Rowsley C of E Primary School
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Friends of Rowsley School


For all the help this year with the Summer fair.  


The weather nearly stopped play but at the last minute and with Nikki & Charles singing "Here comes the sun" it turned round and we were able to stay outside.  


Year 6 did a fabulous job again this year with serving refreshments to friends & family.  The popular bouncy castle kept the children entertained and there were some very hot and sweaty children trying to cool off afterwards.


Mr Wilson was panicking all week as he did not know this year what his challenge was going to be.  It was hard to beat last years digger bucket full of ice cold water so something different was planned which included: feathers, spaghetti hoops, paper and icing sugar to make a few.  Well done Mr Wilson - A good sport as always.

Just wait till December, I think we may have to do something very memorable! ha ha ha!

We managed to raise over 500 pounds so a big thank you to all who helped this happen.


I would just like to thank Pamela Williams for all her hard work over the many years since she has been involved with FRIENDS and for her time as Chair.  We will miss you very much and hope you have a bit of a break before you are signed up to do something at Lady Manners!


Finally Thank you to everyone who gave their time to help. The Harrisons for bringing their Bouncy Castle and donating all their proceeds to school. To JP Hand - yet again some amazing Mushrooms - all funds are going to school - if you would like one please ask in the school office. Phoebe and her very popular Tattoos and to ALL who donated items for the raffle and stalls.



Clothing Collection

The next collection of clothes will be on the 20th of April - labels are available from the school office - please drop them off at school before 9am on the 20th April.


To all who came to the quiz night and the Easter egg hunt.  The combined total raised over both events comes to £122.00.  


Thursday 24th March

After the Easter Service - approx 3:30pm

In the School Grounds


50p to enter,

Refreshments for sale


Come along, see if you can find all the hidden eggs to win a prize.


Don't forget to bring your decorated Eggs back to school on Wednesday.

This Friday 4th March is


Tickets are: £1.50 per person

£5.00 for a family (2 adults & 2 Children)



Price includes a chip butty

Hot drinks, squash and cakes will be on sale

(donations of cakes greatly appreciated)

Please bring your family and friends, come along and have some fun,

Prizes will be awarded to the winners.





Race for life at Chesterfield - 22nd May 10:30

The distance is 5K - you can walk, jog, run, take part with your children, go round in fancy dress or anything else you can think of!

We would really love to get a group of us together to maximise the fundraising and to have fun!  We'll also be arranging some training so don't worry if you've not done anything like this before.

To join our group, log onto the Race for life website, enter Chesterfield to confirm the correct race, then follow the sign up procedure - our Group ID is PI8990.

Once you've signed up you can add yourself to our Just Giving team - we're 



The more the merrier!

Katrina & Jo x


Thank you to all who came to Monday's meeting.  Some of the events we are looking at are a quiz night, Easter egg hunt, sponsored walk, Sports day and the Summer Fair.  Even if you couldn't make it but would like to give some ideas or help at those events please let us know.

The next Friends Meeting will be on Monday 18th Jan at 9:00 in the staff room.

The more money we can raise the greater the experiences we can offer our children.

This will give them life long memories of their time at their first school.


All support is greatly appreciated no matter how small so please come along and join us in making our school the best place to be.


A HUGE thank you to all who came to the Christmas Fair last friday.


We raised £700 on the day and still have some raffle ticket sales to return to school.


We will be holding the Raffle Draw on Monday evening after the Carols in the playground so grab your Family, Friends and Neighbours and come on down for a sing song, some mulled wine, mince pies and other goodies to eat. 


This is all about building our Community so lets see how many people we can get to come and join us.


Raffle tickets will be on sale.

Lets see if we can raise £1000.   


This Monday 9th Nov at 9:05 there will be a Friends meeting in school.

Please spare a few minutes to come along and help with ideas for this years Christmas Fair! Tea, Coffee and CAKE! will be available.

Let's try and make this as memorable as our Summer Fair was this year.  I am sure you will all agree it was a good onesmiley 



Don't forget Tuesday 10th Nov is collection day.

If you have any unwanted clothes (other items are also listed on the label) pop them in a bin liner, collect a label from the office and bring them in.





Well done to "Team Thomas" for coming first in the Rowsley picture quiz.

There were some tricky pictures to locate in the village but they managed to find all of them.  They have won themselves a day at Chatsworth.  We hope you enjoy yourselves.  Thank you to all who took part and Thank you to Mr Atkin for taking the time to go round the village collecting the pictures.

