Goostrey Community Primary School has a very supportive and active PTA.
During the year the PTA organise various events such as children's discos, a Christmas bazaar, film nights, beetle drives, quiz nights and a bi-annual Summer Ball.
We can only run these events with the help of parents.
If you would like to become an active member, please contact PTA via email: PTA@goostrey.cheshire.sch.uk or Miss Atkins, the Headteacher, through school.
Some of the regular events the PTA run are explained in more detail below:
Mother's Day, Father's Day & Christmas shop
The children are invited to visit the shops (Father's Day is new for 2014). The shops are held as close to the big date as possible. Delightful gifts such as; photo frames, hanging decorations, flowers, chocolates and additional trinkets are available for the children to come along, browse and purchase a gift for their lucky recipient. Gifts tend to cost between £1.00 and £3.00 and are wrapped and tag ready.
The children really enjoy this event; it is delightful to see their excitement; they love to come along with their own money and choose their own gifts.
June Evening is a very special event for the pupils at Goostrey School. It always takes place on a Friday in June straight after the end of the school day. It was started by the Year 6 class and they are responsibile for thinking about a stall or game they can run. They can work in a group or on their own and will discuss their proposals with their teacher.
However, as June Evening has evolved other junior classes have also got involved and the amount of stalls and games has grown. The Year 6 still have overall responsibility for this event. Everyone is welcome to come to June Evening, enjoy the atmosphere and take part in the many activities available.
The PTA sells refreshments at June Evening. This is from the kitchen in the Junior Hall. The stalls and other activities are usually around the junior playground and in the hall. If it is raining then everything is in the junior classes and the hall.
June Evening allows the children to show their entrepreneurial spirit as well as their organisational skills. The money they raise goes into the school fund for the pupils to spend. This is usually on playground equipment the pupils have chosen.
The children think June Evening is ‘great fun’ and it ‘allows us to raise money for things. It gives us responsibility and a goal to work to.’
School Discos happen about three times a year. They are always in the School Hall on the junior side. The disco for the infants in 5pm to 6pm and the juniors is 6.30 to 7.30pm.
The admission price includes a bag of crisps and we ask the children to bring a bottle of water with them, with their name on. The dress code is whatever the child wants to wear – we have had sequins and tiaras as well as designer tops and ripped jeans in the past.
The PTA provide the crisps and help with the general running of this event and staff are around to assist with the organisation as well.
Behaviour is always excellent and the children have a fun time. The DJ makes sure that the music and activities suit the ages of the children perfectly.
When the pupils were asked what they thought of the disco they came up with words like: fantastic, fun, bright, colourful, exciting and wicked!
This is a fun family night at school, all family members are invited. There are always refreshments and prizes to be won. It usually takes place in the Village Hall and is based on a table top game.
How to play Beetle
The aim of the game of Beetle is to be the first player to draw a complete beetle. The body parts are each given a number.
- 6 - The Body - (1 per beetle)
- 5 - The Head - (1 per beetle)
- 4 - Tail - (1 per beetle)
- 3 - The Legs - (6 per beetle)
- 2 - The Antenna - (2 per beetle)
- 1 - The Eyes - (2 per beetle)
Players take turns to roll a die and can add the corresponding body part to their beetle. They must however throw a 6 first for the body before they can add any other part. Players may only add the correct number of body parts to their beetle for instance only 2 antennae, a further throw of number 2 resulting in no addition and the dice being passed on. Some player's beetles will be drawn quite rapidly other players will flounder unable to throw the correct score on the dice to complete their beetle. The minute one player has completed their picture they shout Beetle and that is the end of that game
How to organise a Beetle Drive
A Beetle Drive is a mass game of Beetle. Players sit around tables in groups of six. Each player has a sheet usually with 9 or 12 boxes in which to draw their beetles. On "GO" the game starts with each group of players trying furiously to complete their beetles. The minute any player in the room complete their beetle they shout "BEETLE" and the whole room stops immediately.
All players then add up the number of body parts they have added to their own beetle scoring one point for each part to a maximum of 14 for a completed beetle.
The highest scorer from each table then moves to the next table in a clockwise direction whilst the lowest scorer moves anti-clockwise.
When everyone is sitting at their new tables the organiser shouts "GO" another round is played. This continues for up to 12 rounds if time allows. Each player keeps a running total of their scores and at the end of the last round the person with the highest score is crowned Champion / King of the Beetles / Golden Beetle and given an appropriate prize.
During play winners of individual rounds could also be given small prizes.
Very often families will bring along Grand parents, Aunties and Uncles. All are invited and welcome.
This usually takes place in the Village Hall, it is a great family night. It usually lasts for about one and a half hours. We usually play 3 games – 2 games then a refreshments break followed by a further game (additional bingo cards can be purchased at this point.
The callers call out the numbers using a microphone, the numbers can also be seen on a screen.
Players play for a small prize for a line and then a full house gets a bigger prize!
Winners are expected to stand and shout 'line' or 'house'
This is always great family entertainmnet and fun!