17 Dec “An evening of joy and creativity”
The Evening Of Joy and Creativity
Written by: Ruby and Hassan of 7OM*
On Tuesday the 3rd of December 2019, a Christmas fayre was held in the canteen of our school – Whitley Academy. When you walked through the school reception, the vast, vibrant Christmas tree stood tall where you paid a reasonable price of 20p to enter the Fayre.
As we entered our school canteen through a spacious corridor, there was jolly, festive music playing. Everywhere was packed with people: teachers with bright headwear, students and young children with glittery, colourful jumpers on. The huge, green Canteen was full of colours and colours…
On a wide, stretching table there were Christmas colouring papers, word searches, a tray of felt tips, Christmas card stickers and at the very end of the long table there was a queue of children having their faces painted in different patterns and different animals, even Rudolph.
At the other end of the table there was some games such as Jenga, dominos and many more. The students, their parents and their younger siblings got together around the tables and had a go at the available board games. Christmas time is the time of sharing with your loved ones after all…
“I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.” – Charles Dickens
At the back of the room came a lovely smell as that was where the food and the hot chocolate came from. The hot chocolate lab (from our tutor group of 7OM* ) was very popular as we saw many people walking around the Canteen with their cups of hot chocolate inside.
Laughter grew on many faces as people stuck their hand into the bag full of raffle tickets. Many people won some great prizes such as big boxes of chocolates, Terry’s chocolate orange and fun craft sets. You could easily hear some very high-pitched shouting when the gifts from the raffles were given out of which the winners could treasure forever.
On many stalls there were handcrafted creations such as Christmas cards ,swirly Christmas trees, paper snow globes, Rudolph pompoms and many more creations made by our year 7 students set at reasonably good prices.
In front of all the handcrafted gifts, there was a Christmas tree scattered with baubles full of glitter and wishes. Here you wrote a wish on a piece of paper, placed it in a bauble, write your name on the bauble and wait for someone to read your wish. You had to pay 50p to take part in this.
There was yummy, sweet food placed in nearly every part of the room: there was iced, sprinkled chocolate cupcakes, chocolate stirrers, big Christmas cakes and the very tasty snowman biscuits which formed joy to float around the room. A very inventive yet tasty activity to do was make your own edible snowman, which many people found a delight to do.
The last two activities were a guessing game. It surely made you think long and hard about what the answer could possibly be. The first activity was to name the teddy bear for 50p, there were options such as Rudolph, Santa paws, Charlotte and many more names to choose from. The other activity was to guess how many sweets were in a big jar and there was a good amount of sweets in there. You could easily figure out that the best solution for this guessing game was the careful use of your eyes plus a random guess .
6:10pm we all left the Canteen heading our way home. The bitterly cold weather did not dampen our steps home. The resonance of laughter, voices of conversations amidst the Christmas music remained so freshly in our hearts.
Overall the Christmas fayre was a memorable, jubilant event that we are sure everyone enjoyed and remembered.
We thanked our teachers for going the extra miles organising the event and being there with us and for us.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2020 from all of us at Whitley Academy!
Thank you for reading our first blog as the Year 7 student reporters.
Written by: Ruby and Hassan of 7OM*