Gala Night Success: Swinging Soiree Takes Guests Back to the Roaring Twenties

Video courteously provided by JinR

After months of meticulous preparation, the much-anticipated fundraising gala, inspired by the exuberant spirit of the 1920s, concluded last night with resounding success. The event served as a nostalgic time-travel experience, immersing attendees in the captivating ambiance of the Roaring Twenties.

As the night unfolded, the Hermitage Ballroom of the InterContinental Hotel was transformed into a dazzling portal to the past. The intoxicating melodies of 1920s’ music filled the air, harmonizing perfectly with the clinking of champagne glasses, evoking the gaiety and hope that defined the era.

The venue was buzzing with energy as guests and young students, all adorned in their finest 1920s attire, added to the festivities. As they danced the Charleston, they channeled the timeless elegance and free-spiritedness of the bygone era. Their youthful vigor and enthusiasm, coupled with laughter and togetherness, brought the vibrant history to life, encapsulating the essence of the era. The sight was enchanting, and proud parents reveled in the opportunity to revisit their own youth, united in the joy of the present moment.

The students’ remarkable musical talents elevated the evening to a mesmerizing experience, skillfully channeling the emotions and essence of the 1920s melodies. Their performances transcended time, tugging at heartstrings, and captivating the audience with lively rhythms and graceful notes, adding the perfect touch of authenticity to this exceptional event.

Throughout the evening, the ballroom was alive with excitement as raffle winners were announced. Among them, we congratulate Emily B. who won the raffle prize of a one-night stay at the InterContinental Hotel with two breakfasts included. It was truly a night of delightful surprises and cherished memories, accentuated by the highly demanded singing from our P&C president, Narelle, which pushed the night to new heights of enthusiasm and celebration.

As the night progressed, the captivating ambiance enveloped everyone, and the party continued beyond the scheduled end time. In the bewitching embrace of the 1920s, the past and present intertwined, leaving indelible memories and a renewed appreciation for the passage of time.

The success of the gala owes much gratitude to the dedicated efforts of the P&C social committee team, led by Robbie, JinR, and Lisa. Their hard work and commitment ensured every detail was flawlessly executed, and their vision brought the magical 1920s to life. Special thanks go to our school principal, Ian Barker, and P&C president, Narelle Yeo, for their unwavering support, as well as Julie Simonds for her invaluable music program contributions. Michele’s efficient check-in process and overall assistance and Katy‘s photography skills added to the seamless execution of the event. We extend our gratitude to all the participants who made this gala an unforgettable experience.

We would also like to express our deepest appreciation to all the generous participants and donors whose contributions furthered our canteen funding initiative. Your kindness and support have a lasting impact on our school community.

Lastly, we applaud the young musicians whose time and dedication showcased their remarkable talents. (List of Performers Attached) Special thanks are also due to JJ McCormack for taking the responsibility of looking after the school’s music gear.

The gala night has left an indelible mark on our collective memory, reminding us to carry the passion and vitality of the 1920s within our hearts. As we embrace the future with optimism, we cherish the unity, friendship, and joy that this beautiful event has instilled in us all.

(PS: Photo albums will be created once we have collected all the photos.)

Performer List:

String quartet:
Violin – Maximilian Wang
Violin – Benedict O’Meara
Viola – Amelie Wolfson
Cello – Chloe Park

Aaron Ding
Rachel Liang
Owen Conway
Horatio Monahan

Swing Band:
Piano – JJ McCormack
Vocals – Saskia Boe, Ester McCormack
Clarinet – Eli Gilchrist
Guitarist – Jules Frost
Saxophone – Ashley Dicker


Written by Steven Wang

P&C Webmaster and News Content Administration

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