Badgefest Brings School Community Together to Sing, Dance & Camp

Badgefest, Badgemore School’s very own version of Glastonbury took place on Saturday in the grounds of the school.

Families enjoyed games, Badgemore’s Got Talent on the stage, dancing, crafts, glitter face painting, hair braiding, crown making, tug of war and toasting marshmallows in the evening.  Those that wanted to party into the night could camp overnight and then enjoyed a cooked breakfast over an open fire on Sunday morning.

There were competitions too.  Jack Collins, Year 2 won the bake-off competition.  He made strawberry and cream fairy cakes.  He said, “I’m from America and I wanted to try a British recipe.  They took about an hour to bake.”

Headteacher, Tim Hoskins said, “This was started 8 years ago and it’s developed a lot since then.  It’s amazing to see so many people here today, so many activities and so many tents.  I understand that there are 175 people coming to the school today so we’re very very proud to have all of you here.  This couldn’t not have been done without the incredible work of our FOBS (Friends of Badgemore School).  They have been planning it for months, been preparing things in the last few weeks, here last night, here early this morning.  They’ve put an amazing about of effort in, especially Harriet (Barcella).”

Harriet said, “What a special weekend we had! From the face painting to the chill out craft zone, the hair wrapping to the talent show, the marshmallow toasting round the fire to the tug of war, everything came together beautifully. We have raised in the region of £1000 for the school which is fantastic. But Badgefest isn’t about fundraising. It’s about giving every child and family the opportunity to experience the magic of connecting with their community in this truly inclusive, fun and joyful way. I cannot overstate how grateful we are to every single person who helped to make this event happen. It is a huge labour of love, but so worth it when you see the children beaming from ear to ear, the families getting to know one another and this beautiful space buzzing with energy.”

Parent, Kate Terry added, “It was my first time at Badgefest and I had the most amazing time with my family. You could make flower crowns, get your hair wrapped, festival makeup and lots more and of course Badgemore’s Got Talent, where we saw some incredible acts. My daughter Betsy performed a dance with her friend Andreea. The whole day was so wholesome, supportive and heart-warming and all made possible by the parents and teachers at Badgemore. How lucky we are to have such an amazing event in our beautiful school grounds. Can’t wait for next year already where I have already promised my children that we will camp.”

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