The Friends of Shrewsbury High School is made up of enthusiastic and dedicated parents from the Prep and Senior school. Staff, including the Head, also give up their free time to sit on the Committee.
The Committee works with the school community to organise events and raise funds throughout the year. Creating opportunities for our parents to meet socially, the Friends of Shrewsbury High School enrich the lives of the pupils and parents at the school. It continues to go from strength to strength.
This Academic year we met on six occasions (plus much chat on e mail and WhatsApp groups!) to discuss, plan and reflect on a busy calendar of fun social events.
The new Academic year always starts with the Friends hosting a drinks reception in September for all new parents into the school – it’s a great way to welcome new families in to the SHS community and we were fortunate in September 2018 to secure some new committee members as a direct result of the evening.
Moving into the darker autumn and winter months, the Friends oversaw a “Spooky Disco” at the Prep School as well as a Christmas Fayre.
In the new year, the Annual Quiz night in March saw teams of parents pit their intellectual prowess against teams of teachers – always a fun evening and the last two years going down to a tie-break, on both occasions the parents beating the teachers!!
This was followed in May by the relatively new, but hugely popular, “Back to the Canteen” event that allows groups of parents to join together in the fabulous Senior School canteen area and enjoy a delicious ‘school dinner’ – this year’s was curry-themed – with bring your own drinks!
The Summer Ball is, arguably, THE big event of the year! With tables often selling out in the blink of an eye, it is a much anticipated and always thoroughly enjoyed event which entails an immense amount of organisation from a dedicated team of Committee members and ‘friends of friends’ who are called upon to lend an extra hand!
Whilst our primary focus is to bring the school and parent communities closer together, in doing so we have also raised not insignificant funds which we gift to the school to put towards ‘added value’ facilities that the pupils might not otherwise benefit from. In the past year, we have helped to finance a new playground area at the Prep School and rowing machines for use by the Senior girls.
Also, we sponsored the launch of an essay writing competition, open to all pupils throughout the school.
As I prepare to step down from the role of Chair at the next AGM in October 2019, I do so with immense pride that I’ve been able to work with so many incredible Committee members (and staff) over the past few years.
They have all brought something new and different to both the Committee and to the SHS community and on a personal level, new friendships!
We always welcome new members to the Committee, so please get in contact if you would like to join! I know that the Friends will remain an important part of what makes Shrewsbury High such a special school.
Paul Everall, Outgoing Chair, Friends of SHS