Last Friday night saw the culmination of a huge effort by a very large number of people, both within and surrounding the OCS community. This effort was focussed on raising funds for our expanding Music Program at the school. Our main objectives were to raise enough funds to be able to replace two of our ageing pianos and to purchase cellos for our soon to be introduced strings program. These objectives were resoundingly met by our very generous dinner guests. Funds raised exceeded $14,000 for our music program.
This is a fantastic result. Our three course meal was prepared by ex-student Chef Paul Cooper, who travelled from Newcastle for the occasion. Paul coordinated an enthusiastic team of student helpers who worked tirelessly in the Bembooka Kitchen. These students were volunteers from our Hospitality class, who also put in hours of preparation earlier in the week. They were assisted by their Hospitality teacher, Sonya Wratten, along with Nerissa Toms and Juliet Adams.
The drinks wait staff team comprised present and past students , and did an amazing job waiting on tables throughout the night. Part of the fundraising centred on guests supporting their wait staff by placing money in their table jar. The winner of this competition was Michael Jones, whose grateful table appreciated him to the tune of $400.00.
Entertainment for the evening was of a very high standard with all performances being greatly enjoyed by the diners. The evening started with Year 9 student Jordan Berry singing some jazz standards in the Bembooka Forecourt, while guests enjoyed their mocktails and canapés.
This was followed by duet and solo performances by vocalists Samantha Bartholomeusz and William Moxey, accompanied on piano by Donna Riles. Later in the evening, violinist Lorraine Moxey delighted the crowd with her vibrant performances. Our special guest performer was ex-student Jared Porter, 2014 Winner of the Toyota Starmaker Competition. He rearranged his schedule to be with us for the evening, bringing us his original songs as well as a couple of great covers. It was wonderful to have this young rising star return to OCS, to offer his support. In all, this was a most memorable evening which brought together the talents of a huge number of people, working together to achieve a fantastic result.
Many, many thanks to all those who were involved: students, ex-students, parents, staff and community members. Your efforts are very much appreciated.
Creative Arts Coordinator