Amazing ideas for autumn

Get the new school year off to a flying start with help from these PTA success stories

Treasure hunt

‘We noticed that profits and attendance for our Christmas fair had been declining over the past three years, and enthusiasm was low, so we decided to take the plunge and do something different. A team member suggested a treasure hunt around the village, which we all agreed would be good for all ages. We sold tickets in advance for £4 each, and advertised

through our newsletter and Facebook, as well as putting banners on the school gates and outside the village hall. We bought tickets from so we could monitor the number of attendees (we could only have 200 due to health and safety), and we sold out! We created six different routes around the village. Three of the routes were shorter and didn’t involve crossing roads. The maps had photos of buildings and areas as clues. Once visitors found the area, they had to answer a Christmassy question. On the longer routes we added an anagram that spelled a Christmas-themed word. After the hunt everyone came back to the village hall

for a hog roast and a live band. We boosted profits with Santa visits and a few stalls and games. We raised £1,563 in total, and we had a wonderfully positive response from the families and teachers who attended!’ Kirsty Izzard, Chair, Friends of Risley School Association, Risley, Derbyshire (133 pupils)

Gin tasting

‘To fundraise for new library books, we decided to hold our first gin tasting event in late September last year. We began advertising the evening at the start of the new school year, which gave us a whole month to promote it. Posters were displayed around school to remind parents to buy their tickets. One of our parents owns a wine store, and he put me

in touch with one of his colleagues, who holds gin nights regularly. He normally charges £350 for such events, but he waived the fee for us. We sold tickets from the school office for £20 per

person, which covered admission and samples of six different gins. By selling tickets in advance we could ensure there would be enough guests to cover costs. We held the event on a Friday night in the school hall,

with doors opening at seven. We offered a bar selling prosecco, wine and beer before the gin tasting started at 7:30pm. We set up tables for guests, with flowers and canapes on each. The evening consisted of a brief talk on the history of gin, followed by the sampling of a variety of different types, including some of the best gins around. To boost profits we held a bottle raffle. We also had a

bag on each table that contained a mini bottle of champagne and a bath bomb. Whoever had a raffle ticket under their chair won the bag! A total of 40 guests attended, plus four teachers,

including the Head. We had a great turnout and it was enjoyed by everyone! We made a profit of £651, which will do wonders for our library!’ Paula Westerman, PTA Chair, St Thomas CofE School, Lydiate, Liverpool (211 pupils)

34 AUTUMN 2018


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