With great possibilities comes great expectations, and the 2019 Christmas Fayre once again had students, parents and staff looking forward to the event. With the fayre raising a large proportion of the schools funds, a lot of planning went into it and the Friends are very grateful to all who helped out. A great atmosphere filled the school throughout the whole afternoon, with numerous activities to get stuck into; darts, cake sales, cracker-eating, and much more. There were hourly prizes and competitions for friends and families, with everyone trying to find the best stall to earn winnings on. The hockey and table tennis scoring challenges proved as popular as ever, and the various tombolas attracted people of all ages, with students and their siblings competing for chocolate prizes and the bottle tombola attracting their parents!

As always in the hall, there was a buzz of excitement as the grand prize draw approached, with everyone gathered to see whose ticket was the lucky one. Elsewhere, the Krispy Kreme’s in the sports hall foyer was unsurprisingly a popular outlet, not to mention the canteen, which was open for snacks and drinks, but my favourite part was eating a delicious, freshly cooked cheeseburger at the barbecue in the food stall! Going back to the main hall, there was fudge, candles, phone cases and many other items to make great Christmas Day gifts. Taking up almost a whole side of the main hall was a vast array of hampers ranging from children's toys and footballs to wine and chocolate. There really was something for everybody!

I am sure everyone who attended would like to thank anybody who helped out and gave up their time at the event. The Christmas Fayre - a consistently huge success and triumph can sometimes go unrecognised as it is an annual event, but the contribution it makes to the school never goes unnoticed and we all hope that future fayres can be just as good as this one.