Funds in hands of fete
AS A former Warwick West State School student, Tracy Vellacott has watched the school and its facilities grow in the time she has known it.
Now, in her first year leading the Parents and Citizens committee, Mrs Vellacott sees the importance of continuing the evolvement and growth of the school.
This Friday, the school will hold its annual fete, where all money raised will go straight back into the school.
"We're aiming to raise about $15,000," she said.
"It's been identified we need to update the school's reading resources and the P&C has donated $36,000 to that. Now we'll be able to divide our funds between the new playground, new reading material, concrete paths and covered walkways."
The popular fete will start at 2.30pm and, from the number of rides and acts lined up, it promises to be an action-packed day.
As well as the dozens of stalls and rides, there will be show bags, chocolate wheels, fairy floss, lucky dips, a cake stall, coffee stall and performances by the school choirs, bands, the Warwick State High School band, Killarney School of Dance and even some belly dancers.
For those who enjoy the spotlight, there will also be a talent festival and lip-syncing competition.
Mrs Vellacott said the fete was by far the biggest event on the school's calendar.
"We're the biggest primary school in Warwick and this is our main fundraiser," she said.
"There is great pride in how the school looks, from the staff and children as well. All the kids will be involved in either their stalls or performances.
"Fortunately there are parents within all the school communities that step up and want to improve facilities for kids and for the future."
The school hopes the weather will be kind this Friday, after last year's fete-goers were forced to wade through rain and mud.
Arm bands allowing the bearer unlimited rides are for sale at $32 until Thursday. Bands are available on the day for $37.