VIP Balloon Flight for 2 - Charity Auction
VIP Balloon Flight for 2 -  Charity Auction
Lynn Gadsby
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Bid on this amazing auction donated by local pilot Caroline Ainhow. A unique and totally private balloon flight for 2 people across the Kent countryside.

We would like to offer for auction a once in a lifetime chance for 2 people to experience a bespoke private balloon flight.

Based in Horsmonden your pilot Caroline Aindow will arrange a preferred time/date and location for your flight.  For a morning flight this would be just before sunrise and for an evening flight about 2 hrs before sunset. You will soar above the stunning Kentish landscape, a wonderful, magical treat for you both to share, and a great way to mark any special occasion. There will be photo opportunities before during and after the flight and the experience will be completely tailored to suit you. After the flight the crew will then drive you all back to your original meeting point. This is a very rare opportunity, 'dream come true' moment and would make a spectacular gift.


  • A 3-4 hour private hot air ballooning experience between mid April and mid October.
  • Greeting & passenger registration.
  • Full pilot safety briefing, learn how the balloon works and watch the inflation.
  • A 1 hour unforgettable VIP flight with beautiful views across the Kent countryside.
  • The opportunity to join in the fun packing the balloon away.
  • Bottle of champagne

The auction will close on 9th December and we hope to raise as much money as possible for the TGS PTA.  You cannot put a price on this type of experience. Bid generously, this will be a popular, unique event.

Follow the link to BID now! 











Match Funding
Match Funding
Lynn Gadsby
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Many companies in the UK offer employees the chance to boost their fundraising by 'matching' the money they raise. It really is money for nothing, and TGS PTA could double the amount it raises with very little effort. Want to know how? Read on...

What is match funding?

Match giving or match funding is a simple way of maximising the fundraising efforts of your individual PTA volunteers. It is an informal albeit corporate arrangement between a company and their employee. Not all companies offer matched funding but those that do will pledge a sum of money relating to the amount their employee has raised for or donated to the charity of their choice. Some organisations will match fund on a £ for £ basis, others will stipulate what they are prepared to give. It is likely that an upper limit will be applied along with certain criteria such as the recipient organisation being a registered charity. Some companies will also pledge time and resources instead of money, so enabling their employees to support a cause during their working week, or offering a tangible service such as the opportunity to print posters, programmes, newsletters and so on.

Which organisations will support our PTA?

Unfortunately, while we'd love to be able to provide a comprehensive list of companies offering match funding, it is fraught with too many issues - some companies have certain criteria in their small print (i.e. where it's only offered to full-time staff after two years service), or the schemes change too often for us to be able to keep any such list up to date. Generally speaking, banks and building societies, insurance companies, supermarkets, utilities providers, phone companies and car manufacturers are known historically to offer match funding schemes.

Here are just some companies that we know who operate match-funding schemes:

Aviva, Bank of America, Barclays Bank, Benfield Group, BP, British Telecom, British Gas, Camelot, Costcutte, Co-op, Daryl Industries, Deloitte, Diageo, Ernst and Young, Experian, HSBC, Ipsos, Mori, JP Morgan, Chase, Kingfisher PLC, Legal and General, Lloyds TSB / HBOS, Microsoft, Northern Rock, 02, PwC, RBS Group, Royal Dutch, Shell, RW,E nPower, Santander, Schroders, Sky, Tarmac, Tesco, Texaco, UBS, Unilever, Yorkshire Bank & Whitbread

If you are currently employed by one of these organsisations or another company that is not listed we would like to hear from you: 

Every single penny we raise is used to fund projects for the school that benefit your children.

Thank you







The Legendary Winter Hamper Raffle!
The Legendary Winter Hamper Raffle!
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Tickets go on sale soon for the TGS Hamper Raffle

The TGS PTA are organising the Wizarding Hamper Raffle in conjunction with The Winter Fair, which will be held on the 9th December, 2018.

