Friends of Belmont

The Friends of Belmont, also known as ‘FOB’, is the Belmont School parents association. All parents with children at the school are welcome and are automatically members, and we encourage everyone to be involved by coming to a meeting, providing help and support, attending events and offering ideas and feedback. The Friends of Belmont plan events for the children, as well as social gatherings for the parents, throughout the school year providing opportunities for parents, children and staff to meet informally. Our two key annual events are our holiday time Winter Wonderland and B-Fest, with the Belmont putter, coffee mornings, pub get togethers and other events in between.

Additionally, we raise funds for charities that support children and are hopefully reasonably local. Some charities that have benefitted from FOB’s donations include: I Can Dance, Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice, Oak Lodge School for children with learning disabilities, the Bobath Centre, Spread a Smile and Fair Play Barnet. The chosen charity for the 2015/16 school year was Duchenne Now, which funds research and development for the treatment and cure of Duchenne, a terrible muscular wastage disease affecting young children. Charities are put forward by parents and all are considered so please bring your ideas to an FOB meeting.

Over the past years, we have funded, donated or assisted with gifts to Belmont such as the Adventure Playground, a movable stage and a 75th anniversary, stained glass window in the chapel. We are very proud of the work we do and there are lots of great projects to come. We might organize additional events throughout the year so please check for news and regular updates in the Belmont Bulletin and look for banners, posters and flyers which are posted on the notice boards located at the top and bottom crossings.

Like all parents’ committees, we work because of generous parents like you who donate their precious time to volunteer. Each and every contribution makes the event come together be it serving coffee on MacMillan Coffee Day or helping with a summer ball, whether you can commit to helping with every event or a few hours a year, whether you are a new parent or this is your 6th or more year, whether you are a mum or a dad, and whatever your skills, please contact us. We would love to hear from you and your children will love to see you participating.

belmontfob@gmail.com

Dates For Your Diary

Further details will be sent out nearer the time.

New Parents’ Drinks Reception
Thursday 20th October 2016

Winter Wonderland
Saturday 10th December 2016
In December, Belmont is decorated with lights and tinsel, mulled wine flows, mince pies are devoured, the halls are packed with stalls and attractions for adults and children, the choir sing Christmas Carols, children and adults wait excitedly for Santa and his elves to arrive in his sleigh and Belmont is transformed into a Winter Wonderland!

FOB Pub Night
TBC (mid Jan 2017)

Belmont Quiz Night
TBC (mid March 2017)

B-Fest
June 2017 TBC
A sizzling summer festival, with stalls, fun attractions and activities, and fantastic food and drink.

We may organise other events during the year. Please look out for our news in the School’s weekly bulletin and keep an eye out for our flyers that will be delivered via the school email system. Please also check the notice boards located at the cages on the top crossing and Forest Road for regular updates.

If you would like to take part in any of our events or have any suggestions please email us at belmontfob@gmail.com.

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Events so far

Marvellous Macmillan

A medley of magnificent cakes adorned the tables around the sunken garden on Friday for the annual ‘World’s Biggest Coffee Morning’ in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.

We were blessed with bright blue skies and gorgeous Autumn sunshine for yet another year. Activity was frenetic with the ever-popular ‘Guess the Number of Spots on the Cake competition. Similarly, the children were very enthusiastic in purchasing plenty of raffle tickets in their morning break time for the highly desirable prize of Amazon vouchers.

Parents and pupils alike supported this event wholeheartedly as always, making it a great success. Thanks and warm appreciation goes to Hema Parmar for her fabulous organisation of the event, and to all the FOB supporters and teachers.

In total we raised £1,034 for this important charity, making a grand total of £19,085 raised since 2002.

Well done to everyone involved!

The Belmont Putter

Just over a week ago the annual Belmont Putter competition took place at Arkley Golf Club. Despite its best efforts the weather was not going to affect the tremendous efforts made by Heidi Parfitt, on behalf of the FOB, to organise and run this year’s fabulous event.

This year we were blessed with new golfing talent emerging from the younger year groups—golf at Belmont promises an exciting future.

