Raffle winners in Wonderland

No matter what they tell you: playing the game may be fun but there's NOTHING like winning!

No matter what they tell you: playing the game may be fun but there’s NOTHING like winning!

What does Momma always tell us?

“Winter Wonderland ain’t over ’til the raffle has been drawn!”

So Friday’s party finally drew to a dramatic close at school assembly on Monday morning, when the winners of the Wonderland raffle were revealed: the cash and the luxury hamper both went to pupils at the school. There was a lot of joy in the room as kids took turns to draw!

The best result of all is that Winter Wonderland made approximately £1,000 to support the school. The exact figure will be published when all the receipts are in. That’s enough (for example) to fund one whole exciting Learning Treat in the New Year. So thank you, all of you, for buying your tickets, and for coming to the party – and if you haven’t had a call to tell you you’re a winner, well, better luck next time.

You can always console yourself by re-living the highlights of Friday’s party. Take a look at the great new gallery on this site (click here).

Feel the Force that is Wonderland

They're not printed on the raffle tickets... but some great last minute raffle prize donations are still rolling in...

Keep buying those raffle tickets, and bring in your cash and stubs. Some great last minute prize donations (such as Star Wars tickets, above) are still rolling in…

After a great meeting in the school lobby today – thanks so much to all the many people who came – Winter Wonderland is looking in truly terrific shape for next Friday.

Dads – don’t be shy!  The volunteer crew is currently overwhelmingly female and the involvement of all parents and carers is genuinely welcome! If you haven’t signed up to help and you’d still like to, please go ahead and contact us, or look out for the giant sign-up sheet at the school gate.

Although of course, the most important thing of all is just to enjoy the event with your child.

As last year, every child will get a chance to visit Santa’s Grotto on a class-by-class basis – it’s the only way to fit 320 children’s visits into a two-hour schedule.  Gather outside the back doors of the hall (a lovely elf will be waiting for you). To make sure you don’t miss your child’s slot, please study the schedule below:Santa's Schedule - Winter Wonderland 2015




Through the eyes of artists

Our local area has never looked so gorgeous as it does on every page of the Tufnell Park School 2016 calendar, on its way to press at this moment.

A page for every class, with a mystery contribution from the staff each August... our beautiful calendar has become an annual event.

A page for every class, with a mystery contribution from the staff each August… our beautiful calendar has become an annual event.

The organizers and our ever-generous sponsors at Drivers & Norris are busting every sinew to get these beauties printed in time to sell at Winter Wonderland on 4th December.  In any case, they’ll be available for you to buy at the front gate from then until Christmas.

Nothing screams, "Christmas!" like a giant wodge of cash.

Buy our raffle tickets – because nothing screams, “Christmas!” like a giant wodge of cash.

Meanwhile, spend those coins that are burning holes in your pockets on a clutch of raffle tickets for the fantastic Winter Wonderland draw.  We’ve got great prizes donated by many local businesses, including luxury foods, drink, family theatre tickets, meals and gifts. Your 50p ticket could even result in a handy £100 cash return… just the thing for a very merry Christmas.


What the HSA Committee talked about…

…on Monday 16th November.

Oooo... the posters went up all round school today and it's time to start feeling Christmassy all over.

Oooo… the posters went up all round school today. It’s time to start feeling Christmassy all over.

Winter Wonderland Winter Wonderland Winter Wonder… – it had to be, at this time of year! The party is on Friday 4th December, a week earlier than usual and only three weeks away.

Come to the final Wonderland planning meeting on Friday 27th November, 2:00pm in the school lobby.

Sign up to help on a stall at the party, so that no-one (except Santa) gets stuck in one place for the whole afternoon.

Lend us an artificial Christmas tree for Santa’s grotto – you can take it back at Going Home time, we promise!

Bake or buy cookies, cakes and Christmas goodies to donate for sale at the Wonderland Cake Stall.

Buy raffle tickets (coming home in PACT folders shortly) and/ or sell them to your friends – they will thank you when they win that £100 cash prize.

He'll be back - with treats for all you GOOD little girls and boys.

He’ll be back – with treats for all you GOOD little girls and boys.

Come along to the party from 4:30pm on Friday 4th December. There’ll be singing, dancing, the jolly old man in red, a cash draw, prizes galore, crazy Christmas make-overs, hot dogs and hot chocolate and fragrant hot wine, the ever-popular dress-up photobooth, a whole room of “snow” to jump in and demented amounts of glow-in-the-dark fun.

The HSA did some other business, too.

A Tufnell Park School Calendar for 2016 is already in production and, with 12 original class artworks depicting “Tufnell Park Scenes”, it’s going to be really wonderful. With luck, it will be on sale at Winter Wonderland… or very shortly after.

