Page 1648 - Week 06 - Tuesday, 12 May 2015

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Hawker Primary School—fete

MRS DUNNE (Ginninderra) (4.28): The Hawker Primary School fete was held on 29 March and was a great demonstration of school families working together, with the support of their local community, for better education facilities. The promotional flyer was filled to the brim with activities, stalls, events and visitors. Constable Kenny Koala made an appearance. There was a karate exhibition, a buskers’ corner and even a silent auction. You could buy cakes from a cake stall, which were excellent. There was, of course, the standard while elephant stall, and a plant shop, just to mention a few of the myriad attractions provided.

A special feature was a chess challenge in which community members could pit their skills against those of students. There was a basketball shoot-out with the Gunners, and you could even test how fast your baseball pitch was, measured by a radar gun. On top of all that there was an international food stall offering French crepes, fresh juices, barbecue fare and other delights.

The Hawker Primary School has an outstanding record in environmental issues. The award-winning environment program at Hawker school is a central part of the school’s identity, culture and values, as well as being a core element of the academic and social development of each student. A special feature of the fete included school-grown vegetables and eggs, as well as recycling bins supported by student recycling rangers. The craft stall focused wherever possible on upcycling, creating beautiful new products from discarded materials.

The fete produced the best ever result, raising over $30,000. These funds will help the school in their aim for 2015 to make further improvements to their outdoor learning environment and playground, including irrigation improvements in the preschool grounds and roofing the multipurpose court to feed rainwater tanks which will provide water for their new oval and surrounds. The fete was run by the school’s P&C, with the assistance of the school. There were two fete coordinators, Emma Dykes and Suzanne Carr, who oversaw the fete. Not only does the local community support the fete but this year it received lots of support from local businesses and local identities, including my colleague Mr Coe, whose marquee was on very visible display during the fete.

A particular highlight was Telstra Tower lighting up in the Hawker school colours of green and gold in celebration of the fantastic Hawker fete. In addition, major sponsorship support came from Ron’s Book Shop at Hawker centre, CanPrint, Hoyts Cinemas, Rutherford Johnston Properties, Energy Kippax, Woolworths, Framed Like That, Peter Blackshaw Real Estate and Fiore Garden and Spa, along with Wollongong Surf Leisure Resort, who came up the Great Dividing Range in support of Hawker Primary School fete. If anyone was without sufficient funds, EFTPOS facilities were made available by Bendigo Bank and Canberra ATM.

I would like to thank the many local businesses and people who supported the Hawker fete. It was a wonderful, innovative event, and I congratulate the Hawker Primary School P&C, the fete coordinators and the many parents and other volunteers who pitched in to make Hawker Primary School fete such a great success and who afforded me such a warm welcome on the day.

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