A WATERSIDE school was transformed into a winter wonderland to bring festive cheer to the community.

Blackfield Primary School held its annual Winter Fair to help raise funds for the school.

Organised by the Friends of Blackfield, a group of parents who fundraise for the children, the event saw the school taken over by Christmas stalls, games, food and there was even a visit from the big man himself.

Principal, Tariq Sasso, said: “Our winter fair has a really lovely community vibe and very much sets us up for the festive season.

“We are very fortunate to have a group of lovely parents who give up their own time to raise funds for the children.

“Thanks to their incredible hard work, they raised £1,400 at this year’s fair, for the school to use on resources and trips. We are very grateful for all of their hard work.”

For the winter fair the school was totally decked out in decorations made by pupils during a ‘Crafty Christmas’ day.

During the fair the children had the opportunity to meet Father Christmas and parents enjoyed stalls, which sold gifts such as woolly hats, scented candles and jewellery.

Pupils learning how to play instruments performed Christmas music on their pianos, trumpets and recorders. The school’s Year 6 children also devised and ran their own yuletide games for the younger pupils to enjoy.

The school is part of Inspire Learning Partnership - and CEO Claire Lowe said: “This is a fantastic event for the whole school community to enjoy and it wouldn’t be possible without the help of our wonderful volunteer parents and school staff who give up their free time.

“From the children helping to run games to staff gamely dressing up, everyone connected with the school has contributed to the success of this event.”