By Ashutosh Raina
The annual Sherwood State School Fete will be held on Saturday 13thMay 2017.
For those who are new to the school and the fete, we would like to tell you about our most important fundraising effort for the year – our school fete.The event which is one of its kind in Brisbane welcomes people of all age and is absolutely FREE! Come along in this Sherwood State School Fete 2017 and be a part of 150-year celebration of one of the best schools of Queensland.
This year marks a special year for Sherwood State School. One of the oldest schools in Queensland, Sherwood is celebrating their 150th anniversary. Lord Mayor of Brisbane, QLD Premier, State and federal MP’s, local councillors and businesses, along with parents, will be attending this year’s celebrations and so will be lots of school alumni attending.
To mark the 150 years of school, there will be a special historic display of school-related memorabilia, including static displays of old teaching aids, uniforms, photographs and school books. Former staff, students, families and residents are encouraged to come along and browse through the display.
A sixth-generation student of Sherwood State School will help celebrate the school’s 150th anniversary at this year’s fete.
Sophie Atkinson, is the first 6th generation student to attend Sherwood State School. Sophie, pictured with her great, great aunt Hilary Tainton (nee Hodgson) has started Prep this year at the school, continuing a long-time family tradition. Hilary attended Sherwood State School between 1932 and 1939.
Many would not know that the first Sherwood “fete” was held on 23 September 1918. J
Fete is an important community event and provides a wonderful opportunity to showcase our school to the local community and to foster the community spirit that is well known in our area.
The amount of money raised through FETE provides a massive boost to the school’s facilities and the standard of educational material we can offer to our kids. With money collected from the previous years, school has laser levelled and top dressed the ground/oval, purchased new class laptops and iPads and extend the junior boys toilets.
Fete Day is an ideal day for delicious food stalls, as well as stalls selling cakes, jams, sweets, second-hand toy stall, book stall and the nearly-new clothes stall, creative gifts and/or garden stall.
Apart from all that, fun activity for kids is the hallmark of this event – create-a-cup cake, chocolate toss and face painting stalls. There are rides and amusements, and lots of choices of food.
Parents, and kids, can have entertainment all day long, which includes class performances, school musical groups, the Sherwood Arrows skipping team and bands. This includes ballet, belly dance, choir, multicultural performances and many activities.
A Raffle is drawn on the day (tickets go home to families to sell a month before the Fete) and there is a Silent Auction with a wide array of wonderful items.
The preparations start 4-5 months before the D-day and involves different committees, weekly newsletters, sponsors with their prizes, business owners putting in stalls for the day and other activities mentioned above.
13th May is approaching and we would like community to participate and make this successful.So stay tuned and participate. Lots of street parking is available and public transport is within 400 meters from the school.