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CHRISTCHURCH MAIL, NOVEMBER 1, 2012
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Featuring a fantastic line up of local talent:
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Chch City Salvation Army Songsters
New Zealand/Australian Junior Dance Champions:
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St Josephs School Choir
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Kids remember the fun of the fair
TARGET PRACTICE: Fin Brown 10, Alex Yallop, 10, and Tom Jones, 9, at the Redcliffs School Fair at Ferrymead Park.
The ear-splitting noise
of excited kids and the
sweet smell of toffee
apples is in the air.
School fairs are back
and the season is
Christchurch. As CHRIS
HYDE discovers, the
humble fair is bringing
normality back to
FACE ART: Adele Matthews having
her face painted at the Halswell
WHEN YOUR school and com-
munity is in a state of upheaval
what do you do? You organise a
Fairs are the lifeblood of school
fundraising. For some schools, it s
the only major fundraising they
do.The fairs are all made of similar
stuff -- raffles, face-painting,
books, plants, cakes stalls and the
obligatory bouncy castle.
Each one is woven into the
identity of the community they
represent, and painstaking hours
are spent praying for sunshine
and finding a point of difference.
Never try telling the behind-
the-scenes organisers that all
fairs are the same, particularly
not in this city.
At Ilam School, they are holding
their fair at twilight so kids can
play with glow sticks. At St
Albans School, their monster fair
will feature an amazing haunted
house. St Mark s School fair had
hip-hop lessons and talent quest.
Each school fair in Christchurch
something quirky about it, some-
thing that makes it what it is.
At Christ the King School,
doing something different is par-
ticularly crucial. They are holding
their first fair in two years on
Sunday, November 11, the same
day as neighbouring Roydvale
School is holding theirs.
Co-organiser Melonie de Roo
said she liked the competition,
and they had decided on a Christ-
mas theme to set them apart.
We are all quite driven and
quite competitive; we all want to
do better than what we did last
She said this year s fair was
vital because the money they
raised would help with the recov-
ery of learning environments that
were badly damaged in the earth-
It s extra important but also
it s something normal.
After the earthquakes we have
had so many changes and this is
just showing that we are back to
There was nothing normal
about the Redcliffs School fair this
year. Dislocated by the earth-
quakes, they had to hold it in
Fortunately the sun came out
and despite the upheaval they
managed to raise $40,000.
Fair co-ordinator Nicoli Fox-
Waite said this year s fair, held in
the middle of October, was a per-
fect way to bring the community
together for something other than
an angry discussion.
It s a tradition and we do it for
the kids. This year was a real
testament to the community,
especially with the doubts over
the school system.
The fair was well-known in
Christchurch, and numbers were
always in the thousands rather
than the hundreds, she said.
St Mark s fair co-ordinator
Heather Tiso organised a more
intimate family fair on their com-
pact school grounds last Saturday.
She said just about every family
in the school was involved.
We have fun doing it, we have
a lot of laughs. It s an institution
in the community. Ever since I
can remember it has been going.
There s nothing like being
there on the day and seeing it all
come together and seeing the
smiles on kids faces. It makes it
all worth it.
St Albans School monster fair
Heeswyck is praying it does not
rain on November 10. She is hop-
ing the school s first fair in three
years will raise more than $20,000
to repair the school s earthquake-
The self-confessed fair junkie
said the weather could almost
make or break the fair, and it
could not be switched to a new
People who want to support us
will come in the rain but they
won t stay long. It s not the same
atmosphere if it s not a sunny day.
Our fair has become a bit of a
fixture for the community, and
with the earthquakes it s even
more important to get that com-
Ilam School s twilight fair is
tomorrow evening, and co-
ordinator Rochelle Graham is flat-
She is looking forward to seeing
how the kids react to some of the
new things they are introducing.
Among these is an opportunity for
kids to throw wet sponges at their
She goes through the down
moments that come with organis-
ing a large event, because she
wants her kids to see she cares
about their school.
It s something that will provide
memories for new generations and
it s bringing back memories of
what we did as kids. I think we do
it because it reminds us of our
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