Welcome to the Friends of Rowsley School section.

THANK YOU - To everyone who took part in the Duck Race and Sponsored walk.

The amount raised from the Duck Race and refreshments has come to an amazing £232.50.

We would like all Sponsored Walk money to be collected and returned to school on Monday 2nd Nov - where we will be able to tell you how much we have raised.


If you are interested in having a say about how the money from Friends-(PTA) is spent please feel free to come along to one of our meetings.


Please note that there has been a change of date for the RAGTEX collection.

It will now be Tuesday the 10th November.


Thank you to everyone who has bought a duck.

The race will start at 6pm tomorrow, behind Caudwell's Mill, after the sponsored walk.


The next Ragtex clothing collection will be on Friday 20th NOV.



Only 2 days left till those little yellow ducks go for a swim down the river Wye.


We have 44 ducks left.  Please help us to see if we can sell all 200 of our ducks for our first ever race.

Thank you.



Hello Everyone,


Only three days to go till our Sponsored Walk and Duck Race.



The sponsored walk will start from school at 4:30. For those who have not taken part before they will walk along Stanton Woodhouse lane up to the cottages and back.  There will be an adult at the top where they can get their sheet stamped, and again on return to the school.  


This is a private road but there may be cars,  please accompany young children and older ones to be aware of vehicles. Staff help with this event but we do ask parents to take responsibility for their children.  If a child turns up to the event without an adult they will not be able to take part. 


Refreshments will be available to buy, all donations of cakes welcome, oranges and squash will be available free to those children who take part.



This is our first Duck Race.  They will be released into the River Wye at 6pm by Mr Atkin.  Anyone who wishes to watch to see if their duck makes it home first can stand round the back of Caudwells Mill.  ALL CHILDREN MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY AN ADULT.  First prize is £20, Second prize is £10 & Third prize is £5.  


Please help us to raise some funds by asking family, friends & neighbours to buy a duck only £1 each.  


Please see Mrs Williams, Mrs Hutchinson, Mr Atkin or Mrs Smith in the office if you would like to purchase some.



Would like to welcome you all to the new Autumn Term.


We will be holding our first meeting of the new school year on Thursday 24th Sept at 9.05 - after drop off - Venue to be arranged 


Please come and give us as little or as much support as you can in arranging some great events through the school year.


This year we are looking at having two representatives per class who can help - if you feel that you would like to help please let your class teacher know.


We are currently organising a Duck Race to coincide with the School's Sponsored Walk which will be held on Thursday 8th Oct - times will be sent out closer to the event.  

There is also a picture quiz circulating. "How well do you know Rowsley".  Sheets cost £1 and you have till 16th Oct to locate where the pictures were taken. There will be a prize - yet to be finalised.


We really value your support and welcome new ideas.







What a FANTASTIC afternoon we all had yesterday!


The good weather helped us all enjoy a very memorable event.  


There was great music, good food and great company provided by all the children, families, staff and all who helped make yesterday happen.


I am sure you will all agree that Mr Wilson, along side Ms Downey and Mr Scott in the stocks, played a big part in helping to raise a substantial amount of money.  Not only did he appear in the stocks but also had a soaking from the fire brigade, which was then topped off by a JCB digger bucket full of ICE cold water!



FRIENDS of Rowsley School would like to thank the following people for all their help in making yesterday FUN!


Charles & Nikki Finney for the music,  Josie Neep for the Bouncy Castles and the JCB, Dolly's Sweet shop for keeping our children Buzzing all night long with amazing sweets,  The Shalimar for poppadums and pickles, Trev Atkin for Ice! sponges, buckets, Gazebo & help,   Haddon Hall for use of the tables and chairs,  Mrs Basford(violins),  The Matlock Fire Brigade,  Mrs Cox with her Cheerleaders and Maypole dancers,  All the staff,  The children for their beautiful singing,  Mr Scott and Ms Downey for going in the Stocks,  All Parents, children and volunteers who manned the stalls, refreshments and tables,  Mrs Rosevear(tattoos),  Mr Hand for the Mushrooms, To the Yr 6 children for waiting on the tables, All who donated prizes for the raffle & finally to everyone who came, enjoyed the afternoon and gave money. Oh and lets not forget Mr Wilson for getting Very Very Wet!


Once all the money is collected and counted we will let you know the Total.


FRIENDS are always looking for new ideas and for help with putting on events like this, if you can help in anyway please ask Mrs Smith, in the office, who to speak to and look on the website for information about upcoming events.