Annual fashion show draws thousands by Eleanor Hindman, The Weald

On November 14 Bishop Luffa School raised over £7,000 for local charities at their annual Sixth Form Fashion Show. The tradition has been going on for almost 30 years and this year a record amount was raised. The evening was organized entirely by seniors from the school and it was they who starred in the ‘Now Year 6 Disco BLS Fashion Show’!

The whole event was spectacular to watch, the enthusiasm and excitement of the students adding to the atmosphere of the evening. The dances were choreographed by the students and the clothes were donated by local charity shops that supported the event. With a total of 21 dances – plus a teacher’s dance! – The show was full of fun and action.

From classics like Lady Gaga’s “Poker Face” to party anthems like House of Pain’s “Jump Around,” there was a song and dance for everyone, not to mention the crazy costumes that took the stage.

Credit also goes to the engineering team who dazzled the stage with amazing sound and lights without which the show wouldn’t have been the same.

Most of all, the success of the evening was the participation of the high school students and the community they showed throughout the evening. Her joy and spirit have been rejuvenated after many years of canceled shows and virtual events, a sentiment surely shared with many students across the country. This year, the show was back in full force and with more fervor than ever, and audiences shared the student’s eagerness to return to normalcy.

Austen Hindman, Head of School, describes the runway show as “the event that defines our school – everyone is involved and everyone takes part.”

“It’s hard being a teenager,” he says, “life seems to be defined by looks and popularity. The runway show acknowledges that, but then says it doesn’t matter: everyone is cheered on by the audience, no matter what.”

When asked about the show’s history, he said, “It’s been around for as long as anyone can remember. There are parents who watch their children perform and reflect on their routine when they were in high school. It’s a great tradition and I’m very proud to have been a part of it.”

In addition to the students, the focus was on the three charities supported this year – Sussex Snowdrop Trust, the Grassroots Trust and Sanctuary in Chichester. All proceeds from ticket sales, donation buckets and QR codes (who still carries cash?) went straight to the three charities, raising over £7000 in total. The immense success of this year’s event is thanks to the students; They organized, presented and acted in the show without forgetting the time they devoted to rehearsals.

It was truly an unforgettable night for both the students and the audience and I can’t wait to see this amazing tradition continue for many years to come. Annual fashion show draws thousands by Eleanor Hindman, The Weald

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