Wow! I’m having a flashback! Bright orange floral prints, macramé headbands and peace signs everywhere. I was a little young for flower power, but my older sister was a teenager bang in the middle of it and this is all very familiar. The school gym has undergone a remarkable transformation since I left it full of kids at assembly on Friday. Psychedelic lighting, retro artwork, fabulous flowers and Shagaholic Cocktails lined up on the bar!
Twenty-six tables, 250 people, and enough big hair and round sunglasses to re-recreate Woodstock: welcome to the KPS Flower Power Trivia Night.
I’m rubbish at Trivia Nights: sport, movies, popular culture, haven’t got a clue, but I’m on a good table and I reckon we might be in with a chance for the top spot.
Round 1…Ugh!…Sport. Zero out of ten for me, but the guys on my table look like they know what they’re talking about.
Round 2…TV and Movies. Ditto, but Nikki McC next to me is frantically writing so I’m optimistic.
At the break everyone has the chance to bid on the silent auction and there are a number of highly-prized offerings: weekends away, dinners out, beauty treatments, books and chocolate.
My favourite without a doubt is the kids’ artwork. Bit McLean and Carla Temple have done a fantastic job of putting together each kid’s individual painting on a broad class canvas. They look great and the bidding is fierce.
I have a moment of existential angst: the kids would be so chuffed if I came with these, but I’m not sure about buying all three and if I go home with just one…that’s not going to work. I see another mum next to me clearly grappling with the same issue; she’s got bids on two and is hovering close to make sure she’s not gazumped.
Back to business at the tables and Round 3 is…Geography. Phew! Thank God for that. DFIU we’re advised from over the table (and I’ll leave you to work that one out) and Emma R and I DFIU and manage to redeem ourselves with a swag of correct answers.
Round 4: Music. A good team effort on this one and an especially confident contribution from some of our more mature members. I think we’re doing okay, but before they announce the scores, it’s time to award the prize for Best Dressed Female and Male. Check them out :
Karen and Tony Brown win and Matt Mullins gets a special mention.
More bidding on the silent auction – some of the art works are at $200/300+ – then it’s back to the tables for the big announcement.
Our table is…second last (out of 26) which is not quite as good as I’d hoped and I’m really not sure there’s enough time left for us to make a dash to the finish. Oh well, pour us another glass of bubbly instead…
The prize for the Best Decorated Table is awarded to the clear and well-deserved winner, Burn the bra!
Personally, I thought the corner table up the back with glow sticks and lanterns was a fantastic effort too. (Not sure if that was Yeah Baby!, Psychedelic Shagaholics, RESPECT, or High Kew IQs!)
Round 7 is Medical Science and while we pull out all the stops on this one (thanks Libby), we’re outclassed by the table of doctors next to us. Last round is School Questions and I’m embarrassed to say we do really well on this; our best effort so far. I think, maybe, we need to get out more.
Our table finishes very close to the bottom. The teachers’ table, To Sir with Love (was there ever a movie more beloved by teachers?) comes in at a very respectable third and… The Winner is…the aptly named, Woodstock Heroes!
Class 220 win the Cones prize (vast quantities of ice-cream) for the most parents present on the night (33).
After the formalities are over it’s drinking and dancing and kicking on until a visit from the friendly neighbourhood boys in blue around 1.00 am who ask us – as they would a bunch of rowdy teenagers – to turn the music down! Oops!
The night was stupendously well organised and a huge amount of fun was had by all who attended. It was great to see the organisers’ enormous efforts rewarded by so many families turning up on the night to show support for the school. These evenings are primarily about raising money, but they are enormously important for the engagement, confidence and morale of the school community as well.
Congratulation to Claire Tanner and her huge team of helpers. Great job. Great fun. Great night. Well done!
And the big news… as we go to press money is still being counted, but it looks like the target of $20,000 was reached.