Both Beech Grove and Rockwell Green Primary Schools attracted huge crowds of families and friends to their Christmas Fairs this week, both organised by teams of parents.
The Friends of Beech Grove, led by Nic Hayes, put together an impressive range of stalls and activities – many led by pupils themselves. Nic said that the committee hoped to raise about £500 from this event, just one of several the FOBG organise throughout the year to raise funds for the school. As well as a raffle, tombola, book, cake and biscuit stalls, face-painting and some ingenious games for children to play, the Fayre included stalls selling hand-made crafts – cards, decorative items, jewellery, cosmetics and clothes. The stall-holders – some of them parents – pass on 10% of their profits to the school.
Emma Clements, Chair of Rockwell Green Primary School’s PTA, paid tribute to the large team of parents who helped to make the school’s Christmas Fair such a success. There was lots for children to do as well as play and buy – including making pretty Christmas decorations. A very long queue formed to visit Father Christmas in his grotto with Mother Christmas supervising while two face-painters produced some impressive art-work.
Emma said that the fairs held at Christmas and in the summer are Rockwell Green PTA’s two major fund-raising events from which they hope to make £2,000 to £3,000 for the school.
From the evidence of packed halls and classrooms it looks likely the anticipated totals could well be exceeded at both schools.