Having a formal dinner with a group of teens encourages them to dress up, and the meal can be a fancier variety since the dinner will serve a special occasion.
Such functions can be used to reinforce proper manners and table etiquette and can be a welcome change from standard teen outings.
Recently Cool Lifestyle was invited to Cornway College and indeed it was glitz and glamour as teens were clad in their expensive nightwear which could cause envy to some of our local celebrities.
The dinner was organised by school’s Interact Club to honour best students of 2012 and serves as Christmas dinner too.
The colourful event saw Donavan Chibaya, from the entertainment committee, as the master of ceremony clad in a white suit with matching shoes proving that the next generation is here to stay when he flawlessly went through his paces.
Club vice president Shyline Manhambara said this year the dinner was held in a different way.
“Last year we had a prom night and Mr and Miss Cornway College pageant and some performances from local urban groovers Stunner and Shastro entertaining us.
This year was bigger and better as we also had our prestigious awards in honour of our excelling students,” she said.
Shyline said guests and students were treated to a banquet and had a chance to dine together.
“This was the only day where you can have a photo-shoot with the headmaster or deputy freely and it was awesome,” said the organiser.
Robin Craig, a lower sixth student, said the dinner was not only about food but educative as well.
“To some, it might not be newsworthy but believe you me you needed to be there to witness the glamour.
“We shared personal experiences and discussed issues that relate to teen lifestyle. It was also a day when I had to witness my senior teachers and headmasters looking glamourous as ever, forgetting about the chalkboard and duster,” he said jokingly.
Shyline was voted best role model student in the girls’ category while Mudiwa Bwanya scooped the same award in the boys’ category.
Both walked away with wristwatches and notepads. Soon after receiving the award Mudiwa said he was humbled to receive such an honour.
“I am in total shock and happy at the same time. It is an honour that some students regard me as their role model and I am humbled. My secret is doing the right thing at the right time,” he said.
The young lad, who was crowd’s favourite, proved that there was no bias in judging criteria as he was cheered by many students when he was called on stage.
One agrees that the awards were unique in their own way as best comedian awards went to Ben Rungani and Eudious Gambiza.
The duo left the crowd in stitches when they walked to the stage holding their dinner plates with food.
Though the organisers deemed it unnecessary to hold pageants this year, the Face of Cornway was the get away as Form One student Aravhani Mudau scooped that award while in the male category, Manfred
Gona was voted the Face of Cornway.
Aravhani, the dimpled teen, smiled all the way to the stage and only said: “Thank you for voting for me. I can’t say much but I am happy.”
Just like a normal dinner the entertainment was provided by school’s deejays Zac Ziyambi and Rugare Chikova and it was up to standard as they sereneded the crowd with soft music.