Saturday was certainly a ‘hot’ day in more ways than one. The thermometer hovered around thirty degrees for most of the afternoon to make it the hottest August Fete Day on record and the action around the fete made it a hot ticket item for the P&C. There was an amazing effort from many people and it contributed to another record result. Estimates put the crowd at the largest in the last ten years, as people swarmed across the grounds and into the ‘pavilions’. Soft drinks and water were the most popular items of the day with several runs for extra supplies needed during the afternoon. The barbecue didn’t stop till well after the fireworks and most of the other food venues sold out. Sponsorship for the fete was up too with Denmac Ford donating $2000 after fifty people took their Ford Motor Cars for a test drive during the day. In addition Denmac has offered further donations to the P&C if car buyers mention they are from Jindalee State School. The rides were of course very popular and with more of them and extra variety this year, everyone was well catered for.
The work done by parents, staff and students was an essential element in the success of the event. Whether they were running stalls, doing collections, working on the barbecue and food stalls, soft drinks, novelty and side show, looking after lost children and compering the program, staff and parents made this a great day. The class items were an enormous hit with a crowd of over 1000 people gathered on the hill during the afternoon to watch our students and staff entertain. Thank you to everyone who came along and put in the effort and to those who couldn’t be here on the day but were involved in the preparations. Your efforts are appreciated and valued. As our event compere said “Jindalee is a very large school and in large organisations people think that someone else will do the work. At Jindalee we have parents, staff and students who are dedicated to making sure our school is the best it can be and they turn up and do the hard work when it is needed. Thank you to everyone.”
Special thanks go to the Fete Convener Kara James and her team for the tremendous efforts they have made. Pulling a fete together is a complex job and cannot be achieved without the help of a team of people who can take care of their part of the plan. Kara’s leadership with the support of the P&C executive members has made this event a great success.
There is no official financial statement at this stage however preliminary indications are that the financial return to the P&C will be very close to 2012 when the P&C realised in excess of $50000 from the fete. A full fete report will be delivered at the next meeting on Monday 16 September.