The little country school that’s big on taking its fair to new heights

SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE: Moriarty Primary School pupils surrounded with items for their school fair are (clockwise, from top) Alex Rouse, 12, Becky Hyatt, 9, and Chase Redpath, 8. Picture: Jason Hollister.NOT every school has helicopter joy rides at its fair, but Moriarty Primary School does.
HangZhou Night Net

On Sunday, the little country school with 82 pupils will hold its fair between 10am and 2pm.

The helicopter rides cost $45 and give participants the thrill of flying over picturesque farmland.

The Moriarty fair is held in the middle of a rural landscape that could be described as horticultural heaven.

There will be discount tulips bulbs to buy and fresh produce picked direct from neighbouring farms.

The usual home-baked cakes and sweets will be sold on stalls.

It’s the place to come for Mother’s Day gifts such as homemade cards, origami flowers, candles and gift packs.

Acting principal Julie Argent said a keen group of parents supported the fair and made it happen.

“It’s a great day out,” she said.

The fair will offer everything and more for the bravest of thrill-seeking adults down to the most timid fair-goers, and everything in between.

“There are the traditional Moriarty fair favourites like splat-the-rat, pony rides, cream teas, white elephant, mousetrap minefield, vegetable animal and a range of foods to tempt your appetites.

“If you need your kids to sleep well on Sunday night then a day at our fair will be guaranteed to do the trick.”

Moriarty was one of the schools previously threatened by State Government closures, but the school’s parents and pupils wasted little time worrying about the future. Instead, they are getting on with it.

“The feeling at the school at the moment is that Moriarty is invincible,” Mrs Argent said.

“We’re doing what we do best and we aim to make the most of every day.

“Coming here from other schools that didn’t have less than 500 children, I can say at Moriarty they do not take anything for granted.

“Everyone is working to ensure these kids get the very best opportunities.”

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.


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