The annual school ball, which is looked forward to by senior students every year, has been affected by the Covid-19 lockdown.
Each college has been impacted differently, depending on the timing of their ball.
The lockdown forced Orewa College to cancel this year’s ball. Principal Kate Shevland says it was booked for March 21 – the earliest that its ball, normally in the winter months, has ever been held.
Unfortunately this booking had to be cancelled due to the timing and the college is now looking at the possibility of holding some sort of event later in the year, although no definite plans have been made as yet.
“We thought we would get it in before the lockdown decisions but the venue was not able to be open and manage the numbers safely at that point, so the decision was made for us,” she says.
Kingsway College has also cancelled its official ball, but plans to hold something “less formal” for the Year 13 students later in the year.
Seniors at Whangaparaoa College will have their ball, after the date was able to be moved forward two months, from July 25 to September 26. All public health measures will be followed at the event. Students will be able to bring partners to the ball, under Level 1.
Wentworth College has booked a venue and is going ahead with its ball in August. As the country is now at Alert Level 1, students in Years 11-13 will be able to invite partners.