Craigmount Parent Council Fundraising
In addition to the regular meetings attended by the Parent Council members we also undertake to raise funds by various means; all of which benefit the students throughout the school.
Must of the fundraising is carried out by a small group of Parent Council members, but all members come together, where possible, to assist in the larger ventures, especially the Corstorphine Fair.
Over the last few years we have raised many thousands of pounds – all of which has gone back to provide assistance to the school or after school clubs. We do not provide the necessities for the Departments but the extras- the icing on the cake – which can allow trips, visits from external bodies or just make learning more interesting or exciting.
Every Department/Club is able to apply each term for a pay-out. The Parent Council considers all applications and makes it decision based on availability of cash in addition to the suitability of the request and how beneficial the project/goods will be to students.
Throughout the year we are present at every Parents Consultation Evening where we meet parents/carers as they arrive and sell quiz sheets at £1 each. This has become more popular over the time it has been running with many coming ready with coin in hand to see what puzzle we have on offer. Each quiz usually covers 2-3 evenings and prizes are available for the 2 best returned entries.
We also sell a quiz and run a small raffle at the information evening in June for the parents/carers of P7 students about to join Craigmount, in addition to offering them a welcoming drink.
We have run a very successful raffle at the Spring Fling events.
Our largest fundraising event is the ever popular Corstorphine Fair which is held in St Margaret’s Park on the first Saturday in June every 2 years (even years e.g. 2018). We take a stall at the fair and hold a tombola offering wide and varied prizes kindly donated by local businesses and attractions. Any help for this large event is very welcome – either a donation for our tombola, some baking or the offer of an hour or two of help on the stall.
The autumn of 2014 saw us launch our latest initiative – The 200 Club. This allows funds to be raised for the school but also for 40% of the income to be returned to the members as prize money. You have to be in it to win it! Please send up an email if you’d like to join firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are always looking for new ideas for our fundraising but further suggestions and enthusiastic offers of help are gratefully received.
Money raised during 2017/18 has gone to several departments and clubs including:
- Pupil equity fund, especially helping with setting up the Nurture Room
- Science department homework kits
- Performing arts
- Dancing Club
- Information and Computing Technology
- Craft and Design Technology
Grants are typically between £100 and £500.