Tonbridge Grammar School was turned into ‘Togwarts’ for the day for the PTA run Harry Potter themed Wizarding Winter Fair, that raised over £10,500 for the Science Department.
The event featured an interactive display of owls, the chance to create ‘Potions’ in the science labs and ceramic gifts in ‘Harry’s Pottery’, and the opportunity to earn a wand licence.
Antony Armourdoux from the Great British Bake Off 2018 judged a spectacular array of magically themed cakes and a Christmas market of 60 stalls provided a great opportunity to do some Christmas shopping in festive surroundings.
Lynn Gadsby Chair of the PTA commented “A huge thank you to the PTA Team, parent volunteers, teaching and admin staff and all the pupils who helped to make this event a success. We wish you all a Magical Christmas!”
Mr Jardine Viner, Deputy Head, added “We are so very grateful for continued support of the PTA. Their commitment, flair and enthusiasm makes such a positive impact on the whole school community”.
Maisie, Year 10 enjoyed her day at the fair, and gives a flavour of the event:
The 2018 TGS Winter Fair was one of the most successful in previous years. The Harry Potter theme this year was able to draw in an audience of all ages, with the Owl Display giving the whole day a truly authentic magical feel.
Upon entering the lobby, the reception area had been decorated and filled with stalls run by the PTA, and a harpist was playing. It set the standard for the event as a whole very high, and it certainly fulfilled its promises.
Each TGS house ran its own stall to raise money for charity, and the range of ideas was varied, with the Quidditch game made by the Fayerman house proving extremely popular with visitors. Other house stalls created their own versions of the Hogwarts Sorting Ceremony and a parody of Pin the Tail on the Donkey. All of the ideas were creative and engaging, providing an interactive experience for guests.
The two markets offered a variety of wares for sale, selling festive themed items to jams to handmade guitars. The number of outside providers involved in the fair was immense, and the themed cakes made by students were incredible. The amount of effort that went into planning the entire event was evidently huge.
You can see pictures of the event here.