We are very pleased to announce that RFC has now received Charity Status, and is recognised as an organisation doing social good in our community!
Who are Rockmount Friends and Community?
If you have ever attended or helped out at a school fair, baked or bought cakes at one of our cake sales, sourced raffle prizes, bought raffle tickets, donated clothes and food during textile and foodbank weeks, then you are RFC.
Every parent or carer with a child at Rockmount is automatically a member.
The Charity is led by 7 trustees who are parents and carers of children at the school, and is governed by the RFC Constitution. Our trustees are:
Corrie Thom – Chair, Jo Hunt – Secretary, Ana de Miguel – Treasurer, Alice Attard – Trustee, Charlotte Taylor-Page – Trustee, Rafa Peinador – Trustee, Katie Wrigley – Trustee.
Our Charity Objectives
RFC exists to advance the education and wellbeing of pupils at Rockmount School and the local community. We do this by encouraging and fostering parent/carer participation in the life of the School.
We develop, and engage in activities and the provision of facilities or equipment, which support the school and pupils.
We are excited to explore the opportunities charitable status gives us. First and foremost, this public recognition will help us develop and deliver more projects by opening up alternative sources of fundraising. Certain sources of grant funding are open only to charities. Charitable status will also allow RFC to claim Gift Aid on donations from individual taxpayers.
What we do and how we spend money
Prior to each academic year, RFC set a number of project goals which focus the fundraising activities for the forthcoming year. These projects are carefully considered between the trustees and school management in order to ensure we meet our objectives. Past primary projects have included new school gates (Rockmount Road entrance), development of the edible garden and learning pods in the playground.
We want to give parents and carers a clear focus for fundraising events with a tangible result for all to be proud of at the end of the year.
In addition to a primary project, we also support other smaller projects such as materials for arts week and goodbye gifts for the Year 6 kids. We are continually open to other ideas throughout the year and welcome your input. All projects are assessed by the trustees to ensure compliance with the charity objective, and feasibility of delivery.
Primary Project for 2018-2019
The Learning Kitchen is a school led project and this year RFC will be supporting the school by fundraising for selected equipment and facilities. We will be continuing our commitment to the outdoor learning spaces and supporting the further development of the garden.
We also want to focus on the importance of activities and events as ways of bringing our community together, rather than just a vehicle to fundraise. We hope to develop many more social and inclusive activities this year.
How to Get Involved
RFC meetings are on the first Friday of every month in the After School Club room at 9.00am and usually get more frequent as we get closer to an event such as a school fair. We are currently exploring other times and locations for additional meetings to help RFC engage with as many parents and carers as possible.
Everyone’s input is very welcome! Being an RFC committee member is a great way to get to know more about the school and the people who make it such a great place for our children to be. If you have a specific question, or want to share your ideas, the best way to communicate is to either join us at one of our meetings or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
The RFC Facebook page is an open forum used to communicate to the school community as well as supporting the work of the RFC. It’s the go-to place to see what we are up to.
RFC will post forthcoming activities on this page. We often send out texts and emails from the school informing parents and carers of events and meetings, and as a way of calling out for volunteers.
Working together we can achieve a lot!