Penong’s Strawberry Fete a big hit

It was fun for all as family and friends gathered at the Penong Hall last Friday night to be entertained by the Penong Primary School children at the annual Penong Strawberry Fete.

Despite the doors being advertised to open at 6pm there were many enthusiastic community members who were flooding through the door early in anticipation of a great night and to get their hot roast rolls and hotdogs for dinner, plus the strawberries and ice cream and other items such as sponges, biscuits and cakes which had been made by locals.

The fete started with Quawsian Thompson reading the Welcome to Country, which was followed by the whole school singing a variety of songs which included Advance Australia Fair, We are Australian and Silver Spoon.

The school’s lone year 7 student Java Shipard had written a lovely story about her adventures and time at Penong Primary School and spoke highly of the teachers which had given her the skills to be successful heading into high school.

She then officially opened the 2017 Penong Strawberry Fete.

The kindergarten children are always the first to perform on the evening and never fail to give the audience something to smile about – this year they were clowns, singing two songs and doing a dance.

They were followed by the upper primary school children performing the Kelly Gang, which was an interesting play about how Ned Kelly got his armour.

Some noisy parakeets, a dingo, a wombat, a kookaburra and a rude tree mouse performed the play Dingo and the Tree Mouse by the lower primary students.

All of the girls then did a dance to Miley Cyrus’ Hoedown Throwdown.

Giant John was the next play of the night and was performed by the upper primary students, which was followed by the lower primary going on a bus ride with a witch as the driver in a play called We Want Mrs Jenkins Back.

During the interval families enjoyed fresh strawberries and ice cream and had the chance to stretch their legs and mingle.

Emcee for the night Tricia Shipard got everybody back to their seats to be entertained by another two plays, the first of which was the Gold Rush Touch and then the Worst Pirate of All.

The finale of the night saw the entire school do three songs from the movie Moana, all dressed in their Polynesian outfits.

Principal Karen Murray and the staff at the Penong Primary School put in a lot of time to make it a great night and should be proud of their efforts.

A huge thankyou goes out to the sponsors who generously donated to the Penong Strawberry Fete, which helps raise funds for the school.