SUGGESTIONS FROM PARENTS FOR EVENTS
Below are some of the suggestions and ideas that have been proposed in your feedback:
- High teas (afternoon tea where people can get dressed up and held somewhere nice), tickets to concerts, selling spring bulbs, people selling unwanted items via a website and the proceeds going to the school – like Trademe for the school, car boot sale, car wash
- Guy Fawkes night. Get the kids to sell the reusable shopping bags to friends and family
- Wine Tasting
- I think it would be good to talk to other schools and see what they do.
I wonder if there are any events or opportunities from within the community to fundraise. I was talking to someone from Balmoral Primary last week and they have a parent who runs a Comedy Store. That facility worked a treat for fundraising. I wonder if we have parents in our midst who may have venues or opportunities to work with the school for a win-win between business and school?
- I’m aware of other schools making the disco a bigger event. It’s run as more of a whole family event including a bar so it is more of a fundraiser
- Maybe something not quite as large and involved as a gala eg second hand book and toy fair only
- Eat my lunch. A story book character festival
- I think the PTS has done a great job the last two years and raised significant funds from an outsider looking in. I feel they need more parents to step up rather than change things. Or is that old school thinking?
- Water sliding, family camping
- Selling Ecostore products as fund raising. We all need these products
- Cultural evening
- Possibly if we as parents cannot run the fundraising group – we should have a flat fee of $100 annual donation per family, and then have a group who just runs some fun activities for kids and families without having pressure to make a lot of money
- Fundraisers such as selling soap, reusable food wrap, other environmentally friendly, useful products
- Outdoor movie night on the field, carwash
- Only need one adult event each year ie either quiz night or parent evening not both
- Ask me for a donation instead and tell me what the money will be used for. We seem to have an arms race each year of the new PTA head raising more money for no clear purpose
- My only suggestion would be to have less events. Parents are being asked to contribute on at least a weekly basis to the school (ice block/bake sales) and I do not agree with this. We should not be selling kids food which is not good for their bodies in order to make money for the school. I would instead support the school asking for a larger contribution if the money is needed
- Events should be prioritised based on return vs effort with a mix of high return events and a couple that are important for school spirit / school community
- Moonlight cinema nights creating an outdoor cinema on
the school grounds and people brought blankets and watched a movie after dusk. Additional sales of popcorn, soft drinks and choc-tops etc added to the fundraising.
- The other fun one we had each year was the Lapathon, the last day of term one all the kids dress up in the house colours and run laps of the oval having had family and friends sponsor them a donation per lap. The 45 minute run was followed by a sausage sizzle lunch where kids had pre-paid $5 each and got tokens for a sausage in bread a cookie and an ice block (all of which we managed to get donated from local businesses). There was then prizes for the class who raised the most money and the kids who ran the most laps. This was one of the good earners back home apparently. As it also encourages activity and teamwork!
- Gala is a great community event but seemingly always a struggle. Could we turn it into more of a giant garage sale, with music, sausage sizzle etc – focus on the stuff that makes the money.
If you have more great ideas or particularly would like to see a friend raising or a fundraising event take off in the school please get in touch. Email Charlotte Houghton email@example.com or phone 021 32 36 32
Or – come along to our next meeting.
The next PTS meeting is set for Thursday May 31 at 7 pm in the staffroom.
MORE PTS NEWS
PTS Treasurer Still Needed
With the regeneration of our PTS we are in great need of a Treasurer. If you have accounting experience and would like to help the PTS we would love to have your expertise on our team. Please contact Charlotte Houghton firstname.lastname@example.org
A big thank you to rooms 15 and 19 who raised $449 last week. Thank you to everyone who baked and helped out at the stall – the kids love their end of week treat so it’s lovely to have such a great display of baking for them to choose from. Our weekly Bake Sale is one of our strongest fund raisers during the school year – did you know that money from last year’s bake sales purchased 15 Chromebooks and a storage cabinet for VAS?
Grandparents’ Day Dress Rehearsal – 7 June
As part of our preparation for the Grandparent’s Day and as a way of offering parents a chance to see/hear their children perform, we are inviting parents of our concert performers to attend our dress rehearsal on Thursday 7th June at 9.15am in the school hall. We hope that as many of you as possible are able to come.
(Please note that is a rehearsal rather than a performance, but we hope it will be a great rehearsal!)
Grandparents’ Day – 8 June
This is a wonderful day for grandparents (or a special person/people in your children’s lives) to come to the school and see what our kids are up to in class.
The morning kicks off with a concert at 9.15am – this is only for the grandparents as seats are limited and we’d hate them to miss out. We intend to film the concert and make it available on the website for family viewing.
In addition, there’s a morning tea for grandparents in the hall.
As Grandparents’ Day coincides with the Scholastic Book Fair, there is also the opportunity for the grandparents to buy their grandchildren a book (or donate one to the library) if they wish.
Click here for the invitation to Grandparents that you can print off and give to your grandparent for the day. (You may have already have been given one of these in your child’s book bag). The invite lists all the details of the day and has a map on the back so that the Grandparents know where to go.
Thank you to all parents who have offered their help on the day. Any queries contact Bridget Snelling: email@example.com
Coming up – VAS School Disco – 22 June
Keep a look out for information about the school disco on the evening of Friday 22 June. More details and a request for helpers to make this fantastic event happen will be coming soon!