Bake an F*** off Cake (or just a normal one, I can’t bake for toffee).


The theme for this year’s summer fair is a Summer Garden Party – look at the fabulous POSTER that’s now displayed around the school. We are planning lots of fun activities, games and makes, such as junk modelling, sand art and facepainting, so children can get into character for our LIVE SAMBA BAND PARADE FINALE. Other musical treats include a performance from the Y2 CHOIR,), our very own DJ. Sama and Play@Downs will be there. There’ll be a super and not at all scary CLOWN HEAD BALLOON TYPHOON in the hall. The food offering will include delicious locally sourced PULLED PORK, proper Veggie option of Moroccan  Tagine with a resplendent SALAD BAR.

VOLUNTEERS – There’s a sexy googleform for you here

FODIS look after the logistics of the fair so it all runs smoothly. Howeber to make it go with a bang and be super fun WE NEED LOTS OF LOVELY VOLUNTEERS. This makes our events such a success. It’s easy to get involved in a way that suits you.

Go to the website to will in the googleform to pick your role or email volunteer@fodis.org.uk to join the list.  If you have a preference for a particular stall or want to do a slot with your friends jot down a note in your email.

  •      Helping before the event …

– There’s lots of stuff you can bake/prep at home, or maybe you have access to a pickup truck to help collect the scary clown head that I have crazily ordered. If you have any free time please join us to help with the preparations and decorations.

  •      Setting up in the hall on the Friday 7th July:

– before & after drop-off we need to organise tables, stalls …

  •      Pre-Event on Sunday 9th July  (1000 – 1200)

– making salads in the school kitchen, setting up activities, marking the lollies for pick a lolly, sorting the preloved items into VERY preloved and just slightly chewed..…

  •      Session 1 (1150 – 1330)
  •      Session 2 (1320 – 1510)

– Running activities, games & makes as well as serving food & drinks …

  •      Post Event (1500 – 1730)
  •      Post Event pub trip

– many hands make light work of the clearing up …taking the leave over preloved items to the charity shops.



Each class has a bag marked Tombola for parents to leave donations (new items only please). Each child from the winning class (ie the class that enters the most donations) will receive a GOLDEN TICKET giving FREE entry to the fair & a FREE go on a stall or their choice.


Any high value donations will be included in the Raffle. These could be new items, vouchers or even offers of a service. Please help us make the raffle a success by making a fun donation if you can. Rather than waiting to the end of the fair, we’re making instant-win scratch-cards. A winning ticket entitles you to select from our Deal or no Deal style prize boxes (each contain a prize!).


If you have used books and games you can donate these items in the bag at the school office. These items will be available to buy on a table-top sale.


Please bring home baked cakes along on the day – these are always in high demand.


We all have busy lives, but if you can spare a little time during the day, or in the evenings please get in touch volunteer@fodis.org.uk. The team have the logistics in place but we always love extra help, and sharing out tasks makes it so much easier! Plus also it’s a good laugh. Help us make the Fair a GIANT Success.

and finally…. whenever you shop online please support the school by using Easy Fundraising. It’s free, easy to use and details are available at http://www.fodis.org.uk



Thanks all for your help at the Fabulous summer fair! Thanks to all volunteers and those who came. FODIS raised £3080 !

For future updates please see our Facebook page. This website is being mothballed. 

If you are a parent and could run the site for FODIS please email volunteer@fodis.org.uk.


Wah hey! A date for your diaries – the AMAZING FODIS Summer Fair.

Details to follow and we’ll be looking as usual for some sexy volunteers.

Mail volunteer@fodis.org.uk if you’d like to help out or donate a raffle prize.

Joining the PTA can seem

a) tragic

b) sad

c) dangerous

But at Downs, just like with the rest of the school, we are not like other PTAs. Our main aim is to have a laugh and help the school. There are no cliques, no meanness and no leaving anyone in the lurch with things they can’t do. Three years goes SO fast, believe us. The time to help is now.

The Summer Fair is coming up and we’d love reception parents to shadow FODIS people who are leaving FODIS in September. We have all the info, we have all the knowledge, we need some new people to pick up the mantle.

Why get involved? Two reasons: First the children love their parents/carers/grandparents helping out. Second: The school benefits so much from the community vibe that FODIS helps bring. We’re looking in particular for:

  1. someone who wants to learn social media tools (I am self taught, can you tell:) )
  2. A graphic or artistic person who can do posters from Sept 2017 (full brief given, only 5 required)
  3. Someone who likes shopping that can bargain hunt for all the prizes that are required at the fair

All fun jobs see!

If you want to get stuck in then mail mailto: volunteer@fodis.org.uk or rock up to a meeting, they will be held on the first Weds of each month in the Open House pub.

Weds 5th April.
Weds 3rd May
Weds 3rd June
MONDAY 3rd July (Y2 Leavers making meeting)

Do you want to see if we are worth the effort – well here are our LOVELY faces.

(hmmmm maybe I should have a haircut)