It was a very exciting week for PTAsocial on Twitter, as we launched our first ever #PTAhour – a chance to exchange ideas, ask questions and pick up tips from other PTAs across the country!
If you’ve never taken part in anything like this before, it’s really simple to join in live. We tweet 10 questions over the course of the hour, and everyone replies using the hashtag #PTAhour. Finally, we end with a few extra questions that anyone can throw. You can find out more about #PTAhour here.
The theme for our first #PTAhour was all things Christmas Fair, and we had some great responses to our discussion topics:
We wanted to know if your fair was a weekend or post-school event, and we had a mixed bag of replies!
We're on a Saturday. Each class is assigned a stall to man between them to ensure attendance!!!— Marian Vian PTA (@MarianVianPTA) November 9, 2017
We schedule it for a Friday evening 5 - 7pm as our teachers help too. Our Summer Fair is at a weekend so working parents can get involved more easily.— Brookburn PTA (@BrookburnPTA) November 8, 2017
We start with Father Christmas at 3:15 to capture the nursery parents and then the fayre opens to all at 4. Would love to start later but worry that no one will attend! Have tested a variety of times in last 3 years. Maybe next year we’ll go later!!— Liz Mounfield (@LizMounfield) November 8, 2017
You told us what kind of fun and games the PTA organised at your fair:
Mrs Santas Kitchen (biscuit decorating), Knock Santa off chimney, lucky dip, hook a stocking, toy tombola for kids. Gen 50p a go / 3 for £1.— Pembury School PTA (@PemburyPSA) November 8, 2017
Our most popular stalls are the Ted and choc tombola, our comedy show and the Secret Present Room which earns us £2k on its own #PTAhour— Debbie Powell (@DebbieDlmpowell) November 8, 2017
Usual fodder! Hook-a duck, buzz game, sweet and bottle tombola, guess how many sweets in the jar, name the teddy, craft activities, find a friend...— Marian Vian PTA (@MarianVianPTA) November 9, 2017
We also discussed the subject of volunteers for your Christmas Fair:
A7. Around 15 volunteers, not including teachers for up to 3 hours.— Liz Mounfield (@LizMounfield) November 8, 2017
We ask each class to man a stall - hourly slots asked for, some reps split it and ask for half hourly depending on number of volunteers!— Marian Vian PTA (@MarianVianPTA) November 9, 2017
And Santa’s Grotto too!
Our Santa is a main attraction and we usually build a grotto from scratch using school notice boards and lots of fabric and staples! This year we have a gazebo to make it easier!— Brookburn PTA (@BrookburnPTA) November 8, 2017
Pre-booked slots - 20 minute experience with Year 6 children acting inside the marquee (linked to theme for the year).— Marian Vian PTA (@MarianVianPTA) November 9, 2017
And we had some very interesting top tips!
Def feedback from previous yr & notes for next year, also keep exits moving freely, easy access, somewhere to sit if having food, warm up place if it's outside like ours @MarianVian - Beckenham Also keep records of what sold well so easy to order following yr.— Beckenhambod (@mlol2000) November 9, 2017
Totally agree. Plus record what has worked/ not worked so well. Ask for feedback from parents / kids/ attendees to make next yr even better!— Pembury School PTA (@PemburyPSA) November 8, 2017
A huge thank you to everyone who took part in our first #PTAhour! We’ll be holding intermittent sessions on a Wednesday 8-9pm GMT throughout the school year, our next planned topic is event sponsorship and external stallholders.
Visit our PTAhour page to find out how and when to take part!
P.S. Want sponsors for your upcoming Christmas events? Tell us more and we’ll help you get sponsors and enter you in our prizedraw!
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Sorting out your Christmas Fair stall rotas? Got Christmas party tickets to sell? Organising Grotto bookings in advance? You could do things the hard way… or you could just use PTAsocial. 🙂