Autumn 2020 Newsletter

Autumn 2020 Newsletter

Hello to all parents and carers and a warm welcome to all our Reception parents!

Helping our children during Covid-19

School closures in March highlighted an urgent need for school investment in laptops to ensure staff can teach remotely in the event of further school closures.

Thanks to you, we have already raised over £10,000 to pay for 30 Chromebook laptops and to cover the Learning By Questions computer programme, leased for Years 5-6. Every class at the Addison Road site now has its own laptop.

People Power

Thanks to your generous donations during lockdown, FOHMS distributed £2000 of food and supermarket gift vouchers and over 100 bags of donated food, to Henry Maynard families in need.

Over the COVID-19 lockdown, FOHMS distributed supermarket gift vouchers and bags of food donated by some school families to other families in need – a fantastic example of collaboration and community spirit. Get in touch if you’d like to help with future efforts.

Thank you!

In 2018/19, FOHMS raised funds to pay for two reading sheds so children could read a book at playtime.

Though children can’t use the sheds during the pandemic, they have been installed, painted by parent volunteers, and they look fantastic!

They have been named after the books Beegu and Petra; their colour schemes inspired by the books’ artwork.


Gary and Katie are two of the many parent volunteers who painted the new reading sheds over Summer that FOHMS raised money to make, so our children could read a book at playtime (toggle left to right to see their pictures).

Things you can do to help

Donate your unwanted devices

Do you have old laptops, PCs or smartphones you no longer need? The school can convert them into much-needed devices for the children (even laptops and PCs that are up to 13 years old). Remove your personal data first before dropping at the school or emailing FOHMS to arrange.

We are helping to build the school’s I.T. infrastructure, which will be cloud-based, so we would love your unwanted tech (laptops and PCs can be up to 13 years old) to transform into valuable tools to help our children learn.

If you can help, please leave any donations at either school office or email us.

Don’t forget to delete your personal data first  here’s how.

Email us your ideas for how to fundraise safely

Could you share other schools’ solutions to fundraising during the pandemic? Or do you work in the charity sector? Maybe you have a bright idea of your own? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, we’d love to hear from you. Please email us.


Make a one-time donation or a regular monthly or annual donation. It takes only seconds!

Our children need your help more than ever

Our first target for 2020/21 is to raise £12,000 for another 60 Chromebooks for Maynard Road.

If we are to hit our target, we urgently need more people to get involved.

If you are able to donate or have a fundraising idea, please get in touch.

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About FOHM
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Friends Of Henry Maynard is the Parent/Teacher/Community fundraising association for Henry Maynard Primary School in E17, London.
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