Sixth Form can be a particularly busy time for many students; A-levels, UCAS applications, interviews, not to mention numerous extra-curricular activities! Nevertheless, this didn’t seem to faze the girls of Croydon High School because back in November they organised their very own fashion show with the help of many aspiring male models from the nearby Whitgift School.
This was a very special fashion show for the girls. Back in 2004 a Croydon High student and close friend of many in the sixth form, Nicole Favre, lost her battle with Acute Myeloid Leukaemia. She would have finished school this year with the current year 13 students so they felt it important to make this fashion show one to remember by raising money for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research.
The girls worked incredibly hard leading up to the show, designing and creating the costumes, rehearsing, cutting out flowers and trying to teach boys to dance! In addition to this they learnt all about the administration required for such an event - finance, risk assessments and many other time consuming tasks.
This was no ordinary fashion show, oh no, this was bang on trend with the year of 2012. Those who don’t suffer from short term memory loss may remember the London Olympics and those rumours that the world was going to end. This seemed a very fitting theme for the show which included meticulously constructed costumes from the competing countries around the sphere and many weird and wonderful designs that wouldn’t look out of place if the world was no more! The show not only gave the students the opportunity to strut their stuff but also to exhibit their other talent, which happened to include singing and dancing.
With all their efforts going into creating such a spectacle, the Sixth Form of Croydon High School wanted their hard work to pay off – they were not to be disappointed with the results. Aiming to raise roughly £4000, they far exceeded expectations, raising an incredible total of £16, 500. I had the pleasure of meeting some of the girls and I was overwhelmed by the sheer delight they took from raising such an amazing amount for a charity that was so close to their hearts. They have achieved something to be very proud of.