Sweet & Savoury Snack triumph

It's snowing outside - but in here, we've got fruit kebabs = joy

It’s snowing outside – but in here, we’ve got fruit kebabs = joy

The Sweet & Savoury snack stall was an absolute triumph for the three infants’ classes today, raking in a £179.00 profit and boasting a truly beautiful array of foodstuffs.

Thanks so much to everyone who contributed.  It’s really great to see how people have managed to expand the old “cake sale” brief and still make good money with plenty of sweet treats included.

Summer & Snacks: Friday 29th April

The Orion cake sale last summer - happy days are here again.

The Orion cake sale last summer – happy days are here again.

It seems a while since this blog featured a photo of a giant table groaning under the weight of many cakes, so here is one. The infants’ classes (Years 1 and 2) have opted for a Sweet & Savoury Snack Stall as their fundraiser this Friday.  The proceeds go to all three classes – Delphinus, Andromeda and Ursa – so we hope you’re very hungry…  Please donate if you can, and definitely come and buy.

"Stick 'em up, pardner!"  Put this lot in stetsons and we've got a posse.

“Stick ’em up, pardner!” Put this lot in stetsons and we’ve got a posse.

Conveniently timed at 2:00pm on the same afternoon is the extremely important Summer Fair Planning Meeting (meet in the school lobby).  The theme this year is Cowboys & Cowgirls, which we’ll be happy to interpret as loosely as necessary, in keeping with successful tradition.  The point is to put on a fantastic fun summer fair with tons of things to do… as well as raising a load of money for HSA activities next year. Saddle up and get on down to school, bringing your Wildest and Westest ideas with you.

Re-live the Hat Parade: gallery now open

Waiting at the Window

No more waiting – your moment on stage has arrived.

The springtime keeps trying to break through the grey… But if it still can’t come fast enough for you, warm up with a browse through the sunny spectacular that is the Tufnell Park Annual Easter Hat Parade: click here for the full gallery.

Meanwhile, the HSA is already looking forward to summer.  The first Summer Fair Planning meeting is on Friday 29th April at 2:00pm at school.  Please come along if you possibly can. Or, if you can’t, contact us to feed in your ideas/ comments/ offers of help. “Cowboys & Cowgirls” is the theme we’re working with…

Straight after the meeting that day, you’ll be able to refresh yourselves and your children at the sale of sweet & savoury snacks on behalf of all the infants’ classes. Please contribute goodies if you can, particularly if your children are in years 1 and 2… and please consider giving 30 minutes of your time to jump behind the stall and help. Tracey and Gregor, parents of Clara in Cygnus, have nobly volunteered as HSA Fundraising Friday co-ordinators for the rest of this school year, and would be very glad of your support.

Finally, one less thing to worry about.  Your dinner this Wednesday 20th April is sorted: dine with the HSA at the Tufnell Park Tavern from 8:00pm.  By popular demand, it’s a super-casual drinks and eats social for all parents and carers at the school, and we’d love to see you there.


Great result for Children in Need

The school welcomed a lovely new head for the day today - very generous with the Head teacher's awards.

The school welcomed a lovely new head for the day today.

Well done, Tufnell Park!

The grand total for our fundraising efforts on behalf of Children in Need came just a tenner short of £400 today.

The after-school snack sale and balloon cartooning brought in £162, despite being crammed into the lobby as the weather turned unreliable. During the week, “Guess the number of sweets in the jar” plus the madly popular “Head for a Day” draw raised £228 (£227.78 to be precise).

Thanks to everyone who contributed cash, cakes, time and effort – particularly Diane, for her tireless all-weather ticket-selling at the gate.

Get out your 50p for Children in Need

The school has supported Children in Need for years.  In 2014, Orion class did a special assembly about it.

The school has supported Children in Need for years. In 2014, Orion class did a special assembly about it (audience in pyjamas).

Lucky Mr Scarborough.  FINALLY he’ll be able to take a day off in full knowledge that he leaves his job in capable hands… because this week, all week, 50p tickets will be on sale at the school gate for our Head for the Day draw on Friday 13th November (Tufnell Park pupils only).  Talk about lucky for some! The winning ticket will be drawn at Friday assembly and the job begins immediately.

... to come along and join in the fun.

… to come along this Friday and join the fun.

Of course, it’s a Fundraising Friday in aid of BBC Children in Need. As well as the chance to be Head for the Day, children (and families!) can use their numerical estimating skills to win an enormous great stash of sweets in time for Christmas: the jar will be at the front desk from Monday afternoon. Our new head will announce the winner shortly after taking up their position – it may well be their very first task.

Let's see if we can come up with dotty snacks to sell - and spots don't HAVE to mean smarties (though smarties are good, too).

