Sunny summer fair raises over £2,500!

Sunny summer fair raises over £2,500!

The 2017 Summer Fair was full of sunshine and fun – and we raised over £2,500! This fantastic amount of money will be put towards the many different things that the PTA helps to fund (including equipment, trips, books and more). As an example, the PTA has committed to paying for essential repairs to playground equipment over the summer holidays. The day dawned slightly overcast, but went on to become gloriously sunny. This year, there were a number of new features (eg, photo booth and cream teas), as well as everyone’s old favourites (eg, tombolas, gift stall and crafts). We were keen to encourage people to enjoy the space fully, so situated the BBQ and bar on the grass, near the trees, with lots of seating in the shade, which worked really well. Everyone’s favourite compere, Steve Bowbrick, kept people alert to the new stalls and deals, the Borehamwood Brass Band provided a jaunty summery vibe, the gym club flipped their way impressively around the hall floor, and the school choir sang beautifully. There was a great atmosphere throughout and it was a wonderful example of how this lovely school community comes together. A huge thanks from the PTA for all the support from parents, staff and pupils in ensuring that the fair was a brilliant – and profitable! –...
Christmas fair raises nearly £3,000!

Christmas fair raises nearly £3,000!

The 2016 Christmas Fair finished this year’s PTA events off with a bang! We raised £2,930, which is a fantastic amount and will be put towards any number of good causes that the PTA helps to fund (including equipment, trips, books and more). This year, there were a number of new features (eg, sweetie cones, candy floss, magic mirror, Thai curry, guess the crisp flavour!), as well as everyone’s old favourites (eg, tombolas, gift stall, crafts). We decided to rejig the layout, allowing for seating in the main hall, which seemed to be very well received. In another departure from the norm, we had Santa doing a “meet & greet”, handing out chocolates and drawing the raffle. Everyone’s favourite compere, Steve Bowbrick, kept people alert to the new stalls and deals (“everything 50p in the gift shop!”), the Borehamwood Brass Band provided a quintessentially Christmassy soundtrack, and the school choir sang beautifully. There was a great atmosphere throughout and it was a wonderful example of how this lovely school community comes together. A huge thanks from the PTA for all the support from parents, staff and pupils in ensuring that the fair was a brilliant – and profitable! – event. Our next event is the live music and curry night on Friday 27 January. Tickets go on sale the first week back in January, so save the date and then spread the word. It’ll be a great way to finish off the traditionally gloomy...
Disco delights and raises over £1,000

Disco delights and raises over £1,000

Friday 14 October saw the first big PTA event of the school year with the ever-popular Autumn disco. With around 180 tickets sold, the disco was one of the busiest we’ve had in recent years. Children were able to buy glow in the dark items (ranging from 50p to £4), glitter tattoos and raffle tickets. The kitchen did a roaring trade, with high-quality pizza and hot dogs on sale, as well as every kid’s favourite – the red pencil sweet! We raised £1,066, which we think is a Fair Field disco record and a great way to kick-off this year’s fundraising drive. As ever, it was great to see all the children having a fun time. Thanks to all the parents, teachers and staff who helped to set up and run the disco. Here’s to the next...
Summer fair success!

Summer fair success!

Saturday 2 July saw Fair Field’s annual summer fair again fill the playground with stalls, people, music and fun. The Borehamwood Brass Band delighted crowds with their signature tunes, the gym squad leapt about energetically, and the choir sang beautifully. In addition, this year there were a range of cycle related games to add a new dimension to the festivities. The cycle obstacle course, the slow race and Giant’s “virtual velodrome” all proved popular, and offered something new for people to try. There was a short display from two champion BMX riders, who also then gave children a chance to try their hands at a bit of BMX riding. The great news is that we raised just over £2,400! An impressive total and something everyone who came to the fair and spent their money, and donated goods and time, can feel very proud of. As most of you will know, the main project we have been working towards this year has been raising £15,000 to pay for the installation of solar panels on the school’s roof and, combined with other events over the past year, we are delighted to announce that we have now reached that target! The panels will both save the school money on their electricity bills and generate an income for many years to come. In addition to the solar panels, in 2015-16 the PTA has also paid for new stage lighting in the hall, monkey bars in the playground, subsidised trips and many other enhancements to the school. The money raised by events such as the fair make a significant contribution to pupils’ experience of this...
Soul for Solar raises £2,500 and Lizzie Deane wows Fair Field audience

Soul for Solar raises £2,500 and Lizzie Deane wows Fair Field audience

Friday 29 January saw the transformation of the Fair Field school hall into a live music venue, with the wonderful Lizzie Deane and her band performing hits spanning several decades. Just over £1,500 was raised from ticket sales and on the night itself, and that figure has also been generously supplemented by a further £1,000 of matchfunding from Barclays (thank you Julia Jameson for arranging!), so the solar fund now finds itself heading towards £5,000. Lizzie sung hits to suit all tastes, from classic jazz through to Prince and Michael Jackson, and the crowd couldn’t help but hit the dancefloor. Timing the event to coincide with what is traditionally a very long (and gloomy) month certainly put people in the party mood – for many, it was also the end of Dry January, so another reason to let their hair down. The PTA moved into the 21st century with the addition of a portable card machine at the bar, meaning that the old “I’ve run out of cash” excuse no longer worked! And special guest, Mr Capellina, took to the stage in the interval and blew everyone away with his incredible talent on the guitar. We never knew! Thank you to everyone who came, helped and donated. It was a brilliant night! To learn more about the Fair Field solar project and to donate, go to http://www.solarschools.org.uk/fairfield/. 20 March – “5 in 5” The next event is a little different. The challenge is to run between five pubs and have a drink in each! We’ll be releasing details shortly, so save the date 20 March daytime. Watch this...