As you are aware we have a donations day coming up on the 9th November when the pupils bring along various festive items to fill the hampers and in previous years your generosity has been amazing. The hampers have been brimming with fabulous gifts making the Hamper Raffle one of the highlights of the Christmas Term.

Last year the raffle raised over £2,700 for the school and we are hoping to beat that figure this year.

Inkeeping with the Wizarding theme the 7 hampers will each be named after a Harry Potter book:

  1. The Philosopher's Stone
  2. The Chamber of Secrets
  3. The Prisoner of Azkaban
  4. The Goblet of Fire
  5. The Order of the Phoenix
  6. The Half-Blood Prince
  7. The Deathly Hallows


All pupils will receive a booklet of 5 raffle tickets to purchase. Each ticket is £2. If you would like to purchase some tickets, please:

  • Mark your name and address and your childs Learning Community on the stub
  • Enclose cash or a cheque made payable to Tonbridge Grammar School PTA for the correct amount
  • Keep the other half of the ticket for your records
  • Hand the completed raffle tickets and payment in at reception.

There will be a prize for the Learning Community that sells the most tickets. Extra tickets can be obtained from the school reception, so please sell to family, friends & colleagues and dont forget 100% of the funds raised benefit the school.

The draw will take place at 3pm on the 9th December at The Wizarding Winter Fair. Winners not present will be notified via phone.

Thank you for your continued support and Good Luck!

Tonbridge Grammar School PTA.   










TGS Bake Off 2018
TGS Bake Off 2018
Lynn Gadsby
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Bake a cake, raise funds for the school & win a prize!

The PTA are launching The TGS Bake Off in conjunction with The Wizarding Winter Fair this year.

For your show stoppers we would like students or parents or both to bake a Magical themed Cake. No size restrictions and we don't mind if you bake one large cake or 6 cupcakes.

All of your show stoppers should be handed in on Friday 8th December ready for celebrity judging and the Star Bakers will be announced at the Winter Fair before they go on sale at 11.30am.

Winners will receive:

A half day adult/child cookery course at 'The Baking Shed'

A Wine tasting voucher with the Sussex Wine School (adults only)

Cookery books

All entrants will receive a certificate.

Our celebrity judge will be Antony Amourdoux from Bake-off 2018:



Cakes will then be sold at the Wizarding Winter Fair. Cake boxes are available in limited numbers at reception, so feel free to use your own carriers, but PLEASE label your entries with your name and year group. 

So get planning,  good luck and ABRACADABRA, BAKE!






The TGS Bespoke Christmas Tree Owls - SOLD OUT
The TGS Bespoke Christmas Tree Owls - SOLD OUT
Lynn Gadsby
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Buy a TGS Tree Owl and win a chance to interact with a live owl at The Wizarding Winter Fair!



The PTA have created 40 bespoke Tree Owls to display on the TGS Christmas tree in the foyer over the festive period. They have been lovingly made from the TGS uniform fabric and have 'Tonbridge Grammar School 2018' printed on to the red ribbon.

These 6cm high cuties are intended as tree decorations, but we will be offering them for sale online to 40 lucky TGS students for £2.50 each as a Christmas memento.

In addition all of the students' names will be automatically entered into a prize draw and one lucky person will win an interactive owl experience that has been reserved for them at The Wizarding Winter Fair on the 9th December.

These sessions are so popular that they are now completely SOLD OUT, so if you would like to have a chance of winning this prize please purchase a tree owl now....

Not only are they great branded keepsakes, you may be the lucky winner!!!   


 To purchase an owl online please click here.








Book an Owl Experience at The Wizarding Winter Fair- SOLD OUT.
Book an Owl Experience at The Wizarding Winter Fair- SOLD OUT.
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A unique opportunity for children & parents to get up close and personal with some incredible Birds of Prey in this interactive experience. The display is FREE but the interaction is limited to 35 people due to time constraints. So book NOW!

