Motueka Rudolf Steiner School celebrates new farm at Autumn Fair
For the first time Motueka Rudolf Steiner School and Waldorf Kindergarten has opened its new plot to the public.
The community-owned independent school held an Autumn Fair to celebrate harvest season and show off the school's new site where classrooms will be incorporated with an organic farm.
The family fun day on Sunday was held on Robinson Rd, Lower Moutere with the school's 100 children, families and wider community.
The event aimed to fill children's imaginations with the wonders of St Michael fighting the dragon and celebrate local produce before winter.
Motueka Rudolf Steiner School and Waldorf Kindergarten development manager Peter Garlick said the event was not only an opportunity to connect with the community but to raise funds to keep the school running.
The fair raised a record $18,000 which Garlick said was a delight.
"It's almost certain we had a record crowd. The Autumn Fair is about having a jolly good time," he said.
"It was really festive and we were delighted with the atmosphere that was created."
Garlick said many people at the event were keen to learn more about the building project and the school offered tours throughout the day for those interested.
The school is still waiting for the Tasman District Council to approve the resource consent to allow the establishment to begin building at the new premises.
Those involved with the school decorated the paddock to create a fairground with a magical atmosphere under the trees. Garlick said the land was transformed into a place of "wonder".
"We put a lot of effort into it and we've had a lot of positive support."
The Enchanted Faraway Land zone hosted puppet shows, dragon stories, face painting, games such as bite the apple and elvish treasure hunts.
Children were kept busy with activities like a climbing wall, sling shot, obstacle course, gumboot throwing competition and pony rides. For the first time a giant waterslide was set up to run the length of the hillside into the fair below.
Stalls of produce, crafts and food offered something for everyone.
The afternoon was completed with a traditional bonfire. Attendees were invited to throw a paper dragon into the inferno to symbolise overcoming their inner demons before the start of winter.