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It would be difficult, some might say foolish, for one per-
son alone to try to organise a school fête and, since it's
usually a collective enterprise, it's a good idea to begin
with some formal organisational decisions.
The first step is to establish a fête committee with a sec-
retary and treasurer. A good next step is to ask who will
be at the forefront of the fête organisation. This might
be the school council, parents association, individual
parents or a fête coordinator, who in some cases might
be in a paid position.
Before deciding on a date, identify other key events
that are occurring in the community or school to avoid
Decide how long the fête should run. Running a fête
into the evening, for example, may raise problems to do
with lighting and security.
Have a 12-month planning cycle for the fête, espe-
cially since some suppliers may be booked months in
Here's a typical but not exhaustive and hopefully
not exhausting list of items to consider and plan for:
tables and chairs
safety and first aid
food and food handling requirements
If you want to raise money, you'll want to attract
people to the fête. This may mean lots of stalls, rides and
entertainment and therefore agreements with suppliers School
IF THE WORD 'FÊTE LEAVES YOU FEELING
FATALISTIC AND FULL OF DREAD, THE GOOD
NEWS IS THAT SCHOOLS, PUBLIC OR
PRIVATE, BIG OR SMALL, CITY OR RURAL,
FACE THE SAME ISSUES, AS KATE HARRY
AND LENEEN FORDE EXPLAIN.
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