Friends of HMSG

Friends events…
for parents, pupils and the wider community
Friends funding…
helps broaden the range of facilities and experiences at school
Friends funding…
provides equipment for co-curricular activities and clubs
Friends funding…
helps keep HMSGTV on air!
Friends funding…
encourages involvement and achievement, through House Cups, honours boards and prizes
Friends funding…
supports our teams and helps promote the school at tournaments and events

Friends of HMSG provides an active link between parents, staff and others associated with both Senior School and Inglefield House.  

Our aim is to be a welcoming and proactive network which brings parents together, creates a sense of community and builds strong relationships with the school; a network which ultimately helps enhance the educational experience and well-being of all our daughters.

As your daughter progresses through the school, it’s all too easy to become ‘semi-detached’… there’s the excellent bus service, or you do drop-off and pick-up, possibly without even killing your engine… you attend Parents’ Evenings and maybe some of the presentations and information events… but that’s just a few hours a year… and if your daughter is a Boarder, you’re even more removed from everyday school life.  Friends is an opportunity to re-connect, to put faces to names, to get involved (as much or as little as you like) and to help make a difference.  If you can’t join us in person, you can always join us on Facebook

It is YOUR Friends!  Every parent is automatically a member and currently the majority of our funding is provided by your subscriptions, supplemented by Gift Aid as we are a registered charity.

We use those funds to provide financial support for projects of a wide ranging nature, for the benefit of all the girls, and which fall outside the normal budgets of the school.  In recent years we have provided funding for the climbing wall, the Inglefield House Library Bus, a considerable amount of sports and extra-curricular equipment, a new 3D printer for the DT department, the steps down to the sports pitches: the list goes on!

Socially, we arrange events every term, ranging from formal Balls to informal Quiz Nights, the regular Termly Teas, or Pimms and strawberries on Sports Day.  We are always open to new ideas and plan to increase the variety of social events we offer.  We’re also planning to become more active in supporting local community and charitable initiatives in Monmouth.  Set dates in our diary include the School Open days, where we’re on hand to support staff and talk to prospective parents and pupils from a parental point of view; and the Year 7 Social, to welcome parents and pupils into Senior School.

The Friends Committee consists of the Chair, Vice-Chair, Treasurer, Secretary, the Heads of Senior School and Inglefield House and staff representatives.  We meet twice each term to plan events, discuss projects put forward by staff or pupils and consider and vote on requests for financial support.  Meetings are open and friendly: please do come along and find out more about what we do.

If you’re interested in learning more about Friends, please feel free to contact one of the committee members, connect with us on Facebook or email friends@hmsg.co.uk

Clare Westbrook – Chair

Dates for your diary

Thursday 25th May 2017

Termly Tea

3.30pm – 5.30pm; The Garden Room; HMSG; everybody welcome. Drop in any time between 3.30pm and 5.30pm for tea, coffee, cake and a chat. Why not pop in before or after pick-up?  Pupils and siblings of any age welcome; soft drinks provided.

There’s no charge; simply come and enjoy!


Friday 9th June 2017

Bacon Butty Fridays… back by popular demand!

8.30am – 10.00am; Dining Room; HMSG; Drop-in after drop-off for a delicious bacon butty and a cuppa or a coffee.

There’s no charge; simply come and enjoy!


Thursday 15th June 2017

Our next friends meeting

4.15pm to 5.15pm; Dining Room; HMSG. Come and discover what we’re all about; get involved as much or as little as you like; no obligation, no pressure and definitely no raffle tickets to sell!  It may not be for you, but you’ll never know unless you give us a try.

Everybody welcome.


Friday 23rd June 2017

Jazz Café with the Jazz Crusaders

Come and relax in our very own Jazz Café. Enjoy drinks al fresco (if the weather’s kind to us), a delicious buffet and licenced bar, with the Jazz Crusaders providing a fabulous atmosphere. It’s an informal, social affair; not your typical concert!  And it’s Mr Conway’s last Jazz Café, plus the school’s 125 anniversary year… so let’s make it a special night to remember.

Watch this space for further details


Wednesday 28th June 2017

HMSG Senior Sports Day

Friends will be serving Pimms, strawberries and soft drinks; a great way to celebrate summer sporting successes!


Tuesday 4th July 2017

Inglefield House Sports Day

Friends will be serving Pimms, strawberries and soft drinks; a great way to celebrate summer sporting successes!

 

Projects which have received funding

Friends provide financial support for projects which enrich and enhance school life for our girls.

During the past two years, Friends have funded:

  • A 3D printer for the Senior School DT Department
  • The Inglefield House Library Bus
  • The Climbing Wall in the refurbished Sports Hall
  • The Espresso learning resource for Inglefield House
  • Prizes for the Junior Music Competition
  • Equipment for the Sewing Club at Inglefield House
  • Windbreaks, scoreboards and court numbers for the new Tennis Academy
  • A dishwasher for the Garden Room
  • House cups for Effort and Competitions
  • Springboards for the Gymnastics Club
  • Equipment, including a new camera and radio microphone system, for HMSGTV
  • New bases for the Softball Club
  • An honours board for the Eisteddfod
  • The Joint Schools Literary Festival
  • Costumes for a new school production

Friends Committee

Chair: Clare Westbrook
Vice-Chair: Fiona Harling
Treasurer: Vacant
Secretary: Staff member present
For any enquiries, please email:  friends@hmsg.co.uk