Friends of Myatt Garden (FOMG)
Who we are
The Friends of Myatt Garden's aim is to create a warm and welcoming school community for Myatt Garden families and to support school in offering an interesting and varied learning experience for our children.
We are always in the school playground. Please do come and speak to us if you see us around; we are all very approachable and happy to answer any queries about Myatt Garden or FOMG.
What we do
We hold family events throughout the year – some purely for fun, some to raise money.
We also organise activities in school time for the children. A typical year of events looks like this:
|Autumn Term||Spring Term||Summer Term|
|Welcome back café
Spring café table top sale
All parents and carers are automatically members of FOMG and we hope all families will contribute a little of their time to help us organise and run our events and activities throughout the school year. You can make a difference - whether it’s 30 minutes or 3 hours, every little helps.
We also raise extra money by :
- selling Christmas trees to Myatt families and the local community - lovely Kent-grown Nordmann Firs in a variety of sizes. Look out for the order forms in November;
- asking parents to host an estate agent board advertising our school event. We do this for Table Top Sales and the summer fair. For every board that's displayed, we receive £30.
What we spend our money on
Any money raised by FOMG events is spent on school activities that benefit every child as they progress through Myatt Garden.
We decide what to spend the money on at meetings. Everyone is welcome and everyone who attends helps decide. We hold meetings at least once a term: large spending is decided and reviewed once a year with small spends decided more regularly. School suggests areas where extra financial support is needed and we survey all parents if we wish to set a new large scale fundraising target/idea in place.
On an on-going basis we currently: subsidise school trips; support the school's gardening and allotment; contribute to art supplies; provide a budget for set/costumes for Year 2 and Year 6 productions.
How we run FOMG
FOMG is run by parents and everyone gives their time for free - there are no paid positions.
FOMG is a registered charity and so by law must have trustees. We have 3 named trustee positions: Chair, Treasurer and Secretary and then six additional Committee members. This group organises all FOMG activities recruiting as many parents and staff to help as possible.
We hold at least one evening meeting a term, a yearly AGM and extra planning meetings to organise the large events (Christmas fair, summer fair) throughout the year.
The FOMG can never have too many parents helping, so please let us know whenever you can spare a little time by contacting us at: FOMG
How do we stay in touch?
Information is included in schools newsletters and look out for posters around school and on school noticeboards.
At Christmas and summer fair time we put a rota out in the playground for you to sign up on.
We also have a mailing list, email us to join: FOMG
Like us on Facebook: @friendsofmyattgarden
Follow us on Twitter: @MyattGardenPTA
Latest News and Events
Let’s Cook - Myatt Garden Cookbook and Competition
We are launching a fabulous cookbook that celebrates the diversity of our school community and it’s an important part of Myatt Garden’s ‘We All Belong’ project.
You are invited to share with us your favourite family meals, treats and desserts. Is Fish Friday your highlight, or do have a great veggie Pakora recipe to share, maybe it’s time to let us know your secret Jerk rub ingredients? You can add your own recipes, or a favourite recipe from a chef; let us know when you submit your recipes.
Deadline: Friday 17th June. See example book here There are 40 pages of recipes to fill so please get involved.
Competition time - Win a great prize! All entries will also be added into our competition to win £40 to spend at Parlez, Coulgate Street, SE4. The recipes will be judged by Emma Parnell, Parlez’s chef and semi-finalist in this year’s BBC Masterchef. Massive thank you to our sponsors Parlez and The Honey Pot Caribbean on Upper Brockley Road. If you know of a food business that would like to be a sponsor, please Email Us
Click on the link to add your recipes and follow the instructions online: Our Password is: M1G&D
Myatt Garden Summer Festival - We all belong
I hope you all have Saturday 25th June in your diary. This will be our big summer event that will celebrate the diversity in our school and our borough of culture project. We will be incorporating performances, an exhibition, singing and the celebration of new murals into our FOMG summer event.
So many of you came out and joined us for our 50th anniversary in September, we hope you’ll all be back for this day of family fun in June.
Empty Containers: As part of our art activities we will be making music shakers at our Summer Festival so we can all join in with the IRIE! Caribbean and African performance. Please keep any clean and unbreakable containers with lids and bring them along to the canopy room from the 20th June. Please see the FOMG noticeboards for examples.
Entertainment: We are looking for your help during the Myatt Summer Festival. Do you have a great playlist of contemporary music such as Soca, Samba, Bhangra, Salsa, Latin, R&B and more that you would like to share? Maybe it’s your party playlist. If you enjoy a spot of deejaying, play music or you’re a singer, please get in touch Email Us or come along to our Chill and Chat at the Wickham Arms.
Storytellers Tent: We will be sharing a collection of stories during the summer festival and we’re looking for people who feel they could really bring a book to life. Also, if you have a book that you would like to share let us know. Perhaps it’s a book written in a different language, or has incredible illustrations or a story that you feel resonates with your family. Our books so far include: Look Up by Nathan Bryon, My Hair by Hannah Lee, Bathe the Cat! by Alice B McGinty and What is Love? By Mac Barnett. Email Us
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