Words by Nathan Kelly (Year 12)
Two sheep dressed in red capes and Father Christmas hats, a chicken named Henrietta, a science teacher dressed as a wizard, both male and female students dressed up as Mrs. Claus. No, this isn’t a Boxing Day BBC 1 feel good one off television show; this was the Rainford High stall at Rainford village’s first Christmas Fayre.
The Fayre ran the length of Church Road, with a variety of stalls ranging from fajita paella to handmade wooden gifts. Over near the Village Larder, the Rainford High stall sat. There, handcrafted gifts made by the Technology Department were for sale; Mr Jones the Science Wizard performed experiments for all; Guess The Weight of the village-famous sheep Eric and Martha; meet Henrietta the hen; make your own salt dough Eric and Martha tree decoration; Santa’s Secret Element Game – where science and fun collide; and the humble Chocolate Tombola. As well as the stall, the school choir gave a delightful performance at the bandstand for all to enjoy.
We were fund raising for the up keep of Eric and Martha and to help raise money for the annual Rainford trip to Ghana. While there, students work on a range of development projects including building of libraries and helping in orphanages. We work with the Thrive Africa charity. Staff and students from the school were there to support their local community.
It was a fantastic day for all involved, with the stall raising £314.50 towards the charity schemes. Miss Harrison, inventor of Santa’s Secret Element game and stall co-ordinator, said ‘It was great to have the opportunity to share with people of all ages our passion for Science and we were amazed by the interest generated from some of our Science animals making the journey into the village.’ This really sums up the day and how much everyone involved enjoyed their time helping out on the stall.
Rainford’s Science Community Cracker definitely went off with a bang!
See you next year on Saturday 5th December 2015!
Congratulations to Shirley Gore who won our ‘Guess the Weight of Eric and Martha’ competition with 41.28kg
Thank you to all our supporters who kindly donated fantastic prizes this event: 02 Business Centre Rainford, St.Helens R.F.C., The Co-Op Rainford, Haydock Park Race Course and The North West National Golf Club.