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SPRING The joys of


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ormally at this time of year we’d be giving you lots of inspiring ideas for events to hold during


the spring term. From Valentine’s


discos and Mother’s Day pamper evenings to Easter bonnet parades and pancake-day breakfasts, the season lends itself perfectly to fun-packed events for all the family. Sadly, things are different


this year, but with a bit of clever thinking and some


careful planning, some things


can still go ahead. We’ve looked at some of the key


celebrations and occasions that take place during the spring term, and thought about how you can celebrate them in a different way.


Valentine’s Day Date night Deliver a prepared meal for two to people’s homes. Enlist the help of a local catering


February 14 Sunday


company (or, even better, a parent with catering experience and a large kitchen) to batch-cook the meals (curries or casseroles work best) the day before, then bag them up with


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While it won’t be possible to hold some of your usual spring fundraisers, there’s still plenty you can do raise money and bring the school community together


cooking instructions, a handwritten note, chocolates and a small posy of fl owers. Offer one meat and one vegetarian option and take orders and payment online two weeks before. Use a team of PTA volunteers to deliver the meals on the day. If a whole meal is too ambitious,


you could sell homemade Valentine’s cookies or cupcakes. Ask a local cakemaker (or keen amateur baker) to provide them, then deliver them to homes in boxes of four.


Treasure hunt As Valentine’s Day falls at the beginning of half-term for most schools, set up a Valentine’s-themed treasure hunt to be completed by families or small groups of friends at any time during the week. Participants pay an entry fee online, and are then emailed a starting point and a set of numbered clues. Each clue leads to a laminated sheet of paper hidden along the route. These could be letters that together spell out a Valentine- themed word, lines from a romantic poem, or perhaps the word ‘love’ written in different languages. Teams fi ll in an answer sheet and completed sheets are put into a draw to win a prize. Decide whether to hold your treasure hunt on foot or by car, and allow around two hours


to complete the course. Make sure your laminated signs are reasonably easy to spot but not obstructing any road signs or other notices, and include your PTA logo and contact details on each one. Ask teams to photograph themselves en route, then put these images together in a treasure hunt video, to be shared online after the event (ask permission before doing this).


Pancake Day Sponsored fl ip challenge An individual event that can be completed


Tuesday February 16


during half-term. Challenge pupils to see how many times they can fl ip a pancake in one minute. Ask them to get sponsorship (an amount per fl ip) in advance, then collect and submit their sponsorship money online, along with a video of their challenge taking place. As an additional challenge, run a competition for fl ipping a pancake in the most unusual place. Participants pay a small entry fee and submit their entry via email.


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