On Friday, 6th September, the first Sixth Form social event of the MCM calendar took place. The Marlburian Committee worked tirelessly to present ‘A Night in Hawaii’ for what has traditionally become known as the ‘Ice Breaker Social’. This event is purposefully timed at the very start of the academic year so that both the Lower Sixth and Upper Sixth can get to know each other a little better and to get the year started on an enthusiastic note.
The Drama Hall was transformed into an island paradise with liberal sprinklings of flower petals, pineapple table decorations, ukuleles and island scenes projected onto the walls. On arrival, our tropically dressed guests were served freshly opened coconuts and after a quick photo-booth opportunity, many tried their hand on the coconut shy… much harder than it looks! Once seated, our guests were treated to two musical numbers. First up was the inimitable Dr Tomlinson, who performed a couple of his favourite songs. As mentioned at the time, it isn’t at every school where the Head of IB gets up and sings to the entire cohort! Once the crowd were warmed up, Dion Hai performed one of his signature drum solos for which he has become so well known.
Naturally, at events like this many old friends are happy to see each other but what makes this evening special is the chance to forge new friendships, and this was helped by the seating plan that was carefully curated by the Marlburian Committee. The intention was that everyone should meet someone new and therefore the mix of Lower Sixth, Upper Sixth, old faces and new was the same on every table.
Following platefuls of Hawaiian pizza, pasta and salads, our guests were treated to a few rounds of ice breaker games, including a hula hoop challenge, a limbo and of course prizes for the best-dressed guests. Congratulations to all the winners! The evening was rounded off by a fantastic disco, superbly DJ’d by Morgan Davies. The event was a great success and my thanks go to the Marlburian Committee and to Mrs Walker who put this together so well. Aloha until next year!