Hats off to the Parents and Friends Association!
Once again the Parents and Friends Association of the College have outdone themselves with the annual Fete. Preliminary work indicates the fete will raise nearly $50 000 for the College. Pam Timms, in her final year as Fete Convenor, and Julie-Ann Ross, PFA Chairperson, have done an incredible job of rallying an amazing group of John McGlashan mums, dads and caregivers to produce an excellent day. Special mentions must go to Sandy Guy, next year’s Fete Convenor, and Marian Hughes who ran the silent auction.
While the weather did not play ball for us, even with Chaplain Barry Kelk putting in a good word upstairs, it did not stop people from joining us for a superb day. Crowds of people arrived to get the most out of the day. There were people lining up from 10:20am to grab a bargain from the book, white elephant, sports goods and kiwiana stalls in Gilray. The silent auction was a big draw card as usual with a stunning piece of Anna Reid’s art up for bidding, Ron Calder’s ‘wicked’ barbed wire sculpture, some beautiful Central Otago wines, a gas fire, and John McGlashan Uniforms to name but a few items. The food was divine as per usual and kept us all warm when those rain showers came through.
The stalls run by form classes were great fun as usual with Laser Force proving very popular. Strangely, students seemed to really enjoy dunking their teachers with ice-cold water in the Student Council’s Dunk the Clown stall. The year 7s produced creative and beautiful, not to mention delicious, cakes for their competition with a variety of themes. I did feel a bit sorry for the poor students of 9GAV getting pelted with water balloons - all for a good cause though!
The money raised by the Fete is fed back into the College to support College projects, classroom teaching and learning, education outside the classroom, sports teams and individual student endeavours. In 2015, the Parents and Friends Association has helped to fund carpet squares for the Davies Sports Centre, a College wide ‘Reading Frenzy,’ a reading programme for our ORS funded students, travel to numerous sports competitions, the Idiot’s Guide to Broadway musical, lego kits for technology students, International Languages Week, travel to the model United Nations, and year 10 Arts Week. The money raised from the fete makes this possible.
Thank you to the all the parents, caregivers, teachers and community members who gave of their time and effort to make the Fete such a success.
Thank you also to the kind sponsors for their contributions to the silent auction:
Jarvie Plumbing Wanaka
Rob Calder of Lauder Station
Grasshopper Rock Vineyard
Folding Hilll Vineyard
Highgate Bridge Bakery
Dunedin Cupcake company
The Bund Cafe Tapas Bar
John Robinson Jeweller
Webb Farry Lawyer
Claire Bloom Design
Graham Warman Photography
Allan Miller Hunting and Fishing
Beauty on Princess
Taieri Gorge Train
Otago Business equipment
Te Anau Distinction Hotel
Ace Suit hire