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Ambler Primary School and Children’s Centre held their Nordic-themed Winter Fair on the 10th December. Generously sponsored by Winkworth’s estate agents, the Fair raised over £3000 – the best ever Winter Fair total and a brilliant achievement!

650 raffle tickets were sold this year, with some fantastic prizes on offer. The top prize – a kindle loaded with Harry Potter e-books – was kindly donated by local tutors, Mathematics and Science Tuition, while the Arsenal Foundation gave a shirt and football both signed by the current First Team. Lucky winners included Mario in Class 2G, Ellie in Class 5G and Felix in Class 3B.

Santa and his ever-popular icicle-festooned Grotto (a testament to the artistic skills of the Creative Team) had a queue stretching around the block, as did the biscuit decorating and food stalls.

Parent-run activities for the children included an eco-Christmas paper craft stall where you could custom-design your own wrapping paper, a Treasure Map game where the winning square bagged a sack of gifts, and the Snowball challenge, which saw kids vying for the chance to land 3 snowballs inside the Snowman’s tummy.

Kids could also buy reindeer food and Jambler Jars – jars filled with surprises whether sweets or toys, decorated and donated by parents – which sold like hot cakes, play the lollipop game, try their hand at the Hoopla or Buzzwire challenge, and buy slime and playdough.

Outside stalls included local children’s charity Toy Project, which recycles unwanted new and used toys, and distributes them to children in need in Islington and beyond.

This year sadly saw popular Key Stage 1 teacher Lorna Prynne’s last ever Hook-a-Duck as she leaves Ambler Primary School after 19 years phenomenal service.

Head Teacher Juliet Benis said “The Winter Fair this year was such fun, everybody had an amazing time, and big thanks are due to all the volunteers and Friends of Ambler who made it such a success.”

The monies raised through the combined fundraising efforts of the parents, teachers and pupils will go towards acoustic panels for the Assembly Hall, Science Week Workshops and school-wide trips in 2019


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