The NHSG Christmas Fair took place on Saturday 24th November, the first celebration of the festive season across the School. It was an action-packed event with almost 40 stalls run by local businesses and, of course, NHSG girls themselves.
The Fair got off to a very exciting start with a fire drill resulting in everyone evacuating the building and taking a brisk walk to the netball courts on our Brandling site! With many girls dressed in Christmas-themed outfits (from elf ears to sparkling antlers) it was certainly a memorable experience for those involved, and a cheerful sight for the onlookers of Jesmond!
Calm was soon restored as everyone returned safely to Senior School to commence trading. Our Year 6 stalls were raising funds as part of their £5 Virgin Money Challenge, with each team competing to raise the most money. There were some extremely enterprising ideas including baubles containing home-made lip balms to colourful pom-pom decorations and delicious chocolate covered apples.
Senior School girls within their Houses teamed up to organise stalls and raise money for the Whole School Charity, Upside Down, whose aim is to support the Down Syndrome community in the North East. There were an array of tasty treats on offer including a chocolate fountain, crêpes, ‘Mistle-toast’ and activities such as biscuit decorating and nail painting. The latter were extremely popular with the younger customers!
Independent traders did well as parents, staff and girls took the opportunity to make some early Christmas present choices. Adding to the seasonal atmosphere were a number of girls who provided musical entertainment by way of a delightful medley of Christmas carols under the direction of Mr Newey. The girls were praised for their talent and one stallholder commented that he much preferred listening to the vocals of NHSG girls than Michael Buble!
Of course, our Christmas Fair wouldn’t be complete without a flying visit from Father Christmas who came to spread festive cheer and chocolate to all those in attendance. The girls raised nearly £700 for their chosen charities so all-in-all it was a superbly successful event!