After the raging success of last year’s carnival, the whole school is in the thro’s of the 2011 carnival on 1st July. The countdown has begun!
Every child and every member of staff have been playing their part in preparing costumes etc. making sure that our 2011’s amazing Continent Carnival is a roaring success! Planning for the carnival started soon after the last one in 2010. Preparations started in ernest in May with the Tim Davis inset for staff on screen printing and ways to make structural costumes using willow. All staff were also inspired by Mrs Jesani’s inset on ways to make fantastic carnival costumes, masks and simple hats using scraps of material and a little imagination!
One week before the BIG DAY!!!!!!!!!! And there’s so many things to be organised. Mr Roy is preparing the big marquees on the field. How many do we need? And where is the best site? Last year we had problems with the food queues so we have placed the food marquees at the far side of the field. He also wanted to know about the picnic area. We had to place this rectangle quite centrally on the field so that there is room to march around it for our fantastic parade. Each class is busy painting, sticking and glittering!!!!!! Masks, costumes and willow sculptures are in the final stages of preparation. Fun! Fun! Fun!
Friday 24th June
Marquees are now in place so we need to start thinking about the placement of the central parade area/ picnic area. There’s a large tree root which needs to be dug out so that no one trips over it. Mr Fletch will be working hard to remove the stump over the weekend.
Children and staff are working on their Carnival displays in each year group. This year’s theme is ‘Continents’. The Nursery are working on Antarctica/ Artic with ice snow, polar bears and fish in black and white.
Reception has Australasia and are working on their Aboriginal Art T-shirt and hat designs. Year One are covering China dressed in sequinned red T-shirts and hats.
And lastly in Key Stage 1 Year Two are thinking about Grimms Tales and are creating purple and pink wings, hats and costumes.
Ms Birch has begun the request for help with the evenings world feast!! Parents and Staff are being approached about their contributions to the menu. A BIG thank you to all who support this venture!!
What a sensational end to this weeks preparations!
Stilt Walker in last year's costume
I have been in touch with the company ‘Sticks and Stones’ for the last time today. We are planning to have another stilt walker at the front of the parade on Friday to lead the school around the field. His dress is a surprise for the day!
Have you noticed the advertisements for the Carnival on bill boards in the gardens of friends and parents of the school. Hopefully these will encourage the community to participate in the Carnival fun!
We need to start hunting for the bunting to be hung at the entrance of the school and around the field.
It is so exciting when all the planning is in it’s final week!!! I hope the Carnival is in your diary too!!
Rain, rain, go away! Come again … after Friday Carnival pleeeease!
Rain or shine the Carnival will take place this Friday, 1st July. We have made plans if it’s wet to be inside the 2 halls and sports hall. I’m an optimist and am still planning for the Carnival to be out doors!!!!!!
Mr Cordiero Gilson has been taking a dancing workshop all week with Year 3, 4 and 5. Last night the teachers
Mr Coediero Gilson preparing year 3 for carnival
were swinging away at their dance inset in preparation for Friday’s extravaganza!!!!! He will be joining in the rehearsal dance parade tomorrow afternoon.
Today we have finally prepared our school letter to remind our community of the event which starts from 2pm. The firework sound show will be taking place around 6.30pm. If you can support the event by cooking a dish to share please either send it into school in the morning via your child’s class teacher or bring it along to the marquees in the afternoon.
The sun was shining!!!
Today was the parade rehearsal. Unfortunately Mr Roy was unable to open the all weather pitch so it was decided that we should parade from the back of the pitch instead of the front. Mrs Singh and Mrs Obi were able
- Parade rehearsal
to direct everyone into their lining up places.
This took a little longer than last year because there is only a small entrance into the pitch.
The Nursery practiced walking with their sari which kept all the little ones in their places. They took longer than everyone else so they started walking around the parade first. All the classes filed out onto the field and sat in their designated places.
It took half an hour to parade out on to the field and another twenty minutes to empty the field.
3 cheers were given to celebrate our rehearsal!!!! Ms Birch reminded everyone to remember to bring in dishes of food to share at the Carnival.
Well done everyone!
The the sun is shining, grass is green, the bunting is fluttering and the fence now has a saree rainbow!!!!!
Today many adults spent the day decorating the field, marquees and front entrance to the school!!
There are a few more last minute jobs to complete tomorrow – stitch here, a stitch there. But we can’t wait for Mr Francis to bring out the musical equipment tomorrow to give some sound effects to the event!!!
Don’t forget to bring your delicious dishes tomorrow!!
We are looking forward to seeing you here!!!!
What a fantastic day!!
Thank you to all the children who produced such fantastic hats, T-shirts, skirts, willow sculptures and models. You are awesome!!
Thank you to all the parents and staff who have given of their own time to help create our amazing Carnival this year!! Bringing delicious foods from around the world!! Helping on the stalls!! Bringing the entertainment onto the stage!!
A big thank you to the site staff who have been working tirelessly behind the scenes – Cyril, Fletch, Ben, Roy and their gang!!