Thank you to all families for their support of the online Silent Auction and mini market sale. We also extend our sincere thanks to all of the community members who donated items and services for the auction.

The online Silent Auction was extremely successful with a total of almost $37,000 raised. Please click here to read the blog post from Handbid, the mobile bidding online platform that was used. A special thank you to the volunteer parents, Catherine Walton and the team of Sylvie Schwarz, Natalie Currie, Anna Ruthven, Wendy Briscoe plus the other parents who asked local traders for donations and worked tirelessly to ensure the Silent Auction was a triumph even without the fair going ahead. 

The mini market sale was a fantastic success. The bunches of fresh flowers sold out in 30 minutes! Nearly all of the jams and relishes sold with a second sale to staff on Thursday, selling the rest of the over 850 jars that had been lovingly made by the parent volunteers. The Lucky Dip sold most of the bags with the leftovers kept for next year. Some fresh food and a few cakes and biscuits that had been made for the cake stall also sold and families enjoyed rummaging through the book donations. In a very busy two hours, over $5,300 was raised.

The remainder of the books and all the clothing that had been donated were collected by Vinnies on Monday morning. The chocolate trailer will be set up one day after school for the students to enjoy once they return. If you have an unused Cake Plate at home, please return these to Reception once the students have resumed classes on campus.

With the cancellation of the Community Day Fair, many of our suppliers were very understanding. We were luckily able to cancel the majority of our food order without any costs incurred. The full impact is not yet known  but we are optimistic that the expenses will be minimal.

With the funds raised significant donations to two schools severely impacted upon by the bush fires have been made. Lydia Holmes, Head of Library, delivered library reading resources to Cowwarr Primary School in the Latrobe Valley who have been very appreciative of the kindness of our community. We have also provided a class set of clothing and camping equipment to Carroll Catholic College, Broulee. Many local communities from which this student population is drawn, have been devastated by the fires and Carroll College are seeking support to rebuild the confidence of their student population through outdoor educational camps and environmental experiences to rebuild optimism and a positive connection with the environment.