The Spark girls have been working hard all term to get this year’s Christmas showcase off the ground. Event planning is pretty tough, especially when you need to coordinate at least 50 young people from 6+ on stage. But with the real goal in mind – to fundraise to help support Save the Children in Syria – they managed to pull it off to great success.

The evening started with drinks and nibbles in the gym downstairs, where this term’s artwork was displayed. Then everyone moved upstairs to watch two highly entertaining GEMS dance performances, followed by a catwalk for the girls to show off the skirts they’d made in fashion club. The final act was a piece of seasonal drama – Dickens’ A Christmas Carol – which was performed with a real appreciation of its important message and a lot of enthusiasm.

It was fantastic to be able to see everything that Baytree does in one place and to celebrate Christmas together, so we’re really grateful to the Spark girls who made it happen!

It started by doing some research into different charities and discussing the most effective ways of helping displaced migrants. They decided in the end that they wanted to use the planned Christmas showcase to raise money for Save the Children. They planned the running order and commissioned the work. They made a budget, put their proposal to the CEO, Caroline, and planned what food and decorations would be needed. They designed the publicity, sold tickets and wrote scripts for the MC. And when the day came they were on hand as front of house, waitresses and even, very successfully, as compères.

After all their hard work the showcase went very well and everyone – especially all the mums we invited – was proud to see what we’ve been getting up to at Baytree this term.

Christmas Give Pop Up