Year 11 pupils from St. Richard’s Catholic College at Bexhill celebrated their leavers’ prom at the Powdermills Hotel in Battle.
The prom followed a special service, led by Father Simon of St. Mary Magdalene’s Church in Bexhill, at the college earlier in the day where pupils gathered alongside staff to share memories of their last five years and give thanks for all the joy, friendship and lessons learnt along the way.
Later, pupils along with staff, including their form tutors and Pastoral Leaders, enjoyed the opportunity to look back on and celebrate their years together at St. Richard’s.
Charlotte Chong, from St Richards, said: “At the start of the evening, all the young men turned up looking very smart and the girls were elegantly turned out in a beautiful array of colourful dresses.
“The leavers arrived in the usual imaginative variety of transport including some vintage cars and an American Police patrol car complete with handcuffed passengers. Staff and families gathered to welcome the pupils on their arrival in the splendid grounds of the hotel in glorious sunshine.
“After drinks and photographs, everyone proceeded to the Pavilion suite at the hotel which had been beautifully decorated by members of staff and St. Richard’s PTFA. A three-course meal was followed by speeches and a “special” awards presentation. The final part of the evening enabled everyone to mingle and enjoy a disco.”
Deborah Bligh, Assistant Principal and Pastoral Leader of Year 11, said: “It was a wonderful night for pupils and staff alike. This year group are known for their sense of fun and friendship.”
Glenn Clark, Assistant Principal at St. Richard’s, thanked all the staff at the Powdermills, St. Richard’s staff, pupils and their families for making it such a lovely special occasion for all involved. He added: “Special mentions should also go to the staff Mrs Forte, Miss Howard, Miss Cook, Mr Nuckhir, Mrs Campbell and to members of our PTFA for decorating the Pavilion suite so beautifully. I would like to join Miss Cronin, the Principal, and all the members of the college staff in wishing our Year 11 well in their exams and beyond and to remind them that they will always have a home at St Richard’s.”
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