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BACK CHAT – Facebook stories


Fun on the field


‘As a committee we wanted to mark the end of the school year and thank parents for their support. Having tried a school disco, which ended up with all the kids out on the fi eld playing, we came up with the idea for our “Fun on th e Field” event. We asked our PE provider whether


they would be able to help us by providing infl atables, and they agreed, bringing along four different infl atables plus staff, which cost us around £400 in total. The event started straight after


More than the money


PTAs share their accounts, via Facebook, of inspiring activities and schemes that weren’t just about making a profi t...


Book-swap breakfast


‘Our head suggested holding a book-swap breakfast as part of World Book Day. The event didn’t take a lot of organising. We were responsible for the breakfast, and spent around £20 on ingredients. Asda kindly donated over 100 brioche rolls plus orange and apple juice; Tesco donated a lovely selection of fruit and bottles of milk; and a local business called Grainger’s donated a fruit hamper. The teachers organised the book


swap. Children were asked to bring in books on set dates before the


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event in exchange for a token. The books were then sorted into reading levels, and children could swap their token for a new book during the breakfast. Due to the generous donations we


were able to charge a minimal 50p for breakfast. KS2 pupils were able to come alone, while KS1 children had to be accompanied by a parent or carer. It was a lovely atmosphere and brought the school together.’ Emma Macdonald, joint chair, St John’s CofE Primary School, Weymouth, Dorset (250 pupils)


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school. Parents arrived at pick-up with picnics and blankets and we headed straight onto the fi eld. We sold drinks, sweets and ice cream too. The focus wasn’t on making money but on coming together as a school community to celebrate the fundraising year. The event lasted for around three-and-a-half hours. We also invited along the children


who would be joining the school in September, and this was a great way to get new parents involved with the school community. It was also a lovely way to say goodbye to our Year 6s before they moved on to secondary school. The event was such a success that


we’ve held it for the past four years, and it’s become a fi rm favourite with parents and children alike.’ Caron Jackson, Chair of Friends of Benington School, Benington, Hertfordshire (95 pupils)


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