The 2012 Market Night was a great success, and raised about $14,000 for the school. All the crossed fingers out there produced fine weather, which meant that lots of families from our school and the Hataitai and Kilbirnie communities were able to enjoy the full range of items and activities available.

The busking competition for our students was a great success, with a large audience on the bottom court watching our talented youngsters. Many people took to opportunity to have dinner while watching the performances. Our multicultural cuisine stand was again a hit, and the venison pies sold out quickly again. And there were also steady queues for sausages, burgers and ham on the bone. Thanks again to HireMaster for their generous support.

Up on the top field the kids activities were popular. The activities were sponsored by Nicki Cruikshank of Tommy’s Real Estate, and she provided us with the Tommy’s Bouncy Castle which is always popular. The SPCA provided animals for petting, and is likely to have increased demand for adoptions as a result. Kids sumo suits were again popular and there was the new mini golf and Boom Blaster balloon game this year.

We provided many opportunities for Christmas shopping this year, with external crafters coming in to sell their products, as well as our own craft stall and things made by our students. The second hand clothing went well, as did toys – there were some great bargains to be had.

The cake stall had a condensed milk theme to it, with many bakers taking up the offer of free Nestle Highlander condensed milk cans.

Thanks to everyone who supported the Market Night by helping with planning,  set up, manning stalls, as well as purchasing products.


We have confirmed the silent auction items for tomorrow’s Market Night. There are some goodies in there, with top billing being the Richie McCaw pack.

It features a signed rugby ball, and signed copy of Richie McCaw: The Open Side. The book (unsigned) usually retails for $49.99, so we’ll be looking for some strong opening bidding.

Our other silent auctions are:

  • gorgeous silk dress from Storm (size 8)
  • $100 worth of drycleaning vouchers from Mall Drycleaners
  • One term of lessons at NumberWorks’nWords Kilbirnie (value $435)
  • An arts package including tickets to NZSO, NZ Opera and Chamber Music NZ


There are some great Christmas gifts in there, so please look out for the auction sheets on the night.

We have also got some raffles that will be going around on the night, so there is a chance for everyone to win goodies.

Kilbirnie School’s Market Night is on this Friday, and the long range forecast has a giant sunshine on the 23rd of November.

This week baking boxes are available for school bakers, and we’re still happily receiving toys and sports equipment (to the old Library by room 7) and quality used clothes (to the junior block).

Final shops are being done for the food stalls and our multicultural cuisine cooks are getting prepared.

We’re finalising the details of the raffles at the moment but there will be something for everyone, and we’ll be telling you about it in advance here on this blog.

See you on Friday!

With just over two weeks to go, it is great to see so many clothes and so much fabric being donated. Please keep that spring cleaning up – we’re still after books, toys and sporting goods – please leave them in the old library by room 7.

This week we’d also like to let you know about:

Cake stall: We’ll be sending home a cake box with each child later in the week, and inviting you to  pick up a highlander baking kit from the office to get you started.

Highlander 120years

One of New Zealand’s favourite pantry items has reached an incredible milestone – HIGHLANDER Sweetened Condensed Milk is celebrating its 120th anniversary on Kiwi shelves this year! As part of our Market Night we are delighted to be able to run a Sweet Treats Stall fundraiser supported by Nestlé the makers of HIGHLANDER.  Nestlé with HIGHLANDER will be providing us with a baking kit for each baker – a free sample of HIGHLANDER Sweetened Condensed Milk and a recipe flyer for baking inspiration. In addition, we will receive from Nestlé a baking hamper for raffling, a cookbook to give away for the best baking and lots of posters and signs to let everyone know all about it.

Tombola: Teachers will be talking to their classes this week about tombola – and the class competition that we are running to reward the class that brings the most jars filled with any kind of goodies. They will be put on a table at market night and people will buy the chance to win a mystery jar.

Volunteers: Thanks to everyone who has volunteered to help out with Market Night, both with preparation and spending some time on a stall on the night.  There are a few more helpers required with the following:

  • Selling soft drinks and ice blocks
  • On the hamburger stall
  • Face painting
  • The new mini golf circuit
  • ‘Boomblaster’, a new balloon-blowing pairs game
  • Helping pick up tressle tables on Friday morning and/or delivering to neighbouring schools again on Monday

If you are interested in helping out with any of these, or something else that is more your cup of tea, please get hold of the fundraising team.

We are now seriously counting down to Market Night, with it under a month away. Signs are now up promoting the fair, and a competition is underway at school for students to design promotional posters which will be distributed around the neighborhood.
This week we will be launching the tombola competition at school. All children will be asked to bring along one or more jars filled with anything at all (non perishable food, ingredients, collections, craft items, soap, you name it). The classroom that brings along the most items will win a prize. Then all the jars will be numbered and put on the tombola stall at Market Night. Punters will pay for the chance to pick a number, and have a 1 in four chance of winning a corresponding jar.
Multi-Cultural Cuisine
A popular part of our Friday night Market is the multi-cultural cuisine, which sells plates of amazing culinary creations along with rice and roti for an easy family dinner. If you would like to provide a dish, or help staff the stall on the night, please get in touch with Miranda on 9731355
We’ll again be offering books for sale, so have a hunt through the bookcases to see what the children or adults of your household have grown out of.
Quality used clothes
Now’s a good time to sort through wardrobes to see what you can contribute to the stalls that will be run by the junior classes. Please drop in any clean and tidy clothes to the junior block.
And please keep the fabric coming. If you’re keen to help make the craft creations, please get in touch with Melissa on 3861279.

This year we will be adding a new stall to Market night – KILBIRNIE CRAFT.

We’re calling for donations of fabric and oil cloth, which will then be sorted by parent and master crafter Melissa Wastney. She’ll look a the fabric and develop some projects, which will be made by parent volunteers. The result will be great Christmas present ideas on sale at Market Night.

Can you help?

We’re after quality fabric donations for craft. Please drop them off in the box at the school office by Friday 26 October.

Keen to help? Please get in touch with Melissa directly (via room 6 or 8), or email

Mark your diaries folks. On Friday 23 November, Kilbirnie School will be holding its annual Market Night.

Planning is underway to provide fair activities, second hand children’s clothing, books, toys and sporting equipment, trade stalls, as well as the popular multi-cultural food stalls, bar and the annual talent quest.

We’re looking for volunteers to help with planning and manning the stalls, and if you have any ideas for new activities or goods or talents that you would like to donate, we’d love to hear from you.

Each week in the build-up to Market Night we will be adding posts and sending notices to the school on particular areas of organization. As this is the first broadcast, here’s the full list of what we’re working on:

  • If you are a crafter or sewer, or have an idea of something that can be easily made for great impact, we’d love to hear from you.
  • Green fingers? We have seeds that are looking for loving homes to propagate and get ready for our plant and produce stand.
  • Do you have a prolific fruit tree / relative with an orchard / access to good quality produce that we can sell?
  • We’ll again be calling for donations for Tombola – jars of goodies that become prizes at the tombola stall.
  • Do you have an idea or expertise for a multi-cultural food stall? Let us know.
  • We’ll be collecting donations of good quality children’s clothes, toys and sporting equipment for sale on the night.
  • Home bakers are invited to make a contribution of cakes / sweets / jams / pickles for the cake stall.

We would love to hear from you. Please email