Perhaps we can come up with some dotty snacks to sell – and spots don’t HAVE to mean smarties (though smarties are good, too).

Also on Friday, please donate snacks and cakes – spotty if you like! –  for a Children in Need after-school snack sale. There will be cookie decorating and some crazy balloon cartooning laid on, too.

Please come and help out – let’s try and beat last year’s record total of over £600 for this excellent cause.

Screaming success for Fundraising Fridays

Welcome to Tufnell Park!

Welcome to Tufnell Park – dead or alive!

The whole school pulled together to make a massive success of the first Fundraising Friday.

Donations from Halloween dress-up raised c. £180 (final figure tbc), while the afterschool sale of Spooky Snacks, plus “Guess the Weight of the Pumpkin”, brought in a giant £223.93.

What a truly incredible effort, resulting in at least £403.93 to be shared between Cygnus class and the playground supervision team, who are going to buy toys and games for children’s break time.

Thank you so much, all you super-creative parents and families, for helping the children produce fabulous outfits, and for providing truly spooky snacks for sale. Take a good, long look at the gallery of photographs from school assembly, plus snaps from the playground before and after school (below).

Yeuuucccchhhh! Get your pennies ready…

Is that a vegetarian sausage?  All tastes catered for at Cygnus Spooky Snacks stall.

Yum! Can’t wait to see the vegetarian option.

Has it come to this? Looks like we’re selling body parts to raise cash for classes…

…and indeed, frankfurter fingers will be among the Spooky Snacks on offer at the after-school not-just-cake sale in aid of Cygnus class this Friday, 23rd October.

Of course, the kids eating them will probably look the part, as it’s also a Halloween dress-up day to help raise money for playground toys. There’s many a young witch or ghoul will be dying to get their gnashers into one of these.

Stand by tomorrow evening for photos – if you dare… (and please send some, if you take them): WO-A-HA-HA-HA-HAAA!

Orion cake it alone

Two boys

Guess that’s why it’s called a “cake hole”. By some.

They called it a “monster cake sale” on their poster, and Orion certainly went giant on their profit today when they took in £130.60 from their cake sale… all alone. Or almost all alone.

Although the Nursery had a schedule clash today and unfortunately missed their cake sale, the HSA’s new candyfloss maker had just arrived at school and needed a try-out before the Summer Fair. So, candyfloss profits contributed to Orion’s heroic solo effort. And the verdict on the candyfloss machine?  It’s very pink.  And it works really well.  See it in action NEXT Saturday, 11th July, 2-5pm.

Fridays are for meeting… and treating

Don’t forget!  It’s the last cake sale of the school year tomorrow, with profits to Orion and the Nursery.  Bring cake, buy cake – or if you feel it’s too hot for cake, get creative with some fruit or healthy snacks to sell: all contributions are very welcome.

Nothing starts the weekend like a slice of cake.

Nothing starts the weekend like a slice of cake – get yours on the way out of school tomorrow afternoon.

If you can get to school any earlier, please join the Summer Fair meeting in the mobile from 2:00pm.

Sign up to help out at the fair, if you haven’t already, or just come and find out what’s going on and how it’s all going to work on the day.

With Colombian dancers, capoeira instructors and plenty of fruity punch on offer, this year’s carnival theme is hotting up right along with the weather…

What the HSA Committee talked about…

…on Tuesday 23rd June.

Carnival! Carnival! Carnival! With the Summer Fair less than two weeks away – it’s on Saturday 11th July – carnival planning is about the only game in the HSA’s town. Loads of people have signed up to help, which is absolutely brilliant because it’s going to be BIG as ever, and everyone also needs a bit of time off to go round the fair with their own kids. Let us know at any time if you don’t mind lending a hand.

Fair poster image for web

Email Anna on tpshsan7@gmail.com, grab one of the committee in the playground, put your name on the chart in the school lobby or look out for parents at the school gate all next week – they’ll be out there, signing up volunteers.

Even if you haven’t done any of that, you could still drop by the next – and final – Summer Fair planning meeting: Friday 3rd July at 2:00pm at school, in the mobile, conveniently leading you into the Nursery & Orion cake sale at 3:30pm.

One day, ALL of these will sell for 50p... but for today, it's only this one.

One day, maybe, ALL of these will sell for 50p… but for today, it’s only this one.

Keep an eye on the PACT folders, too: today they contain a letter about the fair listing things we still need, and attaching books of raffle tickets for families to buy and sell. Once again, our kind sponsors at Drivers & Norris have come up with a splendid first prize: an Apple iPad Air 16GB with WiFi – retailing at around £300 and possible to win for just 50p… if you buy the lucky ticket. It really is a beauty.