THERE were at least 2,100 reasons to feel festive after the first Christmas fair to be held at Upton High School.
Hundreds of students, staff members and parents flocked to the St James’ Avenue school on Friday to soak up the atmosphere of an event that ended up boosting funds by an impressive £2,100.
Pupils from Years 7 and 8 were invited to set up, decorate and run their own stalls on various themes such as bottle and sweet tombola, books, toys, CDs and DVDs.
Year 9 students were responsible for helping to put together an impressive array of hampers which were used as raffle prizes while Years 10 and 11 were given the task of gathering as much produce as possible for all the stalls.
Sixth form drama students helped Santa tour the school and some of the Young Enterprise groups had their own stalls.
The school choir, led by Janice Mitchell, and the DDM theatre group, run by the school’s head of drama Chris Tierney, presented some seasonal entertainment.
Members of the school’s PTA welcomed visitors to the fair, sold raffle tickets and provided refreshments throughout the evening.
Chairman of the PTA, Michael Green, said: “We would like to thank everyone who contributed to the tremendous success of what proved to be a memorable evening for all who took part.
“It was such a gratifying experience to see the entire school community coming together to organise something so special.”