Wellington’s primary school pupils have been letting their hair down at school discos this week ahead of the start of the autumn half-term holiday.
St John’s held their disco on Monday 16 October and Wellesley Park’s, Rockwell Green’s and Beech Grove’s were all on Thursday 19 October.
These special events, organised by PTAs, are the first in programmes of social activities that take place during the school year to raise funds for particular resources, subsidise pupils’ visits outside school and buy in performances and workshops.
Emma Clements, Chair of Rockwell Green PTA, said, “We organise a number of events during the year including Fairs at Christmas and at the end of the summer term, toy and cake sales and bingo which all raise significant funds for extra-curricular activities – including outside visits. Last year we had a Forensic Science Day at school and paid for a workshop and production of ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’. Our policy is to use funds in ways that support the whole school.”
Wellesley Park’s PTA Chair Hannah Bouchta and her team are already looking at innovative ways of expanding their extensive programme of activities to include a Christmas Jumper Sale. She said, “We’ve asked parents and children to bring their unwanted Christmas jumpers to school and, if we get a good response, we’ll then organise a sale with half the money raised being donated to Save the Children.”
Hannah and her committee have also organised a “Harry Potter Potion” trail around Wellington shops which will take place over half-term.
At each shop – Wilkie May & Tuckwood, Snob, One Stop, Paws & Claws, Mary Jenkins, Frame of Mind, South St Motors, Wim’s Jewellery, Buy & Save, Olive & Rosy and Dotty Dolly – pupils collect ingredients, including witches’ warts and pairs of fairy wings, to fill ‘Potion Cards’ which cost £1. All completed cards receive a prize and are entered in a prize draw to win donated tickets to visit Kents Cavern near Torquay. Wilkie May and Tuckwood has made a further donation of £100.
Langford Budville Primary School’s pupils are designing a new logo for The Friends of Langford Budville School Association. The chosen design will then appear on the Friends’ letter-head.
At a time when schools’ budgets are under particular strain, the support of PTAs, Families’ and Friends’ organisations is especially valuable in providing pupils with resources and opportunities that would otherwise be limited. And, as the evidence of this week’s school discos proves, they also offer lots of fun.