The annual Ardvreck Christmas Fair took place on the Friday of the last Exeat with the inviting aroma of freshly ground coffee drifting from the Finlay on a bitterly cold November morning.
Pupils, parents and staff eagerly made their way to the enticing array of stalls with delicious Christmas fayre on offer. Interesting wares on the parents’ stalls included healthy Apple Juice beautifully packaged and displayed by Mrs Kennedy. Mr and Mrs Tuke from Hardiesmill also had an impressive array of steak and beef with the chance to sample delicious fillet steak, roast beef and delicious beef sausages.
Mrs Youlten’s second hand book stall proved very popular with some intriguing titles at very competitive prices. Glenalmond English teachers are clearly very keen to promote reading as a very worthwhile pastime.
Innerpeffray Library stall organised by Mr and Mrs Moray Parker had an interesting selection of stunning prints, books and Christmas decorations. Clearly a very historical and interesting place locally, definitely worth a visit.
Mrs Murray’s stall offered wide range of beautiful tweeds, perfect for Christmas presents.
Friends of Ardvreck parents including Mrs McDermott, Mrs Forbes-Leith and Mrs Greene had range of Ardvreck merchandise on sale including bobble hats, hoodies and the new ‘Chilly’ bottles which are still available to order.
Our Sixth Form pupils impressed everyone with their enterprising range of stalls. Robbie successfully managed his Go Ape team comprising of Thomas, Harry, Ben and Hamish selling a great selection of clothing including tee shirts and and hoodies. Fun raffles with Go Ape prizes and the ‘Guess the name of the monkey’ with sixty names to choose from was very popular. Joel D successfully guessed the aptly named Carol, as it is almost Christmas after all.
‘Slam Dunk’ was very popular and great fun, with pupils, parents and staff alike. Some parents were particularly impressive as they retrieved their netball skills from school days past. Abi, India and Maria were very encouraging as participants frantically tried to score as many balls in the netball post as they could whilst being timed! Sacha added the fairground element to our fair with her Innovative ‘Shoot the sweets’ stall proving that shooting and eating sweets are a great combination!
Finn was busy with customers visiting his grab box stall with fun prizes, a particular favourite with our younger pupils.
The super shiny shoe stall manned by Will and Seb was an excellent idea. They were busy smartening up the appearance of various shoes and boots throughout the fair. Mr Knock’s and Mrs Kinge’s shoes were spectacularly shiny! Perhaps we should offer this service to the whole school before our Christmas Carol service.
Jago, Elliot, Micah and Angus worked very hard in their popular yummy tray bakes and wide range of fizzy drinks, very popular with pupils and staff.
The Antler cafe proved extremely popular managed by James, Donald, Harris, Lewis and Jacob with their innovative choice of piping hot toasties made to order with a delicious choice of fillings. Complete with festive antlers, the boys concocted delicious fruit smoothies, served delicious hot chocolates and impressed us all with their organisation and excellent customer services.
The kitchen staff supplemented our cake selection with delicious warm mince pies and dollops of cream.
Tom helped Mr Grant with the incredibly popular pop up Espresso coffee bar. The freshly ground Glen Lyon coffee was definitely a hit, especially with Mr Davey who has been known to manage to track down a quality cup of coffee even on wild camping trips! The delicious piping hot coffees, hot chocolates with cream and marshmallows flew off the stall the perfect pick me up for the long drive back at Exeat.
As snowflakes began to swirl in the icy wind at Ardvreck the Christmas Fair was over for another year. Particular thanks goes to our enterprising Sixth Form for their superb planning, marketing and organisation. Also a huge thank you to all the Ardvreck parents, teachers and pupils who contributed to raise the incredible amount of £868.16, a very impressive amount!