The sun may not have been shining but the pupils certainly were as they arrived at the Year 11 Prom. As a year group, they definitely lived up to the evening’s Hollywood theme with red carpet arrivals and outfits to rival the best Oscars after party.
First down the school drive at 6.30pm was a tractor towing a trailer of hay bales with the first glamorous guests perched on top. After that, the stylish entrances came thick and fast. There were sports cars, convertibles, a Harley Davidson, an ice cream van, a Hummer stretch limo, a 1920s Rolls Royce and even an army tank!
Arrivals were accompanied by uplifting tunes being dropped by Mr Beri on the outdoor decks. Once pupils had milled about on the red carpet and posed for the cameras, there was a lot under the canopy to keep them entertained. Cocktails (non-alcoholic, of course) were served up and enjoyed whilst guests looked at the various displays and attractions set up outside. There were games, a casino, a photo booth and photo displays of both staff and students in their younger years.
The celebrations later moved into the hall, which had been transformed into an A-list Hollywood venue for the night. Things kicked off with a set from the first of the evening’s year 11 bands, Pace, performing to a packed dance floor of their peers. Next came the awards, with the lucky recipients receiving their very own Oscar statue. There were awards for both pupils and staff and of course, the important business of crowning this year’s Prom King and Queen.
Next up, another talented year 11 band, Mauna Kea, took to the stage and got everyone back on their feet and singing along to a great set of covers. The dance floor remained packed for two DJ sets from our very own science teachers (and part-time DJs) Mr Beri and Mr Jackson. Just after 10.30pm, Mr Jackson wrapped things up with a few final crowd pleasing anthems. A great night was had by all and it was a wonderful way to celebrate the pupils’ time here at Colonel Frank Seely Academy. A massive well done to everyone involved!
Head of Year 11 and Prom Organiser