Ready to strut their stuff on the catwalk for local charities

CATWALK STYLE From left, Libby Higgins, Lauren Skeggs, Amy Smith, Eloise Edwards, Hollie Mills, Ellie-May Norris, Paige Brooker and Rebecca Smith. Picture: Malcolm Wells (13393-682)
CATWALK STYLE From left, Libby Higgins, Lauren Skeggs, Amy Smith, Eloise Edwards, Hollie Mills, Ellie-May Norris, Paige Brooker and Rebecca Smith. Picture: Malcolm Wells (13393-682)

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Since the PTA started last year, we get together regularly to try and get the parents and teachers involved with fun things for the school while fundraising as well, writes parent Karen Hendry.

We thought it would be a good idea to do a fashion show because it’s something the students are interested in.

They are learning different aspects and have been going up to the University of Portsmouth.

It’s a great opportunity for them to experience that sort of thing that’s outside their normal box. They are learning new skills as they do it.

We have been doing ‘Upcycling’ which is where the students take a pair of jeans or a top and they change it by converting it into something better. This could be by adding sequins or glitter or extra bits of material.

It’s using what we have already got and changing the form to make things more interesting and more up to date.

The girls have worked with the university who have acted as mentors.

It’s inspirational because it gives them a path from school to university.

They can see children who are just like them going on to do degrees.

They might not think that’s possible but this opens doors for them and proves that they can do it.

The whole purpose of it is to raise the profile of what the children are able to do in a fun way while they are still learning. It’s building confidence for them.

And it’s a different group of people with the PTA.

We are trying to get the support of the community. We want to get more local businesses to help us with things.

We want to get more parents involved as well. We don’t have to have parents coming in to every meeting. They don’t have to commit to being there all the time.

It does take a lot of work to do it but if we have got a few more hands on board then that helps. The girls are looking forward to it now.

They are excited and around 50 models are taking part.

It’s all ranges with all different shapes and sizes. It’s good because it’s pulling all the younger groups together. They have been fantastic.

Proceeds from ticket sales will go towards local charities.

The show will take place at the school on Thursday, March 21 and tickets are £3 each.