At this time of year, the Aldwickbury School community looks forward to a very special event in the school calendar – The Aldwickbury School Bazaar. This is our annual charity fundraiser that brings everyone together to have some fun whilst raising money for good causes.
The Bazaar is a tradition that has taken place regularly in November since the school was founded. Back then, the fundraising effort was needed in order to provide more facilities for the boys. Today, it serves to bring the school community together for an enjoyable occasion whilst raising money for a selected charity and the Aldwickbury Friends Association.
“The Aldwickbury Bazaar is a wonderful school community event”, comments Headmaster Mr Hales. “Today it’s a great team effort focused on bringing everyone together whilst raising money for a charity, as well as for the Aldwickbury Friends Association. There isn’t a bigger team event for us in the school year.”
All current boys and their families attend the event, alongside staff, Old Boys, friends of the school and even the following year’s Reception intake. It’s a great way to get a taste of the school’s community spirit and to meet staff and pupils in an informal setting.
Through the Friends Association, parents from each year group are responsible for organising a different game or stall for the event. These can include traditional games such as Hook a Duck and Lucky Dip, as well as refreshments from the café, barbeque and cake stall. All of the community enjoys the opportunity to work together for charity, running stalls, enjoying handmade games and baking cakes.
Aldwickbury boys of all ages enjoy getting involved in the event. Boys from Pre-Prep right through to Year 8 are responsible for choosing a beneficiary charity and have this year decided, through tutor groups and class discussions, on the very worthy Mary’s Meals. Mary’s Meals is a wonderful charity who provide meals to some of the world’s poorest children every school day. They will receive 50% of all funds raised at the Bazaar. The Year 8 boys combine in groups to devise a game for everyone to enjoy – some do Beat the Goalie, whilst others devise their own unique games.
The Bazaar is also a chance for teachers to roll up their sleeves and join in the fun; staff work hard manning the Human Fruit Machine and the coconut shy, whilst the new members of staff have the dubious honour of being put in the stocks and having wet sponges thrown at them!
Supporting those in need
This year’s Aldwickbury School Bazaar will take place on Saturday 18 November, so be sure to keep the date free. We’ll leave the last words to Max, from Year 8:
“The Bazaar is a great time to spend pocket money on toys, food, drinks and Year 8 games. However, the real reason we run our own stalls in Year 8 is not to see which of us has the best game or which poor teacher can get the most sponges or buckets of water thrown at them. It’s for raising money to support those in need. Remember, when you win a high score on a game, think about where the money is going and those who are going to benefit.”