A wonderfully lost Sunday afternoon

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The Regents School hosted the second Picnic in the Park which took place at the Father Ray Children’s Village on the afternoon of Sunday 13th May.

A variety of songs and musical numbers were performed throughout the afternoon, much to the delight of the large crowd who attended.

There is a huge amount of talent at The Regents School.There is a huge amount of talent at The Regents School.

The event was organised by the school’s music department, in particularly Miss Karen Partyka who, apart from making sure everything ran to plan, accompanied the singing students on piano and saxophone.

All the children have lots of fun on the bouncy castle.All the children have lots of fun on the bouncy castle.

No picnic would be complete without a barbecue, and the Australian parents showed just why the best barbecue cooks come from Down Under. Burgers and sausages were cooked to perfection, and the fried onions were delicious.

With full bellies the children were entertained with a face painting stall, miniature train rides, pottery making and a bouncy castle, which looked at one point to be ready to collapse as there was so many children bouncing around.

Half way through the afternoon, as the musicians were taking a well earned break, a groundbreaking ceremony took place with representatives from the Father Ray Foundation, Jesters Cares for Kids and The Regents School.

Both the Jesters and The Regents School had recently made large donations to construct a sports court which will be used by the underprivileged children living at the Father Ray Children’s Village.

Father Peter, President of the Father Ray Foundation, was joined by Woody Underwood, President of Jesters, and Karen Partyka in digging the first hole in what will be the center of the sports court. Construction will take a few months, depending on the weather, and when complete the children will have a safe place to play.

More information can be found at www.fr-ray.org or email [email protected]

The children from the Mercy Center enjoy the free entertainment.The children from the Mercy Center enjoy the free entertainment.

Karen Partyka, event organiser, music teacher and saxophonist extraordinaire.Karen Partyka, event organiser, music teacher and saxophonist extraordinaire.

Father Peter, Woody Underwood and Karen Partyka perform the ground breaking ceremony.Father Peter, Woody Underwood and Karen Partyka perform the ground breaking ceremony.