The overall competition was won by the Spencer and Fitzpatrick families.

If you are interested in golf and missed this event please do enter the next event in June, the Rooker Roberts Cup.

B-Fest 2016

The sun shone, the sun went, the showers came then the hail, the sun returned followed by a light monsoon! The children danced, jumped, bounced, shot each other with lasers and water pistols, kicked footballs, bowled cricket balls, had crazy coloured hair and even ran their own Young Enterprise stall! Some adults did very similar and some spent the day chatting under the beautiful Belmont trees trying to keep dry and just enjoying the true festival vibe that rain and mud brings! The weather did not beat us though, nor did it dampen our spirits; with true British resilience, B-Fest 2016 was unstoppable!

The highlights included the brilliant BOP dance crew – they were absolutely fantastic and inspired loads of children to carry on dancing in the rain! The Last Man Standing Teachers’ rounds were magnificent. A big thank you to all the teachers who took part and bravely faced a huge revolving arm and a wet floor in the name of entertainment! Mr Symes and Miss Hockley did themselves proud by winning their respective rounds against strong opposition.

We would like to thank everyone for coming despite the weather. Thanks to all parents, staff, sponsors and visiting stallholders. However the hugest thank you of all must go to the children, who showed us all how much fun can be had in the pouring rain!

FOB Quiz Night 2016

The FOB Quiz Night took place on March 10th this year. It was our 2nd year of running this particular evolution of the night and it was a huge success! We sold out to the point of having to squeeze in 2 extra tables; we could have filled another 2 if the Jubilee Hall could be extended! Thanks to everyone who came along. The Quiz Masters were scathingly amusing and a fun night was had by all! A big congratulations goes to the winning team, Gin’ll Fix It. Having come 4th in 2015, the teachers’ table (‘Can’t Teach It’) led by Mr Roberts with teaching staff from throughout the school, came in a very respectable 2nd this year. If they can continue to creep up the leader board each year, could it be their time in 2017? And we mustn’t forget the Year 8 Wooden Spoons, ‘Guinevere’, who collected their own trophies on the evening. The final total made on the evening was £1,700.

We look forward to seeing you at B-Fest 2016 on Saturday 25th June from 12-3.30 on the Masters Lawn!

Winter Wonderland 2015

Christmas came early to Belmont with the wondrous Winter Wonderland. Thanks to our sponsors, parents, staff, advertisers and visiting stallholders, WWL went off with a bang! To the beautiful voices from the Choir, Santa arrived in his carriage followed by some representatives from the reindeer community and a short flurry of snow!

The Grand Raffle and Silent Auction were very popular this year and Santa and his lovely elf had a steady stream of young visitors. The wind did not put anyone off the outside attractions and there were constant queues at the Rodeo Christmas Pudding and the Snowboard Simulator. One of the highlights of the day was the staff’s Last Man Standing competition, where the Gaps stole the limelight. This may need to be revisited at B-Fest 2016!

Children and adults alike were kept busy with the usual games and a super selection of visiting stalls purveying gifts, olive oil, handbags, racing car prints and much more, including the first of many appearances for our very own Mini Young Enterprise stall, who did spectacularly well selling their own hand-made soaps, candles and Xmas stockings.

Thank you to all that were involved and we look forward to seeing you at the next FOB event of our Pub Night on the 21st January at the Adam and Eve.

Macmillian Coffee Morning 2015

Our favourite event of the year was a truly scrumptious spectacle with the vast array of cakes and goodies for all to enjoy. The Macmillan coffee morning always opens with a cake sale bonanza near the sunken garden.

This was the busiest it has ever been with children, parents and teachers jostling for the best treats on sale. Luckily, we were blessed with a warm and sunny day, which encouraged everyone to stay and enjoy the fun.

At break time in the Quad, bunting and balloons blew about in the breeze whilst Belmont’s lucky children enjoyed cakes, Kit Kats and juices. The teachers certainly had their work cut out for them, as the children were full of so much energy that afternoon! The queue for raffle tickets was long and masterfully managed by Mr Symes, Mr Roberts, Mr Fleet and Mr Pym.

