MANY local schools are putting together plans for leaving parties to mark the rite-of-passage of pupils moving on to the next stages of their lives.
Proms – American-style end-of-year celebrations – have been part of the calendar for several years, although in some cases even these are now being overtaken by holidays in the sun rather than black tie and posh frocks at an organised party night in a local hotel.
But it is not only secondary sixth-year pupils who pull out the stops to celebrate leaving school.
The step from primary to high school has also become a major event being marked with more than a low-key school disco and leavers’ service.
For example, at Parkhill Primary, Leven, the Parent Staff Association is behind the leavers’ prom, which this year is being held in a nearby church hall, for the 35 children leaving this year.
“Everyone gets dressed up and the girls get their hair done and some parents organise limousines,” said Linda Taylor of the Parkill PSA. “Everyone thoroughly enjoys it.”
Meanwhile, the Friends of Aberhill Primary School group is organising a leavers’ party in a local hall for the 52 youngsters heading up to high school after the summer.
At Mountfleurie Primary, Leven, the children themselves are heavily involved in shaping and organising their leaving do, which this year is going to be a grand ‘Oscars’ night at the Regent Cinema.
“When we walk into the cinema there’s going to be music playing and everyone will get award, although we are also going to have special categories,” said Amanda Duffy (11).
“There’s also going to be a disco and a buffet and chocolate fountain then afterwards we’re going to get to watch a movie.”
Classmate Ashley Cameron (12) added: “The whole class is very excited about it and we’re now busy fundraising for it.”
Kennoway Primary was planning a Caribbean-themed party, which would be combined with the investiture of the town’s Lad and Lass.