A Night to Remember

On Saturday 27 February the annual A.B. Paterson College Senior Formal was held at the JW Marriott Gold Coast Resort & Spa. This venue has recently been renovated and with the finishing touches that the Formal Committee decided upon to celebrate the Year 12's, ‘Night with the Gods’, the space looked amazing.

After spending the day preparing for what was sure to be an unforgettable evening, students commenced arrivals at the JW Marriott Gold Coast Resort & Spa. As the students exited their vehicles, there were cheers of excitement from their families as they made their way down the red carpet. The students looked incredible and were a vision of class and elegance as they made their way up the grand staircase to the Tamborine Foyer. As the students rounded the corner at the top of the staircase, they were not only greeted by their peers but a beautiful white flower wall complemented by 2021 helium balloons – a perfect opportunity to commence capturing memories of this unforgettable evening.

Once all students had arrived, the Year 12s lined up with their partners and introduced themselves to Board Chair Mr Tanner and Mrs Tanner and Principal and Head of College Ms Sheehy, before entering the venue for the evening. There were gasps of awe as the students entered and found their seats taking great delight in ‘APBC Year 12 Formal’ cookies each student received.

After the evening was opened by College Captain, Jodie Down, entrees were served and the students commenced their Formal Dance, expertly choreographed by Tylah Barakat to the song 'Tale as Old as Time' from Beauty and the Beast - a not so subtle nod to the cohort's theme for 2021, Disney. As the evening progressed, the students put in their requests to the DJ. The boys relived their Valentine’s Day performance serenading the girls to ‘Hooked on a Feeling’ and the evening ended with the entire cohort participating in a rendition of 'Bohemian Rhapsody'. An epic conclusion to a night that the cohort will remember forever.

I would like to extend a special thank you to the parents of our Year 12 students for following the COVID guidelines set out by the JW Marriott Gold Coast Resort & Spa. This ensured the evening ran smoothly which would not have been possible without your support.

Charlotte Brook
Head of Senior School