Prom is always guaranteed to be the highlight of the school calendar, but this year’s Class of 2018 Leavers have really raised the bar. On the 28th of June, two coachloads of glamorous movie stars made their way to the Lowry Theatre’s Compass Room to say goodbye to their time at Loreto in serious style. With a Hollywood Glamour theme, everyone in attendance was dressed to impress, with plenty of Southgate waistcoats in sight. This year’s event, organised by Mr Cere and Mrs Joseph, saw more students and staff in attendance than ever before, ensuring a busy, lively and atmospheric evening. Special guests for the evening included The Ash Company, a street dance crew that have opened for Stormzy and Anthony Joshua, who wowed guests after dinner with a backflip filled showcase. Special thanks go out to Jess Warden for organising such a unique and special treat. After the dances and a three-course meal, Loreto Values awards were given to Salwa Noor (Joy), Roselyne Sigsbert (Truth), Adrian Suchon (Sincerity), Sean Priest (Internationality), Melika Rahimishad (Excellence), Megan Ellie Walker (Spirit of Loreto) and Arron Mulai (Spirit of Loreto), with a special award (Most Likely to Win an Oscar ) given to none other than Blake Radcliffe. Abdalla Ali and Rosa Tite-Ahern, our Head Boy and Girl, then had us in tears with two moving, rousing, eloquent speeches. These were by far the most accomplished we have heard in recent years.
Prom King and Queen were awarded with a twist this year, in-keeping with the Hollywood theme. Our four ‘nominees’ were assembled at the front of the room with their crowns and tiaras and announced Oscars style. Efeosa Idahosa was crowned King, beating competition from Muhmmad Mbowe, Philip Kadiri and Renaldo Walker. Mica Brown was our Queen, with runners-up Tara McEwan, Niamh Davis and Yasmine Tachfine El-Haouari also sparkling in their tiaras. A special thanks to Mrs Joseph, who made the winners’ gowns for the evening with her own sewing machine. From there, all that was left was to dance the night away and enjoy the stunning views of Salford Quays from the venue’s balconies. Emotional goodbyes, selfies and the traditional electric slide to Cameo’s ‘Candy’ closed the night, as elated revellers (and exhausted staff…) returned to Chorlton.
As ever, our staff and students have done Loreto proud on a night that we are unlikely to forget!