Beautiful banner courtesy of children's designs and Karen George, school librarian and artist's magical skills
Term 2 2017 - concrete projects establish ...
Anniversary Co-op Working Group set up made up of children, staff, parents and local community members
Anniversary Timeline project set up including Alumni Memories (page coming soon) project and history and heritage project
Anniversary Festival Committee set up
Anniversary fundraising Appeal set to launch in January
Term 1 2017 - gathering ideas ...
1947/48 - 2017/18
How can you be involved in the creation of a year of celebratory activities?
It would be so lovely to populate our school calendar with a plethara of anniversary events and activities in celebration of the school's birthday year, and to hopefully leave some permanent anniversary legacies around the school - how about a time capsule?
How can parents and carers be involved? Anything goes - Staff are having a think about how they can contribute to marking this milestone ... and if you have an idea you'd like to pursue, small or large, please do be in touch.
Wouldn't it be great to create a timeline illustrating our history over the last 70 years. Key events and kids research could populate the line as well as memories from ex-pupils and staff ... it would be a great way of reconnecting with our alumni.
Would you be interested in getting involved with this? Do you have any of the following skills? Design, website, historical research, curatorial?
Do you know alumni we can be in touch with? Are you yourself alumni?
Anniversary arts projects - music, art, film, dance, Science projects - could we hook up with We the Curious?, Sports projects - anniversary olympics? Would you like to be involved in projects under any of these umbrella areas? Do you have any ideas of your own?
Decorating the school - bunting, decorations, anniversary posters ... a banner. Anybody up for contributing in this way - children and parents alike?
70th Anniversary Fundraising Appeal - Surely we should try and reward ourselves with some birthday funds for the children ... An appeal with a 'case for support' linked directly to our school development plan to improve outcomes for our children is being drawn up with the aim of launching in Term 2.
We will be appealing to individuals, trusts and foundations, and local businesses for support. Is there anybody out there who is interested in being involved at at this stage? Do you have crowdfunding experience (Playground development so ripe for this)? If so, please contact Kate Swainson Price on email@example.com or via the office on firstname.lastname@example.org
PTAF fundraising events - do you have any brilliant ideas for anniversary fundraising events or activities? The PTAF will be running its usual calendar of events but this year it would be great to have something extra special. Please contact the PTAF Chair, Maija Lawrence, or Vice Chair, Juliet Holder, with your ideas, via the office on email@example.com.
If you are interested in being involved in any of the above please contact the office on firstname.lastname@example.org in the first instance. And sooner rather than later. If we are to get projects off the ground we need to get going ...
We look forward to hearing from you. All ideas welcome. A couple of key projects will probably be decided upon (Timeline and a big birthday party of sorts - perhaps an anniversary festival in the summer) and smaller projects will feed into these. But keep ideas coming .... If you have something you'd like to do to help mark the school's anniversary don't be backwards in coming forwards ... your school needs you!
Look out for co-op meetings where there will be opportunities to find out more, and this page will be updated with anniversary news as things evolve ...
(We'll need to form a 70th anniversary committee made up of pupils, staff, parents and local wider community reps so if you are interested in that do be in touch too ...)