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We are always looking for new members to join our ‘Fair Oak family’ and for new ideas for social events and fundraising activities, so please do get in touch.
We look forward to meeting you.
Hazel Kimber & Vanessa Hayward
Macmillan Coffee Afternoon
The first event of the academic year is our Macmillan Coffee Afternoon. Although this event does not raise funds for the school itself we are delighted to be able to bring the school community together to raise money for this very worthwhile charity. We ask for cake donations from pupils on the morning of the event and then open the hall to parents, grandparents, friends and neighbours in the afternoon. Tea, coffee and cakes are available for a donation. At the end of the school day we sell off the remaining cakes to the children and those parents unable to make the coffee afternoon. In the event of surplus cakes there will be another cake sale at 3:30 the following day.
Usually held early in the autumn term this is a sponsored event for all the children in the school. The fun run takes place on the Pavilion playing field and parents are invited to spectate and cheer the children on. There is usually a simple theme to the fun run and children are asked to wear something like silly socks or crazy hats. Refreshments are available for parents to buy for a small charge. Sponsor forms are sent home with the children a couple of weeks before the event and sponsorship money brought into school in the 2 weeks following. The moneys raised tends to be split equally between providing sports equipment for the school and PSA funds.
For a few years now the children have designed their own Christmas cards. They complete the artwork in school and all pictures are sent off to be turned into fantastic proofs. These proofs are sent home and parents have the choice of ordering cards, gift tags, mugs, tea towels or shopping bags all with their child’s design on. Order forms are returned to school along with the money and the PSA places the order, with the finished items usually available for distribution to the children in school sometime in early November. These items always look amazing and are very popular but even if parents do not wish to place an order every child will have their one proof card to keep and send to someone special.
Family Portrait Evening
Another popular event which we run some years is our family portrait evening. Forms will be sent home a few weeks before the event inviting you to sign up for a day and time that suits you (the event tends to run for several hours over 2 evenings). We ask for a £10 deposit which will be returned to you when you turn up for your appointment. We will, however, keep the deposit for any no-shows. You can bring the whole family or just have photos taken of your children. Proofs will be sent home with the children sometime in the following few weeks and you can then place your order by returning the order form and money to the school. This event normally runs in the autumn term so the photos can make great Christmas presents.
This is one of the most popular events in the school calendar, certainly from the children’s point of view. In the past this has always been held in school hours on a Friday afternoon and is for the children only. There is a dress down day one week before the fayre when we ask each year group to bring in different donations such as chocolate, cuddly toys, toiletries or jam jars filled with sweets in return for wearing their own clothes. On the day each class will run a stall with the children all able to take turns manning it. Apart from that they are free to go around the fayre with their friends. One of the most popular attractions is our Secret Present Room where the children can select gifts for family and friends from a wide array of items. If children wish to buy presents it is advisable for them to bring money for this in a separate purse/envelope so they know they have enough to buy the gifts they want. Gifts tend to range in price form approximately 50p to £3. Father Christmas is also available in his grotto and families with younger children can come and visit him after 3:30pm. Parents are welcome to come along to the hall in the afternoon where they can sit and enjoy a drink and some cake.
Christmas Market Evening
This evening is open to parents and children and any other family and friends. We have a selection of small local businesses selling their goods which make wonderful Christmas presents. There is a fantastic festive feel surrounding this event with hot food, drinks and cakes available for you to purchase in the hall. In the past we have enjoyed some lovely singing by the children and the staff have delighted us with their vocal talent too! Every year we have a Christmas raffle with some amazing prizes and the winners have been drawn at the market evening. Books of tickets are sent home with the children in late November with ticket stubs and money being returned to school. It’s always greatly appreciated if any unwanted books of tickets can be returned to school too so these can be sold on to someone else.
This has always been a competitive but fun-filled family evening. Letters are sent home a few weeks in advance inviting parents to make up a team of 8 with family and/or friends. Smaller teams can choose to work alone or we can put them with others. The cost at our last quiz was £3 for an adult and £1 for a child and this money is sent into school in advance along with your team details. We sell snacks and soft drinks but you are welcome to bring your own food and drinks (including alcoholic drinks). We also run a small raffle on the evening and tickets (20p each) can be bought before the quiz starts, and at the interval. The evening’s winners revel in the glory of claiming the trophy (plus some chocolates and wine) while the losers take home our coveted wooden spoon.
Easter Hamper Raffle
This is another popular event with the children. A week before the raffle we ask the children to bring in an Easter egg in exchange for wearing their own clothes. This chocolate is then lovingly wrapped up by the PSA to make approximately 15 hampers per class. In the week of the raffle the children can buy up to 3 tickets at a cost of 50p each. Each child will also be given one free ticket. This gives them up to 4 chances to win ONE of the hampers. The hampers are split between lower school and upper school with each class having its winners drawn separately. The draw usually takes place on the last day of the spring term.
Our Friday Extravaganza, or Summer Fayre, takes place in early July on a Friday evening between 6pm and 8:15pm. This event is held on the school field, weather permitting! Several weeks beforehand we will send home details of the dress down day which happens on the day of the fayre. For years 4-6 we usually ask for a bottle for the bottle tombola, with year 3s being asked to bring sweet donations. The letter will specify where donations need to be taken to and we ask that if sending alcohol then an adult brings it into school. We also require donations of toys and games and cuddly toys for some of our stalls. These items can be brought to The Street in the week leading up to the fayre. We will also ask for parents to volunteer some of their time on the day to either help with preparation and setting up during the day, or filling a time slot to man their child’s class stall in the evening. This event cannot run successfully without parental help.
On the evening there is no charge for entry but there will be donation buckets available at the gate. We have bouncy castles, an inflatable slide and bungee trampolines all provided and manned by an external company who are responsible for setting their own prices. There will be various games stalls which are run by different classes. Prices tend to be around 50p per go. We have a BBQ stall so you can buy tea for the family and we also have a drinks tent selling both soft and alcoholic drinks.
As at the Christmas fayre we hold a raffle with tickets being sent home with your child several weeks before the event, with money and ticket stubs to be returned to the office. The raffle will be drawn towards the end of the evening.
Each term there are two discos – one for lower school (Tuesday) and one for upper school (Wednesday). The discos are themed but it is not compulsory for children to dress up if they do not wish to. They start at 6pm and finish at 7:15pm and the current cost is £3/child. This price includes a drink at the interval and also an item such as a glow stick. Children enter school through the main doors and pay at the desk and then proceed to the sign-in desks where teachers will sign them in. There are lots of adults watching out for some good dance moves and they will give medals to those who impress them the most. These medals can be swapped at the end for a prize which is normally a sweet bag. At 7:15pm the hall doors are opened and parents must come in to collect their child. Teachers will ensure that no child leaves without an adult. Children should not bring water bottles to the disco nor should they bring accessories to costumes which may be dangerous. Mobile phones are also banned and will be confiscated for the duration of the disco if seen.