Volunteering - Practical, Positive Support for our Community of Learners
Volunteering comes in many forms. It may begin with joining our Parents and Citizens' Association or helping in the classroom, covering Library books, assisting in our Cafe or joining The Great Strawberry Bonanza team.
Many hands make light work and your interest in our school is very appreciated, however you may volunteer.
By volunteering parents and carers meet new people, join a Chevallum tradition of family involvement and demonstrate to children the value of community co-operation.
Volunteering builds strong relationships and has positive benefits for students.
Ask your class teacher how you may volunteer and come along to a P&C Meeting to see how else you can support our community of learners throughout the year.
Our annual celebration of all things Strawberry ,
food, music, rides, fireworks, stalls and FUN
What is Strawbfest?
Strawbfest comes alive each year at Chevallum State School from 5pm till late, attracting thousands of people from across the coast and hinterland. Mirroring the multicultural influences in our school community, Strawbfest offers a vibrant multi-cultural world of food and a variety of entertainment. Each year we offer exciting entertainment options ranging from LIVE music across 3 stages, fantastic carnival amusement rides, the ever popular Strawberry Daiquiri bar, numerous traditional stalls, an abundance of delicious strawberries, all the fun of side show alley, show bags and much, much more with the evening culminating in an impressive burst of colour and light with our fireworks display.
A brief history
is an annual fundraising event staged by volunteers from the Chevallum School Community that reflects not only Chevallum’s unique location within the strawberry fields, but also provides a platform for showcasing the creative and diverse talents of our whole community.
In 1986 the Chevallum School Community, represented by the Parents and Citizens Association, set out to create a fund raising event that would, with the support of local strawberry farmers, capitalise on the annual strawberry harvest and capture the creative spirit of the Community. Their vision was to create an event that was entirely different from traditional school fetes, was a quality event in every way, celebrated community and highlighted the attributes that set the School apart from all others.
Although Chevallum School at the time of the conception of Strawbfest only had a population of some 90 students the Association succeeded in creating an event that has been successfully celebrated every year for over 25 years.
Strawbfest is a whole community event that, where possible, relies solely on voluntary participation. With all stalls being planned, developed and run in-house by volunteers and our class family groups, with all proceeds benefiting all students.
And of course this continuing success would not be possible without the generosity and support of the local farmers who donate strawberries free at harvest time every year.
The enduring traditions and values of Strawbfest have produced a consistent winning combination. From humble beginnings Strawbfest has evolved into a celebration that annually attracts thousands of people from all over the coast and hinterland. We look forward to welcoming you to this unique annual event.