School fair a community event

Prizes on offer . . . St Brigid's School pupils (from left) Chloe Lam (10), Flynn Bishop (6), Georgia Higgs (5) and Kalo Ashton (9) hold some of the fantastic prizes on offer at the school's fair on Saturday. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

Food stalls, entertainment and lots of prizes are on the bill at St Brigid’s School Fair this weekend.

It will be held at St Brigid’s School, 57 Bayfield Rd, on Saturday from 11am until 2pm.

The fair, which is held every two years, is a community event and various members of the community contribute to its success.

There will be musical entertainment and a variety of activities in the kids’ zone, including a bouncy castle, face-painting, nail-painting, lucky dips and rides.

Little Flick, the fire truck, will also make an appearance.

There will be a supervised area for children under 5 with a disco tent, messy play and carnival-style games to keep them entertained while parents wander around and enjoy the fair.

The chocolate wheel and tombola will be operating throughout the day with some fantastic prizes up for grabs.

Silent auctions and raffles will also feature with great prizes such as vouchers, pamper packs and small appliances.

The white elephant will have a variety of great items on offer.

And, when you get hungry, there will be plenty of food available at stalls.

Fair-favourite foods like hot chips, hamburgers, candy floss, ice cream, lollies and drinks will be there, as well as Pasifika food, dumplings and empanadas.

Other stalls will sell books, DVDs, CDs, clothes, plants and produce, and much more.

Eftpos will be available.

Money raised from the fair will assist with the upgrade of the school’s ICT and development of a STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) Lab and a fabulous new sensory garden.

STEAM encourages children to develop lifelong skills such as communication, working collaboratively and problem-solving.

The school plans to repurpose a space and turn it into a STEAM Lab, to engage and excite children about their learning and prepare them for future success.

Money raised will also go towards the purchase of new iPads, ActivBoards and laptops.

A sensory garden is also planned using funds raised. This space will allow children to explore nature, incorporating areas such as water play, and help them develop a love of the outdoors.

The previous school fair, held in March 2017, raised money for the school’s newly renovated hall and refurbished classrooms.

Principal Deborah Charleson said the school was “very proud” of the redevelopments.

The hall, which officially opened earlier this month, “is an amazing space and facility that will be a great asset to our school community”.

The outside of St Brigid’s School’s newly renovated hall. PHOTO: SUPPLIED


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