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On a warm summer evening 300 students from Steyning Grammar School’s class of 2018 were transported to the Amex at Falmer, Home of Brighton & Hove Albion, in order to celebrate the end of their GCSE exams and the end of their education at Steyning.
Guests arrived in sports cars, camper vans & a motorbike. There was a fruit punch on arrival in the Chandlers BMW Mini lounge and then it was time for photographs pitchside. Our photographer ensured everyone had their opportunity in front of the camera and then we moved to sit in the stands for the group shot and the obligatory selfie with Head of Year Mrs Masters.
Once the formalities of the photos were completed everyone was seated in the Mayo Wynne Baxter lounge where a 2 course meal was served. Following the food there were speeches and awards for four “Prom Legends” who had been voted for by the teachers in attendance. Our legends this year were Jasmine Lancaster, Tiki Ainapore, Ife Faseru & Hayden Gravenor. After an impromptu speech by Lucy Hirst, it was time for the dancing, the music was turned up to loud and the students hit the dance floor.
Dancing went on until 11pm when the carriages arrived to take the guests home or to after-parties.
Overall it was a fantastic event, the students looked gorgeous, the staff enjoyed themselves and it was a great way for everyone to relax after the hard work of the exam season.
The next morning most students arrived back in school, (some of them a bit the worse for wear after a late night!); they were in for their Leavers Day and final Leavers’ assembly. We celebrated the successes of the year group as a whole, and of individuals who had been nominated by their subject teachers for specific subject awards. Many students received certificates of recognition for high achievement characteristics in particular subjects, and the assembly concluded with Millennium Trust awards for two very special students and a final Tony Russell award for a student who has had a challenging journey through school, but who has shown determination and resilience in overcoming barriers to learning.
There was not a dry eye in the house when this was awarded to Ewan Biscoe.
Following refreshments and photographs on the Head’s Lawn, it was time to say goodbye and to wave to students from the coach park for the last time.
Photos of the students can be accessed by following this link: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1zD8o0kCHjdo2iKfObK27np4KLy6H4llL?usp=sharing