By Heather Park

The end of the school year is a time to celebrate achievements and say goodbye, so how should you mark the occasion? Here’s some inspiration…

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s the school year draws to a close, it’s the perfect time to thank your supporters, wave leavers off and give

pupils a chance to let off steam at a memorable event. Whether you need to do something that’s simple and easy to organise, or you’ve got the time and resources to hold an end-of-term extravaganza, here are some tried-and-tested event ideas that will suit every budget.

What type of event? This is a prime opportunity to show

off the work of the PTA, so if you’ve revamped the school hall or had a playground installed, work the event around that. Think about what you want from the event. Is it a final fundraiser for the year or is it more about the people than the money?

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Will it be easy to organise or will it require a dedicated planning team? What else is going on at the same time? This will help you to work out what’s realistic and doable.

Barbecue A simple barbecue with football or rounders is fairly quick and straightforward to organise. Source food from your usual suppliers and pin down a handful of volunteers who can cook and serve. Using high-quality meat makes a big difference and will mean that parents are more likely to buy food at future events. Having a few games and activities will keep the kids amused, allowing parents to mingle.

Campover Invite families to pitch their tents

on the school field, providing games and activities to keep everyone amused. Turn to p46 for more details and a step-by-step guide.

Colour run End the year with a bright bang! A colour run is a fun run with a crucial difference – colourful powder for runners, marshals and spectators to throw. Encourage runners to wear white for the full rainbow effect. The powder is made from cornflour and non-toxic dye and washes away easily without staining clothes or the ground. It is also costly, so see if any local companies are happy to sponsor it or charge participants enough to break even.

Disco If you have limited time to organise your event, how about a family disco where parents bring their own drinks and nibbles? State that parents are responsible for their own children to avoid the headache of pinning down manpower. Then all you need is a decent sound system, lights, the odd mirrorball, and a DJ who can cater for children and adults alike.

Family quiz Ask committee members and/or staff to write a series of quiz questions, including some easier ones for children to answer. To keep costs and organisation to a minimum, ask everyone to bring their own drinks and snacks.

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