Summer Festival 2019


From The Headmaster

Dear Parents, Students and Friends

I am delighted to introduce this year’s Summer Festival programme and can hardly believe that a year has passed since the last festival. Looking at the range of events that are taking place, I think we can safely say that there will be ‘something for everyone’ and hope to see students, parents, staff and friends over the course of the week in this annual celebration of the life and work of Sidcot.

This year’s programme is particularly packed starting with the Festival of Peace on Saturday 15 June form 12:00 to 17:00. This biennial event, is an opportunity for us to join with members of our wider community to celebrate the principles on which Sidcot was founded way back in 1699. Peace, both in one’s time and within one’s self, is something as relevant today as it was when Quakerism was first established. However, the messages of conflict resolution, care for the environment and a belief that we all have a power to effect system change, are as relevant in contemporary society as ever. I hope you will be able to join us for what promises to be an inspiring start to this year’s Festival.

Amongst all the events, the Garden Party on Saturday 22 June is a particular highlight of mine. The event, organised by the PTA, provides great fun for all those who attend and is an opportunity to raise funds. My thanks to Chantelle Parker-Mills, Zena Adams and those on the PTA who have worked so hard in the planning of the Garden Party as well as supporting the work of the School throughout the year.

For many this will be their first Summer Festival. However, for some it will mark the conclusion of their time at Sidcot and it seems a fitting way in which to celebrate the unique gifts and talents that characterise members of the Sidcot community. Undoubtedly, it will be a fantastic occasion for all. I am, as ever, indebted to students and staff for all the work they have put into arrangements. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that the sun will shine!

With best wishes

Iain Kilpatrick

From the Senior PTA Chair

Dear All

The PTA have always been instrumental in the organisation of the School’s annual Garden Party, providing assistance with organisation, set up and, of course, a lot of cake baking! Last year was my first attempt to organise this wonderful event and, I’m happy to say, it ran relatively smoothly with the help of many parent volunteers. We even had the weather on our side!

The Garden Party will be packed with lots to do and see – something for everyone to enjoy, with games and stalls from both Senior and Junior School students and external parties. This year’s stalls will be offering an array of fun games and products for sale such as arts, crafts, gifts, souvenirs, clothes, stationery, jewellery, various cosmetics, toiletries and face painting.

There will be inflatable fun and of course the Garden Party Café – offering home-baked cakes, refreshments and ice creams. We have a barbecue, music for your entertainment – and don’t forget to visit our Second Hand Uniform stall (cash only). All proceeds will go towards the PTA funds which in one way or another filter down to your children’s enjoyment at our school. The pool will also be open for the children to have a free swim (see in programme for timings).

Come rain or shine (and don’t worry, we have an indoor contingency plan should the weather not be on our side), we look forward to seeing you on Saturday 22 June for what I’m sure will be a fun filled day.

Kindest regards

Chantelle Parker-Mills
Senior PTA Chair


Summary of main events

Saturday 15 June

  • 12.00 – 17.00    Festival of Peace & SidFest (James O’Connell Peace Field). Open to all.

Monday 17 June

  • 10:00 – 16.30    Junior Sports Day (Sports Field). Reserve date Friday 21 June.
  • 15.30    Tea, coffee and cakes for Sports Day spectators in the Pavilion.

Wednesday 19 June

  • 18.00 – 20.30    Opening of Art, Design & Technology Exhibition (Arts Centre).

Thursday 20 June

  • 10.30 – 16.30    Senior Sports Day (Sports Field).
  • 16.30    Tea, Coffee & Cakes for Sports Day Spectators (Pavilion).
  • 12.00 – 15.00    Art, Design & Technology Exhibition (Arts Centre). Open to all.

Friday 21 June

  • 19.30 – 23.30    Upper Fifth Ball (Webbington Hotel & Spa, Loxton).
  • 19.00 – 22.00    Upper Sixth Leavers’ Meal (Cosmo, Bristol).

Saturday 22 June

  • 12.00 – 15.00    Art, Design & Technology Exhibition (Arts Centre). Open to all.
  • 12.00 – 13.00    Ploughman’s Lunch (Refectory).
  • 12.00 – 14.00    Ceramics & Photography Workshops (Arts Centre). Open to all.
  • 13.30 – 16.00    Garden Party (Gardens).
  • 15.45 – 16.30    Cream tea (Refectory).
  • 19.00 – 21.30    Dymond Speech and Prize Giving (Meeting House).

Sunday 23 June

  • 09.00 – 09.30    Boarders’ Breakfast (Refectory).
  • 10.30 – 12.00    Leavers’ Assembly (Meeting House).
  • 12.00 – 13.00    Leavers’ Luncheon (Gardens).
  • 12.00 – 15.00    Art, Design & Technology Exhibition (Arts Centre). Open to all.
  • 12.30 – 13.00    Boarders’ Lunch (Refectory).

Friday 28 June

  • 16.00 – 17.30    Junior School Informal Music Concert (Junior School Hall).