A great success for a new fete team!
2019's fete was another amazing success for our John McGlashan Parents and Friends' Association, and would not have been possible without many hours of hard work from our wonderful parents, sponsors, staff and students, and wider community. The fete brought in $75 600, which is absolutely incredible.
Gwen Macready was our new fete convenor this year, and Sue Lund was our convenor on the ground on the day of the fete. They have both worked exceptionally hard, and we are very grateful to them both, as well as to their team in the PFA, and to the many parents who helped by sorting items, running stalls, locating items, baking and all of the other jobs that were done with a smile. We would also like to thank the generous sponsors. The boarding house staff and students give generously of their time by helping with both the set up, and the clean up, on the day.
The day itself was bright and sunny and fete-goers enjoyed the wide range of stalls, foods on offer, and activities. As always, the white elephant, the book stall, the silent auction, the chocolate wheel and second hand clothes did a roaring trade. The food on offer kept everyone energised for more bargain hunting: ham buns, burgers, Eton Mess, curly fries, and all the delicious sweets. The activities run by form classes and teachers were popular with our younger attendees, although some of our Year 13s enjoyed getting their faces painted too. Some brave staff members took their turn on the dunk the clown stall, to the amusement of many of their students. Our wonderful pipers, and musicians, kept the atmosphere pumping throughout the day, and you can see them in action in the photos.
These funds will be fed back into the school through one or two large projects, and through support of curriculum and extra-curricular projects and activities. One of these large projects will be the new fives courts. The PFA has helped to fund resources and travel for a great number of sporting codes in 2019: rowing, basketball, futsal, and water polo. They have also been key in the development of the food technology space; this has been instrumental in allowing this programme to develop and flourish. PFA funds have supported the pipe band, a literacy booster programme, allowed for the purchase of a digital mixing desk, and resources for a multimedia room in the boarding house. These are a small sample of what the fundraising from the fete can support, and we thank you for helping to make this possible.