Past Events

SUMMER FAIR

A huge thank you to everyone for making the 2015 Summer Fair a roaring success. We are delighted to report that the fair raised over £3,000 for the school, and was much enjoyed by everyone. These events are always a huge team effort, so thank you everyone who contributed in some way, and also to all families to came to enjoy the fair. We hope you all had a brilliant time! Thanks also to Ms Beard, Miss Benjamins and Mr Capper for their support on a hot day.

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Around the World at Bessemer Grange

The Around the World festival of food and music was a roaring success – even the sun made a star appearance! There were over 40 countries represented on the day with food, together with music from Joseph and guest appearances from the school Samba band and a local Capoeira group. This event truly represented our close-knit community and richly diverse culture at Bessemer and everyone had a fantastic time!

Special thanks go to the large-scale cooks who delivered the most amazing food ever, and all the other volunteers who helped put on a really special event (and we even raised £250!)

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Winter Fair 2014

We are delighted to announce that the Winter Fair raised a whopping £3709 in profit! Thank you to everyone for coming and supporting the fair, and especially to all those who volunteered to make it come together.  It was an amazing achievement and a magical day for the children!

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                                     F@B Cake Sale, September 2014

Thank you to everyone who helped make the F@B Cake Sale on Friday 19 September such a great success.  It was a lovely opportunity to get Bessemer families together, and eat some delicious homemade cakes and biscuits.  We raised £400 for the school, which is fantastic!

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Summer Fair, July 2014

The sun was shining and we were delighted to see hundreds of you enjoying the food, drinks and entertainment at the Bessemer Summer Fair – thank you so much to everyone for coming and making it such a brilliant success! Thanks to you we raised over £3,000 for the school which is incredible.

We would like to extend a special thank you to everyone who gave so much of their time and energy since we started planning the Fair back in March – it was a real team effort. Also a big thank you to Lawrence and Colin for their hard work and much needed patience, and also to all the staff in the Office and Kitchen, Ms Beard and the rest of the school staff.

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Ice Creams in the Nature Garden

A big thank you to all the volunteers who helped sell ice creams, drinks and snacks on Ice Cream Fridays in the Nature Garden this term. All the proceeds from sales go towards facilities for the school, and it’s been fantastic to see the garden enjoyed by so many families.

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Sponsored Bike Ride, June 2014

What an amazing turnout for the sponsored bike/scoot ride in Dulwich Park last Friday! A big thank you and well done to all those involved in putting on an amazing event, in particular Etta and her team, Miss Foster (and all the staff involved) and Tim (aka Dr Bike). We will let you know as soon as possible the total amount raised towards the bike shelters.

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Reception 2014 Welcome Picnic

It was fantastic to meet so many families starting at Bessemer Grange in September 2014. The Nature Garden was a perfect venue to get together for some activities and share a picnic with other children who will be joining Rainbow, Moonbeam and Sunshine later this year. We have an email list for new parents which is currently circulating with dates for summer holiday meet ups – if you would like to be added to the list please contact fab@friendsatbessemer.co.uk.

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African and Caribbean Feast, May 2014

A huge thank you to all the amazing chefs and everyone involved in creating the Bessemer African and Caribbean Feast on Friday 23 June.  The school samba band launched the celebrations, which continued with drumming and a hotly contested limbo competition!  Delicious traditional African and Caribbean dishes proved to be extremely popular with a long queue lasting for over an hour.  Due to its success, we hope to make this event an annual celebration!

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Workshops in the Nature Garden

F@B organised a series of educational workshops for each year group in the first half of the summer term, and we’d like to thank everyone who helped with these inspiring events including Olivia Armstrong from The Horniman Museum, John from Forage London, the Centre for Wildlife Gardening, Dulwich Library, Iris Brogans who led the cob oven project, Year 1 and 2 parents who led the RSPB Bird Feeders workshop, and Clare and Liz for the upcoming drama workshop.

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Easter Egg Hunt, 28 March 2014

Wow, what a fantastic turnout for our Easter Egg hunt!  The Nature Garden was packed with children solving clues to reach the stash of chocolate eggs, and creating their own Easter artworks with the help of staff from the Children’s Centre.  The homemade biscuits and cakes went down a storm and there was even an Easter Bunny spotted hopping around.  A big thank you to everyone involved.

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Bessemer Bring & Buy Sale

Thank you to everyone who donated, sorted and bought second hand items at the Bring & Buy sale on Friday 28 February.  There were some excellent bargains to be had including children’s clothes, books and toys, and we raised over £150 for the school.

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Winter Fair

Thank you to everyone involved in helping to make our Winter Fair such a brilliant success!  We raised a whopping £1,700 for the school and everyone seemed to be having a fantastic time.  Despite the winter drizzle, Carols in the Nature Garden was a lovely candle-lit event which brought the Nature Garden to life – we raised an additional £50 for the school in mince pie and hot chocolate sales!

