# GIPS Classic




GIPS Classic
 
With only 3 weeks to go until GIPS Classic, we've raised nearly $6,000 for GIPS!!!! Well done to all the students who have signed up to schoolfundraising.com.au so far and especially those who have been actively raising money! Our top fundraisers so far are Mia G, Joel G and Lara L, who have all raised in the region of $400!!! Well done!! 5/6K is leading the class tally with a whopping $1300 raised so far; rivaled by 5/6G and 3T who are getting very close to the $1000 mark. 
 
We've had lots of ideas shared on how to maximise your fundraising potential - parents sharing your fundraising link on their social media pages; kids "earning" their funds by doing odd-jobs for neighbours and family; selling cookies, slime and perfume in the local community and even some busking! There are loads of ways to raise a few extra $$ for GIPS! 
 
If you haven't already, now is the time to register at schoolfundraising.com.au; select the prize you're aiming for; spread your fundraising wings and see just how many dollars you can raise for our school!   For more information, check out more information below.
 
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The inaugural GIPS Classic is being held on Tuesday April 2.
This is a fundraising event for the school which should be massively fun for the kids!
Here is an introductory letter which was sent home on Friday 22 Feb.

 
Fundraising is off to a great start, with children from every grade already registered. Grade 3 is leading the way, followed by Grade 5/6 and Prep. Follow the fundraising progress on the thermometer in the Front Office, which will be updated every Friday. Can we make it to $2000 this week?

ABOUT THE EVENT

When will the GIPS Classic be held?

Tuesday 2nd April, 2019 (weather permitting). In the event of EPA poor air quality or extreme rain/wind forecast, the event will be rescheduled in Term 2.

Who is participating in the GIPS Classic?

Our goal is to have 100% of GIPS students participating in the event.


What are the students doing at the GIPS Classic?

  • Prep – 2 students, wearing their most colourful outfits, will participate in a fun run around the school oval in each year level. Their circuit will be completed to music and includes inflatables, bubble machines, water soakers, noodle arches all while being cheered by older students/buddies/parents.
Yr3 – 6 students will walk down to Nettleton Park. They will participate in a Colour Run with a circuit including water soakers and coloured powder. Once they return to school they will complete a victory lap/s on the oval through the inflatables and to the support of the younger students and parents.
What if my child is not able/does not wish to participate in the Colour Run?

We understand that some students may not wish to participate in the Colour Run, but we’d still love for them to be involved! Please contact the office glen.iris.ps@edumail.vic.gov.au to advise that your child will not be participating in the colour-run component of the event and an alternative (but just as fun!) circuit will be arranged.


What’s the schedule for the day?

The full schedule for the day will be finalised shortly, but it is intended that Prep-2 students will complete their GIPS Classic late morning and Yr3-6 students will complete the GIPS Classic Colour Run in the afternoon.

 
Why are we doing this?

The GIPS Classic encourages students to be active while having lots of fun, builds community spirit and raises essential funds for the school to utilise in purchasing additional resources to enhance the children’s learning experience.


Who is School Fun Run and www.schoolfundraising.com.au?

School Fun Run (www.schoolfundraising.com.au) are our event partners. They are award-winning, national specialists in hosting these types of events for schools and will be facilitating the fundraising and prize distribution component of the event as well as hosting the activities on the school oval throughout the day. They receive 10% plus GST of the funds raised plus the cost of the colour powder.


What’s in the powder used in the Colour Run?

Non-toxic cornstarch – see the Material Safety Data Sheet here. 


Has the Council approved our use of Nettleton Park for the colour run?

Yes. They have received the MSDS and have approved similar events at other Council ovals. We have booked Nettleton Park from 10am – 3pm.


In what circumstances could GIPS Classic be cancelled/postponed?

EPA poor quality air alert or extreme heavy rain/wind forecast. If this occurs, a Compass notification alert will be sent out on the morning of the event and will be rescheduled in Term 2.


Photographs / Video on the day

Our PA photographer Gray Tham and her crew will be attending on the day to take photos and videos of the students participating in the event. These will be available for perusal at a later date on the GIPS Zenfolio page.


What should my child wear on the day?

The GIPS Classic is BIG, BOLD and COLOURFUL and we want everyone to look the part!

  • Prep-2 students (and Yr3-6 students NOT participating in the Colour Run) should wear their most colourful outfits!
  • Yr3-6 students participating in the Colour Run should wear an old white t-shirt, hat and colourful shorts/skirts and accessories that you don’t mind getting coloured powder on.


What else should they bring?

Students need to bring with them snack and lunch as normal, a waterbottle, and an old towel to sit on at the oval at the end of the event. As a sunsafe school, students should also be wearing sunscreen and will need a hat to participate in the GIPS Classic events. Yr3-6 students are encouraged to wear an old hat that they don’t mind getting coloured powder on.


How can I help out?

Family support is key to our success! You can help out firstly by assisting your child to set up their online fundraising profile page at www.schoolfundraising.com.au and supporting them to gain sponsorship. We’d also love your support on the day – come on down and cheer the students on and stay for a sausage sizzle afterwards. We’ll also be needing parent volunteers to help out on the day. More information on how to SignUp to help will be sent out via Compass soon.

