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(Pretty) please could we have your thoughts on school fairs for the times?

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JustineMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 24-Jun-09 13:14:50

Angela from the Times writes:
"We have noticed that in the more prestigious schools they are becoming ludicrously competitive and pricy (£7 chutney; professional sugar-craft cakes on the cake stall etc) and aim to raise thousands of pounds - sometimes five-figure sums - rather than hundreds."

Is this your experience and if so what do you think?
Many txs in advance. MN Towers.

Milliways Wed 24-Jun-09 18:30:50

Yep!

Mine is at a state Grammar, and the Parents Association have their own website - with pages for the Spring fair. In 2008 they made £10,000!! (mainly from the Grand draw and SIlent auction).

They invite all the Yr6's who have a place for next year, which is a good idea as they are all very keen.

Other child is at a Comp which just asks for £15pa per child in lieu of such events - much better way of doing it and with 1600 pupils probably also lucrative.

FAQinglovely Wed 24-Jun-09 18:50:24

aww - was going to have a rant about my DS's schools fairs but I'm not sure it's entirely relevant to what they're looking for.........as they really are looking to make £100's as opposed to 1000's of £'s.

Anyhow - I shall rant anyhow - I would say that 90% of the the "stalls" at both fairs are those that involved a element of luck or chance - pick a lolly, tombola, raffle, various other games of chance. To be fair to them the cost for these stalls is very low (10/20p a go/ticket) but it's annoying that there's very little opportunity for the DC to "spend their pocket money" (as the letters from both schools said they could do) on anything tangible.

HelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 24-Jun-09 20:16:49

Oops, we seem to have posted this thread twice blush.

FAQ and Milliways, we'll make sure your comments are noted.

But, from now on, please could everyone ignore this thread and post your comments here instead?

Thank you.

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