On Tuesday 27th November, E G Carter & Co Ltd partnered with Pate’s Grammar School’s Parents’ Association as they turned on the Christmas lights and opened the annual Christmas Bazaar at the school.

E G Carter & Co Ltd donated the Christmas Tree which sits in the school’s main reception area. The Parents’ Association, students and a special appearance from Santa Claus himself allowed the school to kick off their Christmas Bazaar in style.

The annual Christmas Bazaar is a festive treat. There were many external stalls ranging from chocolate and jewellery to lotions and potions. However, the stars of the show were the school’s Year 7s taking part with stalls running games and selling gifts and some Year 8s who loved last year’s Bazaar so much, they came back to run more stalls and to offer their wonderful busking skills.

Shirley Park, Development Officer at Pate’s Grammar School said “Our Parents’ Association is truly remarkable. The effort that their members go to in support of the school, knows no boundaries! We are extremely grateful to both our Parents’ Association and to E G Carters & Co Ltd for partnering so effectively, to make this a great start to the festive season”

E G Carter & Co Ltd have been based at the Grammar School for the past 6 months as they construct the new three-storey Sixth Form Centre and Library including a Strength and Conditioning Suite and a new PE Store as well as the refurbishment of vacated areas to provide a new performance space, junior library, future science laboratory and much needed classrooms. The £3M build, which is funded by the Education and Skills Funding Agency, supplemented by the school’s own fundraising appeal, is due to be completed in May 2019 with the sixth form facility opening to students next month.

Mark Harries, Associate Director said “It has been a pleasure working alongside Pate’s Grammar School, in just over 2 weeks’ time we will be handing over the new sixth form block before we get started on some of the internal refurbishments. We are looking forward to seeing the new facilities being used. Regarding the Christmas Tree, the Parents’ Association work so hard to support the school the least we could do is send a little Christmas spirit their way.”