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A Night of Glamour – The Great Gatsby at The Banyan Tree

Glitters and sparkles. Such was the night of November 19 at The Banyan Tree Club & Spa Seoul.

The exclusive Banyan Tree

Dwight School Seoul held its annual gala event with the theme “The Great Gatsby”. Flapper dresses and headbands were on display and wine glasses passed around and toasted.

the evening started well

It was a sold-out evening. It was fun. It was a celebration.

For the members of the Parent Association (PA) Executive Board, it was rewarding. Finally, we can say “We’ve pulled it off!”


It wasn’t just a sold-out event, it was a well-organised one. I know, because I am part of the PA Board. I’ve seen how the concept slowly came into this one big sparkle:

The Crystal Ballroom

Thanks mainly to our PA President who is a very capable organizer and to our Events Manager who has impeccable taste and who made sure that no detail was left disregarded. At the end of the night, everyone went home happy and satisfied and in awe of the night of The Great Gatsby. Amidst the glitters, it was the smile of satisfaction that mattered the most!

US Ambassador to Korea, Amb Lippert as Guest Speaker while we are the working PA photo bombers

US Ambassador to Korea Mark Lippet joined us as the night’s Guest Speaker. He confirmed in his speech that Dwight got the most number of US Embassy kids among the international schools here in Korea. Interesting! Dwight is only 5 years old here in Seoul but it has a long and rich history as a network of schools with headquarters in New York and campuses in London, Shanghai and Vancouver Island. To date, it still holds the record of being the only school in Seoul offering IB education in all three levels (PYP – primary years, MYP – Middle Years, DP – Diploma).

The night continued with live entertainment from Jazz Trio,  followed by a very entertaining tap dance from Yono Company and closed by DJ Aiden leading the dance floor for the remaining parents and teachers who filled the room with bursting energy.

tap dance
The Yono Company
DJ Aiden
dance time

Of all the photos, this one’s my favourite:

It sums up all the energy and the fun!

Thanks to this year’s Officers of the Parents’ Association:

Members of the PA recognised on stage

I am proud to say that I am part of this very dedicated crew. And I have to say this, though we had to give a lot of our time and effort I felt like we went through the whole process sans any negative vibes. For me, it was worth all those times I was holed up at Dwight in preparation for this big night. This is one group I wouldn’t hesitate working with in future projects.

Of course, it wasn’t all work for us PA that night. It was great to be with and seeing friends not just during our usual coffee time. And the best part… hubby was not on a business trip!

(photo credits Greg Samborski Photography – official photographer and one of the Dwight Night 2016 sponsors – more photos here: Dwight Night 2016)

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13 thoughts on “A Night of Glamour – The Great Gatsby at The Banyan Tree

  1. As a fellow photographer, I can see that Greg has done an amazing job documenting your event. The Gatsby Night looks like a blast with a DJ, light show, a photo booth and more – Are you sure you’re not reliving a prom or something? No, I bet it was much better than that!

  2. Wow! This Great Gatsby night looked like a ton of fun. I’m glad you had a fun night and you got to spend it with your husband and co-workers. This international schools seems amazing. Great photos as well!

    1. Yes, it was a fun night. I don’t work at Dwight though. I am one of the parents and this year I am in the Parents’ Association (Secretary) so I was actively involved in planning and organizing:-).

  3. It looked like a fantastic event, almost made me wish I had kids so I could attend haha. I had the chance to visit the Banyan last spring and was impressed with the crystal ballroom. They are definitely the place to go for a swanky event. You looked beautiful and the photos looked great!

  4. This event looks incredible! Truly Great Gatsby extravagant style! I didn’t really know much about international schools until relocating to South Korea and I find the concept truly fascinating. I’m glad you are part of a community you like and that this event was a smashing success!
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  5. What fun! When I was a teacher back home, I really enjoyed some of the PA and teachers events. PA groups are really amazing and dedicated. Well done to you and your group for pulling off what looked like an enjoyable and beautiful event!

  6. This event looks amazing! Well conceived and executed, it sounds like. It looks like you are a part of a friendly and vibrant community at Dwight! Thanks for sharing and making non-Dwight readers jealous!

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