90s Trivia Night – all the answers

trivia-night-1Were you like me, and fell asleep last Saturday night (*ahem* the wee hours of Sunday morning) wondering “What WAS the highest grossing film in the 90s….?”. And which tennis player was married to Jo Beth Taylor…? Actually, who even was Jo Beth Taylor…?”

It may have been the Livin’ la Vita Locum cocktails I enjoyed or the fact that I wasn’t paying attention in the nineties but I had lots of unanswered questions on Saturday night. Lots. So I got all the answers – and I’m sharing them so that you can stop asking yourself “Where was Milli Vanilli from? Continue reading

Scary but true: the nineties are now considered ‘retro’

nineties-17There was a time when I stood at my wardrobe choosing between a bodysuit and coloured jeans or a long floral dress with Doc Martens; when my Thursday night would be spent at Black Match or Silvers. A time when we all thought Kimberly was a complete nut-bag; when you were either Team Noel or Team Ben*. When Babe made me rethink my relationship with bacon. When people had Magic Eye artwork on their walls and everyone pretended they could see the picture**. When we couldn’t say “Isn’t it ironic?” without bursting into song***. When eleventy-million scrunchies weren’t enough. When pubs suddenly became ‘gastro-pubs’ and goats cheese was the height of sophistication.

You know the time I’m talking about. Yes, the glorious nineties. Continue reading

Our Kewmunity buzz

CT1I love helping out at school swimming because it’s an opportunity for a solid half hour of chatting to other parents – it’s great to catch-up but as Alex St.Claire reveals, there are more ‘formal’ (and informal) social events for parents at KPS – and they’re all good fun.

There’s no doubting our passion for community at Kew Primary School. We even have our own brand for it – Kewmunity. Continue reading

Flower Power comes to KPS: Trivia Night kicks off!

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.

P1060544I’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.P1060561

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.P1060559P1060549

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.P1060584

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 :P1060606


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.P1060550

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! P1060567P1060591

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!)P1060562

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!P1060621

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.

Jacqui Tomlins