The last event of the academic year is a celebration which marks the transition of pupils leaving the Sixth Form and College life, to becoming OLs. The final, fully-uniformed formality of the Leavers’ Eucharist in the afternoon gives way to the black ties and ball gowns of the Leavers’ Ball. This year’s Ball started with a drinks reception in the Dining Hall, with several hundred revellers – the now ex-pupils, families and staff (pictured above) – gathering over prosecco and canapés. Guests then moved to a huge marquee in the Lower Quad where, for the first time in a number of years, all nine Houses were able to dine together in the same space.
The catering team, led by Hannah Bond (at the end of her first year as Catering Manager), delighted palates with dishes such as Lobster, Fillet of Beef or Porcini & Oyster Mushroom Ravioli, and a trio of desserts to die for. We thank the Flower Stand for the beautiful lavender table decorations (illuminated by the Foundation Office team), the St Nicolas Association for providing a wonderful firework display, and The Somebodys for keeping the dance floor moving until midnight. With barely time to change, those who could took the 12.15am pre-booked bus into Brighton to continue the party long into Saturday morning. With that, another year ended. We look forward to the exam results in August and, whatever they may hold, we wish our 2017 leavers all the best for the future.