Gala planners aiming high
Everyone is pitching in to make sure this St Mary's School gala is the best yet.
Leah Mosen, 8, helped create horses out of pool toys with her mum to sell at the gala on March 30.
"It was fun to be able to help mum make the horses for gala and I really want to buy one on the day," she says.
Meanwhile, Grace Powley, 8, has also been showing her mum a thing or two about twirling ribbons.
It is all part of the fun at a gala that attracts thousands of visitors and helps pay for much-needed resources for the students' education.
The parent committee has been planning the event since last July.
This year old favourites like bouncy castles, hayrides and face-painting return, along with the "World Famous in Papakura" auction, raffles and white elephant sales which always draw the crowds.
A craft stall will feature parents' homemade preserves and woodwork and there will be plenty of food.
The small school of just 265 students manages to pull off the large event every year.
Principal David Tennent says former parents lend a hand and the wider parish gets involved with donations of goods and time.
Papakura businesses also help with tables, marquees and prizes, he says.
Anyone can pitch in by bringing in baking for the cake stall. Please drop off any cakes, biscuits and slices if you would like to make a donation.
Final drop-offs will be between 10am and 11.30am this Saturday.
The gala is from 10.30am till 2pm on March 30 at 54 Clark Rd, Papakura.
Eftpos is available for a fee. Parking is in the surrounding streets, with disabled parking onsite.
Call 298 4450 for more information.