Looking forward to early Spring, we’ll be launching a fantastic gardening, growing and cooking project with a £4,880. grant from Santander’s Community Plus fund. This will involve several community days at school, so please watch this space for your chance to get involved. Thank you so much, HSA co-treasurer Carolyne (and Santander employee) for alerting us to a wonderful opportunity and submitting our application on the HSA’s behalf.

Finally, after carrying out research into the origins of our name – Home School Association – the committee voted overwhelmingly to change us back into a PTA, probably from September. There are some technicalities to sort out before a re-launch but at last we’ll have the advantage of people knowing what we are….

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.

Winning tickets for the Christmas draw

Hard to tell who's happier: Mr Scarborough or our lucky winner.

Hard to tell who’s happier: Mr Scarborough or the winner of our first prize.

There were plenty of big smiles at assembly this morning as Mr Scarborough announced a string of winners for this year’s Winter Wonderland raffle.

For those of us who went home without a prize, we can take comfort from the fact that all profits go to the HSA to spend on all our kids: the total will be announced here when the final receipts are in.

We’ll be seeing the results of that in some great Learning Treats coming up in the next couple of terms.  Watch this space…

Last chance for luxury! Turn in your tickets…

Bursting with Christmas promise... the luxury hamper is 4th prize in our raffle draw.

Bursting with Christmas promise… the gorgeous 2014 hamper will add several special somethings to someone’s Christmas Day.

It’s Winter Wonderland tomorrow, your last chance to buy tickets for this year’s Christmas raffle. Don’t forget to turn in your cash and stubs, and to bring back any unsold tickets from the children’s PACT folders. We’ll sell them at the party.

As well as a Kindle Fire, fantastic theatre tickets and a cash prize, take a look at what’s fourth on the list: the luxury hamper, which will go home with some lucky winner after assembly on Monday 15th. It’s got panettone, preserves and nibbles, two kinds of bubbly, a £20 voucher for premium butcher Meat NW5 and (most important of all?) some lovely Molton Brown hand cream for your Xmas washer-up. For just 50p, that’s quite a win.

Santa's bought his.

Santa’s bought his: time to bring in your stubs.


Christmas goodies coming up – buy! buy! buy!

Gather round a warm Kindle this Christmas with the Tufnell Park raffle...

Gather round a warm Kindle this Christmas with the Tufnell Park raffle…

...or take yourselves out for a fantastic night at the theatre with tickets to "Made in Dagenham".

…or switch off the screen and take yourselves out for a great night at the theatre.

Yours for 50p - if it's the right 50p.

Yours for 50p – if it’s the right 50p.

Everyone with a child at Tufnell Park School will have had a book of raffle tickets in their PACT folder last Friday.  That’s Step One: to be in with a chance of winning, you have to buy them!

Completed stubs and cash should be returned to the school by Friday 12th December and the draw will be held on Monday 15th at morning assembly.

Our beautiful school calendar will be on sale at the school gates shortly – and it really is beautiful.  Once again, it has been generously sponsored by local property agents Drivers & Norris, who have been fantastic supporters of our school for several years.  They’re covering the print costs, so all takings go direct to the HSA to be spent for the benefit of your children.

You’ll need to hurry, though – we’ve got just 150 copies to sell…

The children have done us proud again with a gorgeous 2015 calendar, now at the printers' and going on sale shortly.

The children have done us proud with a gorgeous 2015 calendar, going on sale shortly.


Get set for summer

It’s less than two weeks until this year’s Summer Fair: so much has been done and so much still to do…! We’re still sourcing prizes large and small for the Tombola – bring your donations to school reception – and the donation of a majestic raffle prize or lot for the silent auction is welcome any time.

duck poster finalSpeaking of the silent auction: this is where our parent community’s skills and services go down particularly well.  Can you do a marvellous manicure?  Bake a splendid cake?  Spare some time to babysit?  Show a (kid) visitor round your workplace?  Teach an hour’s guitar?

Other families out there may well donate CASH to the school for your effort, so please… be bold and offer.

Loads of people have come forward to offer help for preparation and on the day, which is really fantastic.  We can always use more!

Email the HSA any time to let us know that you’re available and willing to take a slot running a stall at the fair, to help set up, to take raffle tickets and posters round to local shops… We’ll be happy to hear from you.

All yours for 50p…

…well, if you’re lucky. And we at Tufnell Park School are very lucky, because our loyal sponsors at Drivers & Norris Estate Agents have once again donated a glorious and desirable first prize for our Summer Fair raffle.  It’s the Apple iPad mini 16GB Wi-Fi, neat and sleek and retailing at just above or below £250.00, depending where you shop.  Take a look:

That'd slip nicely into your life... wouldn't it?

The iPad mini 16GB Wi-Fi.  That’d slip nicely into your life… wouldn’t it?

Raffle tickets are on sale now for only 50p each. They went into the PACT folders today and more are available from school reception.

Sell! Sell! Sell!  And don’t forget to buy.