The Friends of Vinehall are a lively, well-organised group of parents.  Meeting every half term, the Committee runs a number of social events during the year; these include coffee mornings, sponsored walks, a Bonfire Night celebration and the Secrets Room (a Christmas shop, where items are provided by classes and the FOV; children then come into school and buy lovely gifts for their families), a Winter fair, a Lent social, pancake races, Easter Eggstravaganza, a summer picnic and the Vines’ Day fete. These events offer an opportunity for children and parents to mix informally.

Another aim of the Friends is to fund-raise.  In recent years the funds raised have been split between Rwanda Aid, local charities (including Snowflakes, Believe in You Teens, Xtrax and Dragonflies) and the school wish list. The wish list consists of staff requests and the FOV aim to support projects that enhance our children’s environment and learning experience.

The present committee can be contacted on friendsofvinehallschool@gmail.com.

Class Reps work with the FOV to ensure all parents are kept informed about forthcoming FOV events; they also organise small informal meetings for parents to get to know each other. Class Reps can be contacted via the school. Through the Class Reps, FOV ask for parent donations to enable events such as the Secrets Room and Lent hamper raffle to go ahead.  It is up to each class to decide on the amount sought and every donation is valued and appreciated.

2018 update

We were delighted to raise enough money to make a donation of £3000 to Rwanda Aid. This is the annual amount required to maintain the Vinehall Boarding House, which was built by the school several years ago.

We were also able to donate the following amounts to the local charities suggested by parents. As well as the monetary donation, we hope that the charities will come into school to talk to the children about their work.

Hands of Hope £280
Children with Cancer £700
Children’s Respite Trust £925
St Michael’s Hospice £560
Women’s Refuge (Hastings) £235
Baby Basics £300

Finally we have been able to make donations to the school wish list including: hockey pitch divider; play equipment and face paints for Pre-Prep; boarders’ games, blankets and Netflix subscription; swim hats for the swim squad; sports vests for the athletics team; and a large donation towards hand bells for the music department.