To the strains of one of the most beloved of Christmas carols, “Once in Royal David’s City……. Methodist College PPA (NSW) presented ‘Yuletide Glow”, on Saturday 15th November 2015 at the North Ryde Community Centre.

It brought back wonderful memories of The School Carol service in Sri Lanka. In charismatic Methodist College tradition, a few more Christmas carols followed with the audience singing lustily and enjoying an early start to the Christmas season in Sydney. The beautiful solos sung by the mother and daughter combination was a pleasure to listen to. The President’s Message was followed by the school song being sung by all the MC-ites present that evening.
The hall was beautifully decorated in shades of purple and silver. The flickering of tea lights and candles, from the glass frosted jars topped with silver poinsettias, and purple trimmings lived up to the theme of the function – “YULE TIDE GLOW”.
The elegantly presented tables added to the ambience of the surroundings with white table linen and royal purple runners to add to the festive theme. All this contributed to a night focused on the season of Christmas.

As is customary with all Methodist College functions, the College flag in its striking green and white colors hung proudly on the stage as a reminder of traditions from yesteryear.

Once the guests entered the venue, the events proceeded with meticulous precision, skillfully handled by the Master of Ceremonies for the night, Mr. Duke Ramachandran. Duke kept the audience entertained the whole night, with his exhilarating brand of compeering.
Music for dancing was exceptional with “DJ NEIL” at his inimitable best. He provided music from all the familiar hits of the 60’s, 70’s, through to the latest hits of the 80’s and 90’s.The“Baila and Hindi” tunes brought back warm and fond memories of our resplendent island home Sri Lanka. The dance floor was full throughout the evening with the young and not so young dancing the night away.
The raffle and door prizes did not disappoint the guests either. Many were the screams of glee from the lucky winners
From an excellent selection of wines, soft drinks, flavoursome entrees, and a dinner buffet that titillated the palate, “Flavour of Ceylon” outdid itself with its fine culinary expertise. Each guest was presented with a little memento of their childhood delights of Sri Lankan sweets.
Everyone present that night were able to renew old friendships, make new and lasting ones and feel comfortable to have a good time.
The success of the family night which was a “sold out” event was most evident by the accolades received from the guests present that night. On all counts it was another well planned and exquisitely presented event organized by a fantastic committee whose untiring efforts paid rich dividends.
The photographer for the night, Roy Gunaratne of “RoyGrafix” will take you through wonderful moments captured in time, when memories were made.