Summer Fair Posters !

It really is the final

cSomeone asked today if this was Mr Jones. How disrespectful!ount down to the Summer Fair now. We have nearly 100

Someone asked today if this was Mr Jones. How disrespectful!

people signed up to help on the day and there

is lots of activity behind the scenes to ensure we are ready to give everyone a day to remember – under a blue summer sky we hope.

To ensure we have as many people as possible there to enjoy what we have on offer, can you help by downloading a poster (or two, or three) and displaying it in your window?

Here are the posters. There are three to choose from. Hope you like them. It’s our very own Guy Parker Rees who did the pictures as he did before for theAdvent Fair.

Just click on the links of the posters – choose the ones you like and away you go.

Due to a technical hitch which also involves me being out of action tonight serving tea for the new Balfour parents (so can’t fix it right now), the other posters aren’t here and this is not a clickable link. If you past the above into your browser, you should find a downloadable copy of one of the posters. If it doesn’t work or if you want a different one, check back here tomorrow PM when I should have got it fixed. Apologies. If you are desperate for a colour poster (and why wouldn’t you be?) email me on and I will send you them on.



Bright spring sunshine meant there was nowhere to hide for those cheeky chicks!

Bright spring sunshine meant there was nowhere to hide for those cheeky chicks!

Cheeky chicks snuck their way into the Balfour Infant and Junior school playgrounds and fields on a lovely sunny Thursday 2nd April.

In this second year of BISA and the FBA running an Easter event together, children from reception up to year 6 chased around together looking for those mischievous little birds.

Once all 10 had been tracked down, everyone got a chocolate egg and the chance (in the case of the infants) to have a good explore of the Balfour Junior playground. Meanwhile, teas and coffees kept mums and dads refreshed after all that hard work.

And while the year 2s got a chance to explore their 'new' school, junior school children got to revisit old infant haunts

And while the year 2s got a chance to explore their 'new' school, junior school children got to revisit old infant haunts

All good fun but also a useful ‘transition’ event. With the good news that Balfour Juniors will be four form entry, like the Infant school, a year earlier than planned, from September this year, those coming down the hill when the go up a year got a chance to get a feel of the place.

While we used the event to raise some funds for bo PTAs, as ever, the hoards paying their £2.50 plus the teamwork to get this organised also demonstrated what a fab community we belong to.


ho-ho-hoI know – unheard of. But I am truly speechless. The Advent Fair… Well. What can I say. A turnout beyond our wildest dreams (or nightmares in the week before the event). At one point I went to go into the sports hall, turned around and came back out it was so packed.

Meanwhile, in the dining hall, the Winter Pimms was pouring down thirsty throats and washing down the hundreds of cakes brought in for Barbara to sell. Thank you Jo Hall for giving us her secret Pimms recipe (which entailed her pointing out that how to make it was written on the side of the bottle).

It’s now Wednesday and my feet still hurt. It was a long long day but we made much much money (£2100 at the last count but we will give you a proper final figure soon) and people seemed to be having lots of fun. Not least the Elves who took a fancy to the organic beer and less organic hot dogs. Other than that, they were very well behaved and their Elfin Grotto remained standing for the whole day – much to my relief having helped build it the  night before.

Instead of the hot dogs, they should have tried the BFB pies. Yum. I felt like Oliver as I stood in anticipation of getting some more. But they sold out. Thank you Teresa and the crew for the vegie treats but please make more next time. Failing that, give me the recipe.

The staff baby photo competition was practically impossible. Am wondering if in previous years the FBA funds have not gone on caviar for them as I suggested after the quiz, but on cosmetic surgery. They are a gorgeous lot after all. It can’t all be natural.

memories, like icing on a badly made cake can slip away...

memories, like icing on a badly made cake can slip away...

So now that the fake snow has settled and the tinsel is packed away until next year, we are not going to rest on our laurel wreaths but are meeting soon to unpick the whole thing and decide what went best, what didn’t go so good and come up with some ideas for next year – before the whole thing slips from our minds like the icing on a badly constructed Christmas Cake.

Does he look like an elf? Have some respect, son

Does he look like an elf? Have some respect, son

We’ve had lot s of feedback – No, we won’t do the blue drinks again, yes, there will be more for the children to buy next year and, in response to my own son’s analysis of the event, the biggest Elf was not Eric Leenders, Charlie’s dad and international banking expert, retail banking spokesperson for the Bank of England and regular contributor to Panarama, GMTV and the 10 O’clock news…

Les Posters est arrive!


copyright Guy Parker-Rees 2008

Excuse the lack of an accent on the school-girl french above. Don’t know how to put one in when in blog land.

However, yes, the posters with Guy Parker-Rees’ lovely pictures are here and ready for display around our environs.

Front windows would be lovely places to put them up. But if you are feeling coy, print one and put it somewhere else to remind you to come along on the day.


All you have to do is open up the document (PDF) choose a poster and print that page only. Unless you want all four! (Ignore page 5 – that’s for something else entirely and was scanned into the document in error!)


copyright Guy Parker-Rees 2008

Make mine a Pimms, darling


We’ve sent out a letter asking for volunteers for the Advent Fair. To make life easier, if you want to fill it in on line, try clicking advent-fair-volunteers-blog-download

Then you can email it back if you like to here.

Chin, chin

Happy New Year!

One of the consequences of being involved in organising stuff for the FBA is that major annual events always seem to seep into my consciousness long before it is right and proper.

fireworksBut it will indeed be a happy new year because BISA have decided to rearrange their firework display for January 10 2009 so we can see the new year in with a bang and a whizz and a pop and a whoosh and so forth.

We’ll be putting another flyer out around the Junior school so everyone can join in by buying a ticket and enjoying the fun – it really is much more than the display – there’s food, a bar and lots of space to watch.

And I get to wear a lovely yellow jacket and shine my torch in people’s eyes and boss them around in the name of health and safety. Well, my kids never do what they’re told – it’s my one moment in the year to feel in charge!

What a bunch of posters


On emptying the contents of his drawer at the end of term, one Balfour student's family was forced to abandon their home due to amount of letters he eventually brought back. An environmental health officer said: 'Gosh.'

With a bit of luck your child just may perhaps have brought home a poster for you to stick in your window about the Advent Fair. Great for colouring in and if you don’t fancy putting it on public display, it will adorn your fridge, noticeboard, fruit bowl (or wherever this stuff gets put) and remind you to come along with your spending money on the 29th.

Also on the little message attached was the promise to have colour ones to download at your end should the fancy take you. These will be on here as soon as possible so please check back before the end of the week (why not visit everyday?!). There are four lovely designs based around Guy Parker-Rees’ six cheeky Advent Fair characters. There’s a monkey, a pig, two animal tree decorations – a mouse and a penguin – plus another penguin with a snow penguin friend.

And me, I’ve got myself a banner for the fence but was too pathetic to struggle to put it up today. If you should see a woman wearing 6ft of wet white vinyl lying on the pavement outside the school tomorrow however having been knocked sideways by a sudden blast of wind, please help pick me up.

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Dates for your diary:

Friday 15th May is Quiz day! Well, evening. Get yourself a team together and get on down to the dining hall for 7.30. (Kick off around 8.00)

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A word from our ‘sponsors’:

It is truly wonderful the way that local businesses and those run by Balfour parents come up with brilliant ways to support our ventures.

If you would like to help out with prizes, donations and so forth in exchange for a warm fuzzy glow in your heart and your name on our leafelts and so forth, get in touch via the contact bit at the top.

Here are some of our generous supporters:

Baker Street Bikes
Ginger Lilly
Star Signs

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