Ball arrival right on track
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.’’
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.