Notes & News

Unfortunately the P&C is unable to host the Great Fete in 2017. We hope to form a new fete committee late in 2017 in order to host the Great Fete again in 2018. We apologise to our valued stall holders, sponsors and to the wider Samuel Gilbert Community for any inconvenience.


Principal Sponsors 2016


Major Sponsors 2016












The Great Fete Gallery 2013

More Great Fete 2013 photos available for browsing and download at  www.secheny.com/gallery, with special thanks to Peter Secheny for being our Fete Day official photographer.

Clear skies, coloured balloons and floating bubbles filled the air as record crowds flocked to The Great Fete at Samuel Gilbert Public School in Castle Hill on Sunday 18 August 2013.  Thousands of fete goers enjoyed 14 amusement rides, stretch hummer rides, games, performances, prizes and more than 65 market and food stalls.

For interviews and media coverage, see http://www.greatfete.com.au/media_coverage.html



“Thousands of satisfied fete goers walked away with a day to remember... that’s what great fetes are all about.” Principal Andrew Bowmer.

In keeping with Great Fete tradition, the oval was filled with ride seekers and families resting on chairs and blankets in the sun.


 Food stalls ran hot all day, providing international gourmet delights, as well as an Aussie BBQ and Kidz Canteen.

“What a fantastic team effort: the fete committee, volunteers, the school, donors in the broader community. Thank you Great Fete 2013!” Fete coordinators Karen Romano and Leisa Whiteside

Sweet and cake stalls provided melt-in-your-mouth fete delights like coconut ice, chocolate coated strawberries and exquisitely decorated cakes.

Bands played, dancers leapt and singers hit all their high notes as students from Samuel Gilbert and other local community performance groups took to the stage.  Special thanks to Carolina Peters for band images.

The Games Gallery was full of colour and excitement with Fish Frenzy, Hoopla and Dunk the Principal and Teachers providing some light relief in the sunshine – while interactive stalls like Sand Art were a popular stop.


Trash and Treasure offered up some stylish wares, as well as bargain buys in books, DVDs and toys.



The market stalls were filled with sparkle and colour, entrancing shoppers with toys, jewellery, candles, hand-made clothes, jams and other delights.

Some great student artwork was on the display in the library. Special thanks to Diana Amos for artwork photographs.

Who can forget our community and emergency services, the police, fire brigade and St John’s Ambulance, always a warm and welcome presence at The Great Fete.


And who can forget the key fete coordinators/facilitators:


And all the voluntary coordinators and helpers, including the following...




Image list:

More Great Fete 2013 photos available for browsing and download at  www.secheny.com/gallery, with special thanks to Peter Secheny for being our Fete Day official photographer.