A chance for all to be at the ball
With every ball comes the pressure of shopping for the right outfit.
Students from James Cook High School have created their own little shopping experience on their school’s premises with a ball opshop.
‘‘You only wear a dress once,’’ year 13 student Ashleah Bellve says.
She says it’s an opportunity for dress owners to lend their outfits, and it’s easier on the pocket for those who choose not to buy a dress to only wear it once.
‘‘I got my dress from last year that just sits in the wardrobe. I don’t think I’ll wear it again,’’ she says.
She plans to lend it out adding to the more than 100 ball gowns, cocktail dresses and suits that have already been donated.
A few girls have already taken some dresses. There haven’t been many boys in yet, but they’re hoping that will change in the next couple of weeks.
Ashleah thinks it would ideal if there was a shop in Manukau that only dealt with borrowing and lend- ing grand outfits, ‘‘rather than the schools doing it’’.
‘‘It would be real cool. I think it would be quite popular.’’
Another year 13 student, Brenda Paul says: ‘‘Every day, every interval and lunch, girls come in a try them [dresses and shoes] on.’’
‘‘If there are some girls who don’t have the opportunity to buy a dress, they can come here and find one.’’
The dresses have to be dry cleaned and returned after the ball. The idea is to store the dresses for the ball next year.
Principal Grant McMillan says the initiative came from students and has turned out to be ‘‘very successful’’.
They have received donations from across the country, even rural Canterbury, McMillan says.
‘‘We need a bank of things that we can use every year, and maybe take it across schools in Manurewa.’’
The Manukau Institute of Technology has come on board to help with hairstyling.
The school is happy to receive help in any way - dresses, shoes, jewellery (except earrings), makeup and hair services etc.
About 150 to 200 students from years 12 and 13 are expected to attend the evening’s festivities on September 8 themed, A Night with the Stars.
‘‘Girls who don't have the opportunity to buy a dress can come here and find one.’’
*For more information about donating outfits for the ball go to facebook.com/jamescookHS.