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A Magical Night at the SMC 2022 Enchanted Forest Senior Ball

Marina Jones and Johann Ang (Year 12)

7th May 2022 marked the day that all senior students had been waiting for. After patiently waiting for the latest COVID-19 ‘traffic light’ changes on the news, the annual Sancta Maria College Ball was given the ‘green light’ and was held at Ellerslie Events Centre. It was to be a highlight of the year for many students.

After hearing the announcement, it meant that preparations, included finding the right dress or suit with matching shoes and jewellery, organising makeup, hair appointments, spray tans, corsages, pedicures and manicures could begin (a crucial step for preparing for this exciting event). In addition, the ball committee made the final mad dash to organise every last detail for the night’s festivities – certainly no mean feat. Thank you, Ball Committee, (and staff), you made the night incredibly special for us all.

Students arrived at the ball in fancy limos and cars – it was an exciting experience for all. Seeing everyone in their ball dresses and suits was a thrill, especially since it was some students’ first time seeing their peers so dressed up.

The theme of the 2022 ball was “Enchanted Forest” and it was preeminent as students were welcomed into the venue, where there was a beautiful forest themed garland arching the escalator, as their first photo opportunity. There were two alternative backdrops students could also take photos at and a photo booth, so there was plenty of opportunities to capture the moment with friends throughout the night.

There was a lively DJ who played the right number of classics and dance songs throughout the night – including music backing an amazing dance display by our year 12 and 13 deans, demonstrating different moves such as the “the catch,” which involved Mr Ardern reeling Mr Camp to the dance floor. This set off the dancing for the night, with everyone (including teachers) singing and dancing their hearts out. Dinner was a scrumptious buffet, with many delicious choices. The first formal dance was a well-choreographed and rehearsed piece by a Year 13 team. The students were amazing at what they had created and the hours of effort spent perfecting it.

Additionally, the ball committee gave students the chance to send a ‘love letter’ to a person of their choice, with the option of sending one anonymously. The recipient was given a (chocolate) kiss by a teacher. 

Throughout the night, each table were invited to vote on a number of categories and toward the end of the night, each winner was announced. The 2022 Ball Royalists and their winners were:

Ball King: Jaden Latay

Ball Queen: Sonia Chettiar

Ball Prince: Louis Magallanes

Ball Princess: Novyna Tolentino

Best Couple: Callista Prom & Tomas Caluag

Best Galmance: Arielle Lo & Lara Brown

Best Bromance: Lorenzo Flores & Jeremy Dreyer

Best Dressed: Mayur Bidesi

The whole event was filled with endless dancing, blinding lights, deafening music, and the best time for socializing.  A huge thanks goes out to all those involved with making this spectacular night possible. The Ball Committee, who put in hours of preparation and time for this event. The teachers, especially Mr Ardern and Mr Camp (Year 13 & 12 Deans) and the events staff at Ellerslie Event Centre.