Annual Spring Dinner
The annual Spring Dinner is held each year prior to the September term break and we are sure everyone agrees the night is a joyous celebration of our wonderful Preshil spirit.
With a Silent Auction as part of the night, the dinner is a very successful fundraising event and it is heartening to know that so many members of our community are keen to support the School so generously. But the real pleasure, and the main point of the night, is the showcase it provides for all those elements that make Preshil such an exciting place to be. The Spring Dinner arises out of the Electives Program which gives students so many opportunities for real life learning in cross-age groupings. Our front-of-house, cooks, kitchen hands and entertainers are drawn from across Years 7 to 10 into teams where they must collaborate, create and support each other if the dinner is to come together on the night.
The students in the Kitchen Garden elective must be applauded for their tremendous effort in the kitchen as well as their outstanding waiting skills. Even those students who manage the scullery all night do so with a smile. Together, as a group, they ensure the service of seven courses is seamless. Many professionals would struggle with catering and serving 100+ people over a three hour window but our students are meticulous with their preparations. We are all very proud of their achievements.
2016 marks our second Spring Dinner, a sell-out event, with 120 guests plus a dedicated team of cooks, wait staff and performers who brought together a wonderful evening of brilliant food, attentive service and great entertainment.
Our beautiful library was transformed into an oriental dining room by Nerel Ezra (Fundraising Coordinator) and her team of parents and staff and the amazing John Collins (Years 9 and 10 Co-Coordinator, History and Kitchen Garden elective teacher) who designed and tested the seven course menu in his Kitchen Garden elective with the students over the course of the term. One of the students quoted that “John just doesn’t do stress….”
A special thanks to the staff and parents involved in guiding the students on this journey ,supporting them in developing new skills and nurturing their many talents.
What We Raised For 2016!
It must not be forgotten that our Spring Dinner is our gala fundraising event. We are pleased to announce that, coupled with the Silent Auction, we raised just over $15,000 after expenses. This has been earmarked to help complete the renovation of the Kalimna building, including the upstairs spaces.