2-3 years before
- Arrange a first meeting to pool ideas for anniversary events. See school anniversary celebrations.
- Consider publishing an anniversary book/CD/DVD.
- Schools can apply through their P & Cs for funding towards the cost of an anniversary book/CD/DVD to the Gambling Community Benefit Fund (GCBF).
- Establish a budget and begin organising fundraising activities.
- Establish a school archive using gathered historical material.
Organise sub-committees responsible for different celebratory activities including:
- Developing school anniversary web pages within the schools' internet site to create interest in the forthcoming anniversary.
- Researching, writing and publishing an anniversary book/CD/DVD.
- Writing funding applications/organising fundraising activities.
- Organising the main celebration day/fete including refreshments.
- Compiling contact lists of former teachers/students and identifying any famous personalities.
- Organising invitations to guest speakers, former/famous past staff/students and special furniture for the day.
- Arranging publicity.
- Organising a time capsule/plaque to be buried or unveiled on main anniversary day. Decide on best location.
- Compiling contact lists of local individuals/businesses/historians/historical societies who may support the celebration.
- Selecting interviewees for oral histories and ensuring interviewers receive training.
- Arranging historical displays.
- Organising the loan/donations of historical photographs/memorabilia. See Section 426 of the Education (General Provisions) Act 2006 for details about the confidentiality of personal information.
Anniversary book/CD/DVD sub-committee
- Commence researching your school's history after establishing individual responsibilities. Begin gathering photographs/reminiscences for book/CD/DVD. See the writing school history information sheet for details.