The British School of Beijing hosted their annual Christmas Fayre on Saturday 21st November. With a range of stalls sprinkling the foyer, a memorable Santa’s Grotto, and a fantastic chorus singing Christmas carols, people were able to shop and socialize surrounded by a truly magical atmosphere. The previous successes of past BSB Christmas Fayres inspired a couple of friends and myself to get involved and set up our own stall.
In order to undertake the position of starting a stall at the Fayre we understood that it’d take a lot of preparation and planning. We all knew that we should do a food stand but it was what to do with the other table that was filled us with uncertainty. Should we have an art table where kids can come and go freely? Should we have a pop quiz game? Should we just sell Christmas themed items? Ideas on what we could do cascaded out in our early meetings. Albeit, in the end it was decided that we should prepare for a ‘Pin the Nose on Rudolf’ game.
Initially we all divided up into necessary jobs. Ria took the posters and decorations, Naomi would approve all the menu and rules, and I would be in charge of the budgeting and creating Rudolf. However by the time the final week crept round we were all contributing to one another’s position, which sounds dysfunctional, but felt like a good choice as it made the whole experience more of a team effort.
The day of the event was chaotic. Due to some miscommunication we were all over the place; the menus were a mess, Rudolf wasn’t completely painted, and the planned decorations were no where to be found. Nonetheless, as a team we managed to pull it together and get the show on the road. By early afternoon Rudolf had been miraculously completed with some added detail, the menus were scrapped but plaque cards were crafted in their place, even the decorations- which were heavily improvised- fitted neatly on the display.
The duration of the Christmas Fayre went smoothly. Our prizes for the game started to dwindle and the baked goods disappeared. The whole experience was certainly enlightening as it helped us to understand what it means to be a team.
3,300 RMB was raised in total and will go towards the Tanzania project.
Update from Year 12 IB student – Emer O’Brien