SJPA Christmas Market
With twinkling lights and a huge array of stalls, the Christmas festivities began at St John’s School on Saturday 30 November with the SJPA Christmas Market. Local residents and families had the perfect opportunity to peruse a fantastic array of unique gifts, delicious food and tombola stalls.
The yearly event, organised by a dedicated team of SJPA members, brings the School and local community together to raise money for exciting projects around the School. This year saw more than eighty stalls, helping to support sixteen charities. With more stalls than ever before, there was something for everyone, including gifts, skincare, jewellery, art and other fine goods from local companies.
Scrumptious festive food was available at every turn – with treats including mince pies and mulled wine. The event was a hive of festive fun, with great quality stalls, delicious food and fun for children.
Pupils involved themselves in the fundraising efforts, and many houses created their own stalls to raise money for their house charities, including handmade Christmas decorations and cards, wreaths, sweet treats, and games such as a treasure hunt by the Lower School pupils.
The main school tree adorned the entrance of the Henry Dawes Centre this weekend, decorated with recycled goods such as rags and ribbons, crisp packets, sweets, bottles and a hub cap! The aim is to encourage the School community to consider how to make Christmas more environmentally friendly and sustainable.
Whilst the funds raised are still being calculated, St John’s School would like to give thanks to the SJPA and all involved in creating such an enjoyable start to the Christmas season. The community event has grown to become a Christmas spectacular for all to enjoy, and we were delighted to welcome more families than ever this year.