6th July 22
On Saturday 2nd July Kastonbury returned to the school field after a two year absence. With music by KAS students, fundraising stalls, food, drinks and lots of friendly faces.
Head Robert was there (in his Kastonbury t-shirt). He said, “It’s a fantastic afternoon with a great community spirit, wonderful creativity and it’s fantastic seeing everyone coming together as a community again.”
The event serves as a showcase for the many talented performers from across the school. With bands from Lower School rocking the stage, solo spots and collaborations from Upper School the afternoon was filled with brilliant music. The audience were also treated to a high octane performance from the KAS Jets our very own cheerleading squad.
Kirsten, an organiser of previous Kastonbury events, was enjoying the event as a participant saying, “It’s fantastic to be back at Kastonbury – for the last two years we’ve prepared and planned for it and we’ve had to cancel, so it’s lovely that we’re all back and everyone is enjoying each other’s company, spending time together on the field and listening to amazing music. I’m looking forward to seeing my daughter perform with the cheerleaders.”
There was a fantastic range of stalls manned by parent volunteers: a busy bar and cake stall, guess the name of the bear, glitter tattoos, coconut shy and drenching your friends by throwing a ball at a target! The proceeds will go towards Parent/Staff funded activities at the school over the next year. There was also a pre-loved bikes sale which Parent/Staff organised in conjunction with Bikes for Good Causes which supports children with learning difficulties.
Music Technology teacher Dan compered the day’s performances and it was amazing to see students crowding the stage to support and congratulate their peers on their appearances.
Berry Y11 enjoyed her performance saying, “I usually feel nervous performing but at Kastonbury I just don’t. It feels very homey because I know everyone and you can feel you’re playing in front of a community – I feel comforted by playing rather than being nervous.”
With the two year covid-induced hiatus, this was the first experience of Kastonbury for some families who are new to the school. Ellie Y12 was a first-time performer at Kastonbury saying, “I found it really fun, everyone was really lovely about it and very supportive. Kastonbury is quite unique and I like that about it. Other schools have a school fete but Kastonbury takes it to the next level!”
With lots of students and their families and friends enjoying a fun day in the sunshine, Head of Lower School Karen summed it up: “It’s so wonderful to have everyone together and to showcase just some of the talented students at the school. What a great day!”