Children at Ramsbury Primary enjoyed an Easter tombola competition, which raised over £550 for the school PTA(Parent, Teacher Association). Chocolate prizes were kindly donated by OneStop, Tesco, Budgens and Waitrose. A beautiful Easter cake was donated by Jess’s Cakes and Bakes and a gorgeous spring bouquet by Charlotte Phipps Florist. Everyone was a prizewinner – no child was left empty-handed. A further Easter competition will be run during the holidays to grow egg heads (using cress seeds).
The Easter in-school tombola competition was organised by the Year 6 class PTA parent representatives, who commented, “We wanted to run a competition that engaged the children as well as raising money. It has been great to see the excitement generated within the school class bubbles about who will win the coveted Dragon Egg. We are really grateful to all of the companies who donated prizes. There were 20 star prizes, as well as over 70 large and 145 medium chocolate eggs: everyone took an egg home.”
Laura Cooper, PTA Chair commented “It has been a challenge running PTA events this year due to COVID. We can’t raise money with the usual school fetes/bake sales/popcorn clubs so the PTA have had to be fairly inventive. The teachers are working flat out already, and we obviously want to support the school by raising as much money as we can in spite of the difficulties presented by the pandemic.“
Parents commented, “All children have been back in school since 8 March, and, although children are in class bubbles, it is wonderful to hear the sounds of a busy happy school again when you walk past. Although obviously whole school events are still not possible, the staff have worked incredibly hard to help the children settle back in.
On Friday 19 March everyone wore red, raising £351 for Comic Relief. The school orchestra is playing again (with children staying in their class bubbles and socially distanced from other classes.) Individual peripatetic music lessons are happening face-to-face, full class tennis lessons are being run for Years 5 and 6 in addition to their normal PE afternoons and in-class teaching is as back to normal as it can be within the COVID 19 guidelines.
The annual ‘Ramsbury’s Got Talent’ competition was run virtually via Google Classroom in February, with children and parents getting involved to submit videos and the whole school watching the finals in their classroom bubbles.”
Head Teacher, Joanna Price, said, “It continues to be a challenging time and I have nothing but admiration for the staff team and our children who have all shown incredible resilience. Running PTA events like the Easter competition, brings a bit of normality and joy for our children who have adapted wonderfully to this uncertain year.”