This year we had a bumper crowd of 19 tables and 150 people. The theme of “the horses birthday” was really taken to heart by some with a whole table of jockeys, some lovely ladies fashion with creative facinators and, Mr V wore his evening wear horse head.
He got us through 5 rounds of quiz questions to keep the brains working. Without him, the Bingo round could have bought a deathly silence to the hall (note to self – no bingo next year). He bought out the creative spirit in the crowd during the sculpture game, where each table had to create a horse out of aluminum foil. There was some amazing talent, and some very questionable crafting skills – I think Sam was right to suggest our kindy kids may have done better in some cases. However, points to everyone for effort.
The minute to win it round was something new. There were 8 different activities and individuals from each team were required to complete different tasks within the minute. What a blast it was, as people took on each tasks with humour and their teams cheered loudly and with passion. People swung teabags on their heads, sucked up strings to eat the lolly, juggled balloons in the air, testing their arm in trying to get pingpong balls into buckets (not as easy as you think); created (or not) spaghetti towers with sticky tape; stacked cups and tested their spelling skills and played Price is Right.
The horse race was enjoyed as race call was more entertaining than the race itself – trying to include a horse called ARRRRR, in your commentary can only be done with a laugh. We also had tons, and tons and tons of prizes and we tried to hand them out as much as we could. Of course this could not have happened without the generous support of all the fantastic businesses who helped us out. Please have a look at the list and try to reward their generosity by attending their stores. It also gives you an idea of the amazing prizes we were able to give out during the night. Things like – 2 x $100 vouchers to Amici Mei Non Solo; $200 worth of vouchers to Transit Clothing; Gardening pack from Ben Wyatt and The Good Store; hampers from Liquor Barons (Carlisle), Steve Irons MP, Bloomin Boxes; Delissimo at Swansea and Sweets Swiss; a Brother Printer donated by Officeworks; a tent from BCF Belmont; Vet pack and voucher from Pets+Vets Lathlain…the list really does go on and on.
I think it is always reassuring when the winners of the Quiz night, are the people who are caring, teaching and encouraging our children 5 days of the week. The teachers table took home the 1st prize pack.
Even the winners of 3rd prize were very excited
Only one winner of the raffle was present at the night and she took home the Fitbit, whilst the Samsung Galaxy tablet (thanks to Kris McArthur) and Footy tickets (thanks to Des, our gardener) were won by parents and students who had bought tickets during the week. They have been contacted and have picked up their prizes this week.
The quiz night is always a great source of fundraising and this year was no exception with a final amount of $6142 raised for the school. What a great effort. This will go a long way to getting all the sports marquee’s needed for the four factions sports events.
As always these events don’t happen without the support of many parents on the night and in the lead up. The P&C fundraising committee are a great bunch of people who have really helped me get this together. Thanks to Ben Pitham and Florence who were my runners on the night – helping organise activities, sell tickets and generally harass the crowd. They were also enormous help chasing up prizes and I started to worry we would not be able to give it all away. Emma Turner, with donations from GroutPro, was able to organise all the decorations which just made the hall look fantastic and put people in the mood for the night. Emma also organised the markers who are an essential part of the night. Marking is hard work – people question and accuracy is important and I need to thanks Bridget J, Julia D, Vaughan, Brett T, Carl G for giving up their evening. The bar was very busy and Sue Shadbolt and Rebecca McAdam kept everyone lubricated. We actually ran out of beer (yes took us by surprise too) but they were on to it, and thanks to the great fella’s at Liquor Barons we were restocked in no time at all. Thanks also to Brett T and Ben for setting up the AV (and the school for letting us use it), it is fiddly and somewhat terrifying experience as without it – Sam would have had to work very, very hard.
Each year this night get more popular – so remember to get in early next year.
(Sue and Rebecca – were at the bar – no photo unfortunately)