The funds raised on the day were a stunning £1,234.36, to add to the £17,851.40, making a grand total of £19,085.76 that Belmont has made for Macmillan since 2002. A big thank you to Mr Fleet and all the staff who helped and to Sabin Bilal and her crew of willing helpers and, of course, the wonderful Belmont parents who baked, bought, sold and ate cakes!

The Belmont Putter 2015

Thursday 17th September saw the annual Belmont Putter, played as ever on the plush fairways and beautifully manicured greens of the Arkley Golf Club. Once again we were indebted to the club for hosting the event in their usual charming and efficient manner.

A great turn out was rewarded with perfect later summer sunshine, allowing the golfers to focus on their swings and putts. There was a superb quality of golf from staff, parents and teachers alike. Some would say the highlight being some unusual golf gymnastics displayed by some of the girls competing! However this was somewhat surpassed by the astonishing performance from the Parfitt family who managed to seemingly hit every tree in Hertfordshire which also secured them the wooden spoon for the 2nd year running.

First prize went to Family Seman, many congratulations to you all.

Further prizes were awarded for the closest to the pin competition which was duly won by Jed for the juniors and Steve Selwood for the seniors. The longest drive which is always hotly contested was won by Samuel for the juniors and Mr. James Pym.

A huge thank you goes out to all of those who took their time out to join in the afternoon. Special mentions go out to Mr Pym for presenting the prizes as well as Mr Seman for adjudicating the event.

Thanks also to Tony Byrne for the very much-needed refreshments that he had ready for us on the 6th. Always a pleasant sight!

And thanks also to Tony, whom on behalf of the FOB, has very kindly and tirelessly organized the last few years’ golf events at Belmont. Your time and effort with all the organisation has been very much appreciated and I know you will be leaving it all in the greatest of hands with Mrs Parfitt and her organising skills. Mrs. Seecharan, who is also a low handicapped golfer and recently joined the school will hopefully join her very soon.

We look forward to seeing you all at the next Belmont golf fixture, a really fun afternoon to share with you children.

B-Fest!

Saturday 20th June 2015

It was big, it was bold, it was bonkers… it was B-Fest!

The Belmont Summer Festival, B-Fest, took place on Saturday 20 June 2015 and there was something for everyone.

The children went crazy for the bungee trampoline, bouncy castle, climbing wall, game wagon, laser tag, big red balls, circus skills, photo booth, cricket, football and fairground-style stalls. The adults were delighted with clothing, jewellery, gardening, interiors and cards stalls, and a bliss-out zone. There were BBQ, burgers and beers, pimms and prosecco, a DJ, dad-dancing and a summery steel band.

It was great to see so many happy faces and see so much fun being had. Thanks to all the very many parents and staff who worked so hard and in particular to Mrs Sheppard, Mrs Shah, Mrs Scott, Mr Pelham, Mrs Fox and Mrs Byrne. A massive thanks too to all our sponsors and supporters, including Galliard Homes and LRC Limited. Your generosity, whether in time or money, was essential in creating a fantastic day and a record-breaking profit of £9,374.

The Friends of Belmont was delighted to have been able to distribute funds to the school and to the chosen charity for 2014/15, Spread a Smile, which sends entertainers to hospitals for sick children.

Quiz Night

19 March 2015

Thanks to everyone for making the Quiz Night on Thursday 19 March such a great success. There was a great crowd, the questions were pitched just right and the parents had the satisfaction of beating the teachers! Congratulations to the winning team, “Year 5 Alive’. We’ve already had lots of requests to repeat the event next year, so watch this space.

Winning Table – Year 5 Alive

Particular thanks go to Mike and Marlene and the rest of the catering team, who did a fabulous job of making sure everyone was well fed and watered, to James Fleet and the grounds men who got everything where it should be at the right time, to the brilliant quiz masters, Brain Men, and to all the parents who attended and made it such a fun night. Thank you – it wouldn’t have been such a success without you.

