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The Christmas Fair

The Parents’ Association is delighted to announce that the Christmas Fair on Saturday 24 November has raised in excess of £6000. Thank you to everyone who supported the Fair, which teemed with busy customers and stalls all over the School, offering a wide range of gifts for the coming festive season.

Delicious food (including the ever popular Katsu Chicken Curry) fuelled shoppers as they browsed over 70 stalls selling merchandise ranging from alpaca throws to the Junior Department’s new and busy cake stall. The School's Young Enterprise teams attracted many customers with such innovative products as personalised water bottles and decorate-your-own canvas bags. For the first time this year creative workshops were on offer, with wreath making and lino printing the perfect chance for visitors to prepare for Christmas.

This year’s Fair was a festive opportunity to raise money for the School's chosen charity of the year, Asylum Welcome. The Upper Sixth Charity Reps ran a pop-up marketplace selling a huge range of original products from a variety of gift companies. Volunteers from Asylum Welcome helped to explain how our fundraising will help refugees in Oxfordshire, and their iced bear biscuits were hit with old and young alike. It was amazing to receive so much interest and support for the charity from parents and other visitors to the fair.

An event on this scale cannot run without the support of all the willing helpers who helped on the day and the Parents' Association are extremely grateful to all.

Wishing everyone a very Happy Christmas! 

The Parents’ Association 

 

'It was so much fun helping to set out stalls with Christmas music and fairy lights, decorated trees and wreaths, and cinnamon and gingerbread in the air. The whole fair put everyone in the mood for Christmas.' Seraphima, Upper Sixth

'Running a stall with some of the staff from Asylum Welcome gave me a better idea of what our fundraising will do for those refugees helped by the charity. It was amazing to receive so much interest and support from parents and the school body.' Hannah, Upper Sixth

'We had the privilege to run a stall with artwork and products created by Kathy Hutton, whilst she ran an amazing lino-printing workshop. The stall was very popular, with many prints, Christmas cards, bags, labels and much more! Many parents told us how enjoyable the workshop was, and it created a more interactive element for the Christmas fair.' Caroline, Upper Sixth

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