Christmas spectacular

Next event: December 2020

A visit from Father Christmas

 

There will be a special visit from the Big Man himself on Friday 11th December in school time. Look out for clues to his whereabouts when you come to school and listen out for those jingle bells.

 

Christmas Raffle

 

Be in it to win it – with our children’s raffle and grown ups' raffle! We have some great prizes, including £150 cash. If you’d like to donate a prize, please email chair@foics.org by Friday 20th November.

 

Tickets will be on sale through our website from 23rd November to 10th December. They cost £1 for two children’s raffle tickets and £1 for one adult’s raffle tickets.

 

The draw will be announced through Dojo Stories on Monday 14th December, with winners announced on our website that evening from 5pm. Winners can collect prizes from reception between Tuesday 15th and Thursday 17th December. Good luck!

 

Grown ups' raffle prizes

  • £150 

  • Gardening voucher from Matthews plants for spring 

  • Flower arrangement

  • Booze hamper

  • Christmas hamper

  • Christmas Quiz

 

Children’s raffle prizes

  • Loopy Loo Party (EYFS Draw) 

  • Giant Teddy (EYFS Draw)

  • Marsh Farm Tickets (Year 1/2 Draw)

  • Our Generation 'Pheobe: From hair to there' doll (Year 1/2 Draw)

  • Lego Friends Advent Calendar (Year 3/4 Draw)

  • Spider-Man web shooter with glove (Year 3/4 Draw)

  • Voucher for Symths Toys (Year 5/6 Draw)

  • £20 voucher for Playstation OR XBox (Year 5/6 Draw)

Christmas Market for the children

 

We’re putting on some stalls for children to buy gifts for their parents or other grown up loved ones. It’ll be in school time during the week of 7th December - we’ll announce the exact date nearer the time.

Each gift will be £1 in cash. So that there is enough for everyone, there will be a limit of two gifts per child. Please try and give the correct change to your child.

 

We hope this event will encourage children to think about what someone else might like and to do something nice for those they care about.

 

Please help - we need donations. To run this event, we’re asking for donations of small gifts for grown ups (like smellies or other unwanted and unopened gifts - no soft toys please). There will be a collection box in reception and the deadline is Monday 30th November.

 

Give a Gift

 

Give the gift of Christmas this year and donate any unopened toys and gifts to children in our community who are less fortunate. If you don’t have anything to hand, perhaps start a collection with friends to purchase a gift to donate. 

 

We’re looking to collect items for all primary school ages and genders - but we can also make use of donations for other ages (babies, toddlers and teenagers) through other connections we have with local hospices and refuges.

 

There will be a donation box in reception (please don’t wrap items). Thank you for your generosity – it really will make a difference this Christmas.

Cards for our Elders 

 

Thanks to the lovely suggestions from our parent community, we'll be providing blank greeting cards to all students at the school to create home-made Christmas cards for local care homes (Ashlar house near St Margaret’s and Weald Hall in Thornwod). 

 

It is so important to keep our elder community safe from Covid, but this may mean they can’t see their friends or family in person. We have an amazing community in Epping, and we can show our elders that we care.

 

What you need to do

 

  1. A blank card (without envelope) will be sent home around during the week of 23rd November. Decorate the front cover using anything you like - paint, pens, glue, stencils, ribbons, glitter etc. 

  2. Write a short letter inside. Your words will mean so much, so choose them well - take a look at our top tips if you need some help. Personalising your card can also make it feel more special - we have a limited list of names so please email vicechair@foics.org if you would like to add this. 

  3. Once complete, pop them in the collection box in reception by Friday 11th December. We’ll take photos of the cards for a slideshow, and will put them in envelopes, ready to be quarantined.

Toy swap 

 

And finally, a sneak peek at 2021 - a toy swap event! Details to follow in the new year! Happy Christmas everyone!

Feedback - let us know what you think

We always want to hear how we're doing and how we might do things even better. So please share any feedback or ideas you have about our events, communications or other things we're involved in. Email us at communications@foics.org.

 
 
 
 
 
 
Friends of Ivy Chimneys School (Registered Charity 288665)
Ivy Chimneys Primary School, Epping, Essex CM16 4EP
chair@foics.org
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