Events for school leavers
The end of the school year inevitably means saying
'Cheerio' to a group of pupils, but how are you planning to mark
Leavers' BBQ (and family rounders match)
Clare Barnes, PTA Secretary, West Witney Primary school,
West Witney, Oxfordshire (309 pupils): 'Every year, our
school organises a barbecue for all Year 6 pupils, the parents and
teachers. Normally this includes a game of rounders where the
children are up against parents and teachers. This is something
that is organised by the school (the PTA gives our leavers a
professionally printed yearbook, which includes each child's school
photo from Early Years - if we have it!). The event isn't organised
to make a profit, rather so the school can wish the leavers a fond
farewell. The rounders game is held on the school field one evening
during the last week of the school term. Our Headteacher's husband
runs the barbecue and the Year 6 teachers pitch in, which creates a
nice atmosphere for the children. The event is run so that the
parents and children arrive at school for around 6pm. The Head and
Year 6 teachers set up a rounders game on the school field, and
those who want to take part in a game are welcomed into the adults
vs children match! After the game we have a barbecue, which
includes burgers and hotdogs. For the final part of the evening,
the children are encouraged to bring water pistols and we have a
big water fight finale! I think they have been lucky the last few
years, we've always had a lovely warm summer evening.'
Emma Evans, PTA Chair, Stewart Fleming Primary School,
London (480 pupils): 'We wanted something unique - after
some research, we came across TDH Media, which produces a personal
pop video filmed at school with the children singing along to a
track. This sounded like just the novel idea we were looking for!
The cost was approximately £10 per child - with a total fee of
£565, which included the filming and a DVD for each child. This was
slightly above our budget but it was worth the cost and the kids
loved filming it. We were so impressed with the finished product!
It was very simple. We just picked a song and then spent a day
recording it at the end of term. The school actually allowed us to
premiere the video in the school hall after the Year 6 production.
In fact, many of the parents cried! This year is my first year as
Chair and I'm going to discuss leavers' gifts with the school
council and see what the Year 6 children want to do this year, but
I think the Graduoke is going to be a popular choice!'
Price is £10 per DVD per child for two classes. For more
information, visit tdhmedia.co.uk/graduoke.
Here are some ideas from our PTA+ Facebook
Helen Heaton: 'We have teamed up with a local
restaurant to organise an evening meal with a set menu, and the
children will be getting dressed up. We are also planning for the
children to put together a DVD of their school memories, with
photos from Reception onwards. This will be presented to them in
their leavers' assembly.'
Jemma Orange: 'So far we have done a glitz and
glam disco with a buffet, autograph books, a pool party with a
Hawaiian theme, a BBQ, and a masquerade ball where pupils made
their own masks!'
Jo Roche: 'We bought cheap certificate frames
and got parents to submit a picture of their first day at school
and a current one in uniform. These were printed on one A4 sheet
together with a group photo with all the children's names. We only
charged £5 per head and had a party on the playing field with
music, hot dogs, candy floss, nail painting and some organised
Dionne Doyne: 'We have held a ball, had a Year
6 sleepover in the school hall with DVDs and a midnight feast. A
garden party, we bought some very cheap wigs, sunglasses and
feather boas, etc and made them some large picture frames where we
photo-boothed them! All were very much enjoyed.'
Snjezana Cormack: 'Leavers disco with the
theme... My daughters year had a celebrity theme, so they all came
in dress like famous people and we had a red carpet…'
Nicola Tidball: 'Historically our PTFA have
funded leavers gifts and hold an end of year disco for the whole
school as a farewell. The Year 6 children and their parents
organise a year 6 only event... Anything from bowling to a house
Clare Flack: 'Disco and sit down dinner with a
theme that the children choose.'
Andy Marczak: 'Year 6 host their own show, and
we do the bar and ice creams in the interval. They also have a
leavers party, just for the kids, and last year we were lucky that
Domino's donated half the food.'
Clare Goldsack: 'A leavers' disco at the
end of term, and we also give out t-shirts wth all the pupils'
signatures printed on them.'
Jenny Pestaille Collom: 'We always hold a
family party open to the whole school, where everyone can say
farewell to Year 6. We also make a presentation for them, which
always goes down well.'
Susan Hopkins: 'I organised a Roald Dahl themed
party and managed to buy Wonka Bars online. I also gave out Wonka
Bar invites that looed like golden tickets. You might also be able
to get edible sweets on rice paper that you could use as lickable
wallpaper - although for hygiene purposes, you would have to give
everyone their own strip!'
Julie Caines: 'We used to organise a Year 6
leavers' party as a thank-you for supporting our events over the
years. We provided a disco, hotdogs and ice-creams, drinks and
glow-sticks. We took photos and printed them out for the children
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