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Friends of Monmouth School for Boys

Friends of Monmouth School or FOMS for short is the parents and teachers association for Monmouth School for Boys.

Our objective is to advance the education of pupils at Monmouth School for Boys.  We raise funds for projects requested by students and staff that would not normally be covered by the school but will enhance the education and enjoyment of the school.

We also provide a social meeting point for parents / guardians of boys at the school with each other and with staff.  FOMS is open to parents / guardians of current and former pupils, staff members and Old Monmothians.

Please support FOMS and be part of the Monmouth School Community by attending our social and fund raising events, to make it a thriving and enjoyable place.

If you would like to be part of shaping FOMS or help decide on project funding please come to one of our four yearly meetings.  If you can give some of your time helping at an event of if you can contribute by making a cake / savory for an event please send us an email – foms@habsmonmouth.org, all help is much appreciated.

Wishing you a warm welcome to FOMS and the Monmouth School for Boys community.

Running the Les Mis bar

Canoe Club trailer in action at the Llangollen camp

June 2020

Due to the pandemic lockdown, our May FOMS meeting was cancelled.

At the moment it is uncertain if we will be able to carry out our planned functions for Michaelmas term, with regards to social functions and meetings, we will follow the government’s and the school’s advice for those events.  We will also have to look at the viability of the events nearer the dates should restrictions and social distancing still be in place.  Naturally we hope that these events can take place in a safe and enjoyable manner.

Our events for the Michaelmas term are;

September

  • 17th – FOMS meeting – 19:30, please email  foms@habsmonmouth.org for a zoom invite.
  • 19th – Year 7 parents breakfast at The Hitchcock Pavilion – 8:45 CANCELLED

October

  • 2nd – Quiz and Curry night at The Hitchcock Pavilion at 19.30 POSTPONED

November

  • 7th – Meet and Walk, Blake theatre – 8:30
  • 12th – FOMS AGM at the William Jones Building – 19:00
  • 28th – Christmas Market, Blake theatre – 11:00-14:30

December

  • 5th – Christmas wreath making at The Hitchcock Pavilion – 8:45-11:30

Eva Lindhe,
Co-Chair

FOMS meeting on the 10th of March 2020

Our meeting started off with a presentation by Mr. Dorman about the outcome and success on Buchanan House mental health initiative, which was partly funded by FOMS.  We discussed how this could be expanded to further year groups and Mr. Dorman will comeback with a proposal how this can be implemented and further supported by FOMS.

Our treasurer reported we had a very successful Christmas Fair which raised £2,100 which is up from last year and we would like to thank all those involved for their amazing effort.  FOMS also supported Monmouth Got Talent by providing a bar, many thanks to everyone involved.  The profits will be shared with the charities supported by MGT.  Through the Lion’s den we are providing funds for air hockey table and cricket stumps for Wye / Dean houses.  We are also providing funds for a new extracurricular activities school tie. 

We have had confirmation we can use the school logo for FOMS which will enhance our visual connection with the school and will be used on FOMS promotions and communications.  New promotional materials are to be produced showing projects supported by FOMS as well as FOMS events.

Looking forward; FOMS will support the school Sports day by providing refreshments and a new Meet up and Walk will be arranged for a Saturday morning next term.  Dates are also being set for events during Michaelmas term.

For full minutes please send an email request to: foms@habsmonmouth.org

Our next meeting is Thursday 14th May 2020 at 7:30 in the Conference room, William Jones Building.  Please come along and help shape FOMS, all welcome.

Eva Lindhe,
Co-Chair

Who we are?

All Monmouth School for Boys parents are members of FOMS and everyone is welcome, whether as a regular committee member or on an occasional basis attending or helping at events. We keep things pretty informal – meetings are usually held over a glass of wine – and fully understand that your time is precious. Our current line-up is as follows:

President: Mr Simon Dorman, Headmaster of Monmouth School for Boys

Joint Chair: Eva Lindhe, Liz Mance

Treasurer: Sonia Mazzie

Secretary: Lorraine Allman

Press and Social Media Secretary: Sian Richardson assisted by Rosie Edwards

School representatives: Liz Gregory and Kate Kirman

If you feel you can help in any way, by getting involved with or supporting the events we hold, please get in touch – foms@habsmonmouth.org

FOMS: Guidelines for considering funding requests

FOMS will consider all requests for funding in accordance with the following guidelines:

1.  In order to succeed, the request must have a broadly educational purpose, in line with FOMS’ objects. “Education” should be given the widest possible interpretation; it need not be limited to academic purposes and may include musical, sporting, cultural and artistic elements. By way of example, items funded by FOMS in the past have included team football shirts, astronomy equipment, cookers for an overseas expedition, a table tennis table for one of the houses, a marquee used by the rowing club at regattas and the lectern and chairs in the Blake Theatre.

2.  The request should benefit as many members of the school as possible. FOMS will not normally provide assistance for individual boys except in exceptional circumstances.

3.  Although FOMS does occasionally fund items for one-off use, a request will be considered more favourably if it is likely to have a long-term benefit or can at least be used more than once.

4.  Although there is no reason why FOMS funding should not benefit a particular group, house or club more than once, FOMS shall endeavour to direct its funding towards the widest possible range of beneficiaries and may refuse a request from any group, house or club that has received a large amount of funding in recent months or years.

5.   FOMS will only consider requests put forward in the proper manner. Requests for items under £1,000 should be accompanied by two estimates, whilst requests for items over £1,000 should be accompanied by three estimates. All requests must come through a member of staff and not directly from pupils. If a request is not in the proper format or if the committee considers that it contains insufficient information, FOMS may ask for more information or suggest that the request be made again.

6.   FOMS committee members will declare any interest in a request for funding, for example if their son is a member of the group, house or club requesting the funding. This will not disqualify that committee member from voting on the request.

June 2011

John Geraghty who retired in summer 2018 being presented with a small token of our appreciation for his tireless work with FOMS
FOMs Quiz and Curry Night
FOMs Quiz and Curry Night
FOMs Quiz and Curry Night

Friends of Monmouth School; Registered Charity No. 1086096