On Saturday the 6th of June the mission team and staff arrived at school at 5:30 to start setting up for the big night ahead. We were all really excited about the event, and we couldn’t wait to get into it. Each team was briefed on their jobs for the evening; the ushers took the guests to their seats, the waiters and waitresses helped out with the café, the markers marked the trivia sheets, the audio visual guys ran the projector and the sound; the parking officers directed the traffic; it was all very well organised.
The night kicked off with the arrival of the guests just before 7pm, and we were amazed at the numbers, well over 270 in all! They were all dressed up in the colours of their tables, red, yellow, purple, black, white and many more. The purple and black table looked especially fantastic. They all brought heaps of food with them as well. Then it was over to Mr Smithies and Mr Monin. Mr Smithies soldiered on despite barely having a voice on the night, and they began by giving out some prizes.
Then the real action started. The trivia. There were heaps of tricky and interesting questions, not to mention the movie screenshots where you had to guess the movie. Some of those were especially hard! Some tables appeared as the clear favourites, in particular the ex-students tables. Sadly Mr Rusin’s table started out on an unflattering -100 points. When each round of trivia was finished, the answers were collected by the mission team in red shirts and faithfully run up to the marking area, where the scores were updated.
For some reason Mr Monin was absent from the stage for a while, but that didn’t matter, because a familiar looking Indian man burst onto the stage. He called himself ‘Hot Curry’, but Mr Smithies didn’t look too impressed by his appearance. He was an extremely funny man, and performed some of his hits songs such as “Blue Suede Shoes, Satisfaction” and of course “Beat it”, with a cheeky Indian twist to it. There were also amazing performances by some of the musically talented Year 12’s, with a song by Sarah Bose who was accompanied by Josh Chee on guitar, and another by Eugene Choi accompanied by Mrs Stafford on the piano.
Throughout the night there were heaps and heaps of prizes that were given away, all of them donations from the community (see list of acknowledgements at the end of this article). Also during the evening, competitors had the opportunity to earn extra points for their table by completing some physical challenges which involved great balance and exceptional strength and endurance. At the end there was a final challenge...the annual paper aeroplane race, and the defending champion Victor, was just pipped at the post by a marvellous plane that flew almost the length of the hall. After numerous rounds of trivia, some gruelling challenges, many musical performances and a ton of prizes, we had a winner.....It was the Covie Ex-students table, proving that all those years of schooling had done something good after all. It was a tight finish, but they got their in the end by just a few points!
At the end of the evening, which was after 10pm, the crowds started heading home, and they all commented on the lovely evening. The last job for the team was now to pack up. Everyone was tired and worn out, but they all pitched in to get the job done. It had been a great evening and everything had gone really well. We raised around $8500 for the Wontulp Bi Buya Bible College in Cairns, a sterling effort from everyone.
Thanks to all those who so generously donated their time, money and items for prizes to make the evening a HUGE SUCCESS! In particular we would like to thank....
The Lloyd, Denicker, Meyer, Wilson, Lawrance and Baker families
Skin Vogue Beauty Salon (Ralston Ave Shops, Belrose)
Howard’s Storage World (Belrose SupaCenta)
Terrey Hills Tavern
Wattle Signs & Print (Terrey Hills)
Entertainment Book Publications
Café Piemonte (in Hills Flower Market, Terrey Hills)
Pumpkin Patch (Belrose SupaCenta)
Sydney Wine Merchants (Terrey Hills)
Salon Dimensions (Terrey Hills)
Mirabelle Café (in Bonds Nursery, Terrey Hills)
Samurai Park Riding School (Terrey Hills)
Rampai's Thai Kitchen Restaurant (Ralston Ave Shops, Belrose)
Forest Therapeutic Massage (Sorlie Rd Shops, Frenchs Forest)
Forestville RSL Club
Domayne (Belrose SupaCenta)
Harvey Norman (Belrose SupaCenta)
Reader's Digest Publications
Hoyts (Warringah Mall)
JB Hi-Fi (Belrose SupaCenta)
Freedom Furniture (Belrose SupaCenta)
Eckersley's Art Supplies (Belrose SupaCenta)