On Thursday 29th June our Year 11 pupils were suited and booted and dressed to the nines as they enjoyed the Etone Prom 2023. Over the course of the past five years our pupils have worked hard in all aspects of their life to develop their Employability Skills and show the Etone Values they share as Etone Learners. Throughout this time, they have undergone some of the toughest periods in educational history with the impacts of Covid-19. Throughout each year they have held our values well and most recently showed their resilience across the exam season. We are incredibly proud of this cohort and it was lovely to be able to say goodbye and celebrate with Prom.
As the evening began our pupils were welcomed to the red carpet by our very own paparazzi along with adoring fans, from proud parents to staff who still can’t quite believe how fast the past five years have gone. As always we were truly amazed by the inventive and exciting entrances and the splendour our pupils displayed looking their finest.
This year the most popular choice by far was the classic Range Rover with Evoque’s, Discoveries, Velars and even a Defender. Some opted for more retro transport with a Austin Healey whilst others decided to live their best Bond life and arrive in an Aston Martin. Limousines, sports cars and even a game of ‘Who’s Behind the Helmet’ from our only bike of the evening. However the most original entrance has to be our very own Jay arriving on a horse and elegantly dismounting for a photo.
Once our guests had arrived and received their funky mocktails the excitement began to build as the explored the entrance hall and outside veranda. Just as it seemed they could not contain themselves anymore our Year 11’s were escorted to their venue for the night entering the main hall.
Here they were in awe of the lights, dance floor and flashing sign sharing that Etone College’s Prom 2023 could get underway. With that the dancing began along with the chance to dig into the fantastic BBQ feast prepared for us including ribs, burgers and some extremely delicious veggie kebabs.
Just when they thought they were settled for the night Mrs Price took to the stage to provide a heartfelt speech where she thanked our pupils for attending and their support over the past five years. Before the next surprise of the evening, when the curtains in the venue were thrown open to reveal: a retro games arcade, sweet stall completed with popcorn and candyfloss, donuts, brownies and eclairs for dessert, a 360 photo booth and EVEN a Bucking Bronco! With all of this for the price of admission our pupils were beyond excited to begin their evening for real.
With the games and dancing in play it was time for the traditional embarrassing dance moves form a couple of the staff, who had attended in the masses to celebrate the end of an era. The even itself was a major success and all that was left was for the tones of Take That’s ‘Never Forget’ to echo around the room as our cohort joined together in one final dance. As a last surprise our pupils were showered with confetti from the confetti cannon and that drew a very memorable night to the close. We would like to say a massive thank you to our Year 11 pupils and parents for their support, our staff for showing their support by attending and of course Mrs McNeal, Mrs Morton and Mrs Price along with the rest of the organising party.
See you on results day Year 11!