It takes a village

The Patch Primary School will be hosting their 2nd annual PatchFest this Saturday October 19th from 12 noon til 7pm. It is shaping up to be bigger and better than last year, which was a huge success and attracted over 2,000 visitors to this unique and wonderful school in the Dandenong Ranges.

The festival aims to bring the vibrant hills community together through live music, games, Art, food and drink. Two stages will host performances from local bands, including Lost Canoe, Parkville, Tracey Roberts Quartet, Merks ‘n’ Quims and Al MacInnes as well as fabulous performances by the students from The Patch Primary School. There will be a wide range of activities for all ages, including sponge throwing at teachers, a sideshow alley full of games created by our 5/6 students, a handballing target, tennis shots, lucky jars, coin toss chocolates, an up-cycled jewellery stall, second hand books and toys, handmade crafts, mandala painting with a local artist, nature weaving, a belly dance performance and more.

Lost Canoe.

There will be a range of delicious food on offer. Paella by ‘The Independent Gembrook’, food prepared by professional chefs, vegan and vegetarian options, wood fire pizza’s (oven supplied by Pizza Yolo and The Patch store), mulled wine, devonshire tea, sushi + PatchMade spices, jams, bread and cakes as well as beautiful coffee from Oscars coffee van.

PatchFest will again have a licenced bar and beer garden with all wine being supplied by Helen and Joey’s Estate. The day will continue into the evening with the Grade 6 mask parade, and culminating in a community bonfire facilitated by the Mountain Men. It’s set to be an amazing day of fun and entertainment for all ages!   

Students at the school are very excited about the upcoming festival with many of them counting down the sleeps. The Prep students are busily preparing for their up cycled jewellery stall and have started creating handmade beads for people to use on the day as well as collecting old jewellery to be repurposed, in keeping with the schools sustainability philosophy. Year 1’s and 2’s have spent the past few weeks making pom pom creations to sell as key rings and various items.  

So be sure to get along to The Patch Primary school, with your own picnic rug, or find a nice spot on one of the bean bags or deck chairs scattered around the oval and be part of the amazing afternoon that is PatchFest. All proceeds raised will go towards The Patch Primary School for their reading support program and audio visual equipment. But PatchFest is more than just a fundraiser, it is an opportunity for this wonderful community to come together perfectly illustrating the phrase “it takes a village.”

When: Saturday October 19th from 12pm – 7pm
Where: The Patch Primary School, Kallista – Emerald Road The Patch.

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