A School in Bloom: a night of celebration at the GSIS Spring Ball
Now into its third year and a firm fixture in the school’s calendar, the GSIS Spring Ball once again proved to be a wonderful evening for all involved. The theme for the night was ‘’GSIS in Bloom’’ and guests saw the ballroom of the Island Shangri-La transformed with beautiful floral decoration, evoking renewal and optimism for the turn of the season.
Indeed, the spirit in the room was one of celebration: of the ties that bind the GSIS community together and of all that we have achieved in the advancement of our school – notably the completion of the Campus Development Plan. Guests could reflect upon this as they saw the short film chronicling the Grand Opening of the Peak Campus and viewing the fantastic new facilities now available to all of our students.
Following a welcome from our Principal, Mrs Annette Brandt-Dammann, the Chair of the GSIS Development Committee, Mrs Phillippa Vizzone took to the stage to reinforce the importance of the school’s community ethos and to recognise the new heights we have ascended to in recent years. She used the occasion as well to hand over leadership of the Development Committee to Mrs Marcy Trent Long, having led the committee over the past two years. We would like to thank Philippa for her commendable leadership and would also like to wish Marcy the greatest of success in the role.
The many talents of our students took centre stage on the night, as guests enjoyed the Fiddlesticks string players’ renditions of Bach and Coldplay, accompanied by ballet and contemporary dance styles from our Secondary students. Meanwhile, the smooth running of the event was ably assisted by the Prefect teams throughout the venue in welcoming guests, assisting during the silent auction and helping behind the scenes.
Guests were able to make their own contribution to the future of the school through bids on the silent auction or direct pledges to GSIS facilities. With a prize list featuring lots ranging from luxury dining to health and fitness, getaways to family fun, there was something for everyone and the night saw some healthy competition to secure these desirable experiences!
Proceeds from the Spring Ball totalled over $1.12 million owing to the support from parents, alumni, staff, friends of GSIS and our corporate supporters on the night. We are tremendously grateful for this collective contribution and would like to thank all involved for making it a night to remember!