Many would not know that the first Sherwood “fete” was held on 23 September 1918.According to The Brisbane Courier “The first annual show and patriotic fete, under the auspices of the Sherwood Progress Association, was held in the Sherwood State School grounds on Saturday in genial spring weather. There was a splendid attendance of the general public, and the Railway Brass Band rendered a programme of music. His Excellency the Governor and Lady Goold-Adams arrived at 3 o’clock, and were met by the president (Mr. J. W. Hammond) and Members of the association, the former reading an address of welcome.”
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.
Last year’s fete raised $65,000, thanks to the dedication of parents, enthusiasm of our kids, sponsors and a generous community.The amount of money provided a massive boost to the school’s facilities and the standard of educational material we can offer to our kids. With last year’s profit, we have laser levelled and top dressed the ground/oval – making it a much safer place for lunch time activities, purchased new class laptops and ipadsand 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 fete is also a great way for new parents to get involved with the school and make new friends. 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.
9th May is approaching and the organisers would like the community to participate and make the event successful.So stay tuned and please volunteer your time and ideas.
The Fete Facebook link is:www.facebook.com/pages/Sherwood-State-School-FETE
The website address link is: www.sherwoodschoolfete.com.au
Jo Chiu, Michelle McKinlay, Ron Hohenhaus and Ashutosh Raina are handling the media and promotions and are available on firstname.lastname@example.org or 0403208908.