2019 fete

Welcome to our 2019 fete news page

Our fete is a great day out for all the family and the major fundraising event for our school. There's lots of opportunity for you to get involved, whether you’re a long-time member of the school or a new family! Stay tuned for this page for weekly updates and keep up with all the fun of the fete on Facebook and our new Instagram feed: @ourgreatfete   



Donations urgently needed and fete shed open this Saturday (10am - 12noon)

Drop off your donations to the fete shed this Saturday, March 16th between 10am - 12pm. We particualrly need drinks, plus hamper and lucky dip items (scroll down to 'We need your donations' below for further details). We could do with some extra help in the fete shed this Saturday so please stick around if you can lend a hand!

We need more volunteers

Thanks to those who’ve already signed up to volunteer at our great fete - around a half of our shifts are already filled! That's a great result, but we need more volunteers, particularly for the haunted house, body art, silent auction, hampers and some food stalls. Don’t wait – select your shift today – and you’ll go into the draw to win a wristband!

Silent Auction is live!
Ladies and gentlemen...our amazing Silent Auction is officially OPEN! Start your bids for great products and services like architectural concepts for your home, a Daylesford getaway, kids' bikes, fitness packages (including yoga and Pilates), local restaurant vouchers, fabulous wine, jewellery, beautiful sandals, movie vouchers and a whole heap more! Don't miss out, get bidding now! https://www.32auctions.com/WalesStreet2019

Thank you to our wonderful Wales St families for their generous donations this year. We are thrilled to have you on board.

Don't forget your raffle tickets
Don't forget to check your chldren's bags for raffle tickets. Please offer them to your colleagues, family, friends and neighbours. Please return any unused booklets or tickets to the office so others can use them. Additional books are also available from the office.

Join our hamper-wrapping night! 

There's loads of goodies for the fete hampers ready to be sorted and wrapped...we just need some help to do it! Join us on Tuesday 19th March from 7.30pm in the staff room. Bring your sorting and wrapping skills and we'll bring the wine and chocolates.  

Keep your donations coming! In addition to the Saturday opening, the fete shed will accept your donations every weekday morning (8.45-9.15am) and afternoon (2.45-3.15pm).



Sign up to volunteer and you could WIN a wristband!

Our wonderful Wales St community makes our fete great, so please get involved again this year by registering to volunteer. Shifts run for just two hours, are loads of fun and a great way to get to know other families. Plus, when you register you'll go into the draw to win a wristband - we've got two left to give away!

We need your donations

It’s time to drop off your donations to help raise much-needed funds for our school. We’re looking for…

  • Hamper items: gardening supplies, stationery, beauty products, pet goods, tea, coffee and gourmet food items, Easter treats. We also need baskets or gift boxes to wrap them in. All items must be new and in date. Drop off at the fete shed*. All perishables to the office please.
  • Drinks: soft drinks, plain and favoured mineral water. No boxed juice please. Drop off to the fete shed*.
  • Lucky Dip: small, unisex items like stickers, magnets, jewellery, toys and stationery. Please put your items in a bag labelled ‘LUCKY DIP’ and drop off to the fete shed*. Feel free to wrap them if you like!
  • Toys, books, DVDs: must be clean and in good condition! Drop off to the fete shed*.
  • Chocolates (for Lob-a-Choc): no nuts please! Drop off to the office.
  • Clothes: good quality women’s and children’s clothing and Wales St uniforms only. No accessories or men’s clothing please. Drop off anytime to: 17 Gooch St, Thornbury (look for the box on the veranda).
  • No bric-a-brac this year.

*fete shed open weekdays 8.45 - 9.15am and 2.45 - 3.15pm

Raffle tickets are ready!
Raffle ticket books were distrbuted to every class today (Fri) so please check your children's bags over the weekend. The raffle has the potential to raise almost $20,000 for our school so let's get selling! Ask your neighbours, work colleagues, family and friends...there's some great prizes on offer. The raffle will be drawn on fete day. Extra raffle books are available from the office for the avid salespeople amongst you!
Please return all books and monies to the office by Wednesday 27 March.

