Students, present and past, and parents turned out in their numbers for an evening of fun at the St Andrews Anglican Primary School’s Annual Christmas School Fair last Thursday at the school’s compound. Principal Nicole Henry said the fair was a fund-raising event to help with buying needed material and resources for various school projects. She noted that funds raised at last December’s fair was used to buy 30 tablets to help improve the literacy in the school, as well as host a Christmas treat for the students.
“The tablets cost approximately $50,000. This year’s target is roughly about $80,000, and we are hoping to buy other resources for reading and numeracy. We are also going to purchase some games because we have realised that many of the games have a lot of instructions that would enable students’ literacy skills,” she said, adding that this was to help the boys, in particular, with their reading, and the interest was in getting play stations which engages their interest. “…we want to get them into reading utilising tools that they are interested in,” Henry said.
Noting that parents were the largest supporters of the school’s fair, with the turnout usually numbering around 1,000 or more parents, along with their children, Henry also said that the students were instrumental in the ideas’ phase of planning the event. “This year we had (for children) skateboards, scooters, bicycles for children, paw patrols, Miraculous, a doll (that sings) and a joy stall, a major success… as students were able to purchase tickets between the range of $5 to $50 TT to buy special gifts and treats from the outlet,” she said. Parents got the chance to play games to win prizes such as mini refrigerators, slow cookers, blenders, and cake mixers.