The gates of Rathkeale College will open to the public this November for its popular, annual Christmas Fete.

Rathkeale College Principal Martin O’Grady says the Fete, to be held on Saturday, 7th November, is a major highlight for the wider school community and over the years has become a “must-do” on the Wairarapa events calendar.

“Since the Government has confirmed the move to level 1, large public events can now take place. We are excited to confirm that on November 7th we will welcome visitors through our Rathkeale gates so they can enjoy a diverse range of colourful stalls, the smell of freshy cooked food and get plenty of festive inspiration at our annual Christmas Fete.”

Mr O’Grady says the Fete is being held a week earlier than normal due to senior exams being held in the gymnasium. However, he has already had over 40 stall holders confirm their attendance and it is expected over 120 stall holders will sell their wares on the day.

“As in previous years, we are hoping this event will bring lots of stall holders and visitors to the College who will then stay on in the Wairarapa and do other activities that support our local businesses.”

Mr O’Grady says the fete is the school’s largest fundraising event for the year.

“The Christmas Fete is an amazing collaboration between the Friends Association, our staff and students.  We are always thrilled that people can visit our beautiful campus and enjoy the unique surroundings including the school gardens designed by Alfred Buxton, the Greek Amphitheatre and the 3km eco-trail. Funds raised will to go towards purchasing equipment for our soon-to-be reopened Trust House Theatre, a wonderful asset utilised by the whole community.”

 Now in its 19th year, the Rathkeale Christmas Fete is a fun day out for the whole family. A huge variety of stallholders sell festive decorations, clothing, art and books to flowers, toys and plants and those who love fossicking are in luck with secondhand clothing and book stalls. There will be a children’s area and plenty of gourmet food on offer as well as a crowd-pleasing BBQ. Devonshire Tea served in the Rathkeale Homestead rose garden is a time-honoured tradition while fete-goers can also listen to live music performed by students at various times throughout the day.


The Rathkeale Christmas Fete

Saturday, 7th November 2020

9am – 3pm

Gold coin entry.

Rathkeale College