The Debutante Ball — the event that the students had been thinking about and trying to organise since Year 7. There were 87 couples who participated in this year’s MLMC Debutante Balls, held over three nights — Saturday 20, Friday 26 and Saturday 27 May. This year the Debutante Balls were held at a new venue, Cathies Lane Receptions in Wantirna. The change in venue was made to allow more guests to attend and provide a shorter commute for more people.

The debutantes and their partners were presented to College Principal Mr Philip Morison on each night while a small biography was read out about them. After the presentation, the couples took to the dancefloor to present the four dance routines which they had been rehearsing. Thank you to Cathy, Lucio and Jordan from Sassi Dance Studios who patiently worked with the students to teach them the routines. They all did an excellent job!

A big thank you to Mr Peter Ruscitti from Trevor Dudley’s Menswear, who provided the suits. Everyone looked very smart.

The events were made a lot easier with the assistance from volunteers from the Parents and Friends’ Association — Old Collegian Mrs Annette Preston and her daughters Shae (Class of 2021) and Ella (Class of 2022) as well as Mrs Sharon Daly — who helped the students with their preparations at the venue.

Thank you also to all staff members and members of the Executive Board who attended across the three evenings.

The Year 11 Level Leaders, Mrs Marie Prusac and Mr Thomas Warren, played a significant role in the preparation and organisation of this event and did an exceptional job.

The balls were a great success and could not have proceeded without the support of all the participants' families and friends and everyone who attended to watch the debutantes and their partners be presented.

Below are student reflections of the event:

The Debutante Ball was absolutely perfect. The night was beautiful, the dances, although difficult to learn were extremely fun and the planning put into the night made it perfect. I had always dreamed of doing my Deb Ball and it couldn't have gone any better. This night helped me connect with my peers and having my friends and family there watching me on my special night made it a memory I will never forget.
— Sienna F (Year 11 Silver)

The Debutante Ball was truly amazing, and I am grateful for everyone who helped organise it. Everyone looked beautiful and it is a night I know we will all cherish forever.
— Jena S (Year 11 White)

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