On Friday 17th June we held our annual celebration of the Winter Solstice. This year the celebration was a free community event, with musical entertainment, a fire pit to farewell old habits and welcome new hopes for the year ahead and fairy houses and lanterns prepared by some classes.
The weather forecast meant that we had to make some adjustments to our plans this year, and the event was relocated to the undercover area for the evening. Although there was a bit of rain while we were setting up, the storms held off and we were able to welcome our HPS community to our celebration. We enjoyed a lovely evening of community, reflection and music, and although we couldn’t take our lantern bush walk through our nature trail, we were still able to hunt for fairy doors and houses in the breezeways and library.
Special thanks to Auntie Marie Taylor for opening the evening with a welcome to country address and to Grant Rowsell for his musical performance with the yidaki.
We were very lucky to have Mr Pritchard and his band, New Nausea, entertain us for the main part of the evening, while we enjoyed hot chocolates, hot milo and brownies from the Year 6s who were fundraising for their graduation activities later in the year. Congratulations to the Year 6s and their team for a successful fundraising event.
Thanks to our volunteers who helped with setting up and throughout the event, Cath Fitzhardinge, Danny Bentley, Ray Ward, Ben Kelly, Josh Smith, Joe Fardin, Erin Maher, Caroline Arthur, Torsten Reiners, and Tim Stoker. Thanks also to the staff that helped in setting up and creating a festive atmosphere in the undercover area.
Thank you to everyone who came along on Friday evening. We hope all our HPS community enjoyed the event and wish everyone a happy Winter Solstice.