The P & F Committee of Parkes Christian School held their first ever Spring Fair on Saturday 6 September 2014 to raise funds and to showcase our school to the wider community.

Saturday was a beautiful sunny day which provided a wonderful opportunity for many to wander around the stalls, sit out in the sun to watch and listen to many of our talented students singing, and to eat many of the goodies that were on offer on the day.

Some of the stalls provided fun for the crowds with participation for younger children in decorating biscuits, painting plaster magnets and the very popular face painting by one of our teachers Miss Harris. For younger and older ones there was sumo wrestling, sponge throwing (which was a real hit with some!) a jumping castle and even a paper plane competition.

The Year 11 Business Studies students had an old fashioned lemonade stand – it took a couple of goes to get their recipe right, but it was refreshingly tasty in the end.

In our School Hall the ladies from the Community Baptist Church served Devonshire Tea, with delicious scones made by one of our lovely parents; this provided a rest for the legs and a place from which to admire the artistic talent from our school students and the members of the Parkes Painting Group. Three beautiful quilts were made by ladies of the Community Baptist Church that were auctioned to further raise money to support our school.

Also showcased were advocacy activities that our school supports including; Operation Christmas Child that sends gifts to children in developing nations, Compassion, World Vi- sion and Fair Trade.

We also had members of our school and local community selling beautiful arts and crafts that we were able to also wander about, admire and purchase.

A thank you must go to the following: Valley FM, Mark and Sue Ranger for broadcasting throughout the day, Parkes Credit Union for their support in running the Putt- Putt Golf and the prize of a Samsung Galaxy (see picture below with winner Mark Allen and Chris Rich from Parkes Credit Union); the Parkes SES and Fire Brigade for coming out in their trucks.

It was great to see so many of our school families and members of the Parkes community come out and be a part of the Fair. There are many that helped in making this day brilliant both be- fore, on the day and helping in cleaning up, and to all those we thank you.

We would like to publicly acknowledge the hard work and support of our P & F Committee in making this day the success that it was.