Ink cartridge recycling

‘We began fundraising through Empties Please in 2015 as an easy way to generate funds. We have permanent boxes in the school reception where parents can drop off their empty ink cartridges, which we ask them to collect from their workplaces and home printers. We also supply boxes to the local doctors’ surgery to try to make it a community effort. This enables the whole village to easily participate. A list of the accepted cartridges and toners is supplied to parents, and placed next to the community boxes with a sign explaining the scheme. Because the boxes are out all the time, it’s important to make

Escape room

‘Being a big fan of escape rooms, I was keen to run one as an evening for parents. With a little research, I was able to put together a series of puzzles that I could craft a narrative around. To avoid spending money on props, the puzzles used items that were available in the school. As I’d put this together from scratch I tested it out first on a small group of teachers and parents, who suggested a few tweaks. We charged £5 per person, and each team could

have four to six players. The teams gathered in the school hall at 7:30pm, buying drinks while everyone assembled. Once I explained the premise and rules, we sent the teams to their classrooms and started the clock. This added a competitive element, as teams were trying to be the first to make it back to the hall. We profited from this competitive spirit by selling clues to teams while they were in the rooms. Everyone made it out in around an hour, and

afterwards teams could relax with drinks while prizes were presented. We were all cleared up by 10pm. As this was our first attempt, we only had four

teams, as we wanted to prove that the concept worked before filling all of our KS1 classrooms. This means that next time we can confidently run a larger event. Our only costs were a TEN (to

cover the sale of alcohol) and chocolates for the winners. We raised £200, and are now hoping to run it again with more participants. There’s even potential to sell the pack to other schools if they don’t want to write their own.’ Victoria Kirk, PTA Chair, Poringland Primary School, Poringland, Norwich (373 pupils)

 This is easy to organise, and Empties Please is quick to collect, making it a simple process. The money comes through within a week, and our last collection raised £108.80. We advertise the amount to thank everyone who has contributed. Judging by how  we are getting good support from our community. We are working to ensure that all local businesses are aware of the   that other schools sign up.’ Catherine Hall, PTFA Chair, Leven Primary CofE School, Beverley (160 pupils)

Father’s Day secret shop

‘Our Father’s Day secret shop came about after a parent wrote “don’t forget the dads!” on an order form for our Mother’s Day equivalent! We sent forms home in book bags, asking for order slips and payments to be returned a week before the event. We charged £3 per present. It was really well received, with orders placed for dads, grandads and older brothers. Once all orders were in, we raided supermarkets, choosing

 families. We bought mugs, shower gel, chocolate and sweets. Socks also worked well, as you can buy good-quality multipacks and divide them up. Parents donated wrapping paper. We took over the food tech room for a day, and parents came

 time. We prepared by laying out the presents and pre-cutting the wrapping paper. We brought older pupils in class by class, and little ones in groups of eight. The children chose two items – one item from pile A and one from pile B, such as socks and chocolate or a mug and sweets! We then bagged up their present and wrote the child’s name on it to avoid any mix-ups. 

a great event, and one that we’ll be repeating this year!’ Dawn Leeks, Joint PTA Chair, Dale Hall Community Primary School, Ipswich (420 pupils)

34 SUMMER 2018

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