Theme Scheme – 3rd edition – Print books

Theme Scheme:
Creative Ideas, Social Programmes for All Ages and Stages, Activities, Games & Quizzes

3rd edition

Rosalie Sugrue

Print publication details
Publised: 10 August 2022
Language: English
Words: 43,610
Paperback, B/W text, 180 pp, 6″ x 9″

Availability & ISBNs
NZ Print edition [Due 15 August 2022]: 9781991027191
Amazon Print-on-Demand (Available now): 9798842963652
International Print edition (Available now): 9781991027207

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Short Description

This updated and expanded 3rd edition of Theme Scheme offers you a wealth of creative ideas, activities, games, plays and quizzes to help plan, organise and lead your group’s programmes. All are fun and practical, requiring minimal equipment, resources and time to prepare.


This updated and expanded 3rd edition of Theme Scheme offers you a wealth of creative ideas, activities, games, plays and quizzes to help plan, organise and lead your group’s programmes. All are fun and practical, requiring minimal equipment, resources and time to prepare.

The first section covers a whole year, month-by-month, to help you celebrate New Zealand and international anniversaries, national days, organisations and causes.

Games are a wonderful way for folk to mix and get to know one another. There are easy instructions for indoor and outdoor games suitable for active, young people, through to less mobile, older people. Great for convenors, leaders, teachers and diversional therapists.

The book also includes sound, straightforward guidelines for running small group meetings, covering rules for happy meetings, an agenda and minutes structure, and the role of the person leading the meeting.

Special Sundays and church related activities through the year are highlighted. This section also notes related plays and readings in Rosalie’s companion book Ten Plays: Short, easy dramas for churches (available in print and as an eBook).

The last two sections of material for themed quizzes and trivia competitions on general and Bible topics will keep your group entertained and interacting with each other throughout the year.

About this Updated and Expanded Third edition

In the first section – Months of the Year – dates for National Observances and Appeals have been updated, discontinued events deleted, and new entries added.

In the chapter for January we have added another set of years for Chinese Animal symbols for 2032-2043. We have also added graphics for the Animal symbols and for the Signs of the Zodiac.

We have added a section on Celebrating Significant Birthdays for older people, traditional gifts for milestone Wedding Anniversaries, and Birthstones, Colours and Flowers for Birthday months.

In the Games section we have added:

  • A new large space game: Paper Track-Wheel Races
  • Long Table Games for several people, which are ideal for elderly and mobility impaired persons
  • Small Table Games for 2 to 4 people
  • Competitions with a message
  • Craft activities
  • Themed Word searches
  • Outside Games

Website links have been checked and updated.

In the Quizzes section, lists of Māori words have been expanded.

And countries statistics have been updated to include the latest population sizes and life expectancy.

About the Author

Rosalie Sugrue has been organising programmes all her life. Rosalie went through Girl Guides, helped with Brownies and was a Boys Brigade leader. She has taken leadership in Sundays Schools, Youth Groups and student camps.

A feminist at heart, Rosalie was instrumental in bringing women into full membership of New Zealand Jaycees, being the first woman to ever address a Jaycee Conference as a (local) member (Rotorua 1974). She has held various positions in National Council of Women, been the National Programme Convenor of the Methodist Women’s Fellowship and organised countless meetings, socials, and U3A groups.

Although retired from primary school teaching, she continues to tutor struggling readers and achieves success by inventing educational games and activities geared to each student’s needs.

All games and activities in this book have been successfully used in groups that Rosalie has led.

She is a lay preacher and has plays, poems, prayers, Bible puzzles and articles published in many church magazines.

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BIC categories

  • HRCX4      Christian ministry and pastoral activity
  • WD            Hobbies, quizzes and games…
  • JFSR           Religious groups: social and cultural aspects…
  • HRCV        Christian life and practice…
  • HRCX1      Christian leaders and leadership
  • J                 Society and social sciences…
  • JF               Society and culture: general…
  • JFS             Social groups…
  • JFSP31      Age groups: the elderly
  • JFSV           Social groups: clubs and societies…
  • MQTC       Creative therapy (eg art, music, drama)
  • W               Lifestyle, sport and leisure…
  • WDK          Puzzles and quizzes…
  • WDKX       Trivia and quiz question books
  • WDM        Indoor games…
  • WS             Sports and outdoor recreation…
  • YNV           Hobbies, quizzes and games (Children’s/Teenage)…
  • YQJ            Educational: Social sciences…

Thema Categories

  • JBCC1     Popular culture
  • QRVS2    Religious social and pastoral thought and activity
  • W            Lifestyle, Hobbies and Leisure
  • WD          Hobbies, quizzes and games
  • WDK       Puzzles and quizzes
  • WDM       Indoor games
  • WDMC    Card games
  • WDMG    Board, table top and strategy games
  • YPJJ6       Educational: Personal and health education
  • YPWL4    Educational: Social and life skills
  • YXH        Children’s / Teenage personal and social topics: Relationships (non-family / groups)


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  • CRA043000   CRAFTS & HOBBIES / Crafts for Children
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  • GAM001000  GAMES & ACTIVITIES / Board Games
  • GAM008000  GAMES & ACTIVITIES / Quizzes
  • GAM009000  GAMES & ACTIVITIES / Reference
  • GAM012000  GAMES & ACTIVITIES / Trivia
  • GAM014000  GAMES & ACTIVITIES   Word & Word Search
  • GAM020000  GAMES & ACTIVITIES / Activity Books
  • REF015000    REFERENCE / Personal & Practical Guides
  • REL012030    RELIGION / Christian Living / Family & Relationships
  • REL012040    RELIGION / Christian Living / Inspirational
  • REL012130    RELIGION / Christian Living / Women’s Interests
  • REL074000    RELIGION / Christian Ministry / Pastoral Resources
  • REL095000    RELIGION / Christian Education / Adult
  • REL108030    RELIGION / Christian Living / Leadership & Mentoring
  • REL109030    RELIGION / Christian Ministry / Youth
  • SEL040000    SELF-HELP / Communication & Social Skills
  • SOC016000   SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Services
  • SOC029000   SOCIAL SCIENCE / People with Disabilities
  • SOC035000   SOCIAL SCIENCE / Volunteer Work
  • SPO000000    SPORTS & RECREATION / General
  • SPO066000    SPORTS & RECREATION / Cultural & Social Aspects