Ball ar­rival right on track

The Leader (Tasman) - - FRONT PAGE - By HE­LEN MUR­DOCH

It’s all about the en­trance at the Motueka High School ball, and this year, once again, stu­dents went that ex­tra mile to make sure their ar­rival was done in style.

Horse­less car­riages, car­a­vans, Rolls Royces, Kombi vans, trac­tors, V8s, Corvettes and Percy the Train. The town’s petrol-head fa­thers and fam­ily friends were pushed into ser­vice to help make the ball’s unique start a time to re­mem­ber.

And the crowds loved it. Again the school’s drive­way was lined with well-wish­ers who cheer­fully clapped and cheered all ar­rivals to this year’s Le Cirque-themed ball. Even the weather played its part with the rain hold­ing off un­til the last guests ar­rived.

Ball com­mit­tee chair Syd­ney Lash said the night went re­ally well. About 180 year 11 to year 13 stu­dents made the most of the cir- cus theme which saw the high school’s hall was trans­formed into a big top com­plete with ring­mas­ter, pop­corn, mini­hot­dogs, can­dyfloss, danc­ing and a pho­to­booth.

At­tend­ing teach­ers picked the night’s win­ning cou­ples, with Liam Reid and Natalie Cheyne tak­ing home the ti­tles of the ball’s King and Queen, she said.

The best-dressed cou­ple were Stella Bog­danoff and Caleb Sal­mond, and Ja­cob Linn and Tika King were voted the cutest cou­ple.

Years 11’s Duke and Duchess were Zoe Don­ald and Marli An­der­son. Year 12’s Prince and Princess were Gabby Prestidge and Tim Pod­lucky.

About 20 stu­dents had worked over the past two terms to put the stu­dent-run and stu­den­tor­gan­ised ball to­gether.

‘‘Ev­ery year you look at it and think that it can not be that hard. But I can not be­lieve how much work it took –- hav­ing said that I’d prob­a­bly do it again,’’ she said.

Teacher Beccy Bur­nett, who as­sisted the or­gan­is­ing stu­dent com­mit­tee, said it was a fan­tas­tic night.

‘‘The stu­dents were so well be­haved and ev­ery­one had such a great time. They get great sup­port from the staff – ev­ery­one helps out. It’s a real com­mu­nity event.’’

Photo: HE­LEN MUR­DOCH

All aboard: Usu­ally seen at fairs Percy the Train pro­vided one of the more un­usual, and crowd pleas­ing, modes of trans­port to Satur­day night’s Motueka High School ball.

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