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The fair, much more than an end of year party

The fair is undoubtedly one of the favorite school rituals of children. With its procession of cotton candy, line fishing and other messes up everything, it opens the long parenthesis of the summer holidays … A meeting usually unavoidable but which, in this very unique year, will not be honored in number of establishments.

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Because the epidemic decline may have allowed a relaxation of the health protocol, school parties have only been allowed since June 9 if the guests are seated. And we will have to wait for the 1er July so that the public can stand up and move around freely.

“Parents in high demand”

At the head of a Catholic school in Elven, in Morbihan, Ronan Lessard has made up his mind. “Usually our fair can draw up to 3,000 people. Impossible under these conditions to enforce the barrier gestures ”, sighs the one who is also vice-president of Synadec, an organization of school leaders. His schoolchildren will have to be content with a festive day, without parents, with some dances, on July 2. And a circus show given under a marquee installed in the school yard, after the end of classes, on July 5 and 6. And again, by planning several performances to limit the gauge …

A decision taken with regret: “A fair is a friendly opportunity to show projects and shows developed in class. A way to unite the educational community. A moment to solicit parents humanely, voluntarily, financially ”, he emphasizes. The sale of cakes or raffle tickets thus makes it possible to raise funds to support internal initiatives. “Our fair generally allows us to collect up to 15,000 €, which greatly helps to finance outings, sea or snow classes, projects around languages”, specifies Ronan Lessard.

“The revealer of the school climate”

“A fair is above all a means of creating a bond, an opportunity to say goodbye to those who leave the establishment and to welcome those who will arrive at the start of the school year”, boasts Gilles Demarquet, the president of Apel, the association of parents of Catholic education students. “Very often, we ask a parent to play the godfather of a newcomer or we ask the students to organize the guided tour. “

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Basically, notes Alixe Rivière, co-president of the FCPE in Seine-Saint-Denis, the fair is “The revealer of the school climate within the establishment”. The most successful parties are, she says, those that are prepared well in advance, in establishments where parents are fully co-educators.

And also to insist on the role played by the fair with the families furthest from the school culture. “Going to the school gate often rekindles the injuries that we ourselves experienced when we were a student. ” The end of year party is for these parents an opportunity to enter the establishment, to meet the teachers, without fear of feeling judged.


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