Tuesday 11 October + New Reception parents (Seahorses and Starfish) drinks at the Open House


Thursday 13 October + New Reception parents (Turtles and Dolphins) drinks at the Open House


Come and join the fun! Thursday 6 October FODIS AGM 7.30 pm at the school. The goal of the PTA is to have a laugh, put on great events that the kids love AND raise money for the school. And we are jolly good at all three.

Come along to the AGM and see what’s happening. We’d love it if everyone could give us ONE HOUR of their time a term, it would transform the school. There’s a million different things to do so whatever you like doing, the school can benefit from your expertise.



Here’s a list of what the FODIS money raised was spent on, every penny at every event goes to the school:

  • Amazing ‘Micahs’ boat Climbing Frame in the top playground & Playground surround
  • A new Micro Amp for the fantastic music teacher Mrs Brewer
  • Astro Turf for the top entry way to the school (used to be mud)
  • Indigenous People workshop
  • Chinese Lion Dance event at the school for Chinese New Year
  • ‘Hidden’ Garden Pond Clearing – the pond by the outdoor classroom in the lefthand corner of the top playground
  • Y2 T Shirts
  • Y2 Birds

To all our parents, new and old, a very good start of year. We’d like to let you know that last year FODIS (Friends of Downs Infant School) raised over 18k for the school. This is an amazing amount and was only possible with help from all the fab parents out there.

If you’d like to help out then please email ‘volunteer@fodis.org.uk’. We need a web person, a writer (please please a writer), cook, gardener, purveyor of prizes, and from next year a new graphic artist. Whatever your skills we want you. We already have a Chair and Treasurer for this year so don’t be scared, we are good to go already. Also we sell a lot of cakes so CAKES are very welcome at all events.

We generally meet on the first Thursday of the month (unless hols) at the Open House pub or someone’s house, tho usually the pub.

There is a ‘closed’ Facebook page where events are organised, mail volunteer@fodis.org.uk and I’ll invite you. Also public page for info:


This boat, we bought it, all of it, every single very expensive bolt, for the school! Do you want Mrs Jarrett to love you? She loves me. Join our team today.






To all the amazing parents & staff at Downs Infant School who gave their time so freely to make the 2016 Rio Summer Carnival a resounding success …. and to all the families who turned up & spent their money … WE SALUTE YOU ALL!

Together WE RAISED a whopping £2,330.29, all to be spent via the office on items that directly benefit the children.

But it’s not just about the money … big events like these create a wonderful, happy & inclusive community at the school.








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