Cre­ative pupils show off fash­ions

Cat­walk stars at Blair­gowrie High School put on stun­ningly cre­ative and suc­cess­ful show of work

Blairgowrie Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - Clare Damodaran

Blair­gowrie High School pupils proved they were ded­i­cated fol­low­ers of fash­ion re­cently at their third an­nual fash­ion show.

The show, which was at­tended by hun­dreds of peo­ple, has been hailed as an­other great suc­cess.

Pupils from all years took part, as well as mem­bers of staff, mod­el­ling a range of clothes and ac­ces­sories de­signed by stu­dents in the art depart­ment.

A group of pri­mary seven pupils from Ne­whill Pri­mary School also took to the cat­walk.

Head teacher at the school, Bev Les­lie, was full of praise for every­one in­volved.

She said: “Blair­gowrie High School re­ally does have very tal­ented pupils sup­ported by a truly won­der­ful staffing team with­out whom events like this sim­ply would not be pos­si­ble. Around a third of the school was in­volved in the fash­ion show in one form or an­other; it’s a truly in­clu­sive event.”

Blair­gowrie High School’s third an­nual fash­ion show has been hailed as an­other great suc­cess with or­gan­is­ers promis­ing that it will be back for a fourth event next year.

The show, which took place ear­lier this month, was at­tended by hun­dreds of par­ents, grand­par­ents, friends and sib­lings of the pupils in­volved.

It fea­tured pupils from all years, as well as mem­bers of staff, mod­el­ling a range of clothes and ac­ces­sories de­signed by stu­dents in the art depart­ment.

A group of pri­mary seven pupils from Ne­whill Pri­mar y School also took to the cat­walk as part of the tran­si­tion process to the High School.

First year pupils at the school showed off the won­der­ful hats and waist­coats that they had c re at e d , whi l e S 2 p u p i l s showed off ac­ces­sories in­clud­ing hats and glasses - all of which they had de­signed and made them­selves.

Se­nior pupils at the school show­cased de­signs for bags, hats, con­tem­po­rar y jew­ellery and body adorn­ment, in­cor­po­rat­ing var­i­ous styles and themes in­clud­ing art deco and un­der the sea and re­cy­cled eco in im­pres­sive out­fits that wowed the au­di­ence.

Teach­ers at the school also took to the cat­walk to model a range of retro baggy trousers de­signed by sec­ond year pupils.

And there were p e r f o r ma n c e s f r o m t h e school’s dance groups.

One of the big­gest cheers of the night was for head teacher at the Beeches Road school, Bev Les­lie, who was in­vited to model a stun­ning de­signer hat cre­ated by renowned milliner Philip Treacy.

Prin­ci­pal teacher of art at Blair­gowrie High School, Sam Kennedy, ex­plained that pupils had writ­ten to Mr Treacy say­ing that they were de­sign­ing hats for their show and ask­ing for ad­vice.

The Lon­don-based d e s i g n e r - a f av o u r i t e o f roy­alty, film stars and singers such as Lady Gaga - went one bet­ter than giv­ing ad­vice h o w e v e r, a n d d o n a t e d a b e au t i f u l p owde r b l u e cre­ation to the school.

Mrs Kennedy was de­lighted with the suc­cess of the show and thanked every­one in­volved.

She said: “A huge thanks and con­grat­u­la­tions go to all Blair­gowrie High School pupils and staff who worked so hard to make the fash­ion show such a great suc­cess again this year.

“Pupils from all years come to­gether with Ne­whill Pri­mary School P7 pupils to cel­e­brate and show­case their cre­ative tal­ents in de­sign.

“The event is get­ting big­ger and bet­ter each year and the learn­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for pupils are al­ways ex­pand­ing, mak­ing it a re­ally worth­while event that builds con­fi­dence and re­spon­si­bil­i­ties for all, wrapped up in a fun, colour­filled event.

“This year we had a real fo­cus in the art depart­ment on cre­ative in­dus­tries and the world of work and this show, as well as the work pro­duced for the B O O K MA R K e x h i b i t i o n i n O c t o b e r, is a great in­tro­duc­tion to that.

“Our home eco­nomics depart­ment was more in­volved this year with a cake sale and fash­ion­themed sweet treats dur­ing the in­ter­val, and the aim is that more de­part­ments get in­volved each year as it’s a fab­u­lous op­por­tu­nity with such a great au­di­ence.

“I was de­lighted that k e y o r g a n i s a t i o na l ro l e s this year were taken on by many se­nior pupils with lower school pupils be­ing men­tored to take on these roles next year.

“It’s al­ways re­ally heart­warm­ing back­stage to see staff and pupils work­ing as a team to put on such a great show. Special thanks go to my fel­low art teach­ers who pulled out all the stops to make this event hap­pen - Mr Hunter Ms Petrie, Ms McGin­ley and Ms Cox.

“We are al­ways amazed by the pupils’ in­ven­tive ideas!

“Thanks also to Kara Sin­clair for the poster de­sign, Riona Harrison and Sa­muel Micha­lak for man­ning the d o o r, o u r r u n n e r L e w i s Fin­lay, Ryan Howard, Ben Clark­son, Ar­ran Black and Neave Hunter for the light­ing a n d mus i c , Z o e A i n s l i e, Liam Car­rie and Ross Cathro for the pho­tog­ra­phy, stage co­or­di­na­tors AJ MacGregor, Robbie Smith and Kirsty Bar­nett, dancer co-or­di­na­tors Emily Down­ham, Chloe Walker, Shan­non Downie and Lori Har­den, Casey Mea­ger and Demi-Lee Hig­gins for hair and make up and Emily Ni­col for re­fresh­ments. And a big thanks to ever yone who came along and sup­ported the event.”

Mr s L e s l i e a d d e d h e r praise to every­one in­volved in the show, com­ment­ing: “Ev­ery year I think we have seen the best that Blair­gowr ie High S chool has got to of­fer and ever y year I am sur­prised and de­lighted at how they sur­pass them­selves.

● See pages 18 and 19 for more pho­tos.

Stun­ning Jas­mine Gowrie mod­els one of the works of art

Stun­ning Head teacher Bev Les­lie mod­els a hat by renowned milliner Philip Treacy

Re­source­ful Pupils in the Higher de­sign class used a range of ma­te­ri­als

Show­case Jas­mine Gowrie mod­els one of the de­signs

Myths and leg­ends S6 pupils Robbie Smith and Stacey Hil­ton

In­tri­cate One of the hats on dis­play

Im­pres­sive S6 pupil Louise Bloor

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