“Fantastic” fireworks at St Michael’s School

Photo of a crowd of people watching the fireworks display.

This year’s fireworks display at St Michael’s School took place on Saturday 10th November. Starburst Fireworks put on a show that thoroughly impressed the 1,300 people who attended and DJ Jay Dormer, from ‘Make it a Success’ mobile disco, entertained the crowd with great music.

Although the number of people who attended was lower than the previous year, most likely due to the weather, the event still raised an impressive £2,000. This money is going to be used towards replacing some old playground equipment that is no longer safe for the children to play on. The school’s Parent, Teacher and Friends Association (PTFA) are hoping that this will be done in the new year, especially if they receive any additional funding from the Aviva Community Fund.

The PTFA has received some fantastic feedback from the event, including:

  • “All we can say is AWESOME and THANK YOU to all those involved with making the event such a brilliant spectacular.”
  • “Tonight’s firework display was brilliant, best yet!”
  • “Great evening as always, the fireworks, music and organisation were 10/10.”
  • “We have been to Disney World and seen their fireworks show and nothing has ever come close to that. However, I think they might have some stiff competition now from St Michael’s in Stoke Gifford!”

The St Michael’s PTFA have spent a long time planning and organising this event so they were incredibly pleased that it was such a success. Laura Walker, chair of the PTFA, said:

“The fireworks event kicked off our fundraising year in spectacular style; we would like to thank all our volunteers and in particular Gary and Claire Locke, and Jay Dormer for their outstanding organisation and running of the night itself. We would also like to thank Almondsbury Garden Centre and Monkeyfist Construction for sponsoring the event.”

Also in attendance at the display was St Michael’s headteacher Mark Freeman. He was extremely happy with how smoothly the event went, saying:

“Well over a thousand children and adults enjoyed another super fireworks event, organised by St Michael’s School PTFA. Once again the fireworks were amazing; together with the music and stalls it all combined to be another special community event, which has been running for nearly 20 years. Numbers were down a little on the previous year, due no doubt to the threat of rain. Fortunately this stayed away, and many people commented favourably on the quality of the fireworks. Many thanks to everyone who helped ensure the event ran safely and smoothly, and to Stoke Gifford Scouts for once again manning the barbecue.”

To keep up to date with the installation of the new playground equipment or to find out more about upcoming PTFA events, visit www.stmichaelssg.co.uk/parent-zone/ptfa

Photo of children holding various lighted toys at the fireworks display.

This article originally appeared in the December 2018 issue of the Stoke Gifford Journal news magazine (on page 25). The magazine is delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH, to over 5,000 homes in Stoke Gifford, Little Stoke and Harry Stoke. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.

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