Teachers Table – Under Pressure

The event raised £1,500 for Comic Relief from ticket sales and on the night donations. Thanks to everyone for their generosity.

Pub Night Out

Thursday 22nd January 2015

Thanks to everyone who attended the drink and natter at the Adam and Eve on 22nd January. It was a great success and the feedback was to hold more events like that. So watch this space!

Walking in a Winter Wonderland

Saturday 6th December 2014

Every year, just before the end of the Autumn Term, Belmont transforms into a winter paradise. Trees are festooned with lights, banisters hung with tinsel and ornaments and decorations adorn every surface all to prepare, of course, for one very special visitor…

Arriving to melodic tones of our choir singing on the chapel steps, Father Christmas arrived complete with Rudolph to signal the start of the Friends of Belmont’s ‘Winter Wonderland’, sponsored by Galliard Homes. Our Jubilee, Gym and Proctor Buildings offered three venues packed full of stalls and activities ranging from Tree of Fortune to Present Rooms. Naturally, Father Christmas didn’t pass up the opportunity to gain some last minute ideas for stocking fillers and took residence in his grotto.

Our Friends of Belmont helpers – we were very luck to have so many – worked extraordinarily hard to make this occasion a really exceptional treat for all our children (and parents and teachers too!) Without their hard work and dedication the event would be impossible to even imagine so we as school extend our heartfelt thanks to all the parents who helped this year but especially to Mrs Shah, Mrs Fox, Mrs Sheppard, Mrs Scott, Ms Blackman and Mr Pelham.

Our thanks goes out too to all the sponsors and supporters, including Galliard Homes and Real Estates. Your help is very much appreciated.

With all the help we have had this year we have managed to raise a record £9,208 so thank you so much to all who attended Winter Wonderland we hope you had as wonderful a time as we did. In due course the profit will be split between the school and Spread a Smile, this year’s charity which sends entertainers into hospitals to help sick children.

Macmillan Coffee Morning

Friday 27th September 2014

Coffee, cake and a chat is the perfect combination and children, parents, teachers and staff came together to socialize and raise money for Macmillan. Our coffee morning was a marvellous success raising £1300. The MacMillan Coffee Morning raises money for people living with cancer and last year Macmillan raised a record £20 million.

We had a terrific turn out including a lot of dads. Parents out did themselves with delicious and scrumptious homemade cakes, brownies and cupcakes. The children especially loved the rare treat of chocolate milk at the break, not sure how it went over with the teachers!

A big Thank you to everyone from bakers to donators.

Belmont Putter

18th September 2014

Forget the Ryder Cup, for real talent look no further than the Belmont Putter! The annual event took place on Thursday the 18th of Sept. in glorious, late summer conditions, at Arkley Golf Club. Competitors young and old, with varying levels of skill and experience, graced the greens and fairways, in a bid for golfing glory.

At the end of the afternoon it was the quartet of Anthony Fitzpatrick, Martin Fitzpatrick, Ed Spencer and Ben Spencer that emerged victorious. ‘Follow-through Fitzpatrick’ (Anthony) also scooped the Longest Drive Award, while Jed Lewis won the Junior Longest Drive competition. Sadly nobody managed to walk home with the, Nearest to the Pin prize at the scenic par 3 as the infamous Arkley microclimate proved the winner. Finally, the much coveted Wooden Spoon went to Marcus Parfitt, Sofia Parfitt, Nick Priestnall and Adam Warden.

Our thanks to all concerned for once more organising such a wonderful event – and we look forward to next year.

Summer Fun Day 2014

All the elements came together like clockwork for Summer Fun Day. The weather was warm and sunny and although there were many other events on this day, the attendance was excellent. We had a new layout on the Masters Lawn which made for a more intimate setting and everything was easily accessible.

We pride ourselves on the superb food on offer from the infamous Greek BBQ, to the outstanding Japanese food. With a mini iPad on raffle and other choice prizes, the ticket sales were strong. The children really enjoyed the Spider Mountain as it was good for most ages. The spirit of Belmont was in evidence as children, parents and guests made the most of the day.

