Thursday, 23 September 2021

Head given fair treatment

HEADTEACHER Karen Edwards went in the stocks and let pupils throw wet sponges at her during her school’s May fair.

HEADTEACHER Karen Edwards went in the stocks and let pupils throw wet sponges at her during her school’s May fair.

It was just one of the many attractions at Saturday’s event at Sacred Heart Primary in Henley, which had a theme of “around the world”.

The 500-plus visitors were given “passports” at the entrance and to gain “stamps” they had to answer questions related to different countries posted around the site.

Parents brought home-made traditional dishes from Malaysia, India, Spain and Poland.

Children took part in races in toy cars that were decorated as aeroplanes with different nations’ flags.

Teaching assistant Amy French dressed as an air hostess and her husband Jason wore a pilot’s uniform.

Mrs French said: “The older children ran with them over their heads while the younger ones were doing it the right way. They all had a lot of fun.”

After her soaking, Mrs Edwards said: “It was cold and wet but it always pulls the money in so it’s a giggle.

“The fair was great fun and the result of a huge amount of effort by the parent-teacher association and other parents. It is a great community event and a day out for everyone.”

Other attractions included a cakes stall, a performance by the school choir and an inflatable gladiator arena where children battled each other with foam swords.

The fair raise almost £3,000, which will go towards a new building in the school’s tea garden with two small rooms for music lessons and one-to-one support.

There was a jungle adventure-themed fair at Valley Road Primary School in Henley on the same day, which was attended by about 250 people.

The event was opened by nine-year-old Sophie Tompkins who had won the school’s safari fancy dress competition.

Entries to a baking competition included hippo-shaped biscuits and cakes decorated as snakes, a desert island and palm trees.

Children were able to handle creatures such as snakes and tarantulas while younger ones could play with animal cuddly toys.

There was also a plant stall, jungle net scramble, gold panning in “hippo creek”, skittles, a gymnastic display and a beat-the-goalie competition using a goal with a “jungle” net.

The fair raised about £2,000 and Siobhan Pratt, who chairs the parent-teacher association, said: “It was great to see everyone having a good time and embracing the theme.”

More than 150 people attended a fair at Crazies Hill Primary School, where attractions included a baking competition.

The event made £1,700 and Nicky Andrews, who chairs the school’s parent-teacher association, said: “It was a good family fun day out.”

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