Ideas for yr 6 leaving do

(36 Posts)
landrover Fri 12-Jul-13 20:47:54

We have got a year to plan, so plenty of time. So im looking for all you wonderful mums netters to help me with ideas! Do we want a theme? Travel there, limo or better idea (cheap) Tractor maybe?
Anyone done anything different? We have a budget of £15 per child for leaving present, any thoughts?
Do we charge per family or individually (we obviously have food costs to consider)
Tell me what you did!! xx

Cocodale Mon 15-Jul-13 09:56:39

My eldest daughter is 18 and when she left they all signed one another's shirt and wrote messages in a book they were given. The lovely class teacher have them a photo of the class.

Leave the big party till they are 16 when you can all get excited about seeing them off in fabulous transport and looking lovely. They really don't need to grow up so fast !

My primary school leaving thing involved getting your shirt signed by pretty much everyone in the school. The P7s would go round all the classes and get their shirt signed. My sister still has hers because she's a sentimental type.

Get cheap leavers hoodies made up and use the rest of the money to provide crisps and weak squash for a ceilidh in the gym hall. Devote some of the gym lessons in the run up to delight dancing. Or do a disco. Buy some fizzy grape juice and serve in plastic champagne glasses if you want to pretend it's posh.

Don't ask the families for any money because they'll have just forked out a small fortune in secondary school uniform.

exoticfruits Mon 15-Jul-13 09:47:50

They must have manipulated the vote in some way to get that outcome with 30 yr 6's. it was the sort of thing that I meant by getting the teacher to choose. Personally if I was the new child who wasn't settling I would be a bit uncomfortable as to the motivation of the votes.( depends on the class- you can't say if you don't know them).

I just think the whole prom thing is getting out of hand even at 16yrs and hate that it is creeping even younger. Yr 6 should be age appropriate fun IMO.

littlemiss06 Mon 15-Jul-13 09:07:03

Well it actually ended up being a child new to the school who hasn't settled very well and didn't think he had many friends so was a nice boost of confidence for him :-) maybe we should have pulled names out of a hat or asked the teacher but its done now, only wanted to share our lovely night with you all

BackforGood Mon 15-Jul-13 09:06:37

I'm with exotic - hate the idea of a 'Prom King and Queen' at any age. Also hate the idea of a 'prom' for children. Why not let somethings be just for adults (or in this case 15/16 yr olds). I don't get this trying to turn children's things into adults things at all.

exoticfruits Mon 15-Jul-13 08:21:05

If you need a prom king and queen why not pull names out of a hat? If asked privately, every child in that class could tell you who was likely to win the vote and every child would be pretty accurate on how many votes they were likely to get themselves.

DumSpiroSpero Mon 15-Jul-13 06:50:04

DD is just heading into Yr 4 so don't have this to worry about at the moment but agree that I wouldn't be thrilled about a 'prom' for leaving primary - better to leave them something to look forward to imho.

My friend's son is leaving primary this week. The school have arranged a trip to a theme park for Yr 6 which took place just before half term and they are having a disco - job done.

exoticfruits Mon 15-Jul-13 06:43:38

There were children there who knew they had no hope of votes. I expect anyone who knew the class could have told you the most popular children who were likely to win. I think it would have been far nicer had the teacher chosen 2 children who had really made an effort all year. I agree with the rest, but I can't see why it is even necessary to have a king and queen.

littlemiss06 Mon 15-Jul-13 06:28:39

Exoticfruit how did it point out popular and unpopular when only two children won it anyway out of 30kids, voting was in private and none of the kids say the votes?and just to add the poster asked for some ideas, that's what we did, our kids and parents had an amazing night with lots of lovely memories of a last special night together at a party, no unhappy children left that room, noone was asked for a ridiculous amount of money it cost £7 each, no child was made to look popular or unpopular, it was a fun night and was just sharing what we did

Schmedz Sun 14-Jul-13 22:51:39

Our Year 6s ADORE their 'Leavers Hoodies' and were able to choose from a wide range of colours. The class reps also organised a yearbook, all done online by children and staff, printed and sent out in time for the end of term...bit pricey but fab quality and a really lovely keepsake item.

Leavers assembly at school was the formal part, but the class reps organised a pool party and big bouncy slide/adventure type thing plus a meal and disco for a few hours on a weekend afternoon. Children loved it and contributed to the cost by buying a ticket.

No matter how cool for school they think they are, you can't beat a good party with food and entertainment!

Y6 are usually happy with a barbeque & a disco.

I would spend the £15 per head on publishing a nice yearbook for them. This would need some preparation, so you'd have to start planning it in the Spring.

exoticfruits Sun 14-Jul-13 21:56:25

I don't like the idea of voting- that really points out the popular and unpopular- I can't see why it was necessary.

littlemiss06 Sun 14-Jul-13 21:24:09

Prom king and queen were chose by the kids voting, it was a brilliant party, nothing over the top just a fun night for our kids and each and everyone loved it, so did each and every one of our parents.

