This report is written from the perspective of one being given the privilege of getting a little look in and being able to contribute to honouring the Achievers of 2008 at the Achievers' Dinner on 7 October.
The hard-work started straight after school. All of the Grade Tens who had offered to help were running frantically around the school making sure all the decorations were set up in the hall, that the kitchen was ready to be worked in. Much later, orange juice was poured in to the glasses and the candles in and around the hall were lit… but by then our legs were already starting to feel the pain. That couldn’t stop us. We were ready for action when the Grade Eleven and Twelve achievers started to arrive.
Many comments were made on how beautifully the hall was decorated. It was a feast of orange splendour. After welcoming our guests we sped off to the busy and extremely noisy kitchen ready to help the chef with the starter, a very delicious pastry bucket filled with roasted vegetables. Back and forth we walked trying our best to hold at least two plates without dropping any of them and at the same time testing our waitressing skills. After a five minute break back to the hall we went. It was alive with comments on how tasty the starter was. This time we were bringing the plates back to the kitchen where some of us waited to wash the dishes. Once everything had been washed and cleaned we were ready to stand at the buffet table with the main course: pita breads, schwarmas, roasted vegetables and the favourite for many, the beef and chicken dishes. Once again we were kept busily running up and down serving more juice and collecting more dishes after the others had ran out. At last everyone was seated and ready to tuck in.
Again this meant a quick break for us, which we used wisely – sitting down and kicking our shoes off. But it wasn’t too long before we were back collecting plates and serving the dessert, a pavlova filled with cream and sweet fruit – by far (in my opinion) the most delicious meal of the night! The desert was quickly devoured, plates were collected and cleaned and tea and coffee were served. Finally the amazing night was beginning to come to an end. Goodbyes were made, thank-yous were said and the teachers and learners slowly started to leave as we, extremely tired but satisfied did a quick clean-up of the kitchen and hall.
And then it was all over. While we didn’t hear Ms Edward’s speech, we did hear about it. While we weren’t the guests invited to the Achievers’ Dinner, we were able to honour their achievements. It was an extraordinary occasion for extraordinary achievers.