While most of us were winding down from the excesses of too much partying over the festive season, the Sixth Form at Shrewsbury School was just warming up. The Lent Term sees the biennial House Dances. Given that it only happens for each House every other year and it is just for the Sixth Form, students only get the chance to host a House Dance once during their time in Shrewsbury. Therefore, they take it quite seriously.
First in the calendar, and keen to set the bar for the others, was School House. Almost 80 boys and girls from across the Sixth Form turned up on the night. The boys had spent weeks planning the event over the holiday and getting hold of the necessary props and equipment.
The theme was “Under Da Sea”. With 48 hours to go, they worked tirelessly to transform the hall, corridors and locker room into an underwater fantasy comprising dancefloor, chill-out room and bar. The walls were covered from floor to ceiling in black plastic, which was spray-painted with fluorescent paint that glowed brilliantly under the UV black lights. The conversion of School House was amazing (afterwards I was relieved to see it transformed back to its former state as if it had never happened!).
Owing to the hard work of the boys involved, the event was a great success and fun was had by all. However, Julian Chesshire (LVI) deserves a special mention because of his fantastic DJ skills. He kept the dance floor busy all night and has a real talent; he is now in high demand from some of the other Houses on the Dance circuit this year!