Garden Party 2012

Garden Party 2012

Please forgive the late entry for this item: as you will see there are a lot of great photos, and it takes a lot of time to edit and compress each one..... but they are worth it! Simon

S. Anselm’s Garden Party 2012.

Saturday 12th May was certainly full of smiles and lots of sunshine! It was the S. Anselm’s Garden Party 2012. This year, the Fantastic Social Committee had lots of additional stalls and rides set out for the pupils and parents to enjoy. To add to the Garden Party atmosphere, Mrs Northcott had also invited all the children and parents to her Birthday Party in the sports hall which involved a disco, music from 20% Perfect (the school rock band) and The Unexpected (The year 8 rock band).

This year, the Garden Party had a lot of surprises in store for the children. There were children and adult tombola’s, lots of children’s games and activities, cupcake making, ceramic painting, face painting, jam jar game, Bucking Bronco, Bungee Run, Zorb Balls on water, bouncy castle, Welly Wanging, netball and football shoot out, a children’s cocktail tent, Name the Teddy and these were only a few to mention. This year the children were treated to a visit by the Army, who brought a rotationing climbing wall, Laser shooting game and Paintball Target game, all of which could not have happened without the organisation of Mr Hartley and his team. As always, the raffle was well supported and the Pimms tent remained a very popular choice for the parents.

One of many highlights during the afternoon was maypole dancing from the pre prep, a huge thank you to Sue for her support. It was a lovely traditional feature and great to see on the lawns of S. Anselm’s. The House Tug of War was passionately supported and well organised by Mr Watt. The Olympic Sponge Throw soaked Mr Northcott, Mr Berry, Mr Wood, Head boy Nick P and Head Girl Georgie H along with prefect Arabella H. While all of this happened, Mr Weller, the swing band and the Jazz band trio set the atmosphere with their fabulous music and the garden party could not have been completed without popcorn, fish n chips and ice cream! It was fantastic to see the whole school, nursery children and parents all taking part and enjoying the relaxed electric atmosphere, along with all children and parents in the pre prep and prep school.

The occasion certainly highlighted what S. Anselm’s is all about, something that Mr Northcott is very proud of and keen to maintain. The Garden Party was a community effort, we had all staff both teaching and maintenance working hard, the catering team supported a lot of the stalls and ran tea and coffee all day, they also put together all the refreshments for the disco afterwards. Farmer John supported the event with his 1000 litre water cylinder to allow the Zorb balls to be a huge success. The Army worked so hard all day, ensuring that the children were having the time of their lives! Our parents were running stalls and activities throughout the day. This could not have happened without the hard work and preparation by the Social Committee, Rachel L, Nichola V, Pam H, Sarah N, Fiona S and Michelle N. A final Thank you must go to all our raffle donations, your kind donations were greatly appreciated by the School, we certainly had a lot of happy winners at the end of the day!

Once the Garden Party had sadly ended, the children were quickly turned their attention to Mrs Northcott’s Birthday Party. The children, parents and staff danced the evening away, there was certainly a few surprises with excellent displays of cheerleading by the Year 7&8 girls, and our hopeful IT scholars along with Nichola V instigated a fantastic DVD of pupil and staff recollections of Mrs Northcott, which was displayed in the Sports hall on full screen!

Mr Eaton and the bands created a fresh and exciting atmosphere with their live music and stunning vocals with performances from School rock bands, The Unexpected and 20% perfect!

Thank you to all of you that ensured this was a day to remember – it was a superb team effort!

by then end of the day, at supper, the boarders were pooped!