Introducing Spin the Barrel

Kids just love the Spin the Barrel game, where you are guaranteed to win a prize!  We speak with Mimi Goh who has been organising the Spin the Barrel game for a couple of years.

Hi Mimi!  Thank you for volunteering again.  Tell us about Spin the Barrel - how does it work?

It is a fun game!! You are guaranteed a prize and you can choose the prize yourself.

One fair coupon for a spin, you pick up the color ball from the barrel, then you choose the prize base on the color ball you picked.

We always have new prizes stock up from time to time so its fun to come back to have more spins. 

Who comes to play?

From toddlers to grownups!! Everyone just loves Spin the Barrel!! 

Where is your stall?

We will most likely be in the car park. 

How did you come to volunteer?  I'd like to volunteer too, what can I help out with?

I just think it is nice and fun to get involved with the fair, and my kids definitely love this game! I will have my daughter (she is turning 6 and she was begging me to let her join) to help out this year. You are more than welcome to come and join me to man the store together, either to collect coupons, to help with the barrels or help the kids to choose the prizes (most of the time they cannot decide what to choose!!)

What is your favourite part of the Fair?

Of course Spin the Barrel!! That I am able to meet new friends and see familiar faces.  I also like the bake sale also, they are awesome!! 

Introducing the Book Sale

The Book Sale is a treasure trove of reading material with something for everyone, kids and adults!  Come browse and find something you'll love!  We speak today with Wen Zhang and Marina Chira who have been long time organisers of the book sale.

Hi ladies!  Thank you for volunteering again.  How long have you been involved with the book sale and how did you come to volunteer with the stall?

Both of us have been involved in the school Fair for many years since our children joined the school. We both started with the Flea Market and then moved on to the second hand books.

What do people love most about the book sale?

People who visited the book sale are themselves book lovers or have children loving reading, or both. Thanks to generous donations and love-to-read culture of the CIS school community, we have a wide range of donations of books, CDs, and DVDs in English and Chinese, occasionally in other languages too. One can almost always find something interesting, whether it is pre-school baby/toddler readings, classic children's literature, biographies, sci-fi, latest teen readings, SAT and exam preparations, best-selling adults' fiction or non-fiction, personal development, health and travel, cooking books, art and design etc.

In addition, our books cost next to nothing. We charge $10 each for paperback, and $20 each for hardback. We also offer discount to bulk purchases.

Year on year, we have many parents and teachers buying books from the book sales and donating the books bought from us in previous year. It is such a fun way to read and recycle.

Where is your stall?

We will most likely be in the car park, right next to the cafe area.

I want to buy a lot of books!  How do I carry it all?

If you purchase over $200 value of books from us, we are happy to keep them for you till the end of the Fair.  

What happens to any books left unsold at the end of the Fair?

All the unsold books will be given away to charitable organisations. For many years, our senior secondary students run the Philippines Book Project. After the Fair, they will help to collect and send unsold English children books to the Philippines. For Chinese books and remaining English books, we will donate them to Hong Kong-based charities.  

Tell us a bit about the team.  What do you need volunteers for and how can they sign up?

At moment, Marina Chira (Y1 and Y5 parent) and Wen Zhang (Y8 parent) are parent volunteers in charge of the second hand books. If any parents are interested in joining the team please sign up here.

Starting from November 1, the team will begin the sorting of donated books into different categories. Large number of parent volunteers are wanted. Everyone is welcome. To help, many parents take advantage of the time after they drop off their child(ren) to school in the morning or before pick up the kid(s) in the afternoon, whether it is for one or two hours. 

What is your favourite part of the Fair?

Being involved in the Fair is fun and rewarding. It is one of the best ways to get to know other parents, the school and the community. Through such involvements, we have got better appreciation what makes the school unique and great, which in turn allows us to talk more sensibly with our children about their school life and offer more effective supports.  All the money from the book sales goes to school to benefit our children.

Introducing the Taiwanese Food Stall

The Taiwanese food stall started last year and was so popular that it's back for the second year running. Bubble tea anyone?  Here we speak with the Taiwanese food stall team organisers, Eva Chang, Tiffany Yang and Pei Yin Chen.

Hi ladies!  Thank you for volunteering!  Tell us a bit about the Taiwanese food stall!

This is our second year of Taiwanese food stall, we had so much fun and good feedback from last year so that we are definitely looking forward to seeing more people loving our food this year.

You were very popular last year and I believe sold out before the Fair ended!  What kind of items do you typically serve?

The typical Taiwanese food we are preparing is braised pork rice and passionfruit bubble tea (the same as last year). Taiwanese sausages will be our new twist this year.

Where is your stall?

