PTA - I am looking into Year 6 Leavers Presents............
what do your school do ?
Any thoughts or ideas?
Am trying to be organised!
Dd left y6 this summer.
They had leavers hoodies with names on back.
In ICT they made their own year book. Made pages for each child and other stuff. It's great and full of photos and memories and unites from pupils and teachers about each other. As thy did themselves it is very personal.
In woodwork they each made a side table too and all those were leavers type things. They chose their designs. Dd's is school colours and has thumb prints and names of class mates and staff.
They also did a photoshoot on afternoon after leaving at boon. Small class so easily organised. Cost £13 a head and they got a cd each of about 60 copyright images.
I work in an infant school so our leavers are y2. I put together a DVD off every photo taken over the year of the three classes. Sold it at school for £5. Many parents bought a copy. Had lots of photos of all the big events - trips, end of year show, sports day, etc plus general photos from in class.
Whole class photo scroll and a trip to bowling/laser quest
Our Year 6 get...
Massive subsidy of their PGL school journey (School pay)
Disco (PTA pay) + Food (Parents provide)
Presentation Book - they select one from Year 7 reading list (PTA pay)
Leavers' T shirt (Parents pay £12.50, PTA subsidise £2.50)
Year Book of photos/memories/catch phrases/nicknames (created by student ICT committee, printed on school photocopier and bound by me!)
The year 6 children get
an autograph book and pen ( from the PTFA)
toiletries ( from the PTFA)
a Bible ( church school)
a disc with memories of the year on ( from the school)
a disco ( free entry, food and drinks from the PTFA)
a small present ( from me)
a leavers service ( from the school!) tears come free!
and the option to buy a hoodie with their names on ( subsidised by the PTFA but paid for by their parents)
Our school did nothing either which has really shocked me. DD has been there for 7 years and the school gave them nothing. The 'special assembly' had been made out before hand to be really emotional but there was not one ounce of emotion or feeling. Left most of us parents feeling flat. The local Roundtable came and handed out a calculator and dictionary....school nothing..not even a certificate. The assembly turned into a prize given for about 11 children (out of 60 ) (can you tell I am really shocked!) all this given that myself and my husband run a small media company specialising in memory slideshows.
I helped organise the School leavers disco but this was done through ticket sales to the parents although the school did let is use the school hall and also again we were given the option to purchase an autograph book which the PTA purchased (I am on the PTA) and a small profit was made!!!!
Sad really as some of the schools on here have given a nice, thoughtful goodbye and goodluck and made it special for their pupils.
Yearbooks can be very tricky if there are any chidlren whose photos should not be shared for any reason.
My DC's school and where I teach both give Oxford dictionaries to their yr 6 leavers.
The CD of photos from the leavers' disco was included in the ticket price for that event.
Ours get a bible from the church and something from the PTA to use at high school thats useful rather than a keepsake thats not used again.
My Y6 DS will be getting a Yearbook and Hooded top with names and year on it. These were optional and parents had to pay for them.
They are also having a leaver's party organised by the teachers in July.
Can't believe he's starting Secondary in September!
well actually I make a year book A4 folded into A5 with the name of the school and the year on the front surrounded by individual pictures of the kids, then two children per page with a photo at the top and space underneath for them to write in each others book. There are usually a few pages spare at the back for messages from friends in other years and from staff. Some whole class group pictures are usually added on the back. We used to do a framed class photo with all the names underneath but the year book has been much more popular and avoids having to wrap them - it's printed in school on the laser printer so has minimal cost to anyone. The class teacher gets the kids to take each others' photos during SATs week so that we have the best chance of not missing anyone and that gives me plenty of time to put the books together before the end of term.
Hooded sweatshirts (or zip up's) with name of primary "leavers" and the year on the back with all class names inside the year number. Children love them! dd2 who is in year 8 still wears hers at times.. Additionally the year 6 may wear theirs instead of a sweatshirt / cardigan from when they arrive (we hope today or Monday) that sets them out as the " big kids" so it is a HUGE deal. This is by the PTA
School gives them a bible (C of E)
Our PTA obviously has less money than some of yours.
Our leavers get a white t-shirt with small school logo on front and leavers 2013 plus names printed on the back in school colours.
(Mind you, I like the memory stick idea, might suggest that, though perhaps too pricey)
Our school has a leavers concert where they sing a leaving song guaranteed to have even the most cynical parents in tears. that is the thing the seem to enjoy most, it's like graduation. they got leather bookmarks with school name and logo on them too.
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steppemum - our PTA do the same - a yearbook where every child and teacher puts forward favourite memories and favourite "lists" - book, film, tv show, colour, teacher(!!) etc.... it is full of pics from the year - it is really professional and will be kept forever......
my son got a memory stick with the name of the school on and 'class of 2011'
it is very useful at high school for storing homework
French or Gaelic dictionary depending on which subject they have chosen to study at secondary. It is presented at a closing assembly for the parents.
Our yr 6 use to get a £10 book token, then this year they each received a dictionary and thesaurus instead. This is funded by PTA.
DD got a DVD full of photos of her year from their first year at the school right through to the leavers party/disco. It was a lovely surprise and lovely to see all the "babies" growing up.
ours have a year book. It takes a while to organise and cost £260 last year for 30 children.
Each child has a page, with their photo and some info
each staff member has slot, photo and paragraph
whole class photo form reception and year 6 also in it
children fill in a questionaire for their page Favourite book, fav drink, fav subject, I want to be... Favourite memory from school and funniest memory
staff do questionnaire and also short message to year 6. staff questions are very funny, fav drink - double gin after taking year 6 to x place. Similar questions to kids really
there are then lots of phot pages squeezed in of all sorts of things they have done over the years.
It is really really popular and takes a lot of effort to do.
Dd's had a small party/disco and the parents provided some party food/pop iirc.
They have a party, that I know of, no idea how it's funded. I would feel sniffy about any physical gift being offered (beyond a pencil!). There are better ways to spend the hard-raised money (I will still have 2 DC at same school).
Ours get a year/autograph book. I usually make them, the kids take each others' photos, then the teacher takes some fun group photos. I make a composite of the individual photos as a border around the front cover, then each child gets a half page with a photo and space to write a message in. There are also spaces for messages from friends in other years and staff. The fun group pictures go on the back cover. They're printed on the laser printer at school so end up costing pence each.
They used to get a framed group photo with all the names on but it was decided to do the year books a couple of years ago and the kids love them.
In the past they got a
cheap and nasty geometry set that they all hated.
Bible donated by the church (faith school)
Autograph book and pen donated by the PTA
Leavers disco funded by parents (via ticket sales)
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