The 200 plus guests were greeted by an explosion of colours at Merrimu Receptions in Murrumbeena Friday, May 3. Participants and staff got into the spirit and dressed in the rainbow theme, with many enthusiastic guests preparing what they were going to wear weeks prior to the event. Hundreds of multi-coloured balloons and party lighting set the scene for the festive occasion, with the photo booth a featured highlight. Models had the opportunity to choose a background such as a fashion or Rock’n Roll magazine or dolphins and rainbows and dress up to have their photo taken and printed on the spot.
The two-course sit-down event provided a chance for participants, family members, board directors and staff to relax and unwind and enjoy the company of family and friends. Reviewers claimed the food to be of an exceptional standard with the steak an outright winner followed by delicious sticky sweets.
Dinner was followed by a speech from OCC’s new Chair, Tom Baxter who concluded by rallying the troops to hit the dance floor…and they did! DJ Flash spun the top 40 tunes as partygoers “skipped the light rainbow” all night long (or at least until closing time). We were told that Saturday morning brought many sore feet from a long night of treading the boards in heels.
There were opportunities to win lucky raffle prizes which filled the room with excitement. But everyone was a winner, enjoying generous take-home gift packs.
A good time was had by all! If you don’t believe me here’s some evidence…
OCCE hosts Burwood East SDS
Last month several students graduating from Burwood East Special Developmental School were given a guided tour of OCC Enterprises which proved to be entertaining and educational for all. We thoroughly enjoyed showing ten enthusiastic school leavers around the premises as we chatted about the various pathways to employment and opportunities available at OCCE.
Some of the students were interested in the carwash enterprise while others saw themselves working in packaging or administration. Questions were asked about the kind of work we do and enquiries about post-school availability. I’m sure we’ll hear more from the students in the near future.
We’d like to thanks Sophie and the team from Burwood East SDS for making the effort to come and visit us and welcome any or all of you back again soon.
About Burwood East SDS
Burwood East Special Developmental School is a Department of Education Victorian government select entry school providing educational programs for primary and secondary school-aged students. The school zone covers eastern suburbs located in the cities of Whitehorse, Maroondah, Boroondara, Manningham and Monash.
Burwood East SDS is a small family-oriented school that puts the student at the centre of all decisions and promotes a positive community connection that encourages parent and community involvement. Participation in social activities, a celebration of student achievement and special events are valued and encouraged.
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