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How game is your head testimonials

Get your Head in the game!

Getting your headteacher actively involved in your fundraising efforts demonstrates how valuable your PTA is and can really help boost support. Be inspired by these great success stories from our PTA+ community!

I'm a teacher, get me out of here!

'In order to raise much-needed funds to support the school's work with a speech, language and communication specialist, our fun-loving head came up with the idea to hold an I'm a Celebrity-inspired event, where she competed against staff members to complete messy challenges!

I organised the event together with my husband. We coordinated a team of parents who held some 'top secret' meetings to devise the challenges, taking charge of one each. As the trials were to be kept secret from the teaching staff, we had to set up the whole thing without their involvement. The admin team, who wouldn't be taking part, helped us sign off key ideas - funnily enough they seemed very happy to do this!

We realised that there had to be a focus on "yucky" rather than "scary", as our children are age four to eight, so we had to be careful that they wouldn't find any of it too upsetting! We tried to think of things that were tricky yet entertaining. The equipment, which included tinned beans, Tupperware, old clothes, water balloons and manure, was all donated.

In the end, our trials included messy dressing up in jelly wellies and custard-filled hats, shaving foam-filled balloons, fishing shapes out of porridge with your mouth and a water balloon-bursting challenge. The worst was the blindfold taste challenge involving stinky cheese and sardines! It all finished with a 'Gangnam Style' tiebreak dance-off, and the teachers were crowned the winners.

We used ParentMail and the school newsletter to get the message out, as well as using the parents' Facebook network. Our class reps were able to rally support directly. We gathered donations through an online page, which also meant my husband's company would match-fund the first £500 of donations.

It was a lot of work, but turned out to be the most gunky, gungy, stinky, family-friendly fun, and the children loved every minute. We raised a grand total of £3,724.69!'

Michele Pattison, Press Liaison Officer, The Heights Primary School, Caversham, Reading (223 pupils)

Create a tradition

'With just under 100 pupils, our school has a small, but perfectly formed, community. At the helm is Mr Ben Tucker, who is fully supportive of the Friends of Wraxall School Association and willing to do just about anything for fundraising.

It quickly became a tradition that some activity involving Mr Tucker caps the annual summer fayre. One year, he was in the stocks being sponged by students. His good humour and students' poor aim meant a lot of repeat custom! Another year, Mr Tucker grew out his beard, and we held a raffle, with the winning student getting to choose the style of his new beard. "Wolverine" was the winner, and Mr Tucker duly allowed himself to be groomed into a Hugh Jackman lookalike. The short activity raised over £120, which is amazing for our little school, especially as there was almost no outlay or effort! This was ideal, as there are so many other things to organise for the fayre.

Apart from activities at the fayre, Mr Tucker has led the teachers in joint "Wacky Races", with he and the teachers having to put on articles of clothing and even makeup as they race along the school field. He's also taken part in the Ice Bucket Challenge and music videos. Every activity we do with him varies in type and effectiveness, but even the less financially successful ones are valuable because they demonstrate his commitment to the fundraising that we do and lead the way for others to get involved.'

Jessica Vallentine, Friends of Wraxall School Association, Wraxall, North Somerset (99 pupils)

A cut above the rest!

'As we have both infant and junior schools, we have two headteachers to show their dedication! They did this publicly by getting involved in our Amigo's Fundraising Magic Show (amigosmagic.co.uk). We held two shows in one evening, one for each school, with a spectacular Headteacher trick at each. We warned them ahead of time so they knew what they were letting themselves in for, although they feigned horror during the show! The Head of Juniors was sawn in half, to much shrieking and gasping from the audience. The Head of Infants had a hole drilled through her and a tube passed through her stomach, through which water was poured!

Simon (AKA Amigo) is really fun, loud and gets the children involved. He made the planning simple by providing us with lots of resources and guidelines to promote the event, so all we had to do was sell tickets beforehand. Our capacity was 200 for each show, and we had two sellouts on our hands. Both lasted an hour, and Simon adapted his content perfectly to suit the different audiences. Ticket prices were £5 for children and £7 for adults, and we also offered a £20 family ticket. It was a fantastic evening with lots of laughter and the children were absolutely capivated - the adults loved it too! For very little time or effort we made over £1,000 profit, and we will definitely be holding this event again!'

Liz Gray, former Joint PTA Chair, Trafalgar Infant and Junior Schools, Twickenham, Richmond-Upon-Thames (618 pupils)

 


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