Autumn festival

‘Our PACA [Parent and Community Association] was established last September, and one of our first events was an autumn festival, held in October. It took about a month to plan, and to keep costs down we used school equipment such as hula-hoops and paddling pools for some of the games. One of our members designed posters, the school sent out letters and we promoted it on Facebook too. The Festival took place outside and

in the school hall. Luckily, it was a beautiful day! As an entry fee we asked

Festive trail and market

‘Our PTA wanted to run a Christmas treasure trail but as we live in a rural area and the weather can be inclement in December we decided it would work best if done by car. The trail began at our school and finished at a local activity centre. We themed it around the 12 days of Christmas, using decorated wooden pallets. One of our PTA mums made and painted the boards, leaving us with few other costs. Participants had to use a map to find the boards, and there was a hidden letter at each one. Once they had all the clues, they could solve the puzzle that would allow them into our Christmas market. Participants could begin the trail any time between 10am and 12pm, and it took about an hour. We charged £10 per car, regardless of how many passengers, and the “treasure” was a hot chocolate and Christmas biscuit when they reached the 12th pallet display, which was also the location of our Christmas market. The market had more than 30 stalls, including one selling homemade items made by parents. We charged each stallholder a fee of £5 plus a raffle prize and our pre-school ran a Santa’s grotto. The day raised just over £1,200. Being a small rural school, we were over the moon! The children really enjoyed the event and it was a good-value afternoon out in the otherwise expensive run-up to Christmas.’ Leanne Bambrough, Longtown Community Primary School, Longtown, Hereford (70 pupils)

for a food donation to be made to Homeless in Teignbridge Support. We had around 12 volunteers at the

event, manning stalls such as stuffed animal adoption, used-book stall, punch a cup, apple bobbing and refreshments. Our autumn lucky dip was very popular – we used a blow-up pool and filled it with leaves (gathered from parents with no dogs!) and prizes wrapped in brown paper. Other attractions included a pumpkin- carving contest (entries were carved in advance) and a game with three

pumpkins donated by Morrisons, where kids had to throw a hula-hoop over a pumpkin to win a prize. To make sure there was something

in which everyone could participate, we ran a free craft table as well as a photo booth with hay bales and silly props. We used a Bluetooth speaker to play music and the whole festival was decorated with bunting. We had a great turnout and raised almost £500.’ Terrill Mayho, PACA chair, Teignmouth Community School, Teignmouth, Devon (336 pupils) AUTUMN 2019 41

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