Father Ray Children’s Village

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.

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.

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 Foundaiton, 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.