On Friday 24th, Tufnell House hosted its annual dinner with a Christmas theme.
It was a spectacular occasion with 200 people attending, making it one of our biggest dinners in recent years. This year, the Senior Tufnell Committee went above and beyond to create an event that they hoped would be unforgettable. It may not have been Christmas in July, but May certainly delivered and a Merry May was had by all.
As usual, the Tufnell community got behind the festivities, not missing an opportunity to dress up.
It was a wonderful occasion to showcase all of the talents of the house and build on our already strong community spirit. A special thank you to the winning arrangement of "Waves" by Dean Lewis and all the 2018 winning interhouse singers, and to the artists who blew us away on the night, Sienna Richardson, Kate Bellars, Gracie O'Shea and Catherine Lee.
Best dressed on the night were Bella Mott and Louise Galvin, in a hairdressing masterpiece that defied gravity, and for the parents, Mr and Mrs Mott, not for the first time!
There was a Gingerbread House making competition, that was fiercely contested between each year level, and each year level's parents, as well as a staff attempt, which is all that can be said for that one! This activity really gave me an insight into the corruption, negotiation, cheating, manipulation (or interpretation as the Year 12 parents would say) of the rules! I can now see why we are a competitive House, having witnessed the parents in action in a competitive environment. The judges were the beautiful kitchen staff, who were clearly not taking bribes. In a controversial decision, it was deemed that both the Year 12 students and the Year 12 parents won their respective divisions!
Best joke of the day went to Mrs Sullivan, "Why doesn't Santa Claus like going down the chimney? Because he is Claus-tra-phobic!"
There was a more serious part of the evening, as Sandra Miller took to the stage to present her vision that she has called "Sonder". Sandra's vision is to assist the local Toowoomba school community by collecting items of stationery that will go to local children who struggle to purchase the basic items needed for their education that is so important. Over the past few weeks, the Tufnell girls have been collecting goods for this cause and currently, we have over 300 donated items. Sandra and I thank you all so much for your generosity and efforts to support this most worthy cause. We will all be hearing more from Sandra soon.
I would like to especially mention the wonderful kitchen staff who spoilt us all with a beautiful Christmas dinner and stayed to clean up until way past 10pm, all with a smile whilst singing Christmas songs. Our Hospitality girls put in a long shift making sure we were all well looked after and did an exceptional job. They were so willing to help with everything and also did is so professionally and with a smile.
Thank you Jane Thornton (Webber) for agreeing to be our children's entertainer for the night, you did a wonderful job and I hope you have washed all the glitter off by now!
As you can see, an event of this magnitude cannot occur without a massive team of helpers, and throughout the week, girls popped up all over the place to do jobs. Thank you so much to Mrs White, Mrs Eerkens and Mrs Grimley for your assistance on Friday afternoon in helping to set up and for the pack down at the end of the night, as well as many of the Senior Tufnell girls and their parents who stayed late to clean up.
It has been an absolute pleasure working on this project with our seniors and I hope they had as much fun as I did.
Mrs Sue Watts
Head of House - Tufnell