BackforGood Sun 14-Jul-13 17:44:06

My dc have all had a disco at school - it's sold as a 'shorts and shades party', so everyone comes appropriately dressed.
They have done a musical, and on the last day they do a leaver's assembly and parents tend to mingle then / take group photos etc.
The children are all given an autograph book in which they go around school collecting the autographs of all their friends.

I would NOT be impressed at having to be coughing up ridiculous amounts of money for anything more, nor at the whole "prom" idea for 10 and 11 yr olds.

exoticfruits Sun 14-Jul-13 17:34:30

Water fight sounds perfect.
I can't see how you choose a prom king and queen.

turkeyboots Sun 14-Jul-13 17:11:00

We do a water fight for yr 6 and staff, followed by pizza and bit of a disco (ipod and speakers, nothing fancy). It's a long running tradition and kids won't change it.

We also do an autograph book with a class photo taken on their residential trip.

Fairly simple and cheap

littlemiss06 Sun 14-Jul-13 17:05:29

We've just had a prom, all sorted by me and another mum. We hired a room and dj which each of the parents gave £7 to cover the cost, we then asked each parent to bring an item of food, drink or something for the prom. We made sweets trees, had prom king and queen and it was an absolutely amazing night, we bought a red carpet and each child was introduced one by one and had photos taken by a photographer.

exoticfruits Sun 14-Jul-13 11:09:16

£30 a family seems a lot to ask at that time of year (or any time really).
If PTA are donating £500 I can't see why they can't just use that.
I can't see why you need leaver's T shirts or cheap shirts-DSs just went in one of their oldest and got it signed.
There is a good article in Sunday Times today about wishing the secondary school prom idea had stayed in US-it has become so expensive..

funnymummy2931 Sun 14-Jul-13 09:42:41

My DD has her Y6 party next week, each parent has paid £30 for the benefit and PTA has donated £500 towards the party.

We have planned a sit down meal for each child at the local pub (£4) each, limo ride and bouncy castle with disco.

Each child will receive a bag including an autograph book from last year at name of school book, framed photo of the class and the rest of the money will be spent on food for siblings, parents etc and decorating room.

Hulababy Sun 14-Jul-13 09:37:32

And yes, like someone else mentioned - the girls took in a spare school blouse or dress and got the rest of school to sign them

Hulababy Sun 14-Jul-13 09:36:46

DD finished primary on Friday. It's a small school and a small class.

At school:

* they held a leaver's BBQ for children, parents and staff. School provided soft drinks, meat and rolls, etc. Parents provided alcohol, salads and desserts.

* Y6s had lunch one day last week in the teacher's dining area. The staff had to sit downstairs with the rest of the school that day smile

* Y6 class assembly written, prepared and presented entirely by themselves

* made their own year books this past half term in ICT; they are lovely

* prize day assembly on last morning, finishing school at noon; all Y6s are awarded a trophy for something special; followed by drinks in the school yard. For whole school but a definite focus on the leavers

By parents:

* one parent invited all 11 girls (full class) for a sleepover - coincided with an early bday treat for her DD - girls loved it

* PTA dads and daughters camp - every year and for whole school, but coincides with end of year, so ideal for Y6 - again they all went and had the most fantastic time last weekend

* girls got hoodies, with date and names on reverse; they chose them themselves; cost £12.50 each, would be cheaper if buying more

* last day, after prize day, went to one family;s house, local to school, for lunch in their garden - girls and all parents

* a parent arranged a photo shoot for the leavers; was fun and very active, lots of jumping around and screaming; girls loved it Was £10 per child including a DVD of 30+ photos

SanityClause Sun 14-Jul-13 09:33:42

For both DD1 and DD2, a local venue was hired. These venues chosen had both indoor and outdoor space (one a hotel function room, with a garden, the other a local cricket club).

The children traditionally dress up for their last day at the school, so all walked down in their fancy dress. A disco entertainer was hired for one hour, they had party food, and some of the heroic parents ran games like rounders and so on. Some of the girls had supersoakers. <classic MN reference!>

They were provided with cheap white tshirts for all their friends to sign, and both my DDs still have theirs.

There were cupcakes for DD1's lot (they were right at their peak of fashion) and a fantastic decorated cake for DD2's lot, which had all their names on it, so they got to take home the bit with their name.

We were very lucky to have fabulous weather both times, but we obviously had indoor options, as well.

I can't remember what the cost was for DD1, but for DD2, it was £15 each.

MaybeBentley Sun 14-Jul-13 09:15:46

Ours is pretty low key. We have a beach party after school in the playground/hall. Barbeque organised by PTA. Music and disco in the hall. Leavers teeshirts as gifts from PTA. All done and finished by 5.30pm.

NoComet Sun 14-Jul-13 09:13:44

The governors gave them hoodies which they still wear, much to my surprise. (They did get to choose their colours)

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