Girton Grammar School Fairbrother Fair

in GPF and Friends of the School

Brilliant sunshine, happy smiles and a great carnival atmosphere marked the 2018 Girton Grammar Fairbrother Fair on Sunday 22 April.

Vine Street and the grounds of Junior School were packed with great activities for all ages – food trucks, giant slides, sideshow alley, market stalls and even a silent disco ensured that the day was a huge success.

The Girton Parents and Friends Association is delighted to announce that our 2018 Fair raised more than $53,000 to support the school and our children.  This is a record sum and we thank everyone who donated, helped or attended on the day.

A proportion of this money is earmarked to support the school’s redevelopment of the back playground on the Junior School campus, which means it will bring delight to our young students for years to come.

This success would not have been possible without the support of our platinum sponsor Fairbrother, our Gold sponsors Bee Happy Orthodontics, Coolsculpting, Fernwood Fitness, Fit Republic, Lowndes Street Clinic, Wild Company, Hit 91.9 and Triple M Bendigo and our Silver, Bronze and Associate sponsors.  Their commitment to the Fair and to our silent auction is greatly appreciated and a full list of their names can be found here.

This year’s mammoth silent auction raised more than $14,000 on its own, which is a fantastic result.  For this we must thank the school’s hard-working Prep parents, led by committee member Mrs Olga Davenport and Friends of Junior School President, Mrs Paris Room Batters, with support from Year 6 parent and committee member Mrs Kristina Forbes and a host of other dedicated workers. Thank you also to those who entered the spirit of the auction and bid seriously for many of our sought-after items.

As always, we thank all those families who donated items to the cake stall, the second hand book market, the chocolate trailer, the plant stall and the produce stall, which between them raised more than $4000.  All our other stalls and attractions added atmosphere, entertainment and revenue, for which we are very grateful.

Our biggest change to this year’s Fair was to bring in market stalls and food trucks to lessen the load on parent helpers.  We estimate that this change meant that we needed 90 to 100 fewer parent volunteers on the day and that our volunteers were able to spend less time behind a stall and more time enjoying the Fair.

We thank the teachers, house tutors and the students who volunteered on the day to run sideshow alley, to make fresh lemonade, and who performed as well-known movie characters.  We also thank our inimitable MC, Mr Graham Crickmore, and Girton’s marketing and event team, Mrs Kristen Beever, Ms Kristi Mitchell and Mr Mark Beever, who helped us make the day a major success.

As president of Girton Parents and Friends I also wanted to note my heartfelt thanks to our Association’s long time Secretary, Mrs Paula Saxon, who acted as “operations manager” for the Fair for months beforehand and on the day. Without Paula, and Treasurer Mrs Kathy Hutchings keeping a watchful eye on our finances, we would not have achieved this outstanding result.

Space does not allow me to list the names of everyone who contributed, but please know how much you are appreciated.  Paula, Kathy and I look forward to handing over to a new Fair committee for 2020 and providing them with a detailed Fair blueprint to work from.

With thanks to our entire school community,

Aileen Berry
President, Girton Parents and Friends