 
If I have any other questions, who should I ask?

In the first instance, please contact your child’s teacher or our GIPS Classic Ambassador Rachael McGrath (Yr 5/6M) via glen.iris.ps@edumail.vic.gov.au . Alternatively call the School Fun Run hotline on 1300 733 799.

FUNDRAISING

Why are we fundraising?

Fundraising allows for additional resources that would otherwise be unattainable to be purchased for the school. The GIPS Classic allows us to spread our fundraising activities throughout the year and not rely on the Main Event as a premium source of revenue so greatly. Given the community nature of the event, it allows for students to be more actively involved in the fundraising process and source income from beyond the direct school community.


What are we fundraising for?

This year our goal is to reach $17,000 in fundraising from the GIPS Classic. This would allow the school to purchase an additional two (2) Promethean Digital Screens for our classrooms.


Why do I need to sign up for the fundraising page?

It makes it easier to receive donations (online) from friends and relatives who may want to support your child/ren reach their goal. Once you have an online account, it makes ordering your prize very easy. Finally, everyone who signs up and raises at least $1 goes into the draw to win a family holiday with Webjet valued at $20,000. (Drawn in December 2019 – open to every student in Australia who signs up). Setup your online fundraising page at www.schoolfundraising.com.au


How easy is it to sign up to the online fundraising platform?

It is relatively simple. Go to www.schoolfundraising.com.au and follow the prompts to complete your child (or family) profile page. Personalise your message and explain what your personal fundraising goal is. Don’t forget to tell your family and friends what we’re fundraising for – 2 new Promethean Digital Screens. Once you’ve got your profile page complete, you can share your link with potential sponsors and they can donate directly via the website!


Can children from one family create a single family page to request donations?

They can. If you have more than one child and they hope to pool their money to aim for a prize they can share ie) an electric scooter, you can set up a Family page. Select your eldest child’s class and let the teacher/s of the younger siblings know this is your plan.


Can I collect donations as cash?

You can. You will need to place cash into an envelope with your child’s name and class and total amount on it. It will be counted and recorded. We expect that the majority of donations will be via our online platform – www.schoolfundraising.com.au hosted by Everyday Hero.


Will large fundraising efforts be acknowledged?

Throughout the duration of the campaign, we will be keeping an eye on students who are achieving impressive results and we will ask them to share tips or advice during assembly. At the conclusion of the event, we will acknowledge publicly with a certificate the top 3 fundraisers in Junior (P-2), Middle (3-4) and Senior (5-6) levels.

 
Keeping it safe

We have educated the students on the dangers of door knocking without adult supervision, and we encourage you to reiterate this at home. The best people to ask for sponsorship are people you know (e.g. friends, family, work colleagues and neighbours – especially given many in the Glen Iris community have had an association with the school in the past).

 
Are donations tax deductible?

No.


How are the children involved in fundraising?

At school we will be brainstorming and promoting ways for children to fundraise. We encourage you to speak with your children at home and encourage them to create a fundraising target and come up with some creative ways to raise some funds. They could write a message that is distributed to family, friends and colleagues asking for their sponsorship or they could complete bob-a-job tasks such as mowing a neighbours lawn, feeding the cat, foregoing screen time etc. Having the children involved in the fundraising builds self-esteem and gives them great pride in knowing they are helping the school. The prizes create a great kick-back for their efforts and allows them to give back to those in need via our Gifts from GIPS gift-giving program, which this year is supporting the Starlight Foundation.


When is the fundraising money due?

All fundraising money is due either online or in cash deposited to the school by Friday, 5th April 2019.

PRIZES

Why are there prizes?

The prizes are a key element of the fundraising model provided by our partner. Their experience indicates that the prizes do lead to higher fundraising participation among students. Our goal is to try and encourage 100% fundraising participation from students – regardless of individual amounts raised.


What are the prizes?

Check out the prizes on the posters at school, the pamphlets that were sent home, on the website www.schoolfundraising.com.au scroll down to see the prizes or your fundraising profile page. These are changed each year based on popularity.


What if we don’t want to keep the prizes?

It is recommended that everyone who is eligible orders a prize/s. You can either regift it or donate it back to the school’s GIFTS FROM GIPS gift-giving program. This year, our students have nominated the Starlight Foundation as the recipient of any donated items. See https://starlight.org.au for more information.


What if I raise $200 – can I (for example) select 2 prizes from the $100 range instead of something from the $200 range

The simple answer is yes. Some people may choose this option so that they can keep an item for themselves and donate one to our chosen charity.


When can I choose my prize?

After 5th April, 2019 when the money is due in


When will my prizes arrive?

The cut off date for ordering is Friday 3rd May, 2019. Following this date, there will be some time for final checking before the school’s order is submitted. It is likely that fulfilment of the prizes will be towards the end of May or early June. We will inform families of the likely timeframes closer to the time.