The day came to a still silence when all eyes turned to watch a talented dancer from our chosen charity, “I Can Dance.” She performed a dance piece that was very moving and unforgettable.

A Big Thank You to our indispensable volunteers for their time and energy and of course to the parents and children.

Centenary Ball Review

29th June 2013

The evening of Saturday 29th June saw the Centenary Ball, held in a magnificent marquee on the Masters Lawn. A Committee made up of Chairs of the Friends of Belmont (past and current) plus other creative and involved parents, who all worked hard throughout the year to produce a truly top class event.

The sun shone and Parents and guests from throughout the Foundation were greeted on arrival by waiters serving chilled champagne and strolled in the lovely Belmont grounds before dinner was served. Everyone was resplendent in evening dress and there was an air of excitement generated by the glorious setting and the novelty of seeing everyone so smartly attired rather than being in their usual school run clothes. A professional photographer moved amongst groups of parents sipping their drinks to capture everyone in their finery.

Dinner was served in the (huge) marquee, which was beautifully laid out and decorated. The vast number of plates being served simultaneously made the standard of catering even more impressive and as the meal finished, a speech by a drunken former pupil was revealed to be a spoof as he burst impressively into song. To the amazement of all, he was then joined by others who were not in fact waiters, but professional singers hired to get the diners in the mood for the music which followed the meal.

We were treated to operatic arias and medleys of Tom Jones and Queen tunes which had the whole tent singing along, before the singers gave way to the magnificent Soul and Blues band (Funkify) led by our own Debrina Lloyd-Davies.

Their fantastic music kept everyone on the dance floor all night long, with parents, staff and former pupils ‘letting their hair down’ together until reluctantly accepting that the end of the evening had finally arrived.

A huge thanks must go to the team who organised such a fantastic evening for us all. Calls for a repeat performance have come from all who attended …fingers crossed this will not be the last Belmont Ball…

Summer Fun Day

22nd June 2013

It rained, the ground was sodden, the wind whistled, and the wet weather programme was implemented, but none of this damped Summer Fun Day! And the annual, Friends of Belmont, fest went boldly ahead on Saturday 22nd June.

For the first time ever ‘Plan B’ (the actual plan and not the rapper) went onto action, shifting the shenanigans from the Master’s Lawn to the Jubilee Hall.

From early morning staff, FOB committee members and form reps worked tirelessly relocating, stalls, attractions, and food to alternate locations. By start of play the hall, gym and quad had been transformed into a ‘Summer Wonderland’.

The spirit of Belmont was then in evidence as children, parents and guests, more than made the most of the day.

The final figures have yet to be confirmed, but as we go to press, it’s looking good for a highly successful event, raising money for both Belmont School and this year’s chosen FOB charity Barnet Fair Play.

Winter Wonderland

1 December 2012

Winter Wonderland is always a nice way to end the Autumn Term and a great chance to stock up on Christmas presents and get into the Festive mood. This year was one of our best ever, with the school choir singing carols on the Chapel steps and Father Christmas arriving in a horse-drawn carriage. With gifts, games, a bucking reindeer and mulled wine, everyone had a great time and we managed to raise just over £7,000 which will be split between funds for our events, donations to the school and this year’s selected charity: IPOP, a Barnet-based charity, dedicated to helping disabled children, young people and their families (visit www.ipop.org.uk for more information).

MacMillan Coffee Morning

28 September 2012

One of the first annual events of the FOB year is in aid of MacMillan Cancer Support. This starts with a coffee morning for Belmont parents, children and staff before the start of school – parents donate cakes which are then sold with tea or coffee, creating a relaxed (and yummy!) start to the day. Later, at morning break, muffins and juice are handed out to all pupils in return for a donation. The day is a great opportunity for everyone to take some time out to chat over a cuppa, as well as being a great way to raise money for a cause which means so much to so many people. This year we were able to raise more than £1,400 thanks to all the generous donations.

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