In the canteen on the 6th Floor.  Walk up or take the lift to get there.  You can't miss us!

Tell us a bit about the team of moms that volunteer.

Moms that volunteer this year are mostly from Taiwan, and we also have moms from Hong Hong and Singapore. We are going to have lots of fun this year!  If you'd like to volunteer with us, please email

What is your favourite part of the Fair?

Our favourite part of the Fair is, we are able to participate as a host at our food stall to welcome our guests, but also enjoy being there playing games and trying out new things while we are not on duty.

Introducing the Sausage Sizzle

The Sausage Sizzle is a real crowd-pleaser and one of the biggest food attractions at the CIS Fair.  People usually find it by just following the mouth-watering smell right to the stall!  It's a great one too for CIS Dads to volunteer at.  Here we speak to Brad Okita and Bill Porter who have been long-time organisers of this firm favourite of the Fair.

Hi guys!  Thank you for volunteering again.  How long have you been involved with the Sausage Sizzle?

I think I've been involved for four years, and Bill was involved at least a year before me.

The Sausage Sizzle has to be one of the most popular attractions at the Fair.  What do you typically serve?

We start the morning with what's known as a "Bacon Buttie", which is bacon served on a fresh bun with a butter and some HP sauce. A classic, which helps everyone who is at the Fair early get started. Next we usually have a selection of sausages, starting from traditional hot dogs, English bangers, as well as really lovely Swiss veal sausages. The quality is really nice, and cooked lovingly by CIS parents, teachers and staff.

Where is your stall?

We will most likely be at Moongate, right in the middle of the Fair.  Just follow your nose!

Tell us a bit about the team.  Who usually volunteers and what do they do?

Lots of Dad's who probably don't get to BBQ enough on the weekends. We have good music in the background and it's a nice place to hang out.

What is your favourite part of the Fair?

Apart from the Sizzle, the baked goods are always tasty. The games in the Lower Primary Gym are always fun, too. 

Please note that beer is sold at the sausage sizzle and sales are strictly prohibited to persons under the age of 18.

Introducing the Bake Sale

The Bake Sale is a hugely popular part of the Fair and amazingly sells out every year.  We couldn't do it without the help of the amazing CIS community and the wonderful bakers: mums, dads and kids!  Here we speak to Carrie Seto and Lisa Ma who are heading up the Bake Sale this year. 

Hi ladies!  Thank you for volunteering!  Tell us a bit about yourselves and why you volunteered for the Bake Sale!

Lisa and Carrie has been friends since 1996 (we’re both CIS alumni from class of ’00!) From college to starting a career and our own families, we’ve both been there to support one another through the good times and the bad. This is what makes CIS a great community – the friends you make here are for life! 

Carrie was involved in the Bake Sale last year and was asked to participate in the Bake Sale this year again. Lisa’s older son, Lucas, has just joined reception this year and being a new CIS parent, is eager to be involved in the CIS community, so we immediately joined forces to volunteer for the Bake Sale. It’s a big responsibility as it is such a big part of the Fair, but hey, who doesn’t like to be surrounded by baked goods and sweets all day? 

The Bake Sale has to be one of the highlights of the Fair.  What kind of items do you have at the stall and which are the most popular?

We have everything from cakes, cupcakes, cookies, pies, brownie, muffins… And it’s not all about sweets, there are savory items too! The CIS community is certainly a talented bunch!  Everything is popular as we always sell out but the brownies, chocolate chip cookies, cupcakes seem to be particular favourites.  Over the recent years more and more people have been looking for healthier choices such as granola, or alternative diets such as vegan and gluten free items.  We have a section dedicated to these specialist diets too!

There are donations from professional bakeries too?  

Yes there are! Make sure you come early because the goods sell fast!  In previous years we have had donations from Tai Tai Pie Pies, Sift and more!

Where is your stall? 

Our stall is located at the entrance of the parking lot, so come grab a mid-morning snack when you arrive, or stock up on baked goods just before you leave (if there’s anything left!!).  If you buy a large amount of items you can even leave it with us for pickup later.  Our stall will also include the lemonade stand, and situated next to a small café area where you can grab a cup of coffee of tea to enjoy with your baked goods.

How can people volunteer to contribute or sell items on the day?

If you are interested to donate or help out with the bake sale, please take a look here. And don’t forget, we welcome all parents, teachers, students and alumni to help and support! Even if you’re not much of a baker, come sign up and help to sell!

What is your favourite part of the Fair?

Our favourite part of the Fair is definitely being able to spend time at the school with our friends and families, see familiar faces from teachers to old classmates to meeting new friends, young and old. There’s always something for everyone at the Fair and the atmosphere is wonderful. The CIS community is really like one big family.