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On a reasonably warm Saturday morning, students and parents flocked to school in their hundreds for the Christmas Fayre. This annual occurrence is always an enjoyable event. Moreover, this year, the fayre doubled in size: the drama studio was also used to hold more stalls. As a result there was a multitude of activities to try out, from the bungee assault track in the drama studio, to the rather frustrating ping pong ball game. The world’s most popular collectible card game, Magic: the Gathering, found its usual residence at the fayre with lots of students gathered around tables engaged in fantastic battles of sorcery. There was a near-impossible cracker eating contest, bottle flipping challenges demonstrating the current trend’s popularity and the ever popular ‘beat the goalie’.

If stuffing your mouth with crackers wasn't quite to your taste, then maybe shopping was. With over 27 external stalls and live music from Challoner’s students, the main hall was definitely the place to be. This included student Ed Chaplin who set up his photography business four years ago and sells his own photography on cards, canvases and more.

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As well as stalls fundraising for school facilities, there were a number focused on other projects. A few stalls were being run by students to raise money for their upcoming trip to Namibia, and a suite of stalls from students partaking in the Young Enterprise program offered competitions and hand-made Christmas gifts.

Chair of the Friends, Anne Kelliher, spoke to us and said, ‘This year the Grand Draw has been a great success, doubling what we made last year. The money raised has brought us half way to this year's goal of replacing a minibus.’ This proves how great it was and how helpful the fayre is to the school. This success was further backed up by students, one of whom told us, ‘All the activities were really entertaining and I can’t wait for next year!’ This enthusiasm was on display throughout the day: it was a very enjoyable way for students and parents to start the festive season.

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