2018 MAUNGAWHAU SCHOOL FAIR - SATURDAY 27TH OCTOBER 11AM TILL 3PM
ABOUT THE 2018 FAIR
FOR OUR KIDS, OUR COMMNITY AND OUR ENVIRONMENT
We’ve listened to parents who have had great suggestions on how the fair could evolve and improve so we’ve investigated these and are excited to introduce our new initiatives:
1. FOR OUR KIDS
As the Principal shared in the week 3 newsletter the School Fair is the largest annual fundraising initiative and the board targets us to raise $60,000. Funds raised this year will fund:
· A new sunshade for the pool seating area
· A new sunshade for the garden area used for our Garden to Table curriculum
· Replacement of junior school tablets and some classroom TVs to ensure learning through technology is accessible to all students
· Updating the outdoor seating around the school
· Improving pool equipment storage
· Some classroom renovation will occur to update learning environments
2. FOR OUR COMMUNITY
We've ended the practice of selling 2ndhand goods cheaply, or giving them away for free, and instead have established relationships with community partners and charities who appreciate unsold items.
Books - Last year the charity “Books for Tonga” welcomed many unsold books which were shipped to needy schools and families in Tonga in November 2017. We are seeking to renew this arrangement for 2018 and look into additional channels. No books will be put in landfill.
Clothes - We are working with low-decile Clendon Park School to ensure that any unsold adults’ or kids’ clothing will be re-distributed amongst communities in need within the Auckland region.
White Elephant– As well as Clendon Park School we will also work with Women’s Refuge to ensure all 2ndhand homewares can be re-accommodated where possible; then we distribute remaining items to charities such as the Salvation Army for their future fundraising through their Auckland stores. We are even working with the SPCA to make dog toys from old sheets and towels!
If you know of a charity who would benefit from our un-sold goods please reach out to Louise.
3. FOR OUR ENVIRONMENT
We have reviewed the environmental impact of our fair and liaised with Jo Simpson, the teacher responsible for this area within our school. Our target is to reduce dramatically down from the previous 3 skips and 30 rubbish bins of landfill but it will take diligence from all of us! All food waste will be composted; all plates, cups and cutlery will be compostable where possible or recyclable (including a wash station); there will be keep-cups available to buy (for your coffees); plus New World has donated 1000 reusable bags to be used so we can move away from those dreadful plastic bags. Please help by bringing your own reusable bags and reusable water bottles. Our children will be fully engaged in this process - they may be shorter than us but the school is full of environmental warriors who will keep us all on our toes to ensure we minimise waste.