroll please … yes, a circus is joining us at the Summer Fair this year! Come and see Circus Sensible perform Comedy Circus in their Big Top tent, with lots of audience participation - hilarious for children and adults alike. Circus tickets are available to buy online from today, with three show times to choose from: 12.30, 1.40, 2.50. Included in your ticket are drop in circus workshops which could include Juggling, Plate Spinning, Devilstick, Diabolo, Beginners Stilts, Feather Balancing, etc.
Buy your Circus Tickets - friendsofwren.charityhive.co.uk/events
Child: £7 | Adult £3 | Under 2’s Free. There are a limited number of tickets, so please buy your tickets early before we open the sales up to the wider community. We do expect the tickets to sell out before the event.
Please note: Children under 8 years old must be accompanied by at least one adult.
Entry to the Summer Fair will be free, where you can enjoy Reptile Encounters, Live Music and Talent Show, Bouncy Castles, Raffle, Tombola, Games and Activities, Face and Body Art, a BBQ and Bar and Cakes and Ice Cream to cool off with!
We have lots of stalls to manage and need 2 volunteers from each class per hour to run a stall or game. Just an hour of your time helps enormously. Please let your class rep know what time you can volunteer so they can add you to the rota. We also need general volunteers for set up, tidy up, Face painting etc. Please click HERE to volunteer
Buy your Raffle Tickets - friendsofwren.charityhive.co.uk/raffles
Help us raise over £2,000. Buying raffle tickets is one of the easiest and cheapest ways to support the school! Win a silver edition Apple Watch, £200 cash, £150 meal voucher for The Ivy or one of our other top prizes worth over £100! Also, if you would like to sponsor a prize or voucher for the raffle please email us. Please share the above link far and wide with family and friends.
Non-Uniform Day - Friday 23 June
On this day your child can come dressed any way they like. In return, we ask that they donate something towards the tombolas and games.
We look forward to your support and hope to see as many of you there as possible!
Thank you so much to Sophie Sundberg, Rebecca Bird and their teams for arranging such a fantastic Festive Friday event. It was wonderful to see so many of you there - it was your attendance that made it such a success. We raised over £7,000 which is amazing.
Fireworks Night - Thursday 3 November
We held our second Fireworks Night we are pleased to announce that we made a massive £3871 on the night. Thank you to all those who attended or supported the fireworks.
If you would like to volunteer with assisting or organising future events, then please do get in touch.
Years 5 and 6 Bake Sale
We decided to combine the year group bake sales and will now hold one per term, which will lighten the load on volunteers, but also make sure there are enough goodies for children attending clubs. Please help us by donating for these sales when it is your class’s turn and by buying up what has been prepared on the day. Remember that bakes and treats can be healthy and nutritious as well as sweet and delicious!
Friends of Wren AGM
We had our Annual General Meeting in the secondary school Restaurant on 12 October.
Sounds dull but it was not! The meeting had 15 minutes of official business followed by free drinks and a chance to meet other parents from across the school. We would love to see you at our next AGM.
The fun filled Wren Summer Fair came back after two years which consisted of; Reptile Encounters, Live Music and Entertainment, Bouncy Castles and Trampolines, Raffle, Tombola, tonnes of Games and Activities, Face and Body Art, a BBQ and Bar, Cakes and Ice Cream to cool off with!
It was an incredible community event which will raised over £5000 for a range of activities to support our children.
We do hope you enjoyed the Christmas Market as much as we did.
It was wonderful to see so many of you there soaking up the fun, it was your attendance that made it such a success.
We raised over £9500 on this event alone and we could not have done it without you.
Primary Bake Sales 2022
Thank you so much for baking and buying at our combined Years 1 and 2 bake sale held in May 2022. It was fantastic that all the cakes were sold and they raised over £600, which was a new record for a Wren Bake Sale!
Well done to all. The year’s total for our combined bake sales was £2,046, a delicious amount!
School Disco - March 2022
Thanks to all those who supported the Disco before the Easter holidays. The children had a wonderful evening and the event raised a fantastic £2,642 for our school! Also a big thank you to Agnieszka Roszyk-Eisenberg (Agnes) who led the planning and organisation of this event, her team, the Site Services team, DJ Sha and to the following amazing sponsors: 2Glow, The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance, Rogers Removals and Razzamataz.
