Saturday 18 May

10.00am to 3.00pm


The Illawarra Grammar School Grounds

Event Cancelled

Saturday 18 May

10.00am to 3.00pm


The Illawarra Grammar School Grounds

What's On

  • Games and rides: it’s classic carnival vibes at the TIGS Senior School oval with Sideshow Alley and your favourite rides!
  • Activity stations: there’s something for everyone from face painting and hairspray to Devonshire tea and a mechanical bull! 
  • Music and dance performances: Enjoy performances from our talented students and external local providers
  • Delicious food: World cuisine and carnival treats to cure all your cravings, plus scrumptious home-baked cakes and cupcakes
  • Huge raffle prizes including a $4,000 travel voucher!

Tickets and Pricing

Admission to the carnival is free! 

Food and some games and activities are paid and can be purchased directly at the vendor and activity stalls.


Certain activities and food items can also be ordered in advance, stay tuned for more details.

Volunteer and Sponsorship Opportunities

Volunteer for 1 hour

Every year group K-12 is in charge of an activity station or food stall. Sign up for a one hour shift to support your year group’s stall. The Great Fete Year Group Coordinators will communicate details via WhatsApp beginning 12 April. If you are not in the chat, please email [email protected].

Make a gift basket

Gift baskets are important fundraisers for the school. Pick any theme: gardening, stationery, baby, baking, sewing, kids, craft, car, cleaning, cooking, coffee/tea and more! Please deliver assembled baskets to The Piper Centre or the Junior School Office by Friday 10 May.

Click here for all the details about putting together gift baskets.

Drop off donations

Clean out your wardrobes and garages and donate your unneeded goods to be sold at our rummage fundraiser stalls (run this year by Year 3 families!). You can donate any of these items in new or good-quality second-hand condition: toys and games, books and records, household items and homewares, fashion accessories, and school uniforms. Please note that electrical and outdoor items are not saleable.

Bake a cake or cupcakes

Baked goods will be needed for the Cakes and Cupcakes stall (run this year by Year 1 families!). Donate your home baked cakes, cupcakes, muffins, slices and cookies on Friday 17 May (3.30pm to 5.00pm) and early Saturday morning (from 9.00am). Please label the goods and list the ingredients - particularly allergens such as nuts. Cake boxes and trays are available from both the Junior School Reception and Senior School Reception. Get in touch with [email protected] if you have any questions.

Shopping, Activity and Food Stalls

Year groups from K to 12 are leading many of these fun activities and food stalls. Sign up via your Year Group WhatsApp or email [email protected].

Bubble Soccer: Individuals can sign up for a session here. Have a team ready and would like to book a time slot not currently open? Please contact [email protected] and we can book you in. The maximum number of players per team is 5. 

Laser Tag: Individuals can sign up for a session here. Have a squad ready to dominate the Rees Hall arena? If your preferred time isn't available, email [email protected], and we'll get you scheduled in. Each team can have a maximum of 5 players.

Matilda's Farm: Family favorite Matilda's Farm is back and bringing furry friends for littles to pet. Entrance is $8 to be paid day-of.

Performance Schedule

Cheer on performers from a range of local dance and physie groups throughout the Fete. TIGS student orchestras, choirs and ensembles will showcase their talents starting from 11.00am. This includes all Junior School students, invited to perform together with their year groups as organised through their weekly music lessons. 

View the full performance schedule here.

Unmissable Raffle!


Raffle books were sent home with your oldest TIGS student in the first week of Term II. 

Purchase raffle tickets ($5 each or $50 for books of 10) by returning cash payment with completed raffle stubs to school by Thursday 16 May or order online by Wednesday 15 May. Click the button below.

The raffle will be drawn at the end of the Fete. You do not need to be present to win. Fabulous prizes up for grabs include a $4,000 Travel Voucher!

How to get to The Great Fete

TIGS shuttle buses are FREE and will run every 10 minutes from the Wollongong Train Station to make it easy for everyone to access the Fete! Meet at the turning circle on the Western Side (Northbound Side) and look for our TIGS buses.

First shuttle bus leaves Wollongong Station at 9.15am. The last shuttle bus leaves TIGS at 4.00pm.

There will be NO public parking available on the school grounds during The Great Fete. Parking spots will be utilised by stallholders and those with accessibility issues.

Pick-up zone: Drivers dropping off and picking up passengers can enter via Powell Street and deliver or pick up passengers beside the school oval.

A cloakroom will be available to store large purchases/items difficult to transport via shuttle. These can be collected on Monday from the School.

We can't wait to see you at
The Great Fete on Saturday 18 May!

Queries and suggestions? 

Contact us at [email protected]