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Pumpkin Night!

posted Apr 10, 2019, 9:15 PM by Reception @TMCS

What a fantastic evening. Thank you everyone!

What a stunning evening we had for Pumpkin Night 2019! The weather was perfect and the cooler evening allowed for a beautiful night for everyone. It is always such a wonderful occasion for our community to come together. Our children absolutely love it and it is great to see past students coming back to say hi. A highlight this year was our past pupils George Woolston and Jet Scott returning with their band to entertain us, along with other past pupils taking to the stage.

A special mention needs to be made of Carol Coley who has given of her time year after year to organise all the Pumpkin Night finances. This is her last year with us, so we would like to make a special mention to Carol, thanking her for the many hours she dedicated to the success of this event!. Also to Michelle Bassett who has her youngest child at our school - your work on the sweet stall is outstanding!

We all trust you enjoyed your time with us and had a great night. We look forward to sharing how much we have raised for the school and towards the Junior Playground ‘refurbishment’.

Special thanks go to the Pumpkin Night 2019 Team; Shelley Baker, Carol Coley, Lee Boyd, Anna Heslop, Kristyn Thomas, Kerri Hilton, Letitia Cambie, Melanie Devlin, Stephanie Mackintosh, Sharlene Woolston,Tessa Hargreaves, Adele Leyland, Ilse Lock, Karla Ward and  Shay Landon. This group of enthusiastic parents just got into gear and made our great night happen with every problem ironed out as it appeared. Hours of work that is hugely appreciated. Thank you all and thanks to your partners and families who have supported you through this busy time.

Thank you to all those who donated to the Pumpkin Night

  • Mr. Wickens and Mr. Doran - always going above and beyond.

  • Regal Haulage - for the truck that became our stage.

  • St. Peter’s - for gazebos, the food caravan and furniture.

  • New World Hillcrest - for delivering the food and providing a huge discount.

  • Girl on the Swing - cakes and cupcakes donated.

  • Tatua - for the cream.

  • Unichem Cambridge Pharmacy.

  • Fonterra and Tip Top - ice blocks and ice creams.

  • Waikato Homes - for donating the picnic table and lending their gazebos.

  • Bruntwood Nurseries - for lending their scales.

  • Coke - for donating water and juice.

  • CK Treeworks for raffle prizes.

  • Extreme edge for prizes.

  • LEAP for prizes.

  • A.S.B - for lending the BBQ’s.

  • Acorn - for lending the BBQ’s.

  • Coffee caravan from The Pentagon (Gracie).

  • Todd (Eva H’s Uncle) for the two large fryers.

  • Liz Donovan - for creating the poster.

  • The Dexter family- for all the hay bales for the Nerf Gun station.

  • To Mrs. Broughton - for bringing along hay bales for the stage from R.D.A.

  • To all our parents who donated items and their time. For your generosity with both donation of goods and your time with making of lolly necklaces, baking, helping with set up and break down that night and the following morning.

  • Black Dog - for donating the bar leaners and stools.

  • The Sunday Society - for lending their tables and bench seats.

  • Alex McMillan - for providing amazing horse rides for the children.

  • Red Bins - for providing the bins to our school.

  • CONVEX Plastics - for the bin liners.

  • Faculty of Education Student Teachers - for coming and helping on the night.

  • University of Waikato students - for coming and helping on the night.

  • Toby Ferguson - for bringing his tractor to tow the children for the magic carpet ride. What a legend!

  • X-Man - for amazing recycling.

We hope we haven’t forgotten anyone, plus all the families who have been so generous with your donations of chocolates and lollies, second hand books and clothes and for everyone who helped out on stands during the evening. Without everyone’s contribution this evening would not be the special occasion that it is.

Winners of Competitions


1st -  $600 grocery voucher  (Joanne Jogia)

2nd - Picnic Table (McLeod Family)

3rd -  $200 arborist voucher (Andrew King who has donated it back to the school)

4th -  $200 arborist voucher (Emily Choy)

5th -  $200 arborist voucher (Jude and Ted)

6th -  Xtreme Edge vouchers (Maria Vollebregt)

7th -  Handbag (Evan Vaughters)

Gumboot Throw


  • Rob Heke   $50


  • Jack Myles  $20


  • Jack C.        $10

Headstand Competition

Over 16 Male

  • Win Meyer-Rochow 2.26 minutes

Over 16 Female

  • Lee Boyd   2.10 minutes

Under 16 Male

  • Wilson B    13.48 minutes

Under 16 Female

  • Ella P           6.32 minutes


At this stage, a rough estimate of the profit made from Pumpkin Night is approximately $17,000 and this money will support the school with the majority going towards the extension/rejuvenation of the Junior Playground. Thank you to everyone!