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In Simple Ideas you will find ideas that should be achievable for any congregation. Immensely practical, but requiring the minimum of time or resources. Ideal for people looking for a good place to begin.

Monday
Sep242012

Helping with school trips

Many primary schools take pupils on both educational and leisure outings.  These trips require high ratio of adults to children and so parents or other adult helpers are necessary to supplement staff on excursions.  Being able to assist by accompanying a class on a visit to a museum or sports festival both provides needed help to the school and allows relationships to be built with staff members and children in a more informal setting than the classroom.

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Thursday
Sep202012

Subsidising School Trips

Even within state education there can be a financial burden on families as extra costs such as school trips and residentials appear on notes home in school bags. Why not demonstrate the practical compassion of your congregation by trying to alleviate this stress for families facing hardship so that their children are not excluded from school excursions on the basis of finances? Could your church form a pot of money that the school can use discretely where needed? Or is this a general issue throughout the school, in which case, making arrangements for contributing towards coach costs or providing a gift that will subsidise all places could mean a lot to the Head Teacher.

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Thursday
Sep202012

Feeding staff at parents' evenings

Before each parents’ evening (there are six each year), your local churches could bring sandwiches and baking into the school, set it up and serve tea and coffee. The food can be provided mainly by individuals from the local churches and Christian parents. It’s great to be able to support and encourage the teachers in this way and get to know and build relationships with them. It gathers the staff in one place before what can often be difficult evenings for them and helps them feel valued. It can make a great impact yet is such a simple thing to do!

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Thursday
Sep202012

Supporting school fundraising

Most primary schools will hold school fairs several times a year to help raise funds for the school. There are many ways that people in the church could volunteer to help out:

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Thursday
Sep202012

Helping with a school move

Sometimes schools need to move premises, or departments within a school will be swapped round. It can be stressful for staff who need to keep teaching as well as sorting out all the resources they have accumulated (sometimes over many many years!).

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