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Bessemer Cake Sale

Thank you to everyone who baked, decorated, sold and consumed the delicious offerings at our autumn cake sale. There were some wonderful creations and a brilliant atmosphere. The sale raised a whopping £280 which goes directly to resources for the children.

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Diwali Celebration

Thank you to everyone who braved the rain to celebrate Diwali in the Nature Garden, and to all who helped to create the wonderful atmosphere with over 100 tealights, sparklers, drumming, homemade Indian sweets and lassi. It was a lovely celebration and one we hope to repeat next year, hopefully without the rain!

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Welcome BBQ, Friday 20 September

Thank you to everyone who attended our 2014 Welcome BBQ on Friday 20 September.  It was fantastic to see so many new and familiar faces enjoying the food, drink and unexpectedly sunny weather!

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Summer Fair

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We were blessed with sunshine for the Carnival and Summer Fair this year!  The Countries of the World procession looked fantastic as it wound its way through the local streets, accompanied by drumming and singing.  Each year then performed a dance relating to their country.

The Summer Fair was a great success with lots of fun and games, plus some wonderful ICT creations and animations displayed in the Upper Hall.

A big thank you to everyone involved including local businesses who donated raffle prizes, volunteers who ran stalls and all school staff.  Special mentions to Lawrence/Colin for their hard work, and Ms Beard/Miss Benjamins for their time and effort to make the afternoon such a wonderful display of creativity and fun.

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Ice Cream Sales in the Nature Garden

Following the sell-out success of the ice cream sales in the Nature Garden, we have decided to continue every Friday from 3.30pm during the Summer term as long as the weather holds out (with the exception of Friday 12 July for the Summer Fair). Proceeds of sales will go towards plants for the garden, so please support us!  If anyone is able to help set up beforehand or sell ice creams during the event, it would be much appreciated – please contact F@B. Thank you to everyone who has helped so far.

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Welcome Picnic

On Friday 7 June we held a picnic in Sunray Gardens for the reception and nursery children starting in September 2013, and their parents/carers. The weather was kind and we had a great turnout, thank you to everyone who came and donated food to share. It was fantastic to meet so many of the new families joining Bessemer.

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BBQ and Sculpture Unveiling

Thanks to everyone who supported the school and came to this event to see the unveiling of our new mosaic sculpture by local artist Steve Wright. There was a wonderful turnout – the BBQ was again a big success (we sold out of ALL food!) and everyone had fun in the sunshine that we were lucky enough to have that day.

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Easter Egg Trail

Thank you to everyone who came to the Easter Egg trail and to everyone who helped on the day, in not the warmest of weathers… It looked like everyone had a great time finding the clues, answering the quiz, drawing on the blackboard and especially winning chocolate eggs! See pictures below.

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Winter Fair

The term ended on a high with a great turn out at the Winter fair. Everyone looked to be enjoying themselves – look at the photos! Stalls included a Santa’s Grotto, hoopla, face painting, tattoos, bouncy castle , refreshments, paper chain making, arts and crafts, tombola, raffle, guess the weight of the cake, lucky dip, biscuit decorating and surprise sweetie jars. We also had over 30 incredible raffle prizes this year – thank you to all the wonderful local businesses who supplied these.

It was only made possible by all the volunteers who helped on the day and in the run up the fair – setting up (and tidying up); running a stall; making refreshments; sourcing raffle prizes and selling (and folding!) raffle tickets; advertising the fair; preparing Santa’s Grotto and filling sweetie jars; producing the amazing Bessemer Faces of 2013 calendar; and all your donations for the tombola.   And not forgetting of course the teaching and non-teaching staff for all their help – especially Lawrence and Colin…..

And, in addition to the great atmosphere of the fair, over £1000 was raised!

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Fund-raising – Rag Bag

Thank you to everyone who took the time to rummage through their old clothes, shoes, towels, etc. and filled the Ragbagtextile recycling bags. The bags were collected by Ragbag, the textile recycling scheme, on Wednesday 14th November.Ragbag pay per kilo so it’s a great way to contribute funds to the school while recycling your unwanted materials.  We raised £135 – well done! The textiles are graded and exported to other counties for resale, or made into industrial cloths. If you missed this collection date, there will be another collection next year.

Cake Sale and Welcome BBQ

The first two F@B events of the autumn term have been a great success. The welcome BBQ was really well attended with loads of brilliant dishes and was a great opportunity for both new and old families in the school to get to know each other.

There were so many delicious cakes at the Cake Sale (including some lovely cakes made by the children!) that we made a profit of just over £200. Thank you again to all those who made cakes and helped on the day.

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Thank you to everyone who supported the Summer Fair. We were unlucky with the weather – we did hope it would stay fine all afternoon – but it didn’t seem to dampen spirits and we raised £833 which means it was still one of our best Summer Fairs ever!

Special thanks to all members of school staff for helping and to the wonderful local businesses who supplied raffle prizes, food and supported us in other ways.