Students set to step out in style
Nerves are a-jangling at Nelson College for Girls, with the annual Spring Fling fashion show looming.
The Saturday night show will be English teacher Cheryl Candish's first time modelling.
As staff representative on the Parent Teacher Association, she felt she probably should take part.
"It's good to get out of the classroom, it's kind of a bonding thing with other staff members from other departments," she said.
She is looking forward to getting dressed up, but "all the staff are really nervous", she said.
However, models from previous years' events had reassured her. "They said it's much easier on the night than you imagine it will be, it's lots of fun.
"Everyone's really excited about it."
Candish is one of 15 staff, both male and female, and 15 students aged 15 to 18, who will take part in Saturday night's event.
Two of the student models had been drafted from Nelson College.
Eight fashion retailers will offer previews of their spring collections at the show.
It will be local designer V Designs' first time on the college catwalk.
Owner Vicky Jepson and her assistant spent two weeks designing and sewing clothing especially for each of the 12 models.
It was an opportunity she was not going to pass up.
"It's good to get your clothes out there … you don't let opportunities go by when they come to you," she said.
PTA chairwoman Brenda Holdaway said the event, which is in its third year, had raised about $10,000 last year, with a turnout of about 200 people to the college hall.
"It would be really nice to raise the same amount, if not a bit more, this year," she said.
The funds raised would go toward the purchase of a new school van, as well as extra teaching resources not covered by government funding.
Money from last year's show bought iPads, digital cameras, tramping packs and first aid mannequins.
The show will be held at the Nelson College for Girls hall on Saturday at 7pm. Tickets $15 - $35, from NCG Finance or participating shops - Barker's, Beetee's, Glassons, Hogey's Surf, Profile, V Designs and The Rock Box.
The Nelson Mail