THE best show in town pulled up at Thatcham Park Primary School last Saturday.
Children, parents and staff rolled up to the Park Avenue school’s circus-themed summer fete where children dressed as clowns, acrobats, strongmen and ringmasters to see their friends and join in the activities on a sunny day off school.
As Jaime Johnson, aged seven, summed up: “It’s the best show in town.”
Visitor Mrs Thatcher said: “As far as school fetes go it’s been a lovely atmosphere and it’s been absolutely heaving.
“There’s been lots of games and activities for the children to play and when you came in you were made to feel welcome.”
Happy to support their school was Alison Gibbs and her daughters Emily and Elsa.
Mrs Gibbs said that Emily had had fun and enjoyed the day, adding that she had wanted to attend as it was her first experience of a British school event as the family originate from Ghana.
And Jessica Mitchell said: “It was quite good it was nice that the sun was out.
“The kids had fun and enjoyed it. It’s nice to support the school, that’s why we came."
The event is organised by the school's parent teacher association, with co-chairwomen Amanda Lush and Nicki Packham embracing the theme and dressing as clowns on the day.
Mrs Lush said: “I’m really really pleased. It’s a good PTA and everyone has pulled together and made it work.
“Local businesses and parents have made brilliant donations. The children are absolutely loving it and they love bringing their parents here to show them. It brings everyone together.”
The association is raising money towards a multi-use games area for the school as well as other items and activities.
Headteacher Alison Webster said: “It’s gone brilliantly.
“It’s a true family event that has been accessed by the whole community. We’ve had a number of children in fancy dress, which adds to the atmosphere.
“I think the weather has underpinned the success but none of it is possible without the determination of our fantastic PTA and from that, obviously, the children benefit enormously.
“I think it’s fair to say that they enrich across the school.”
The school said that the fete had raised around £3,000 but money was still coming in.