I thoroughly enjoyed The Wizard of Oz and thought the boarders gave spectacular performances. Alannah Sander (The Wicked Witch of the West), Grace Austin (Aunt Em) and Alyssa Hocking all had lead roles and stole the show. It was great to see Annabel Hetherington supporting so well as part of the chorus and all the amazing work from Billie Smitheram (makeup), Anna Spaull (makeup), Marcus Chu (Assistant Tech Director) and Tim Gilling (lighting).
16 members of the Boarders’ Bushwalking Club had a leisurely walk up to Pinnacle Lookout at Halls Gap on Sunday. Amy Steer was chief navigator and only got the bus lost on two occasions on the way there. Toby led the expedition to the lookout and the view was amazing once we got there. It was a really enjoyable day with a lovely group of young people and many of us even saw kangaroos in the wild for the first time.
We held our Formal Dinner on Monday night and I believe it was a huge success. Boarders dressed in full school uniform and blazer and a seating plan was used to mix up where everyone sat. Tables were set, including bread plates, with jugs of punch and glasses on the table. A manners and etiquette guide was provided on each table to highlight some things to consider during the meal. Most points were not new to the boarders but we thought it important to reinforce the messages they no doubt receive whilst at home. Alexa Balog, Lucy Roberts, Tom Hinddaugh, Zac Pringle, Phoebe Russell and Isaac Hocking did an amazing job as waiters and selflessly served the rest of the boarders their main meal and dessert. Sky Zhang gave us a performance on his acoustic guitar and we were delighted to have Graham Lewis speak to us about his time at College from Kindergarten through to Year 12. This was made even more special considering his close relationship with many of the Harrow/Balmoral boarders. It was a wonderful night and we look forward to more in the future.
A huge thank you to Gabbi Bensch for all her hard work and organisation, Gail for stepping into the kitchen and giving a helping hand, and Leonie for her help in setting up. Thanks also to our waiters and students who helped set tables, with a special mention to Anna Spaull who not only prepared tables but helped in the kitchen all night. Please see below for the manners and etiquette that were outlined on the night.
- Pay attention to dress codes. If in doubt, it is better to overdress than underdress.
- Make sure you have met everyone on your table and know their names.
- Phones should not be used at the table and should be on silent.
- Place your napkin on your lap.
- If someone arrives late and you are already sitting down, you should stand to greet them.
- Wait until everyone on your table is served before starting your meal.
- Your bread plate is on your left and your glass is on your right.
- Use the ‘outside-in’ rule with cutlery.
- Do not place your elbows on the table and sit up straight.
- Politely ask for items to be passed to you and say thank you. Do not reach across others.
- Offer to pour drinks or to pass items to others.
- Chew with your mouth closed and do not speak with food in your mouth.
- Try to include everyone in conversation.
- If possible, it is polite to speak in a language that all people at the table understand so that no one feels excluded from conversation.
- When finished eating, place your knife and fork together on your plate.
- Excuse yourself if you must leave the table.
- Wait for everyone to be finished before clearing dishes or leaving the table.
- Listen attentively and respectfully to any speakers.
This Sunday we will have some students joining us for a boarding trial. This is always exciting but even more so when it includes younger siblings. We look forward to welcoming Lucy Steer and Jake Andersen and I know Amy and Chloe, as well as the rest of the boarding family, will ensure they have a lovely stay.
Learmonth House is unable to win anything but they can hold a great House Service. I enjoyed seeing Nikita Cavill, Lauren Richards, Jeremy Cheung, Bonnie Zhang, Alice Yan and Woody Kong present on stage.
This weekend we are looking to take a bus to the Melbourne University Open Day and will use any leftover seats for people who would like to go to the city for the day.