Longacre has a thriving Parent Teachers’ Association which is all inclusive with the vision to raise funds for the school and children. The PTA organises social events for parents, children and staff and these have included quiz evenings, Easter egg hunts, Halloween discos, Christmas fairs, summer fetes and the annual Summer Ball fundraiser. Each class has a Form Representative that is responsible for ensuring that all parents, but specifically new parents, are involved and aware of the PTA’s activities, class assemblies and other social gatherings.
In previous years the PTA has funded a new school library, a new school mini bus, sports equipment and contributed to the newly built Astroturf pitch. The PTA follows the same ethos of the school: all inclusive as everybody has something to offer.
Summer Ball 2019
Wow, what a fantastic 2019 Longacre Summer Ball! The festival theme certainly gave a relaxed vibe and the weather really helped too. Thank you to everyone who came to the event, and special thanks to our sponsors Grantley estate agents and Smile 101, and to all those who generously gave wonderful auction prizes. The summer ball and summer raffle raised £17,876 and 10% was donated to our charity for 2018/2019, the Peterson’s Fund for Children. Your support is really appreciated and contributed to a fabulous and memorable evening.
Macmillan Coffee Morning
A huge thank you to everyone who supported the PTA Macmillan Cancer Support coffee morning. There was a delicious range of cakes that had been donated and, together with the proceeds from the afternoon cake sale, pledges and the year group Bake Off rounds, we were able to give over £600 to this amazing cause. Thank you to everyone for their generosity and for helping to make this an important event in the PTA calendar.
Pop Up Circus
The Michaelmas half term ended on a high with a visit from the Pop Up Circus. The children came to school dressed in circus mufti with the theme for the day being ‘The Greatest Showman’. During the day the children enjoyed learning a variety of circus skills such as juggling, plate spinning and diablo in their workshops followed by a special circus performance for the children and their parents and carers after school.
PTA Movie Night
The PTA Movie Night was a sell-out success with all 60 tickets sold for a magical Christmas showing of ‘The Polar Express’. The movie-goers received popcorn, a chocolate treat and a candy cane to get them into the sugary Christmas spirit. Thank you so much for supporting this event and helping to raise funds for the PTA. What a wonderful start to the Christmas Season!
PTA Christmas Wreath Making Workshop
On 28th November, the PTA held the 3rd annual Longacre Christmas wreath making workshop. Juliette Phipps, of Flowers by Juliette, taught the 17 attendees how to create beautiful, one-of-a-kind wreaths.
With the festive sounds of the Pre-Prep nativity rehearsal accompanying us, Juliette professionally demonstrated how to create our wreaths, using copper wreath rings and moss as a sturdy base.
From there, we hand-picked the lovely foliage Juliette had provided to bind to our bases. We then had the tough decision of which beautiful decorations to add. From dried lemons & limes, cinnamon bundles and decorative baubles to pine cones and star anise, the options were many! The lovely fragrances of the dried fruit and spices were great additions to the foliage. Large bows were then added and the wreaths were finished!
Thank you to Juliette for providing such a fun workshop with so many wonderful decorative items. And thank you to all the lovely mums (and granny) who attended. As always, the support of our parents is what makes these events so successful.
‘Call My Bluff’ Wine Tasting
On 29th November, the PTA held the 2nd ‘Call my Bluff’ Wine Tasting evening. After some welcome drinks, the guests were given the opportunity to sample a variety of red, white and dessert wines. Each wine was accompanied by detailed and extravagant descriptions by the ‘experts’ – Mr Bryan, Mr Springett (COO of the Wine and Education Trust) and Ms Whitehouse (Longacre Governor and former parent). The guests then had to decide who was telling the truth.
It was a fun night sampling some unusual wines (who knew sake could taste so good?!), whilst enjoying a delicious selection of cheeses. Congratulations to Mr and Mrs Redman who won the magnum of champagne kindly donated by Mr and Mrs Wood. And a massive thank you to Mr Bryan, Mr Springett and Ms Whitehouse for being so believable and making the evening so entertaining.