The tradition of a ball to bring together the community, staff and parents of Warkworth School is being revived this month, with the Bayleys Winter Wonderland Ball at the Town Hall on Saturday, August 18.
However, this will be no ordinary school fundraiser. Instead, organisers want the ball to be a celebration of the school’s spirit and a thank you to everyone involved in the redevelopment of the school, the latest phase of which – the rebuild of the senior facility – has just begun.
School PTA chairperson Georgia Barnes says the whole process has already taken a long time and has at times been challenging for everyone at the school.
“It has meant so much adjustment, and teachers, parents and kids have had to dig really deep,” she says. “This ball is about having a great time and celebrating the spirit and resilience that we need to support our amazing kids, and thanking teachers and parents for all their support.”
There will be dancing to music from live band Off The Wall, food platters, a live auction, spot prizes, a photo booth and a well-stocked cash bar that includes local Sawmill beers, Zeffer ciders and Lothlorien wines.
“We are trying to give real value for money,” Georgia says. “So, people will get a glass of bubbles on arrival, a lovely supper, a great band and all drinks will be $5, or $20 for a bottle of wine.
“Historically, there was a ball each year to support the kids of Warkworth school, and people remember it as being the highlight of the year. The last one was around 10 years ago, so we thought it was time to bring back a great tradition.”
She adds that the dress code is fluid. “Dress for a fun night. Frock up and go all out, or just keep it smart casual. Just make sure you’ve got your
dancing shoes on!”
The ball runs from 6pm to midnight and tickets cost $40 from Bayleys Warkworth, Warkworth School and eventfinda.co.nz
Info: Bayleys Winter Wonderland Ball on Facebook.