Yearbooks keep school memories alive
Apparently 25% of us are still in contact with our best
friends from primary school. There's nothing funnier than getting
together with old school friends to flick through your yearbook
from the 1980s - check out the dodgy perms!
Those early friendships and memories can be captured in a school
yearbook, giving children a lifelong connection to the school,
people and events that will shape their lives.
Compiled with images of school trips, special events and
sporting achievements collected over the year, yearbooks are a
great thing to sell to parents at the end of the summer term. Plus
they are a strong way of celebrating the successes within the
school and the many achievements of the pupils, teachers and
parents - the school staff and student council are sure to offer
Today, a yearbook is easily produced and gives the PTA a great
opportunity in providing every child with a meaningful and
long-lasting leaving souvenir which will invoke fond memories for
years to come.
For a beginner's guide to producing a yearbook, check out the summer 2012 issue of PTA+ Magazine.
NOTE: There's a bit of a debate about
PTA-purchased leavers' gifts, given that they only benefit a select
group of children. As most PTAs are set up to 'advance the
education of pupils', some feel that year books aren't an
appropriate use of PTA funds. It's important that each PTA
committee agrees whether leavers' gifts are in line with the
objectives set out in its constitution. However, many believe that
helping children celebrate their educational achievements as they
prepare to leave the school is important and helps support
transition to the next stage of education. Also, if provided every
year, then each group of pupils will gain the same benefit over
time. If the committee is unsure, take advice from the school and
possibly consult the parents.
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