Bede’s Prefects: Masquerade Dinner Marks The End of an Era


The recent Bede's Sixth Form Social took the form of a masquerade-themed dinner and dance, planned and organised by Jeanne Duprez and her team of School Prefects.

This was the first time that Bede's Sixth Form had looked to facilitate its own formal dinner, with the Prefect team agreeing that a masquerade would be was a wonderful way to mark the start of the revision period leading up to their impending AS and A2 Exams.


The Prefect team decided to hold the dinner preceding the dance in the Recital Room to give the meal a more intimate feel; after weeks of preparation, the morning of the day itself was spent finalizing the seating plan before the afternoon saw Jean and her team decorating the Recital Room, spraying 140 fresh roses in gold paint, setting the tables and finalising the centerpieces, which were designed by Bede's Student Hero Rosie Stephenson.


The guests started arriving at 6.00pm, dressed in beautiful suits, dresses and masks, all of whom were greeted by Upper Fifth Form waiters from Bede's ten Houses bearing delicious mojito 'mocktails.'

After a welcome from Mr Walker and grace said by Mr Juniper, the Sixth Formers sat down a delicious dinner comprised of antipasti followed by a main course of rib-eye steak or mushroom risotto. Dessert came in the form of profiteroles with white chocolate and cream accompanied by a selection of cheeses.


After dinner, Jeanne made a wonderful speech thanking the waiters and Holroyd Howe caterers for making the event such a fantastic occasion. She then requested that pupils proceed through to the Old Dining Room for the main event - the masquerade dance.

The rest of the evening was spent grooving to the smooth sounds of Funk Empire, the Bede's BTEC band, with all of the attendees unanimous in their praise for Jeanne and her team.


Jeanne said of the evening, "I find it hard to describe the exceptional atmosphere. It was warm, lively and everyone enjoyed it; you had to be there to experience it. Thank you to all of the people involved in the preparation and to the Sixth Formers who attended and made the event such a success."

As this generation of prefects hands over to the next, it seems fair to say that the gauntlet has been laid down; as Jeanne herself said, "it is all down to future prefects to make the Sixth Form Masquerade an annual event."

Good luck to the incoming Prefect in clearing this year's high bar!


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