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Aussie Bush Christmas in July 2013

On Wednesday 24th July the Home Economics Department celebrated their 10th Annual Christmas in July.  Students from Years 9 to 12 participated in this exciting function that has become a highlight on the school’s social calendar.  This year’s theme was Australian Bush Christmas and WOW WOW WOW!!!  The room was transformed into a typical Aussie Outback setting with the ceiling covered in twinkling stars (LED lights), a canopy of gum trees and home-made rustic, string christmas baubles.  The room was decorated in hessian, timber fence palings, wildflowers, twigs, akubras, drizabones and even bales of hay.  Sounds weird but once you have seen the photos you will agree that it looked sensational.

Many months go into planning a function of this calibre and it’s always exciting to see the fruits of our labour.  The guests raved about the 5 course meal and the entertainment that was provided by the amazingly talented musicians from the Arts Department.  They were treated to an alternate drop menu that included items such as Aussie grazing plates, warm pear and walnut salad, stockman’s beef pie, bush dukkah lemon myrtle chicken, chocolate mud puddle pudding, passionfruit butter and much more.  The Year 12 Certificate II in Hospitality students were the hosts for the evening and were responsible for running the kitchen, bar and restaurant areas.  Head Chef Courtney Laskus, with the support of Sous Chef Savannah Anderson had the kitchen running like clockwork.  Catriona Scriven took control of ensuring all the guests were well hydrated with suitable beverages and the Maitre D’s Danielle Sharp and Rochelle Dent did an amazing job of managing the waiters in the restaurant area.  Thanks must also be given to all the Year 9, 10, 11 and 12 students who supported the Year 12 hospitality leaders in this function and to the teachers who put in all the hours of extra work to prepare the students for the event.  Without their support it would never have been possible to celebrate our Aussie Bush Christmas in July.