Wren Fireworks Night 2021
Thank you to all those who attended or supported the fireworks.â€¯ It was the first one we have ever held and we were blown away by how popular it was. It felt like a really lovely community evening and it raised over £3,000 for the school.
Please let us know if you would like to be part of the organising team for this year.
Second Hand Uniform
We have a recycling scheme for school uniform that allows parents to buy good quality Wren-branded uniform at lower prices, and save waste when children outgrow their clothes. This is done in partnership with the North London Hospice, a fantastic North Finchley charity.
Used uniform can now be purchased from the two local North London Hospice’s shops:
North Finchley: 724 High Road, London, N12 9QD,
Finchley Central: 15 Ballards Lane, London, N3 1UX.
If you would like to donate used uniform, that is in clean and good condition, please drop it off at either of these shops. Please do not drop it off at the school.
Achievements for 2018/19
Last year we raised over £23,000 and paid for a new playground, which will be used by the Secondary students as well as those from the Primary Phase.
We did this by holding bake sales, which raised over £400 each, a Christmas Fair, a Disco for the Primary Phase, a Science Food Fair and a Summer Fair. We were also supported once again by Martyn Gerrard which was brilliant.
Summer Directory 2019
A special thanks goes to the parents who advertised their businesses and the volunteers who helped distribute 1,300 copies of the Wren Summer brochures locally to places such as Martyn Gerrard, gyms, nurseries, tuition centres, shops, cafés, salons and clinics.
Advertising space proved to be in high demand with a total of 58 adverts being placed. We are proud to announce that after deducting printing costs, the 2019 brochure raised an incredible £3,493.00. A massive thank you to Sophie Sundberg for all her months of hard work on creating this brochure.
If you did not pick up a copy at the Summer Fair, a digital copy can be downloaded here
There are lots of great contacts to keep on file
Our Summer Fair took place on Saturday 14 July.
We do hope you enjoyed the Summer Fair as much as we did. It was such a lovely day and it was wonderful to see so many families and teachers enjoying the music and games. We couldn’t have done it without you and have a long list of thank yous:
We raised around £11,350.00 from our summer fair activities including Brochure and MG Board Challenge. This puts our total for this academic year at nearly £27,000.00 which is amazing.
Cherry and Conker Class Cake Sale
We were inundated with incredible donations of the most exquisite cakes on 11 May.
The parents and children had a wonderful time tasting everything and we even raised £200 for the school! Thank you to all of those who took part.
Holly and Acorn class, your turn is next! How much will you raise?
We started the year we another brilliant Christmas Fair. It was bigger and even better than last year with the most fantastic raffle prizes ever! We had the most incredible hampers plus a drone and the winner went home with an Apple Watch! The whole school community had an amazing time and we really appreciated the support of our new Friends of Wren Committee.
We also held our International Food Fair in the Spring term to celebrate International Week which was a fantastic evening. We all got to taste delicious culinary delights from around the world.
This year we held our first ever Rock Star Disco. The children (and Parents!) had such an enjoyable time and it was wonderful to see everyone socialising together. The entertainer played a range of music and everyone enjoyed the popcorn and pizza which was valuable. The children especially enjoyed the glow paint, the flashing disco glasses and the air balloon guitars! What an fun evening!
We held a really successful Summer fair with a range of popular stalls. The secondary school prefects all planned and organised their own House stalls which all the primary children (and adults) loved. There was a range of delicious food available and the most popular activity was our giant inflatable obstacle course! Great fun and a huge well done to the committee for an amazing year.
Last year we held three major events which were all incredibly successful. We held our Christmas fair for primary and secondary students which was very well receieved. In the Spring term we organized an International Food fair where so many parents cooked delicious food for us all to buy. In the Summer term we held our first summer fun afternoon. All the new Wren children were invited to attend and everyone had so much fun. We are working hard to raise money for a new minibus for the school to use. So far we have raised nearly £5000!! Thank you for all your support with these events.