Summer Fair Competitions

As we approach half-term I am mindful that there will only be two weeks post half-term before we enjoy our Annual Summer Fair. FOSS have been working hard to ensure that this year’s Summer Fair will be as special as ever and our School Council are also all working with their respective classes to come up with creative ideas for class stalls based on our theme of The Olympic Games.

This year we would like to re-instate our Summer Fair competitions. Yesterday, I delivered an assembly to promote these for Years 1 to 5 (our Year 6 children were on their way to Snowdonia!) We focused on our THREE competitions for this year’s Summer Fair. 

  1. Design a mascot for either the next Olympic Games (Los Angeles 2028) or the 2032 Olympic Games in Brisbane. We decided to give children the choice as ideas for an ‘American’ mascot may be very different from an ‘Australian’ one.
  2. Design an Olympic Logo for either Los Angeles 2028 or Brisbane 2032.
  3. An Olympic Cake competition. This will be on the theme of Paris Olympics 2024. We showed the children lots of different ideas, often incorporating Olympic rings, the Olympic Torch, Olympic medals and various Olympic sports. We will be having a cake stall and, following the judging, our intention would be to sell the cakes on the cake stall. If anybody makes a cake but would rather have it returned to the family than sold on the cake stall, please let us know when submitting your entry. The children were reminded of our ‘no nuts’ policy. Please can all families ensure that nuts, or nut products, are not used when making your cake.

Our special guest, Paul Sturgess, will be helping to judge this year’s competitions. Paul is the tallest man in Britain, and the tallest basketball player to ever play for the Harlem Globetrotters. He will be delivering a presentation assembly to the children at 3.30 p.m. in the school hall and will then stay on to offer 20/30 minute basketball workshops for all of our infant and juniors over the course of the Fair.

Our Summer Fair has a very clear target this year. We are aiming to match or exceed previous years and raise £6,000. This will then enable us to purchase two outdoor learning pods (as we will be adding this sum to existing funds and making use of an interest-free loan from the AAT for one of the pods.) We have calculated that an additional £6,000 will hit our totaliser target! These pods will transform our quadrangle area between the dining room, computer suite and infant classrooms. Heated and soundproof, they will each be large enough to accommodate a Read Write Inc group each morning, can also be used for peripatetic music, other small group work, meetings, and staff PPA space. It is something that we have really needed for a long time and, if our Summer Fair is its usual success, there is every likelihood that these learning pods will be in place by September 2024.

We will post further details of the Summer Fair competitions on the school website, along with the Powerpoint presentation used in yesterday’s assembly (to remind our children of the competitions, and so that Year 6 pupils can also access it if they so desire.) Winners of each competition will receive a ‘Golden Ticket’ for the Summer Fair and all entrants will of course receive a special certificate. The Mascot and Logo entries should be handed in by Thursday 13th June. Cakes should be brought in on Friday 14th.