As a departure from previous P6 graduation parties, where parents of the graduating cohort, in consultation with the school, planned and ran the graduation party; for the first time this year, the prefectorial board, supervised by the teachers was tasked to run the party. Much work went into the planning, from taking a poll on the theme of the party, to finalising and the programmes and rehearsing and perfecting the performances. And if you, like me, think the boys would naturally gravitate towards Star Wars or Marvel Super Heroes as party theme – think again!
- Beach balls
- Flip flops
- Balmy coconut trees
- Water buckets
- Stairs lined with shells and crabs
Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to a sunny beach paradise!
Boys, in their beach inspired outfits and cool shades, streamed into the auditorium to the tune of pulsating music. The excitement and anticipation was palpable, helped in no small way by the sight of the candy floss machine and ice-cream stand. Indeed the contrast could not be more stark compared to the graduation ceremony which took place just an hour earlier, where the boys, unusually solemn, received their graduation certificates from the Principal.
Teachers helmed the buffet table, serving the hungry boys, setting a sterling example to the boys to serve one another. Many boys took the opportunity to thank the teachers, and have their wefies taken. As the cohort dined, they were entertained by their talented peers with music, song and even a magic show. It provided the perfect background for an afternoon luncheon with great pals.
Roving professional cameramen ensured that photo opportunities were abound. Many were game to be photographed with their friends, coupled with silly antics and hilarious poses – hallmarks of a great party!
Prefects took turns to take to the stage to run different segments. There were table games comprising quizzes on general knowledge about the school and riddles. Boys being naturally competitive, questions were greeted with strong responses from the floor, alternating between cheers and groans. Some tables disputed the given answers and offered their own versions. Admittedly, on occasion, the noise was near ear-shattering levels, but nothing which the Prefectorial Board could not handle. A strong reminder from the Head Prefect set the house in order. In fact, there was a prevailing joke amongst the school leaders, teachers and parents, was that the Prefects called the shots of the day.
If there was any doubt that our boys could plan a fine party, these fears were quickly laid to rest. Months of preparation that culminated in the party bore testament that at ACSP, our boys have developed into ACSians of character, capability and creativity. More importantly, our boys learnt to serve one another humbly in love (Galatians 5:13b).
All glory be to God. Amen!