St Anthony's spring fair on the way

Tea time: St Anthony's Primary School volunteer Biddy O'Malley prepares Devonshire teas with year 6 pupils Emily Brown and Keane McKenna. Picture: Gene Ramirez

Tea time: St Anthony's Primary School volunteer Biddy O'Malley prepares Devonshire teas with year 6 pupils Emily Brown and Keane McKenna. Picture: Gene Ramirez

Her three sons and grandchildren have long graduated from St Anthony's Primary School in Girraween but Biddy O'Malley is still there to lend a hand.

The Toongabbie resident volunteers at the school's canteen three days a week and has served Devonshire tea at its annual Spring Fair for the past 46 years.

"The people who come, the community, make it special," she said.

"They come in and have a cup of tea. We serve tea and coffee."

School captains Keane McKenna and Emily Brown have been to six school fairs so far and can't wait for the next on September 6.

The event attracts up to 3000 community members each year.

Old favourites, including a chocolate wheel and book stall, will be joined by extra entertainment with live bands, Burmese and Tamil dancers, henna tattoos and market and Indian street food stalls.

"I think the cake stall is one of the highlights because we've got really good cooks in the school community," Emily said.

Kean said he looked forward to the rides, which include dodgem cars and a giant swing.

"It's kind of like a circus in our school — without the animals," he said.

"There are rides for all ages."

Principal Attila Lendvai said money raised through the event would be used to buy extra information technology hardware including iPads and laptops.

"If we had two students to one device that would be fantastic," Mr Lendvai said.

"Learning for us has to be co-operative so they will also co-operate by sharing devices.

"It's how you actually apply technology to enhance learning, how you can use it to discover more things and to present work as well, that is what we say is important.

"Making sure the kids are the best learners they can be is the ultimate goal."

Event sponsors include The Outback Steakhouse, LJ Hooker Toongabbie, Cluff & Associates Solicitors and Holman Webb Lawyers.

■ The Spring Fair is on Saturday, September 6, 10am-3pm, at 216 Targo Road, Girraween.

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