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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.

Speechless

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…

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

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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.

Damp squib

tornadoSo sad that the weather means the fireworks at the Infants aren’t going ahead tonight but the north wind doth blow and all that. Or is it south? Or west? Whatever it is, it’s WINDY!

This is one of BISA’s biggest fund raisers and I hope everyone can still go along to the event once it gets rescheduled. We did chat at one point about BISA and the FBA doing some mutual advertising for each other’s events. Once your kiddies all leave the Infants, you may not get to hear about the fun stuff they have going on up the hill so I will put out a reminder to the Juniors when Lucy at the infants has a new date. If you did not get a chance to put yourself forward to help tonight with marshalling or boiling hotdogs and would like to give BISA a hand on the new date when we know what it is, send us an email and I’ll put you in touch with the organisers at the Infants.


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