Based in Essex, UK Owl and Raptor Displays specialises in the display and care of several different species of Birds of Prey.

The experienced team of handlers will bring their passion for wildlife to the Tonbridge Grammar School Wizarding Winter Fair on the 9th December with the help of their team of amazing owls.

Although the display is free, advanced booking for the interactive experience is required. You will have an unforgettable close-up encounter with the birds as they fly directly over the tops of your head. Accompanying the Owls will be an interactive talk, covering their basic adaptations, habitat, diet and much more. You will then get a chance to handle one of the Owls and have a photo taken.  

You will be sent a 7x5 framed photograph as a memory of your day.


To book online click HERE










TGS Wizarding Winter Fair - 9th December 2018
TGS Wizarding Winter Fair - 9th December 2018
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Save the date! We hope you will join us for the TGS Winter Fair on 9th December 2018 from 11.30 am - 3.00 pm. This year we will be working with the science dept to add a magical theme to the event..

Come and submerse yourself in the magical world of witches and wizards! 

Fun & games for all the family!

Christmas is a special time of year no matter how old you are and our Wizarding Winter Fair will fill you with Christmas spirit! All the funds raised will be used for enhancements to the Science facilities at TGS. 

We have live owls visiting us for the day. Book an interactive owl experience online in advance for a small fee or come along and see the display in the Sports Hall on the day for free. The owl show iwll start at 1.30pm. 

The Potions Room will be in full swing in the science labs, so come and choose your wand and earn your wand licence.

There will be bungee trampolines outdoors and 40ft inflatable assault course, and loads of other fun & games in the sports hall. New this year in the Mitchener Hall will be a Giant Snow Globe!   

Our Bake-off competition will be judged by celebrity guest Antony Amourdoux a contestant from Bake-off 2018! If you would like to come along and meet him for a photo opportunity he will be in the Food Hall judging from 11.30am. 

A new food hall to tempt your festive taste buds. The Cafe will have a delicious Hogroast on offer, plus other hot food and butter beer to tempt your tastebuds. 

...or why not try your hand at Sand Art, have your fortune told or make a ceramic Christmas gift in Harry's Pottery?

Alternatively try a cocktail at our Gin Bar or buy a Freakshake for the kids!

Enjoy browsing the wonderful Christmas stalls, with 60+ stalls on offer in 2 market areas and vendors in the food hall.  They will be selling beautiful gifts, hand crafted textiles and toiletries, leather goods, books, candles, jewellery, handmade festive sweets, local luxury food and drink and a whole lot more.... Why not leave the kids to play and browse in peace?


Hamper Raffle:

Without parents' generous support in purchasing our legendary School Hamper Raffle Tickets we would not raise our much-needed funds to support the school.  The tickets will be available nearer the time, so watch this space for the date! We have already had amazing gifts donated by local businesses including an £85 reflexology voucher, a shooting day at WKSS, meal for 2 at The Kentish Hare and many more... The Hamper Raffle is being sponsored by Castle Cars of Tonbridge.


We will be including information in regular bulletins.  If you are interested in volunteering to help on the day of the fair or with set up please see details on the PTA website under the what's on section.

If you do we ask that you don't give away any of our magical secrets and wizardry!!














What’s on

TGS PTA Hamper Raffle
07:10 - 15:00 on 09/12/2018
School - Hands Building

The TGS Bake Off 2018
08:00 - 13:00 on 09/12/2018
School - Hands Building
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We are currently raising funds for TGS Science Department.

Can you help?

We can’t put on these amazing events without your help. If you can help us, we still need the following volunteers:

WIZARDING WINTER FAIR 2018 (Sunday 09 December)

Saturday Set Up 10:00 - 15:00 4

Sunday Set Up 09:30 - 11:30 3

School Gate Marshalls 09:30 - 15:00 2

Help during the Fair 11:30 - 15:00 2

Clear up at the end of the Fair 15:00 - 16:30 18



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