We rounded off last week with our annual Friends of St Faith’s Summer Fayre, and what a fun afternoon it was. The sun shone down on us as our children and their families joined us for an afternoon of fun on the school field. Staffed by an army of parents, courtesy of the PTA, all the classic stalls put in an appearance – including Bash the Rat, Frog in a Bog (yes the PTA own an actual toilet which is lugged out to the field for the summer fayre every year), hook-a-duck and more. With three bouncy castles up and running, there was a space for all ages of child to enjoy a bounce with their friends, with the Upper School burning off some energy on the inflatable assault course.
This year, in addition to the always popular House stalls, we had three stalls run by children in the school, all of which did a roaring trade. Quack-a-duck, AQ Pompoms and Gifts & Glitter were all incredibly popular, and Gifts and Glitter even managed to glitter-ify Mr Groves!
Up at the top of the field, the Circus Workshop was in full flow, with Miss Johnson taking part in a ‘juggle-off’ between her and the circus teacher! Next to them, Mr Ainsworth and Mr Burrett spent a hot afternoon manning the goal for the Beat the Goalie competition. Reports indicate that they may need to spend some time working on their goal-keeping skills…
Next up, we had children bashing the hammer down on the Test-your-strength stall, guessing the weight of the EXTREMELY chocolatey chocolate cake and taking a stab at the number of sweets in the jar, as well as a food truck, ice-cream van and to top it all off – smoke bubbles!
None of this could compare though to the Sycamore stall which saw Mr Mackenzie spend his entire Friday afternoon being pelted in the face with soaking wet sponges. The queue for this stall reached epic proportions, and the enthusiasm of the children to hit the target was truly impressive! Surprisingly, Mr Andrews and Mr Groves were nowhere to be found – despite some slightly pathetic begging from Mr Mackenzie for someone (anyone) to take over from him! However, they couldn’t dodge the sponges forever, and the end of the day saw them thoroughly soaked, much to the children’s delight.
How else do you end a Summer Fayre than with a Tug of War? House vs House, children vs staff, staff vs parents, mums vs dads… and yes, the children thoroughly trounced the staff, who will be taking part in some intensive training before the Summer Fayre 2024!
A wonderful afternoon, a great way to raise some money for the PTA, and an opportunity for all our school families to enjoy some fun and laughter. Hurrah!