SYMONDSBURY Primary School could be mistaken for Santa’s workshop this month as pupils are hard at work producing a wide range of festive crafts to go on sale in the run up to Christmas.
Each class is busy preparing its own set of seasonal gifts and decorations to sell while members of the after school arts club are also making a range of cards and other delights, with the help of parent volunteers.
Items will first go on sale at the popular Christmas fair, organised by the Friends of Symondsbury Primary School, held this year on Friday, December 1st from 5pm to 7.30pm.
As well as a whole range of stalls and activities, there will be hot refreshments, home-baked cakes and a special visitor that will take up residence in the school’s grotto.
The highlight of the fair will be the grand Christmas raffle with the top prize of £100 cash and a meal for two being donated by Beach and Barnicott bar and restaurant.
Other prizes have been donated by The Ilchester Arms, The Cornish bakery, Steptoes, Penny Yarnold swimming lessons and Rockburn.
Children will also be selling their crafts at the Symondsbury Estate Christmas Market on December 2nd, where the school choir will also be singing carols.
Proceeds from the Christmas activities are used by the Friends to support a range of school activities, including school trips, new equipment and, this year, to go towards improvements to the school playground.
Emma Pawley, chairman of the Friends, said: “We are so lucky at Symondsbury to have such a talented bunch of pupils and so many generous and supportive parents, family members and friendly businesses who help to make events like our Christmas fair a success.
“The money we raise is so important in enriching the experience of our pupils and boosting the life of the school, plus these events are such fun and really capture our school’s spirit.”
Peter Ravenscroft of Beach and Barnicott said: “We are really happy to be supporting Symondsbury school with their raffle this Christmas.
“We believe in the importance in supporting our local community and we wish them all the best – with all those Christmas crafts going on, we are sure they will raise lots of money!”
Headteacher Emma Roberts said: “Christmas at Symondsbury school is always a magical time and this year promises to be better than ever.
“The pupils are working so hard to create items for sale and to polish up their various different Christmas performances – I think we are going to have a lot to be proud of before the end of term!
“None of it would be possible without our fabulous staff, the Friends and all of our supporters – so thank you to everyone who is playing a part.”
The Christmas fair is open to all on Friday, December 1st and extra parking is available in the Manor Yard car park, courtesy of Symondsbury Estate.