APPROXIMATELY 200 people attended the summer party at Nettlebed Community School.

The event took place in the school’s walled garden for the first time since 2019 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The theme was “Under the Sea” to highlight the importance of recycling rather than throwing things away, especially plastic ones.

Each class made a themed piece of art using recycled plastic, cardboard and fabric waste. The designs included an octopus, a mermaid and a shark photo booth.

School friends Nettlebed, who hosted the party, used reusable cups and limited the use of single-use plastic items.

Attractions included traditional stalls, face painting, a bouncy castle, raffle and raffle as well as a baking competition, with entries being sold later from the cake stand.

The children entered a “Nettlebed’s Got Talent” contest and the school’s Wild Club held a sale of plants they had grown from seed, including tomatoes, pumpkins and butternut squash.

The party raised over £1,800 which will go towards the on-site forestry school, sports coaching and school trips.

Sarah Soles, who chairs Friends, said: ‘It was such a special afternoon, having not been able to throw a full party since 2019.

“The fact that the whole school community came together to put it in place was incredible. Special thanks to our party committee, led by parent Naomi Woolfson, for making this possible.

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