Local legends Luke and Ryan
Wales St parents and carers go above and beyond when it comes to our fete. Like garden guru Luke Morgan who's been cultivating his plant babies for months. You can pick up these green goodies on fete day for a steal. Ryan Evans, a sparky, is donating his time to ensure we're fully charged and ready to go on the day. We think Luke and Ryan are legends - but they're not alone. Hundreds of you pitch in and help out before, on and after fete day and we couldn't do it without you. THANK YOU!



WIN a wristband!
We’ll be giving away one wristband (for unlimited access to rides!) for the next three weeks…all you need to do is sign up to volunteer at our great fete and you’ll go into the draw! Sign up now at https://signup.zone/wsps-fete-2019

Where does the money go?
Our fete is a great day out for all the family and strengthens our wonderful WSPS community, but it also raises much-needed funds to enhance our children’s learning and improve their experience at school. Here’s a sample of initiatives already funded by the fete:

  • Bee-bot mats to help Prep – Grade 2 students integrate literacy, numeracy and inquiry with digital technology
  • Sphero robots to inspire curiosity, creativity and invention through connected play and coding for Grade 3 – Grade 6
  • Cushions and outdoor mats for increased engagement in reading and use of classroom libraries
  • Post boxes for Grade 1 classes, to encourage independent writing
  • Shade sails (currently being installed)
  • African drumming lessons for Grade 5 students (amazing performance at last year’s concert!)
The Anxious Bird information session being held at school on 14th March for parents/carers is also funded by the fete.
We look forward to sharing some of these initiatives with you at this year’s fete…robot racing anyone?

Fete shed is OPEN for business!
Every weekday morning (8.45 – 9.15am) and afternoon (2.45 – 3.15pm) our fete shed will be taking donations of drinks, hamper items, toys, DVDs and books. NO BRIC-A-BRAC THIS YEAR. All perishable items (including chocolate) to the office please. No clothing donations to the fete shed this year. Please drop off your good quality women’s and children’s clothing and shoes, plus Wales St uniforms to 17 Gooch St, Thornbury (look for the box on the veranda).

Let’s get sorting!
Every Wednesday and Thursday evening until the fete we’ll be sorting out the clothing donations at 17 Gooch St, Thornbury, between 6:30 – 9pm. It’s a great way to get to know other Wales St parents (and there will be wine). Contact Sara Rayner on 0409 320 215 or Tracey Cabrie 0413 494 144 if you can help.

We’re feeling the love…
We’re grateful for the support of some awesome Wales St family businesses, who are helping to bring our fete to life. A special shout-out to Matt Stanford (Fondu Design), Mara Winthorst (Chocolate Designs) and Dustin Pullin (MMP Printing) for helping with our marketing/promo material.


Stay tuned for exciting news about our Silent Auction and raffle in next week’s newsletter!



Our Fete Committee is super excited about this year’s fete. You’ll see some old favourites return, plus some exciting new ideas.

Fete planners distributed this week
The 2019 fete planner will be distributed in class this week. Additional copies available at the office. Post your planner to your fridge to remind you of key dates, donation ideas and drop-off information. You can download extra copies here.

The ever-popular clothes stall is back…
But with a twist! We’re looking for donations of GOOD QUALITY women’s and children’s clothing and Wales St PS uniforms to sell at our fete. No bags, jewellery, underwear or men’s clothing this year. And nothing stained or ripped please! Drop-off anytime to 17 Gooch St, in the box on the veranda (not to the fete shed!).

Calling all foodies!

We’re still looking for volunteers to coordinate the salads and Lebanese pastries food stalls. Unleash your inner foodie and join in the fun, contact wspsfete.food@gmail.com

Do you own a local business?
Do you run your own business or own a holiday house? We’re looking for contributions to our online Silent Auction and Raffle. It’s great exposure for your business (we’ll promote you!) and you’ll help raise much-needed funds for our school. Contact walesstreetsilentauction@gmail.com if you can help.

Want to perform at our fete?

Wales St families have oodles of talent and here’s your chance to show them off! If you’re a musician, singer, entertainer, juggler, comedian…..and would like to perform at our great fete, contact us at wspsfete.entertain@gmail.com