L6 Ball

Tuesday 12th February 2013

A teacher’s perspective

Early in September the L6 girls all took on the challenge to learn ballroom dancing.  Somewhat nervous they all arrived at the first practice not quite sure what awaited them.  If they were nervous, their male counterparts were even more so and the smell of perfume and cologne would long linger in the sports hall for days to come.  They all performed extremely well and all concerned commented on what a special group this years’ girls and boys may prove to be.

Every Friday for the following six months, the girls and boys turned up to practice full of enthusiasm and energy to learn lots of new dances – the Waltz, Foxtrot, Cha-cha and the Jive.  We were all amazed at how agile and proficient they all were.  With a few lessons lost to the snow the final Friday rehearsal seemed to creep up on us all too quickly and Saturday 2nd February was upon us.

Fake tan, polished nails, beautiful hairdos and stunning dresses all emerged from house at 7pm.  The boys were certainly not far behind and look very dapper in their suits and shiny shoes.   The evening started with drinks in the Forum and then downstairs to a glittering hall for the festivities.  The food was outstanding and the catering department were given a rousing round of applause after we had all eaten.  On to the dancing and we were all very entertained by nimble feet and excellent dances.  Well done to the winners in the four disciplines – Ruby seemed to enjoy the limelight and had an excellent eye for choosing the most proficient boys to help her win a number of places!  Well done to all the participants and a special thanks to all who contributed towards making the evening an unforgettable one!

Mrs Storey

The Girls’ Perspective

The moment had arrived. After weeks of arduous internet shopping, table planning and make-up trials, we were finally ready to make our entrances. We enjoyed champagne and posing for countless photographs, before going down to a rather fancy-looking sports hall for dinner.

Ballroom dancing lessons in the build-up to the ball resulted in a friendly atmosphere as everyone had already had the chance to get to know each other better, and conversation flowed along with the “wine”.

Once we had (very gracefully) consumed what was edible, it was finally time to show off our newly acquired skills on the dance floor. Competition was intense, game faces were on, and everyone was on top form. Ruby proved to be the most nimble, winning one dance and coming runner up in two, but there were a few other dark horses: Millie Lenton, Evangeline Chan, and Anna Price, who also danced their way to victory.

Overall we all had a fantastic time and we all agree that it was the highlight of our year. We would like to thank Mrs Storey, the staff involved in organising it, and Oratory and Shiplake for being part of the evening.

 

Jess Gibbon and Nilofar Samadi

 

 

Recent News

Music Scholars' Concert

22 October 2018

On Monday 15 October several music scholars performed in an excellent concert in the Taylor Hall, part of the new Scott Music Centre.
 

Recent News

L5 Visit the Tate Modern in London

19 October 2018

Last week, L5 art students visited the Tate Modern in London.
 

Recent News

L4s Make Copper Sulphate Crystals

19 October 2018

L4's have recently been awarded their Bunsen burner licences in science, and set out to do their first big experiment following this: to make copper sulphate crystals.
 

Recent News

Sixth Form Lecture Series: Picasso’s Guernica: The Enduring Power of Art

18 October 2018

On Friday 12 October, Queen Anne’s Academic Enrichment Programme for Lower Sixth students continued with an interesting insight into Picasso’s Guernica: The Enduring Power of Art, presented by our very own Head of Classics, Mrs Smith.
 

Recent News

Queen Anne's Alumna Publishes Second Cookery Book

18 October 2018

Queen Anne's alumna Nicola Millbank has just had her second cookery book published by HarperCollins.
 

Recent News

Queen Anne's Book Club Attend the Berkshire Book Awards

17 October 2018

Queen Anne’s Book Club attended the Berkshire Book Awards in Ascot on Thursday 11 October 2018.
 

Recent News

MFL Inter-House Challenge

16 October 2018

The MFL Inter-House Challenge took place on Wednesday 26 September. The five excited house teams were set four language challenges, and an extra ‘culture’ challenge, for which they had just three minutes to complete each.
 

Recent News

U4s Investigate the Sustainability of Communities in Reading

16 October 2018

On Monday 8 October, our U4 students ventured into Reading, to investigate the sustainability of communities, for their geography fieldwork.
 

Recent News

Queen Anne's Joint Jazz Band Concert with The Oratory School

15 October 2018

On Thursday 11 October, Queen Anne’s Jazzabelles and Concert Band were joined by The Oratory Big Band for an evening of Jazz and Concert Band music, filled with glittery costumes, an excited audience and the sound of beautiful instruments playing.
 

Next Event

Breakfast with the Head

30 October 2018

On Tuesday 30 October, parents are invited to join the Headmistress, Julia Harrington, at Café 6 in The Space at 8am for breakfast.
 

Next Event

L6 Ballroom Dancing with The Oratory School

30 October 2018

Students from The Oratory Boys' School join our Queen Anne's L6 Students for an evening of ballroom dancing.
 

Next Event

Eleanor Monibot – My Work as Global Director of Operations for World Vision – the Largest NGO in the World.

02 November 2018

Queen Anne's alumna Eleanor Monibot will give an inspiring lecture to our Sixth Form students about her work as Global Director of Operations for World Vision – the largest NGO in the world.
 

Next Event

Dance Showcase

02 November 2018

The Dance Showcase will take place on Friday 2 November, from 7:30pm in the Performing Arts Centre. A collection of ‘work in progress’ from ISTD examination work (up to Advanced One Modern and Tap), Dance Company, GCSE and A Level dance will be shown. 
 

Next Event

QASPA Annual General Meeting

03 November 2018

The QASPA Annual General Meeting will take place on Saturday 3 November, from 9:00am in the upper library.
 

Next Event

L6 Ballroom Dancing with The Oratory School

06 November 2018

Students from The Oratory Boys' School join our Queen Anne's L6 Students for an evening of ballroom dancing.
 

Next Event

Foundation Concert to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of WW1.

08 November 2018

The Foundation Concert at St John’s, Hyde Park on Thursday 8 November will be an evening of music commemorating the 100th anniversary of the end of WW1.
 

Next Event

Social Event for L4 and 4's with The Oratory School

09 November 2018

Students from The Oratory School will join our L4 and 4 students for a social event at Queen Anne's School, on Friday 9 November from 7pm.
 

Next Event

Lower School Concert

12 November 2018

The Lower School Concert will take place on Monday 12 November from 7.00pm. The concert will feature solo and small group items from girls in L4, 4 and U4 and is an excellent opportunity to hear girls at the outset of their musical careers at school performing solos/duets.