By Jimmy Rhatigan
A GRATEFUL local school community treated students and parents to a free night of fashion to thank them for their continued support of their seat of education.
The decision to invite mothers, fathers and siblings to a fashion extravaganza at the Presentation Convent Secondary School, Loughboy was made following a huge effort by families in support of a pre-Christmas silver circle fundraiser.
“Families and friends were absolutely brilliant,” fashion show committee member Des Kearney told The Reporter.
“People were most generous with their time, energy and support for the project in aid of school funds and we felt it was time to give something back to good people.”
So what was mainly a woman-powered event was born a few weeks ago, co-ordinated and brilliantly organized by school vice-principal Sandra Campion with the help of Mairead O’Donnell of the Parents’ Council and a very sound committee worked hard to ensure another success.”
A fashion show was choreographed, with the support of local businesses and teams of super amateur models from the six classes in the school, aided and abetted by excellent presenters, Sinead De Butleir and Karen Morrissey, both past Pres pupils.
A token donation from family members of €3 paid expenses for the Thursday evening of fashion fun, including tea, coffee and goodies for members of the audience.
Once again families displayed their generous support as over 260 turned up for the spectacular, made up of parents and students in equal numbers.
Clothes modelled on the catwalk came from the St Vincent de Paul Charity Shop, Vila, Goods, Penneys, Pamela Scott and Carraig Donn.
Two brave teachers and equally courageous parents also strutted their stuffs.
The evening was voted a bumper success, thoroughly enjoyable, challenging too, so much so that what is being called an even bigger and better fashion show is on the agenda as a school fund-raiser for later in the year.
Girls got to display their Junk Kouture outfits which they made for competition during the term and art classes also showed off their handiwork.
Part one of the evening concentrated on the use of make-up while the second part of the show concentrated on showing off the height of fashion.
Sandra Carpenter and Mairead O’Donnell thanked students, parents and parents’ council for once more coming up trumps on a memorably night for all associated with what is colloquially The Pres.