The Great Chevalier Ball

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The Great Chevalier Ball

This year’s Chevalier College Presentation Ball held on Friday 31 August was another outstanding success and a wonderful night to be cherished in the memories of all who attended.

The young women and men from Year 11, elegantly turned out in beautiful white ball gowns and formal black suits, whirled and twirled around the ballroom to the Postmodern Jukebox version of ‘Bad Romance – Vintage Style’ – a fun, 1920’s take on the Lady Gaga hit – for their ‘formal’ dance.

Each ‘presentee’ was introduced to the Guest of Honour, Paralympian Sam Tait who told the students during his inspiring speech, “All of you have the opportunity to dream big, and you all should dream big, go out and change the world. Don’t let fear hold you back, fear makes you stronger and challenges you to keep pushing your limits. Be true to yourself. Be the best version of yourself that you can be.”

Sam is a Chevalier graduate from the Class of 2009 and became a paraplegic after a motorcycle accident at 22. Just five years on, Sam placed 11th in his first Paralympic race at the 2018 Winter Paralympics in South Korea and is currently in full training for his next major event, the World Championships in Italy next February.

'The Great Chevalier Ball' 2018 - Year 11 'Presentees' with Guest of Honour Sam Tait and Principal Chris McDermott.

‘The Great Chevalier Ball’ 2018 – Year 11 ‘Presentees’ with Guest of Honour Sam Tait and Principal Chris McDermott.


The Great Gatsby theme was an inspired choice by the committee this year, bringing together the talents and skills of a remarkable team of hard-working parents who created and curated a stunning collection of sets, period pieces, glitz and glamour for the ball.

The level of detail showcased at every turn, in every corner of the venue was amazing and so cleverly constructed (many items were upscaled, repurposed or hand crafted). As guests arrived they passed by a handsome vintage car parked in the driveway, then walked under an impressive art deco archway into McGrath Hall, through the foyer ‘lounge’, by the ticket booth and the ‘Sweeteasy’ dessert bar, and were swept into The Great Chevalier Ballroom to behold a vision of stylish sophistication.

The ballroom was swathed in a canopy of white, hung with a stunning three-tiered chandelier and dozens of hand crafted stencilled lanterns, and finished with elegant wall and table decorations, beautiful lighting and, of course, the ubiquitous red carpet.

Entertainment and dance music from the high energy John Field Band kept the dance floor packed into the wee small hours. This eight-piece band never fails to deliver – everything from classic rock’n’roll to contemporary pop hits and swinging jazz of years past.

Catering for the 550 guests was by InHouse Chef – with desserts served from the cleverly named “Sweeteasy” room where an impressive ‘champagne glass’ tower took centre stage.

Congratulations and very special heartfelt thanks go to the committee members, parent helpers, supporters, college maintenance team and staff for contributing to such a successful and memorable gala evening for our Year 11 students and their families.

On Monday 17 September, The Southern Highland News features a pull-out memento of the ball – a lovely keepsake for all who attended. Don’t forget to pick up your copy today!

CLICK HERE for PDF view of the feature…. and see gallery below for lots of photos of the decorations and styling features.

Click image for gallery view…

Debra Cloran


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