What a wonderful, feel good afternoon and a genuine showcase of what makes Woodbridge so special – its incredible warm community: a community which enthusiastically came together in the Dome on Saturday for its biggest ever whole school Christmas Fair. It was a fabulous family event with a true feel-good factor: children of all ages enjoyed everything from traditional games such as pin the nose on the reindeer and candy cane fishing, through to a bouncy obstacle course and snowball throwing, whilst many more had the excitement of meeting Santa in the winter wonderland grotto.
The Fair encapsulated everything that is Christmas, from the two brilliant carol singing choirs, Mr Streat and his merry band of pupils and staff, and Mrs Peel’s wonderful Woodbridge ladies choir, to the Christmas Market stalls selling Christmas presents of wonderful quality (including D.O.G., otherwise known as our very own Young Enterprise Team’s dog lead business!), and the fabulous Woodbridge Editions selling stunning prints at Christmas sale prices. Mention must also be made of the catering team’s rich hot chocolate and Bavarian hot dogs to keep happy fair goers sustained after all that bouncing and shopping. There was even a secret present wrapping area manned admirably by Mrs Robson and Mrs Latham, and their two daughters. I suspect all will be looking to others in their households to do their own present wrapping this year! Our Sixth Form pupils were also there in force (so who was in the pantomime Rudolph being so ably led by Lily?), handing out programmes and selling tickets with Mrs Brown; and our parents running the fun and games stalls delighted visitors with their warm, friendly smiles – in fact everyone seemed to be smiling.
Our thanks to all involved in the organisation the event – Mrs Latham, Mrs Field, Mrs Robson and our greatest thanks to Mrs Ihenacho who managed to pull such a remarkable event together in record time. Our thanks also to the parents who ran the stalls and to all the pupils who came in with bottles, chocolates, jam jars and presents.
What an event! The school community: celebrating Christmas and supporting Home Start to wonderful effect in truly spectacular Woodbridge fashion!